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The X Factor Recap: Final Performances Before The Top 16 Are Announced

October 16, 2011 07:01 PM by Lisa Princ

Last week on The X Factor on Fox, we watched as the remaining 32 contestants got a chance to meet their judge and a guest mentor. Half of the contestants performed last week, and tonight the other half had their chance to impress the judges. Who brought it and who blew it? Read on for all the highlights!

The X Factor is back tonight with the remainder of the acts performing for their spot in the top 16. First up tonight was Jazzlyn Little, who is extremely nervous, just as she was in her audition. Jazzlyn gave Simon Cowell her rendition of “I Will Survive,” and it was very good. Simon, who was still without Mariah Carey was told by a member of his team that he thought Jazzlyn sounded like a high school musical. Back at The Hamptons, L.A. Reid and Rihanna were about to be serenaded by “Mr. Sexy,” aka Brennin Hunt. Brennin took on “Just Like A Star” BY Corrine Bailey Rae, but Rihanna thought he was just a tad bit corny for her liking.

Up Next at Paula’s house were The Stereo Hogzz, who put on a rocking performance of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.” Pharrell seemed to like them, but thought they needed a little work. Meanwhile, at Nicole’s house, Nicole and Enrique were preparing to listen to Josh Krajcik. Josh performed his version of “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face,” and he once again impressed us all, judges included. Then it was back to Paula and Pharrell with 2 squar’d, who put on their rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Pharrell thought it needed more soul, but both he and Paula seemed to enjoy it.

Next up on The X Factor was was country crooner Tim Cifers, who performed a country version of “Dance With My Father” by Luther Vandross. It was a very good performance, but L.A. Reid said he wanted more. Back at Simon’s house, it was time for the youngest contestant to give her performance. Rachel Crow took on “I Want It That Way,” by The Backstreet Boys, and it was very impressive for a 13-year-old. Simon told her it was “well done,” and then told his crew that it was unbelievable, but he went on to say it was her bad luck to be in the group who could handle the pressure so well.

Then it was time for the oldest contestant to give his performance back in Malibu with Nicole and Enrique. Leroy Bell gave us his rendition of “Make You Feel My Love,” and Nicole thought he was nervous despite how perfect his performance was. Illusion Confusion was next at Paula’s house with their version of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” and it was okay, but Pharrell thought they had ambition more than anything else. Meanwhile, back at Nicole’s house was professional disc jockey, Tiger Budbill, with “Don’t Give Up On Me.” Tiger hit the notes pretty well, and Nicole said that sometimes he is effortless, but she was unsure folks would buy his records, while Enrique thought there should be no rules when it comes to music.

The X Factor then went back to L.A. Reid’s house with Marcus Canty, who came out flirting with Rihanna. Marcus gave us a beautiful performance of “All My Life,” but would it be enough? Rihanna said she could not contain herself, but neither of them were convinced that he sang like a star. Back at Simon Cowell’s house, it was time for Tiah Tolliver, who was relieved that Simon was her judge, as he saved her in the audition round. Tiah took on “No Diggity” and she proved why she belonged there. Simon loved it, and told his crew there was something about her.

Back in Malibu, it was time for Christa Collins to perform for Nicole Scherzinger and Enrique Iglesias. Christa performed “No Surprises,” which really impressed both Nicole and Enrique. Next up for Paula and Pharrell was another group that was put together by the judges, made up of a bunch of teens. InTENsity was made up of Nick Dean, Francesca Duncan, John Lindahl, Emily Michalak, Arin Ray, Lauren Ashley Redmond, Ellona Santiago, Ma’at Bingham Shango, Austin Percario, and Emily Wilson. InTENsity performed “You Make My Dreams Come True,” but this one sounded very Disney-like, even though Paula thought there were stars within the group.

Next it was back to L.A. Reid’s home with Chris Rene, the recovering addict, who promised to stay clean once the judges put him through the auditions. Chris gave us his rendition of “Everyday People,” and he was very good – both Rihanna and L.A. seemed to get into the performance. Melanie Amaro was up next at Simon Cowell’s house, and she performed “Will You Be There.” Melanie was probably the best performance of the evening, and Simon and his gang loved it, but Simon was left wondering what Melanie would do if she was taken out of her comfort zone.

We then watched the judges deliberate as to who should stay and who should go, but we won’t know who makes it into the top 16 until Tuesday, however, Simon Cowell left us by saying the one girl everyone thought would make it was just cut! Be sure to tune in on Tuesday at 8 pm to find out which 16 contestants will be moving to the next round on The X Factor on Fox!

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