‘The X Factor’ USA review: Did Willie Jones, Diamond White survive results?
If you love controversy, “The X Factor” USA had plenty for it courtesy of their results show on Thursday night. There were artists deserving of being in the bottom who weren’t, and even at least one artist who went home even though they did not even deserve to be in the bottom at all. We’ll try to go through most of this pretty quickly, mostly because unlike the show itself, we like to be a little more sympathetic as to your time. Two-hour results shows are officially the worst thing ever.
The Young Adults – Demi Lovato had probably one of the hardest jobs this week, mostly because there was only one singer that we were sure would be safe in Jennel Garcia. Then, Demi made a strange decision to put Paige Thomas straight through to next round, when she was really the person that we would have sent through.
The sing-off here was between CeCe Frey and Willie Jones, and based on this alone you had to save CeCe. She completely slayed this performance, and reminded everyone as to why she is in this competition. At the same time, this was a risky move for Demi to make: Willie would have been an easy vote for many fans out there, and CeCe is a little more polarizing and will be a harder sell.
The Over-25s – The baffling decisions continue by the judges. For most of this season, David Correy seemed like a serious contender to win this whole competition. He was not only a great singer, but he had a personality and a backstory that gave him some sort of commercial appeal. Compared to everyone else in his category, he was really the only one we saw getting votes.
Yet, for whatever reason, L.A. Reid got rid of him over a guy in Jason Brock who he forgot the name of a little bit earlier in the evening. That’s not good, L.A., not good at all. Jason may have had a slightly better performance tonight, but it doesn’t make up for the hot mess of a routine he gave to “Dance Again” during the performance show.
The Teens – From our standpoint, Carly Rose Sonenclair is still the star of this group, and Diamond White is in second place. Despite this viewpoint, Britney Spears sent Diamond to the bottom and saved Beatrice Miller, who is still one of the most forgettable people in the entire competition.
During the sing-off, neither Arin Ray nor Diamond gave fantastic performances, even though they were both solid. Did Britney make a mistake in getting rid of Diamond? Definitely, since she was one of the few people who looked to be genuinely having fun while out there on stage.
The Groups – Can 1432 actually sing harmonies at all? For most of their performance of Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper” (pandering!), it really just felt like a round-robin of various singers, and really not a group that was cohesive or knew what to do together. It just didn’t work, and a great performance by Sister C solidified their position in the top 12 from this perspective.
Then again, we have not exactly been a champ this week at predicting what these judges will do. Simon sent home Sister C despite them being the superior of the two groups, though he did at least throw us a bone and is forcing 1432 to change their terrible name.
Do you think the top 12 consists of the right people, or that the judges made some really boneheaded decisions overall? (They were at least as close as Simon giving us two hosts this season instead of one. Zing!) If you want to look back at their performances from Wednesday night, you can do so here.
November 9, 2012 @ 11:33 am
Outraged Willie Jones and David Corry went home. They wouks have made the finals if left to the public!
November 7, 2012 @ 3:25 pm
I will no longer watch x factor either. I will watching the voice n urging everyone around me to do the same. Major disappointment
November 7, 2012 @ 3:21 pm
Big disappointment I will b watching the voice
November 7, 2012 @ 3:18 pm
I will no longer watch x factor
November 7, 2012 @ 3:18 pm
They converted good talent to pop stars then kicked of the more unique vocal people. The only reason I watch x factor to see diamond white. The best 3 people were kicked off. I hope they cancel season 3 cause of low ratings. I will be watching the voice instead.
November 7, 2012 @ 12:20 pm
i think demi and britney messed up and i think simon knows it.i looked foward to watching it every week and now i will not watch it diamond and willie will make it and cece can sing but her attitude ruined her I JUST DONT UNDERSTAAND AT ALL you TWO TOOK AWAY FROM SIMON AND L A. NOW ALL I HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO IS AMERICAN IDOL
Seriously Disappointed Harry
November 6, 2012 @ 7:42 am
I agree that the judges this year are an absolute joke. They got rid of some of the best singers in the first show.
At one point I thought it was a Halloween joke or something!!
Diamond, Corey and Willie Jones in one swoop! It’s unbelievable. The two new judges are hopeless and they should open up lines for people to vote which judge should go home too. Britney Spears was paid $15 million to do that show…why? I have not seen one constructive statement from her yet. To her everything is either “amazing”, she was “entertained” or the contestant is a “star” . I think they should have just created a cardboard cutout of her with these pre-recorded words and Simon would have saved his company $15 million!
