Once The X Factor's Top 16 contestants were revealed, ongoing Power Rankings seemed like a natural fit for our coverage of the Simon Cowell-produced crooning contest. After all, every singing competition series since the dawn of Pop Idol has carefully guarded the rankings determined by audience voting results, typically via the tried-and-true elimination practice of only revealing the bottom two contestants and forcing them to sing for survival.
"Well, not anymore!" said The X Factor this week. Yes, the singing-for-survival thing is still true, but on Thursday the show decided to reveal the complete order of how America voted after Wednesday's performances. Jason Brock was eliminated just as we suspected he would be (sorry, Mr. Entertainment!). And finally—and perhaps most importantly—we learned *exactly* what kind of music fans are watching this show along with us.
See last week's power rankings here.
On Wednesday they went with a song from Mary Poppins, and yes, you read that correctly: It was "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" remixed to hell. Inventive and trippy. Entertaining, even. We'd work out to it, at least. Demi: "You guys got me so hyped." Simon: "Bloody fantastic." But as the ranking shows, The X Factor likely doesn't have many hip-hop friendly viewers.
The rankings really took an interesting turn here, as we fully expected Jennel to be in close competition with Carly Rose for America's teenage vote. She took on a Joan Jett song this week. Demi is *really* amping up the sex appeal and we didn't think Jennel would pull it off, but this week's performance just worked, at least for us and Britney: "Hot. hot. hot." The judges, however, were not amused. L.A. didn't see the originality; he said it felt like a Joan Jett parody. And Simon didn't like the new look, requesting that Jennel return to fun and charming. "You are better than this."
The group formerly known as LYLAS and 1432 became "Fifth Harmony" on Wedneday night and sang a Christina Perri song. As we predicted, the group has become Camilla Cabello's; this week she sat center chair and started off the song with a solo. When the rest of the grouped joined in, they really did harmonize. Britney: "This week from last week, it's just night and day." Demi: "Wasn't crazy about the arrangement of the song, but I loved the vocals on it."
We had Vino way back at #9 in last week's rankings, but it turns out America really has a soft spot for head tattoos. Either way, we really did love Vino's take on "When A Man Loves a Woman." Simple. Classy. Showed off his range. Simon: "You went from zero to hero in one week." He had been calling for Vino to be a soul singer from day one and L.A. finally listened. Simon even defended Vino's marketability to Demi, bringing up the previously unmarketable Susan Boyle as his prime example.
Well geez, America, you really DO like country music right now, don't you? Tate couldn't really believe it either and we're afraid this #1 ranking might end up being a curse, as the guy hasn't exactly been the best at dealing with pressure so far. Wednesday's performance set him apart; he sang "Wanted Dead or Alive" and it *was* pretty solid, but we really didn't see country music topping The X Factor's charts. Britney: "You definitely are a true cowboy." Simon: "Tonight it actually feels like you've arrived back in this competition."
– The screaming announcer is back! But why?!
– Mario Lopez is calling girls "sweetie" a lot this year. He may be overcompensating after Jason Brock's groping incident last week.
– Speaking of that incident, Jason Brock left the show in a memorable way, stating he "did it for the gays... and Japan." Also, while squeezing Mario's shoulder: "I'm keeping my hands to myself this week, Mario."
– Why does Simon never pay attention to the hosts? On at least three occasions, Mario asked a question and Simon had to have him repeat it.
– Simon and Demi have battled back and forth the last two weeks over song choice and performance elements. Their spat over Jennel's image was perhaps the most interesting, though, as Demi could easily submarine a strong contender if she continues to insist on her style choices.
1. Do you like knowing the exact ranking of America's voting?
2. Do you think that viewers knowing the ranking will affect how they vote going forward?
3. Likewise, do you think that with the singers knowing the ranking, will it affect them going forward?
4. Will Cece make it past next week?