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    X Factor USA - Season 3

    There doesn't seem to be a thread for this year's show so I'll start one. I really don't like to wade through all the talking & fluff in the audition shows so I've been reading & listening to the recaps on Reality Rocks. I haven't really been impressed with anyone yet until last night's show - until Ashley Williams performed.

    This 24yr old sounds a lot like Whitney Houston. She even sang I Will Always Love You, which I normally hate from anyone other than Whitney, but it was emotional & pitch-perfect. The judges & the audience were going crazy but she never lost her poise the entire song. X Factor USA may have actually finally found a commercial success. Some cute boy may win the show but I predict this girl is going to be huge. Her talent is that special IMO.

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    I've been quite impressed with the auditions so far. Some highlights:

    Lillie McCloud - Alabaster Box

    This couple is so darned cute!!! Alex and Sierra - Toxic

    AKNU - Valerie

    Danie Geimer - House Of The Rising Sun

    Rion Paige - Blown Away

    And one of those auditions where the first song was a hot mess, but the second phenomenal: Roxxy Montana (start at 2:05)

    Ellona Santiago - Wings

    And not the greatest vocal, but he definitely has the X-Factor: Carlito Olivero - Stay
    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

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    Thanks Peter. I thought I was the only one watching this season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taf2002 View Post
    I thought I was the only one watching this season.
    Almost: http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/09/20/x-...-low/?hpt=hp_t

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    I'm watching .... mostly for Simon.

    I can't keep track of who the people are until they get down to the finalists so I usually just watch for the, uhm ... entertainment value at this point. For the people that can really sing, its great to watch someone who might otherwise not ever get a chance at any kind of shot at singing in front of people and possibly get some kind of deal out of it.

    But I will never understand why people would want to go on national television and humiliate themselves in front of millions (okay, hundreds? ) of people when they can't sing! Especially when that may live for eternity on the internet. Can they really not hear what we hear? And that their parents encourage them to try out for these shows, are they really that deluded by the "my child is perfect and can do anything if they try" syndrome that they let their kids get humiliated that way? I can't sing. I know I can't sing. There's no amount of money in the world that would make me go try out for one of those shows knowing I may be one of those people who get humiliated by the show. So I will never understand the mentality of these people who are such trainwrecks who go on these shows and go into hysterics when told they suck.

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    BaileyCatts, I think you are perfect and you could do anything if set your mind to it!

    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

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    I guess that's the problem!!

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    Haven't watched yet but I'm hoping there are some great contestants. Thanks for the links, PeterG

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    My favourites from last night:

    Wesley Mountain - Wanted (skip to 2:40 to miss the intro which is both creepy and charming at the same time...........)

    Lorie Moore - I Have Nothing

    Timothy Olstad - A Thousand Years

    All three of these singers who covered Mary J. Blige are great, but I liked the third (Isaiah Alston) the best (he's at 1:40):

    Allison Davis, Isabel Requina, Isaiah Alston - I'm Goin' Down

    And this young lady is very talented, but her song choice left me fairly ...

    Celine Polenghi - When You Believe
    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

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    I'm loving Alex and Sierra as well as Lillie McCloud so much that I think this thread deserves to be bumped up. That, and I've given up on The Voice! My favourites from last week:

    Alex & Sierra - I Heard It Through the Grapevine
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMadq2cGvc0

    Khaya Cohen - My Girl
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFH7m-S2NJ4

    Lillie McCloud - All In Love Is Fair
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIdNFhQd6nw

    Alex & Sierra - Give Me Love
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gt7lVbIbdSU

    Rion Paige - Born This Way
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX5YAr0kBEc

    Ellona Santiago - Titanium
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBVQa7RWi3k

    Restless Road – Easy
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYR3gfHVpKw

    Rachel Potter – Anyway
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U95gQt0yDfY

    Josh Levi – Stay
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9uVn3VvJmo

    Restless Road - Don't You Wanna Stay
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahrH9ogTa24
    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

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    Shoot. I completely forgot to tune back in after that long break. I had November 13 in my head as it coming back and I didn't even flip to that channel last week. At least it was just the first one and not like the finals.

    I like Restless Road so far. Alex & Sierra I like but sometimes they give me a creepy vibe (they are a little bit too intimate with each other sometimes; its like they are verbally having sex or something ).

    I don't like Rion Paige. She annoys the hell outta me with the way she jerks her head around. The others are just kinda bunched in there until I see them as the show goes on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterG View Post
    I'm loving Alex and Sierra as well as Lillie McCloud so much that I think this thread deserves to be bumped up. That, and I've given up on The Voice! My favourites from last week:

    Alex & Sierra - I Heard It Through the Grapevine
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMadq2cGvc0

    Khaya Cohen - My Girl
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFH7m-S2NJ4

    Lillie McCloud - All In Love Is Fair
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIdNFhQd6nw

    Alex & Sierra - Give Me Love
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gt7lVbIbdSU

    Rion Paige - Born This Way
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX5YAr0kBEc

    Ellona Santiago - Titanium
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBVQa7RWi3k

    Restless Road – Easy
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYR3gfHVpKw

    Rachel Potter – Anyway
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U95gQt0yDfY

    Josh Levi – Stay
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9uVn3VvJmo

    Restless Road - Don't You Wanna Stay
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahrH9ogTa24
    Wow - 10 favorites! I thought most of them sucked. I notice Josh is the only guy you liked this week. That was true for me too. I also liked Khaya & Lillie but the rest of the night was boring to me. When are they going to have the results show?