But the worst judge is Ms. Lovato. Again I fail to understand what meaningful mentoring a 20 year old Disney Princess would provide to these contestants. It didn’t take long for her lack of experience in mentoring to come through. She changed everyone in her category and provided them with horrible tunes, sets and they all looked so uncomfortable. It looked like she didn’t even bother much with Willie Jones. She didn’t know which box to put him in and so it was easier just to send him home. That boy has some serious talent, what a loss X Factor.
I am not surprised that viewing figures for X Factor have plummeted and it looks like Britney won’t be back next year if we are to believe the gossip columns! Good ridance i say!
November 5, 2012 @ 9:58 am
Simon, save your money. You are going to lose alot of viewer this year. Brittany, when every one in my household would talk about you acting, and looking like you were on drugs, I defended you by saying that you were all grown up. But when you sent diamond home, you proved them right. Myself and my famly will never watch xfactor again
November 4, 2012 @ 2:11 pm
I honestly don’t think Beatrice is “forgettable”,she’s awesome! She had little screen time from the start and managed to gather a faily decent fan-base,even more than Diamond. So,yeah…although I kinda liked Diamond more than Arin in the end I thought Britney made the right choice putting Bea and obviously Carly through.
November 4, 2012 @ 5:45 am
Every Judge never be fair to the Contestants since last year. All better talents were sent homes, again this year most of less talents are chosen! Judges seemed to pick looks over voices and ability to sing! If you couldn’t give the fair judgment so you should never judge period! How could you ever sleep when you all already ruin some real talented lives when power was in your hands but you used them wrong?
May God bless all the good ones who were passed by and I can only remember 2 names now who are well-mannered Diamond and well-mannered Willie, please find the better people to grow with in the music business, you both are star and sooner or later with the right people at the right time, you will certainly become the STARS!
November 3, 2012 @ 9:44 pm
Brittany u shld be ashamed with urself. U dont know nothing about talent. Sending Diamond home was a huge mistake. She had the whole package and u couldnt see that? Get off the show its a waste of time u dont know nothing about judging.
November 3, 2012 @ 2:47 am
I never watch reality’s shows utill someone told me about WILLIE JONES on xfactor…he bought the show in so many homes and churches because of his mannerisms and his GOD given talents…young man keep on keepig on..God is not thru with you yet… you’re going to be the next Black Elvis Presley in a sense…PEOPLE WILL LOVE YOU ALL OVER THE WORLD… JUST REMEMBER TO PUT GOD FIRST IN WATEVER YOU DO AND HE WILL HANDLE THE REST….
November 3, 2012 @ 2:37 am
IM DONE.. THEY SENT WILLIE JONES HOME AND KEPT PAIGE, SHAVED HER HEAD PUT A STUPID COSTUMEON HER (WANNA BE LADY GAGA). MADE HER LOOK STUPID LIKE A ROBOT. HOW STUPID..CECE SHOULD HAVE WENT HOME AT BOOT CAMP…HOW STUPID CAN DEMI BE…
WILLIE JONES IS THE MAN!!!!! WE LOVE YOU…DEMI PLAYED YOU BUT HER DAY IS COMING..
November 3, 2012 @ 2:20 am
BRING WILLIE JONES BACK!!!! HE’S THE REASON WHY SO MANY PEOPLE STARTED WATCHING XFACTOR (SIMON SHOULD’T HAVE NEVER LET THAT MESS GO DOWN LIKE THAT..DEMI IS A 20 YEAR OLD WANNA BE JUDGE TRYING TO MAKE THOSE GIRLS LOOK LIKE HER AND NOT SEEING TRUE TALENT.. SIMON SD AT WILLIE’S FIRST AUDITION.. HE PRAYED FOR SOMEONE LIKE WILLIE AND NOW YOU LET THAT GIVE YOU… ORETARDO SEND YOUR BLESSING HOME..THE ONE YOU ASK GOD TO BEY GOD SIMON AND BRING WILLIE JONES BACK!!!!
November 3, 2012 @ 2:09 am
MAYBE IF SIMON SEND BRITTNEY SPEARS AND DEMI HOME AND GET SOME REAL JUDGES WITH EXPERIECE…WILLIE JONES AND DIAMOND WHITE WILL BE IN TH TOP 12..THEY ARE 2 OF THE BEST SINGERS… SMH…I’M DONE WATCHING XFACTOR I SEE WHY THE VOICE HAS BETTER RATINGS NOW…
November 3, 2012 @ 2:02 am
November 3, 2012 @ 2:00 am
XFACTOR 2012–YOU SENT THE THE MAN HOME WHO MADE SO MANY OF US WATCH THE SHOW THAT WOULD HAVE NEVER WATCH A REALITY SHOW..WILLIE JONES IS THE REASON WHY I STARTED WATCHING THE SHOW B/C A COWORKER TOLD ME THAT HE WAS SO GENUINE AN REAL…HE BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES WHENI HEARD HIS FIRST AUDITION AND I’AM “STRAIGHT” MAN…FROM THEN ON , I HAVE’NT MISSED ONE SHOW..THERE IS NO NEED TO WATCH IT NOW…ONLY ONE GIRL OUT OF THE 3 THAT WAS CHOSEN SHOULD HAVE STAYED…WILLIE JONES SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE FIRST ONE PICK TO STAY….HE IS A SUPERSTAR!!!! KEEP YOUR DREAM ALIVE YOUNG MAN!!!!
