Carly Rose Sang “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele

LA Reid Said: That wasn’t your very best performance, but even your second-best is better than everybody else’s first best.

Britney Said: You just got to the next level.

Demi Said: I think that you’re doing amazing. You’re so good.

Simon Said: I thought the first half of the song was good. I thought the second half of the song was sensational.

The Verdict:

Damn. There were some brilliant moments in here.

Carly’s voice was on fire tonight. She really did have it all. The low notes. The big notes. The upper register. A sick tone that we hadn’t seen before. This was a total package performance that was only missing bringing something new to the song to really be phenomenal.

But good lord is she creepy. Why in the Hell is a 13-year-old sounding and carrying herself like that with a death stare into the camera and that fedora? I swear she’s a mind control device sent down by aliens. There’s really no other way to explain what exactly is going on.

Grade: B+

Prediction: She looks poised to stay at number one again this week.

Tate Stevens Sang “Somebody Like You” by Keith Urban

LA Reid Said: I’m proud of you. That was great.

Britney Said: I’m sure we’ll be seeing you accept a Country Music Award some day.

Demi Said: I had so much fun. You’re awesome.

Simon Said: The bad news: Don’t Dance. The good news: You’re back.

The Verdict:

Tate has become so good it’s boring. He’s just a bona fide country star. He’s that good already. I don’t understand how he hasn’t been doing this for a dozen years, because nothing about him smacks of “contestant on a reality show” – it all just screams “performing at the CMT Awards”.

At this point, Tate doesn’t need this competition. Hell, the human charisma vacuum Casey James from ‘American Idol’ is making a living touring. Tate will be in Nashville cutting a record right quick after this show is over. He should probably get there right now.

Grade: B+

Prediction: Should be a one-two punch of Tate and Carly Rose once again.

Leopard Face Sang “Lady Marmalade” by Labelle

LA Reid Said: I actually enjoyed that circus.

Britney Said: You’ve definitely stepped it up a notch.

Demi Said: I saw that fire in your eyes. You came out swinging.

Simon Said: I felt like I’d eaten 62 slices of chocolate cake. Way too much going on.

The Verdict:

Wow. A Total flashback performance for ol’ Leopard Face. A flashback to a time when she had the best voice in this competition. A time when her ferocity allowed her to absolutely dominate the screen with a star-level tenacity that made her the ideal heel for this reality show.

I loved everything about this performance. The ridiculous baroque costuming, the overuse of glitter. But mostly the return of Leopard Face as a big-time performer with a big-time singing voice. She nailed every run, hit every big note and just absolutely dominated that song.

I just hope it’s not too late.

Grade: A-

Prediction: Simon gave her the kiss of death. This may have been Leopard Face’s Waterloo.

Emblem3 Sang “I’m a Believer” by The Monkees

LA Reid Said: If I were the chairman of a record label, I would sign you. You have the X Factor.

Britney Said: I’m a believer in you guys, but I didn’t like the song choice.

Demi Said: I don’t understand what Simon is doing with you guys.

Simon Said: You guys have turned into real pop stars.

The Verdict:

Garbage on all levels.

Garbage song choice. Garbage arrangement. Garbage performance.

Emblem3 looked like a boy band in previous weeks. Here, they just looked like boys singing, running around the stage and squeaking like they had no idea where they were. This is the type of performance you give for an audience that’s grown tired of The Wiggles – not on a stage like this.

The amazing thing? This was actually worse than the Smash Mouth version.

Grade: D

Prediction: Emblem3 in the pimp spot is a sure bet to move on no matter what they do.

Final Thoughts:

A crazy bit of contrast tonight. Four great performances and four dismal balls of dreck. Vino was probably the most shocking, but Emblem3 coming off like children was probably the most upsetting moment – my favorite to win just undermined me. Between this and Jason Brock, I don’t know what to think anymore.

Speaking of my favorites, I think this definitely was the final night for Leopard Face. No sing-off. No bottom two. Just gone. Right at the top of the show. She won’t even get to see Josh Krajcik. So maybe it’s not such a bad thing.

The sing-off will be between Fifth Harmony and Paige Thomas.

Yes, I thought Paige killed it tonight, but that doesn’t matter. Her performance is going to get lost and she’s been down far in the rankings pretty often so far. This seems like one of those “Huh?” bottom-threes that come at this point in the show.

So who wins that showdown? I’m going with Fifth Harmony. I think it’s Paige and Leopard Face coming in like they went out – Together.

How sweet.

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