Get ready for some product placement on Wednesday night’s “X Factor” USA episode; after all, the Pepsi Challenge is back! During this ridiculous segment, America will have “picked” the song!
Unfortunately, voting for this round is already over given that the contestants needed time to prepare … but we’re still not sure how we feel about the basic idea of this. If you were going to have America vote, why not give them a little bit of a larger list of songs to choose from? Most of these tracks are either killed to death on reality singing shows already (and are thus the likely choices of the viewing public), or are just plain “meh” choices that would be America’s form of sabotage.
Based on the list that is out there, we are now going to do our best to size up some of the choices! Update: Since the actual choices were literally just unveiled, we’re going to include them … and there are some good choices, but also some duds.
Carly Rose Sonenclar
Great choice – Ellie Goulding’s version of Elton John’s “Your Song.” Janet Devlin did a great take on this on the British version of the show, and she would here, too.
Terrible choice – Beyonce’s “If I Were a Boy.” Carly Rose is not an R&B singer, and Rachel Crow killed this song last year. However, the voters will probably pick this one, anyway.
“Meh” – Michael Jackson’s “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.” It’s better for Beyonce, but we don’t really see Carly Rose having that much in common with the King of Pop.
America picks – “If I Were a Boy.” Have fun with that, America.
Great choice – Ke$ha’s “Die Young.” We have been comparing CeCe to Ke Dollar Sign Ha for weeks now, and while “Tik Tok” would have been even better than this one, she needs something like this to showcase that fun, playful side that was there before the live rounds.
Bad choice – Katy Perry’s “Part of Me.” It’s almost impossible for anyone other than Katy to sing her songs well … and if you’ve seen her live, she doesn’t always excel at it, either.
“Meh” – Pink’s “So What.” This is a great song. But can CeCe really relate to a song about losing your husband?
America picks – “Part of Me.” CeCe haters, you may have just your wish.
Great choice – Rihanna’s “Diamonds.” We think that someone probably put this on here a joke, but America probably picked it, anyway. The thing is that this could feel like a fun, youthful song for her, and as corny as the diamond connection is, it’s far better than the other choices.
Bad choice – Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose.” Diamond really should not even be thinking about much of the meaning of this song yet. Enough said.
“Meh” – Duffy’s “Mercy.” She’ll do an okay job at it, but there’s probably nothing she can do to a truck that has been performed a million times already.
America picks – “Diamonds.” This will totally get her through this coming week just on the hook alone.
Good choice – “Forever Young.” What an awesome choice this is. Seriously. This almost makes up for what the producers did to Diamond. There is enough reggae flair in here for the guys to excel, and it also works in doing something that Simon Cowell needs right now: people voting for this group beyond teenage girls.
Bad choice – The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling.” Does anyone else find it funny that Emblem3 could be doing a song that was more hip-hop than anything Lyric 145 performed?
“Meh” – Bruno Mars’ “Marry You.” It would play well to the teen girls, but they don’t even need to do this at this point.
America picks – “Forever Young.” Thank you, whoever made this choice.
Good choice – Ellie Goulding’s “Anything Can Happen.” It’s too bad no one in America knows this song, so nobody probably voted for it.
Bad choice – One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.” Ugh. Simon Cowell just wanted to make more money here.
“Meh” – Demi Lovato’s “Give Your Heart a Break.” It’s an okay song choice, but it still feels like the producers being cute since this is a Demi song.
America picks – “Give Your Heart a Break.” Wait, are all five of these ladies going to be giving five different hearts a break at the same time?
Good choice – Garth Brooks’ “If Tomorrow Never Comes.” If Tate wants votes, he’ll be hoping for this song. After all, the guy is pretty much Garth Brooks at this point, right?
Bad choice – Jason Aldean’s “She’s Country.” Tate’s not really aggressive enough of a country artist for this. Plus, it means he’d dance again.
“Meh” – Garth Brooks’ “The Dance.” In truth, all three of these choices are predictable and dull. Why can’t Tate make a song from someone into a country track? That’s far more interesting than a straight-up cover of something.
America picks – “If Tomorrow Never Comes.” Tate should do very well with this.
What songs do you want to see some of these artists performing? Be sure to share below, and you can also read up on the recent “X Factor” USA conspiracy theories here.