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'The X Factor' Recap: Over-25s Take On The Four Chair Challenge

Andrew Payne Andrew Payne
October 3rd, 2013 8:10am EDT

THE X FACTOR: FOUR CHAIR CHALLENGE

Lorie Moore Sang: "I'll Make Love To You" by Boyz II Men

Demi Said: I felt the passion, but I don't know if I'm looking at a superstar.

Paulina Said: I don't know where in the music industry will fit you.

Simon Said: I didn't like the version of the song, but you can really sing.

Kelly Said: This girl has crazy pipes.

The Verdict:

Yikes. What happened to Lorie? That powerful soul diva voice gave way to a weird breathy voice that couldn't keep up with the track and sounded like she'd mostly forgotten the words.

This was a contestant who seemed like a serious contender from her audition and she just came out and bombed the four chair challenge.

Sack/Fumble, Lorie. Sack/Fumble.

Grade: D+

Result: GONE

Allison Davis Sang: "Tik Tok" by Ke$ha Mashed Up with "Push It" by Salt 'N' Pepa

Demi Said: I can't take it seriously.

Simon Said: The word that comes to mind is "wannabe".

Kelly Said: This girl has crazy pipes.

The Verdict:

It's not frightening how much worse this is than the original version of this song. It's frightening how much worse this is than somebody drunkenly singing along to this on the jukebox at the bar. In fact, despite how good Allison looks, I think even she would have guys telling her to sit down if she started doing that on a Saturday night.

Grade: D+

Result: GONE

Jeff Brinkman Sang: "Without You" by David Guetta

Demi Said: I got a little bored and I was arranging my stuff on my desk.

Simon Said: How can you go from singing Joe Cocker to that monstrous version of that song? It was literally ridiculous.

Kelly Said: This girl has crazy pipes.

The Verdict:

Hey! I didn't realize Joe Cocker was voicing a mouse in the next Pixar Cartoon musical, but apparently here we are. Another contender from auditions who came up not only short but a weirdly worse version of himself on this show. It was like all the power and soul went away and gave away to somebody doing a parody of the original Jeff.

Grade: D

Result: GONE

Denny Smith Sang: "The Midnight Hour" by Wilson Pickett

Paulina Said: I once again believe in Santa Claus

Simon Said: Santa just dropped the house.

Kelly Said: This girl has crazy pipes.

The Verdict:

Denny easily has the best song choice of the over 25s and the biggest crowd appeal. He's certain to be a crowd favorite, and while his vocals are a bit flat and not always as robust as they should be to fill his soul goals, he definitely makes up for it with his passion and his Clausian Dopplegangerism. This guy would have won if Kelly hadn't given him a lump of coal.

Grade: C+

Result: GONE

James Kenney Sang: "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers

Demi Said: You killed it.

Paulina Said: We were into you and I love it.

Simon Said: You earned my total respect after that performance.

Kelly Said: This girl has crazy pipes.

The Verdict:

The first over-25 who's just honest-to-God good. He's got a little bit of a Christian Rock vibe to his voice - very anthemic and somewhat inspiring in his delivery. It suits him well in this arena atmosphere as he let this nice little soul ballad absolutely fill the gym up to the rafters from the very first note.

Grade: A-

Result: SAFE

Lillie McCloud Sang: "A House Is Not a Home" by Dionne Warwick

Demi Said: I'm honored to be on a panel in front of you.

Paulina Said: You are a goddess.

Simon Said: You have The X-Factor, sweetheart.

Kelly Said: You are in my final four!

The Verdict:

It's a little theatrical, it's a little old-fashioned, but somehow seeing this grandma in the massive fro hitting so many big notes with so much raw passion makes it all work so damn well. Lorie Moore seemed like the soul diva to beat after auditions, but now it's clear that Lillie is in a class of her own.

Grade: B+

Result: SAFE

Check back tomorrow for a complete recap of Demi's Girls Category that saw its first few contestants last night.

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