November 09, 2011 07:57 PM by Candace Young
Last week on The X Factor, Paula Abdul‘s Disney-esque group, InTENsity, was sent home from the competition. This week, the remaining eleven finalists will once again perform live in hopes of winning America’s votes. Simon Cowell promises a huge shock from one of his contestants as ‘Movie Night’ gets underway live…
The X Factor judges are introduced – L.A. Reid, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, and Simon Cowell stride onto the stage and take their seats on the panel. A video montage of the contestants going to the premiere of Adam Sandler‘s new movie, Jack and Jill, earlier in the week is shown.
Stacy Francis is up first. She will perform a song from The Bodyguard. Stacy channels her inner diva in a red sequined number and big hair. She’s accompanied by back-up dancers and shimmies and struts as she performs Queen of the Night. L.A. Reid says he co-wrote the song, but still doesn’t like it. He thought she did well with it though. He thinks she should have done I Will Always Love You. Stacy says she wanted to dance. Paula agrees about the song choice, but feels she delivered in a big way. Simon disses her outfit and says he liked her better last week. Nicole thinks she looks gorgeous and says she shone from within tonight.
Marcus Canty is performing a song from Car Wash tonight. Marcus has an old-school Motown vibe as he sings I’m Going Down in a silver sequined blazer with back-up singers. Nicole says it was magic. Paula tells him everything about him from head to toe resonates – she’s so proud of him. Simon says it was 1000% better than last week, but he’s glad he threw the jacket off halfway through – it was too cabaret. L.A. Reid tells Marcus he looked great and is a massive star.
Drew is up next and will be doing a tune from the film You, Me, and Dupree. Drew comes out wearing a funky take on a ball gown with colored streaks in her hair. She sings with her signature inflection as she performs Fix You by Coldplay. L.A. says her performances the last three weeks all seem the same – and were great – he needs to see something different from her. Nicole says she’s brilliant beyond her years. Paula tells Drew she gives an honest performance every week, but disses her dress. Simon tells Paula that Drew designed the dress. Paula feels bad.
LeRoy Bell, who has the support of people in his hometown of Seattle, will perform a song from his favorite band tonight. He comes out in simple garb and sings I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2, which is from the Runaway Bride soundtrack. L.A. thinks he got it right. Paula says she’s been waiting for this performance – he was so much in his element. Simon thinks it was his best performance by a mile. Nicole says he’s just great!
Lakoda Rayne is up next, and will perform a tune from How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days. Paula, as their mentor, is aiming to give them the perfect mix of country and pop. Lakoda Rayne takes the stage in cream colored outfits and sing I Wanna Love Somebody Like You by Keith Urban. L.A. thinks they did it right and jokes that they’re his favorite girl band in the competition. Nicole says they have chemistry and make it look effortless. Simon says after the horror show last week, they are the group he hoped they’d become. Paula stands up to applaud – she is so proud of them.
Astro, the young man who hails from Brooklyn, New York is ready to perform live. Once again, he has written his own lyrics to add to the tune, which is Lose Yourself by Eminem from the movie 8 Mile. The kid is simply amazing. The crowd goes wild and L.A. comes to his feet. Nicole says she’s in awe of him right now – this is what separates the good from the great. Paula says his level of focus is what creates superstars – he’s in a league of his own. Simon is irritated that L.A. is like the cat that’s got the cream. He tells Astro he’s incredibly creative and is a great role model right now – he’s got the X Factor. L.A. could not be more proud.
Melanie Amaro, who has had some throat issues this past week, will be doing a song from the movie This Is It. Melanie comes out in a svelte black outfit and sings Man In The Mirror by Michael Jackson. L.A. tells her it was really good, but didn’t think it was that inventive. Nicole tells Simon it was a brilliant song choice – she made Michael proud. Paula tells Melanie she’s a remarkable singer who can do anything she wants. Simon tells her she was bloody fantastic. He explains to L.A. that the song was a tribute.
The Stereo Hogzz are the next to perform live. They are in suits and fedoras singing Ain’t No Other Man by Christina Aguilera, which is from the Get Smart soundtrack. L.A. says they did a great job, but he didn’t know the song. Nicole calls it ‘bananas’, and says it was her favorite performance by them. Simon says his problem is that they have a great work ethic, but they’re not performing the record they would make – they’ve got to become less cabaret and become artists. Paula disagrees with Simon.
Josh Krajcik will be performing a song from Across The Universe tonight on The X Factor. He takes the stage in funky fur-trimmed blazer and performs A Little Help From My Friends by Joe Cocker from the soundtrack. He sounds incredible. L.A. says it was really strong. Paula says his voice is comforting and this is who he is – amazing. Simon loved the song choice – the second half was great. He advises him to lose the gimmicks next week. Nicole tells Simon, “Don’t hate, just congratulate.” She tells Josh he’s ready for a five million dollar contract.
Chris Rene will be representing the move Dangerous Minds tonight. Chris comes out on the stage with more of the attitude we saw from him in the beginning, and does a version of Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio. Nicole loves the changes he made to the lyrics to suit his situation. Paula tells him he was amazing – great job! Simon says, “Welcome back, Chris Rene.” He’s very proud of him and thinks he’s a potential real star. L.A. is proud of him as well.
Rachel Crow will be doing a tune from the movie Cadillac Records. Simon says he’s saved the best for last tonight and it will be a big surprise. Rachel looks a little more mature on the stage tonight as she performs I’d Rather Be Blind by Beyonce. She sounds absolutely amazing – it’s powerful and soulful. L.A. says she was great – his favorite yet. Nicole is telling Simon she’s glad he took her advice when Rachel interrupts and says she picked the song this week. Nicole doesn’t know where she gets her soul, but it’s amazing. Paula says this is who she is on this stage. Simon says he trusts Rachel and adores her – she reminded him of a mini-Beyonce tonight.
America votes following the show and the results will be revealed tomorrow night on FOX.
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