November 3, 2012 @ 1:45 am
I CAN’T BELIEVE SIMON LET A DUMB 20 YEAR OLD WANT TO BE SEND WILLIE JONES HOME…HE WAS THE REASON WHY 95% OF AMERICA WAS WATCHIG XFACTOR..HE BROUGHT LIFE AND FU TO THE SHOW…I KNOW THOSE CHOICE OF SONGS WAS NOT WILLIE’S AND HE KNOWS HE WANT TO SING COUNTRY WITH A LIL SOUL IN IT…I WANT BE WATCHING THE SHOW ANYMORE…I SEE XFACTOR DON’T WANT ORINGAL, FRESH, AND NEW TALENT AS WILLIE JONES IS…I KNOW HE WILL GO FAR AND I HOPE HE LET AMERICA KOW HOW XFACTOR REALLY DID HIM WRONG BUT TRUST ME..YOU WILL HEAR FROM HIM AGAIN…ITS NOT OVER….. WE LOVE YOU WILLIE JONES…GOD NOWS WHATS BEST FOR YOU!!!!!!
November 2, 2012 @ 11:30 pm
Crazy. I cannot believe that David Correy got the boot, seriously that guy was incredible. And Willie Jones was just plain awesome–obviously he couldn’t sing in the higher range, but his low-range singing is just so unique and chillingly cool. And Diamond White is so talented, hard to understand how she could be eliminated. Also, didn’t Britney Spears essentially say the same thing after virtually each performance? “I wasn’t so sure last night, but you definitely made me a believer tonight….”
November 2, 2012 @ 11:01 pm
This was clearly Brittany showing her racism. And the only reason Demi kept Paige was because she couldn’t put both black acts in the bottom 2 without being completely persecuted. All of Simon shows don’t want minorities winning anymore. Maybe its better that way because the winners don’t do much anyway.
November 2, 2012 @ 9:37 pm
to joel … dont send them on tour they have no talent …
November 2, 2012 @ 9:34 pm
Yes I agree Paula knows talent why she was replaced is beyound me
November 2, 2012 @ 9:33 pm
Dimi is a idiot first of all she has no talent at all so how can she judge or mentor anyone she probably didnt even mentor Willy Jones … just her favorites and Britney I dont know what she was thinking …Yes I am done w/Xfactor unless Simon gets rid of those two air heads no one will be watching
November 2, 2012 @ 1:40 pm
Demi and Britney are the worst mentors ever! trying to turn good singer into their little pop star clones.. x factor is terrible this years .. u can’t even see or hear the singers because of the dancers and the audience screaming the entire time.. Simon made a huge mistake with these two. At least Paula and Nicole cared about the people. The Voice rules now.
November 2, 2012 @ 12:17 pm
It is a terrible decision sending Willies Jones home. He is unfortunately with a wrong mentor.
November 2, 2012 @ 11:33 am
Send Britney Home. She has destroy X-Factor 2012 – X-Factor will lose millions of viewers because of Britney sending Diamond home. Diamond has the X-factor more than any other contestant. Stupid Britney need to do what she does best. Nothing. She can’t sing, can’t dance and can’t judge a turtle race.
November 2, 2012 @ 11:24 am
Worse episode of X-factor ever = 11-1-2012 – Worse judging ever =L.A., Britney and Demi – Worse judges ever = Britney and Demi; Bring back Paula and Nicole, they know what they are doing. Britney and Demi need to go back on tour.
November 2, 2012 @ 7:54 am
Diamond was the strongest singer than Beatrice, and Britney made the worst choice. Send Britney home! I’m done watching this dumb show!