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    Quote Originally Posted by taf2002 View Post
    Wow - 10 favorites! I thought most of them sucked. I notice Josh is the only guy you liked this week. That was true for me too. I also liked Khaya & Lillie but the rest of the night was boring to me. When are they going to have the results show?
    These picks were from the Wednesday and Thursday show, the latter of which would have been the results show, but because of voting glitches, they decided that everybody would sing their "save me" song. Which made for a very fast-paced show...which was actually great! Instead of mindless jabbering of the judges, we just got to listen to people sing. It was great! So with 13 people all singing twice, I picked ten favourites from the 26 performances.

    Quote Originally Posted by BaileyCatts View Post
    Shoot. I completely forgot to tune back in after that long break. I had November 13 in my head as it coming back and I didn't even flip to that channel last week. At least it was just the first one and not like the finals.
    I often use mjsbigblog to catch up on reality/competition show I miss. There's comments about all the performances and youtube links so you can see what you missed.
    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

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    I wonder why they didn't just re-air Wednesday's performance show instead sans the fluff and bs with the correct numbers? I remember the same glitch happened on Idol and that's what they did for the results show.

    Yeah, it was refreshing watching all 13 performances without the fluff and bs. They should do that every week. It would make it much less painful to watch.
    Last edited by moebius; 11-14-2013 at 04:46 AM.

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    Maybe they realized the Weds performances were crap and those performances should've never made it out of the "idea" stage. At least this week was significantly better, even if half of them were still pretty awful...

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    I'm DVRing this and only watch if someone here mentions a particularly good performance. I haven't watched in weeks.
    AceOn6, the golf loving skating fan

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    Who was your favorite last night, poll from Mjsbigblog-

    Alex & Sierra 105 votes
    Josh Levi 41
    Khaya Cohen 35
    Ellona Santiago 33
    Jeff Gutt 19
    Rachel Potter 18
    Restless Road 15
    Sweet Suspense 11
    Lillie McCloud 9
    Rion Page 5
    Tim Olstad 5
    Carlito Olivero 1

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    The song choices were mostly horrible & the staging was distracting & OTT so it was hard to watch most of the performances without FF thru them. I liked Josh, Khaya, Sweet Suspense, & Carlito the most. I hate it that 2 of the people I liked had the stupid look of turning their ball cap around. Josh even had his turned halfway around with the bill sticking out to the side. But he's a kid so I sort of gave him a pass. I don't know what Carlito's excuse was.

    I liked Lillie's & Ellona's voices but not their songs & I didn't think they did as well as usual.

    Jeff & Rachel came off as trying too hard. Rachel always has a look of desperation on her face. And that scream brought back the PTSS from Danny Gokey's Dream On.

    IMO Sierra should not sing solo, especially lead off the song. Her voice is not nearly as strong as Alex's. (His voice is fabulous - he should have tried out as a solo act.) I really didn't like the arrangement last night.

    For all the praise, I think Restless Road is pretty mediocre & I don't see any improvement.

    Tim & Rion have good voices but no star power. Tim also has the handicap of always picking the most boring songs.

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    ita that alex by himself is a good singer. alex and sierra as a couple are a twee artsy group that opens a local hemp festival. they make every song sound exactly the same.
    I feel like I'm in a dream. But it can't be a dream because there are no boy dancers!

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    My rankings for last night:

    Lillie McCloud - Ain't Nobody - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK_8z-L9Nto
    The class of the field.

    Carlito Olivero - Rhythm Is Gonna Get You - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCLskYyAHDE
    What's up with the negativity from the judges?? This was his best vocal so far, and his dancing was amazing. And he definitely has the X-Factor

    Ellona Santiago - I Wanna Dance With Somebody - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu0wxmiB2s8
    Ellona is always a lot of fun. Not a perfect vocal, but always entertaining.

    Khaya Cohen - Borderline - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxTFvdMDXDU
    The first half was great, but when she let loose by flirting with the judges, she seemed to lose the melody and then couldn't get it back. But she's a real talent, she made me think of Amy Winehouse with her vocal.

    Josh Levi - Straight Up - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVIkd...PTfTNrvjKa8uLf

    Restless Road - Footloose - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHT70KBC-wU
    Decent vocals, but they sound like they could have used a bit more rehearsal time to gel

    Alex and Sierra - Addicted to Love - A rare fail on this duo's part

    Sweet Suspense - Mickey - Not bad, just not great either. Not a song that requires any special vocal ability, so a strange choice...

    Tim Olstad - Againist All Odds - Tim was better than most I've ranked above him, but he's a boring personality singing boring material.

    Rachel Potter - Alone - Limited singers should never choose songs by singers who are FAR superior. Especially power ballads which always separate the girls from the women.

    Jeff Gutt - I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight - Jeff was not horrible, but I just don't get what anybody sees in him. He's like Tim Olstad Sr.

    Rion Page - We Belong - This should have been great. But her vocal kept falling off the melody. Very strange as she usually nails it!
    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

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