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The X Factor Review: Oh The Drama

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The X Factor announced its Top 21 this week, put us through some incredibly fake drama before revealing the true Top 24, continued with more faux anger when L.A. Reid was given the Over 25s... and finally concluded with some singing on Wednesday!

This year's categories are different from last season. We have the Young Adults (roughly 18-24), the Over 25s (what I will affectionately refer to as the Old Geezers from here on out), the Groups, and the Teens (17 and under).

Who made it through? Who got the cut?

Demi and Nick Jonas

Young Adults
Cece Frey
Willie Jones
Jennel Garcia
Nick Youngerman - Who?
Paige Thomas
Jillian Jensen - She broke Demi's heart.

Old Geezers
Jason Brock
Daryl Black
David Correy
Tara Simon
Tate Stevens
Vino Alan

Hold the phone! I was questioning the idea of Tate Stevens making the Top 24 BEFORE I knew Jeffrey Gutt was out. How is it possible that that dude didn't make it?

Groups
Sister C
Dope Crisis
Emblem3

Here's where they attempted to make us believe only three groups would be in the Top 24. Silly.

Teens
Beatrice Miller
James Tanner
Carly Rose Sonenclar
Diamond White - Future 2012 Champion
Reed Deming
Arin Ray

And that was when the fake drama began. Like last year, when they wanted us to believe that Simon eliminated Melanie Amaro and then decided to bring her back, The X Factor wants us to believe that their plan was to have only three acts in the groups category, and six in all of the rest? Hmmm, maybe the fact that you told all of the returning contestants to wait just outside the door was a giveaway.

"Hey guys, you're all out, but would you wait right there?  We're not done with you yet."

The unbearable behavior continued when the judges found out their groups. Of course there was the forced trash talk between all four of them, but L.A. Reid was particularly terrible. We all knew it was coming, but when he smiled, hit the phone against the table, and said he wasn't talking to anyone, I laughed in embarrassment for him AND the show.

Britney - Teens
Simon - Groups
Demi - Young Adults
L.A. - Old Geezers

When the contestants got to the judges' houses and/or met their helpers, there were two classic quotes. First, one of the guys from Dope Crisis said that he had "been a big fan of Marc Anthony since 'I Need to Know.'" Oh you mean one of only two of his songs that were ever popular? You're such a huge fan mister.

Later Jennel commented that she "always loved [Demi's] music." Always? Demi's first album was in 2008, so Jennel is playing fast and loose with the word "always."

Finally, the contestants were once again put to the test. Beginning with Demi, Nick Jonas, and the Young Adults, and ending with Simon, Marc Anthony, and the Groups, we were able to see 12 performances in a more intimate setting.

The Young Adults

1. Cece Frey: As crazy as she is, I find it hard at times not to lover her determination. Yeah, it sometimes comes off as absolute arrogance, but others I just think she wants it that badly. Her performance of "I'm Sexy and I Know It" was clever and showed off her pipes.

2. Willie Jones: Nicky Jonas was right in that Willie needs to find what genre he wants to be in, but I think the answer to that may be R&B. He did a very nice job with that Babyface Kevin Sharp Tony Rich Project track.

3. Paige Thomas: I don't care if she just really wanted to go to sleep after - and maybe during - her performance, there is something so likeable about her.  Maybe it's the love for that adorable daughter of hers, but I know I'll be rooting for her.

4. Jennel Garcia: I'm not sure about the song choice of "I Kissed a Girl," but she pulled it off.

5. Jillian Jensen: It would be tough to eliminate any of these first five, but Jillian may be left out. If she is, it will be Demi that broke Jillian's heart this time around...and not in a good way.

6. Nick Youngerman: Was this a joke?

The Groups

1. Emblem3: That kid can mess up and they still make the top of my list. They have a great vibe, and the lead has a great voice. Again, when they think everyone else is terrible, it's funny.

2. Sister C: I don't know why the judges keep having issues with these girls' personalities.  They seem lovely to me.  And that third sister's voice?  Fantastic.

3. Dope Crisis: They took a dance type of song and made their voice shine on the track. There wasn't anything all that great about this performance, but it was more interesting than the rest.

4. Lylas: The first of three Frankengroups, they were all very good singing separately. The problem is that that's basically all they did.  It didn't seem like they would bring much to the table as a group, but their individual talents get them my last spot in the category.

5. Playback: I'm with Marc Anthony.  Just because One Direction is working, it doesn't mean that a carbon copy of less talented singers will work.

6. Lyric 145: Stop yelling at me!  Oh and for their information, a long list of people have made it out of Queens, most notably Donald Trump.

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Next up will be the Teens and the Old Geezers. For now, let us know who you want to see move on from these groups. Which was your favorite? Which was your least favorite? And, most importantly, how awesome was Nick Jonas?

Review

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    First of all why would they have judges who don't have talent judge someone with talent. B. Spears can't sing, dance, or professionally critique someone with such talent as the contestants chosen. If she could she would not be a has been. I think the reason she went as far as she did in her career is that she was the typical cute little blond darling. After that, nothing. As for J. Beiber, he is a Michael Jackson want-a-bee. It will never happen sweetheart. When your little young fans grow up then you'll be beside B. Spears. X-Factor, how could you allow this to happen. With so much money offered as a prize and possibly a life changing career that is so important to these people, it is ridiculous that you would have such mediocre judges such a Spears and Beiber. They absolutely have no musical talent. What they offer is that they are cute. That's it. ARE YOU SERIOUS, X-FACTOR. Get it together!

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    tate stevens deserve to be on the top 24! i think he could win coz he got a wonderful voice!

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    From these two groups, i really hope Emblem3, Paige, Jennel and Willie make it through...Love these guys. Emblem3's music is amazing, Paige is incredibly likeable and has an amazing voice, as does Jennel, who can also be sexy, and i just love when Willie sings those low notes!

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    That last comment about how a lot of people made it out of Queens is unnecessary and arrogant..It is still a minimal proportion and they probably know none of them so yes : It never happens.
    Willie does not need to find anything. You dont need to define your genre. He is original and that is what sets him apart. Hes not r&b and hes not country, hes just Willie JONES!!

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    "Nobody knows" was done by Kevin Sharp....he had a dramatic story but unfortunately was a one hit wonder........I was surprised Willie did the song again after he botched it at boot camp. Was disappointed in the drawn out drama of the eliminations at boot camp. Time could have been better spent showing the singing at the judges homes. Was disappointed Sophie Tweed Simmons didn't make it further. Was disappointed in LA's FAKE response to being given the over 25's.... I'm really not liking Cece...she has a voice....but her problem is her attitude and Demi called her on it......she does need to tone it down or I don't believe she'll get far. Paige has yet to break out of her shell and maybe as this goes along she will......she has a great voice. Last year, they did the same thing as far as groups. They formed some groups with those originally eliminated at boot camp so that wasn't a big surprise. I guess they just don't get a lot of groups to audition.

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    The song Willie Jones sang "Nobody Knows" is actually not a Babyface song. It was originally released by The Tony Rich Project and then covered a year later by a country artist.