November 2, 2012 @ 7:47 am
I wad loving xfactor until u senr home dismond and willie what s mistake I want wstch the show now
November 2, 2012 @ 7:43 am
First of all, how can a show about talent pick two judges who have no talent and are horrible role models for any up and coming star. How can a show choose two of the worst people to mentor or judge anyone for their talent. Take a tip from the voice. They use judges and mentors who understand what talent is. Britney and Demi played a race and not talent card. Dumi ( not Demi) you sent Willie home instead of the blond shaved head girl (who looked like a robot) who cried to save
her spot (really). Simon says to Willie “you have a unique voice and you just have to fond someone who know what to do with it” really what is the Xfactor all about if not find someone with unusual talent like Willie and not the robot who is a dime a dozen. Now Britney, you put that second little black hair girl I think her name was Beatrice through (don’t even remember her name so what does that say) over Diamond. You clearly did not want to win by sending Diamond or Arin home but it’s clear that if you did win it would not be a young african american girl or guy that did it for you. Even Simon said the two in the sing off should not be up there because neither of then should go home. It’s clear alot of the judges decisions are based on favoritism and not talent. Simon you sent Sister C home really. You took talent over a group that you are gonna change their name dress them like porn stars and try to make them stars. La you keep entertainment over talent which you said last night really
November 2, 2012 @ 6:25 am
Just nuts Diamond got sent home, I was liking the show to that point, & this was my first year watching.
November 2, 2012 @ 2:40 am
Im done… not watching the X factor anymore… dressing the girl up to look like a robot. what was that hair ? shaving her head… making her look terrible. then sending the best guy home… WILLIE JONES… he was the biggest suprise and everyone I talk to talks about Willie.. and you stupid people send him home.. go on with your show.. Im done …. CRAP!
November 2, 2012 @ 1:21 am
Ms. Britney, love you, but in your own words “oops you did it again” another bad decision! While I understand Beatrice was your personal favorite, America would’ve fallen in love with Diamond White. Not to mention, Diamond’s vocal are far greater than Beatrice & no doubt she could’ve easily made it to the final 4, if not win the entire competition; with the right coaching. While on the other hand Beatrice will be lucky to make it to the top ten.
November 2, 2012 @ 12:55 am
WTH was that all about!? BEATRICE OVER DIAMOND, you have got to be kidding me. You have not seen the last of her. Truly a Whitney in the making!! Unbelievable. I’m so done watching this darn tv show!
November 2, 2012 @ 12:42 am
Send Britney and Demi home….. What a waste
November 2, 2012 @ 12:40 am
I think it’s funny how the bad decisions were made by brittney and Demi … Seein as they are really good at making bad decisions *cough cough* drug addiction!!!!!!! I bet they were on something during this last show . It’s pathetic that they can even be judges and judge people when they truly are horrible role models. This show has lost my respect they better find new judges next year !
November 2, 2012 @ 12:38 am
Diamond White gone? Insane! I hope someone in the record industry sees what a dumb move that was….
November 2, 2012 @ 12:23 am
Yeah I agree completely agree with the comments here. The auditions showed the potential of all these great stars but the judges screwed each and every one of them. Especially Demi… What was she thinking? And don’t even get me started on the robot that only spits a word: “Amazing”
November 1, 2012 @ 11:29 pm
ya i lost my taste to watch it now poor judging
November 1, 2012 @ 11:27 pm
diamond going home was the worse of many mistakes i’ve seen so far
November 1, 2012 @ 11:13 pm
WHITNEY MADE ONE OF THE HUGEST MISTAKE EVER,SENDING DIAMOND HOME………..THAT IS ANOTHER YOUNG WHITNEY HOUSTON IN PROGRESS…….
November 1, 2012 @ 11:08 pm
I’m just glad that CeCe made it.
November 1, 2012 @ 11:05 pm
Wow , Britney made a bad decision sending Diamond home. What was she thinking. I find it odd that Diamond was even in the bottom 2. I am not sure why Beatrice got straight thru. The judges should have to explain their choices, it would be interesting to see Britney try to explain her brain fart.
November 1, 2012 @ 10:33 pm
Agreed, huge mistake. Along with an amazing voice, she has presence, personality, and poise. Had her pegged for a top 3 finish.
Arin, while a decent singer, is dime a dozen and doesn’t stand out.
Much like last year, the categories aren’t balanced and having a judge make the choice from within each of their groups at this point is flawed. Once they make it to live shows the viewers should have input, or at least pool all 16 and send 4 home from any of the categories. In this case it would have been really easy to send home two groups (sister C and 1432). Also Jason should have been sent packing.
November 1, 2012 @ 10:32 pm
This was my last night watching. Britney made a very bad decision sending Diamond home. She is a star in the making so maybe it was a blessing to remove her from Britney’s care. Britney is a Non Factor in the success of Diamond White….
November 1, 2012 @ 10:22 pm
What a horrible crime to get rid of little diamond white. She is awesome
November 1, 2012 @ 10:18 pm
Brittany made a horrible mistake sending diamon white home. That was insane