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The X Factor Week in Review and Power Rankings: Do You Like Knowing Exactly How America Voted?

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.



Updated Power Rankings (Now officially reflective of America's vote, with our take on what the country's tastes have brought to the table)

See last week's power rankings here.


12. Cece Frey


It's been a stunning fall from grace for Cece as her "Eye of the Tiger" performance on Wednesday was clearly despised by America. And the judges didn't even enjoy her much stronger sing-off performance enough to give her the majority of the votes (L.A. and Britney voted for Jason, somehow). As a result, Cece survived only because more viewers voted for her. In fairness, only Jason Brock's immediate family and high school theater director voted for him, but it was still a very bad sign for Cece's future on the show.


11. Arin Ray


On Wednesday night he sang "American Boy" and it turns out he can rap a little, dipping into Kanye West's part of the duo. Who woulda thunk it? The performance was a big step up from last week. L.A. loved it. Demi was speechless. Simon: "Big, big difference." But America? Less enthusiastic, with a #11 ranking.


10. Beatrice Miller


She sang "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls on Wednesday night, a song that Emblem3 had previously take n a shot at. Her scratchy voice added a little something different and the crowd really seemed into it. Demi jumped on board with support immediately: "No matter what song you're singing, I know that I can connect to you."


9. Lyric 145


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.


8. Paige Thomas


It has to be the Rihanna resemblence that is still powering Paige Thomas at this point because Demi's ridiculous staging is not doing her any favors. She sang "Take My Breath Away" on Wednesday and the judges were consistent with their coaching. L.A: Good, but "you're capable of great." Simon wanted more out of the performance. A dance song transition. "You don't want to make this into a karaoke competition."


7. Jennel Garcia


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."


6. Emblem3


Because Emblem3 is a Simon creation, they tackled a mashup, which Simon can't get enough of this year. This time it was "My Girl" into "California Gurls" with a little surfer rap thrown in. L.A.: "I hate perfection." And Demi ripped Simon for throwing in a tease of a One Direction song because they're an easy comparison.


5. Fifth Harmony


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."


4. Diamond White


No, you aren't crazy. She was eliminated last week, but her exit turned out to be brief because the judges (read: Simon) determined that a mistake had been made. So this week, Diamond and her adorable child (don't underestimate the Kiddo Wild Card) reentered the competition. On Wednesday she wore a white suit and tackled Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing." There've been a ton of Whitney songs this year, but Diamond hit some impressive notes. L.A.: "Amibitious song choice. But you know you brought it, girl." Demi: "Trying not to cry." Britney: "You channeled Whitney."


3. Vino Alan


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.


2. Carly Rose Sonneclar


We've always had her at #1 in our rankings, and she seemed generally shocked to be beaten out by the old man. Expect her to double down on that moment where she almost broke into tears at the end of her song on Wednesday night. The girl knows what works. Britney said it best: "I feel like you should have closed the show, because no one can follow that."


1. Tate Stevens


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."


Eliminated: Jason Brock


Jason went for a song from Space Jam. Great album, sure, but "I Believe I can Fly" didn't exactly show off any new talents from Jason. Britney: "Feels like a Vegas lounge act." Demi: "Predictable. Cabaret." Simon: "The way that you're dressed, you look like a singer in an Italian restaurant." Sorry, Jason. Better luck next year.



"Let's do it live!" Our favorite judge and host moments this week...

– 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.



QUESTIONS

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?

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Vino was the best
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1) I think the only reason they did this is to be different from other singing shows. Currently, XFactor is the least popular singing show, and having this 'twist' would make them unique among the shows. I like it just because its different.

2) I personally don't think it will make any difference. Maybe some mentors will force their acts to do something more appealing to get more votes, but that doesn't mean the rankings will change.

3) If I know I was 12, 11, 10 or even 9, I think I'll just enjoy what little time I have left.

4) Possibly. I also watch the UK version and the second-to-the-last act during the first voting elimination survived, and he is still in the competition.
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Emblem 3 are still no.1 for me...
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I don't think Cece will make it past next week, as much as I would like her to. I f she does I don't see her making it past the top 8 maybe. She's just not as strong as the other contestants, but then again the judges did say they liked her despite her weak vocal. I don't know the judges confuse me. Paige should definitely leave before Cece
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Agreed! Paige should go before Cece. I still feel that Cece is probably one of the most talented of the group, but Demi is giving her awful songs to sing every week...
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demi is an awful mentor
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I agree. I really like her personality but she literally has the worst arguments in any discussion with Simon. I dislike her for sending Jillian Jensen home, I hate that she doesn't know what to do with Paige, and she takes Cece and Janel in a completely wrong direction too. Cece should be a little more alternative and sensitive, though ballads are a bit too played out. Janel should go for lesser known rock. Both their songs were way too popular this week, as if anyone can give Eye of the Tiger or I Love Rock and Roll a new twist? Those songs sing themselves.
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So true, if Demi just took a little of what Simon is saying to her there would be such a massive improvement. The man knows what he is talking about! Taking help is a good thing
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there's some people I wish would go home sooner than Jason, but overall I agreed



however the show's voting is pretty much a joke, why have America vote if it's basically up to the judges anyway? surprised they don't just give the producer the tie breaker vote
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1. Yes. 2. I hope so. 3. Some of them, yes. 4. Yes!



Cece is one of my favourites because of her struggle and looks. However her signing for survivor was like pig squeals, she gave the most of what she has the best, but besides that it was more of a fight than interesting performance. BTW, I hated "The Eye of the Tiger", because it was impossible to hear Cece's voice over the chorus.



Show is entertaining thats it's whole goal. I enjoy it every week. But I have to admit, Mr. Lopez suc** b***. He's like a robot smiling non stop with a tone of voice you can only get on live tv. I like Khloe, because she's realistic and she touches Simon.



Everybody not remotely brainless is aware that Carly Rose Sonneclar is experienced professional Broadway singer, something that is not made aware to the public in the shows. She's highly talented and she doesn't fit or need X Factor, she's more like Nina Simone or dith Piaf, much beyond simple pop-star. I hope she doesn't win, for her own good.



Then again, I don't like country....
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i'm thinking of giving up on this show not because of the contestants but because it's crappy over all... the hosts are awful, audience is too loud, they're clearly not prepared for a live show since we saw lots of blank spaces between hosts and judges lines... it was just really awful!...



even tho i love demi, she is not a good mentor at all... she has such strong contestants but they all end up having an ok performance based on special effects and not their voice or talent...



funny to see simon getting his 3 groups goin thru after huge fail by paula abdul last yr with her groups being off the competition so quickly! kudos to simon (btw, lyric145 is amazing!)



i'll give it one more try next week but maybe i'll just stick with the voice
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