Simone Battle kicked it off for Simon's girls on X Factor and she did not fair well.
Battle passing instead of Jazzlyn Little at the judge's house was surprising to me. Battle's performance again proved to me that Simon was dead wrong about Simone. Battle lost the war and Simon deserved Reid's comments for contestant choice big time. Simon said that Reid was out of touch. As much as I usually agree with Simon, he was wrong and I know he will be eliminating Battle.
Rachel Crowe, the 13-year-old 9th grader was going to bring it. No doubt. It helped following a lackluster performance from Battle. She mixed in a soul classic along with "Baby" by Justin Bieber. This is the 2nd time a Bieber song has been used on X Factor. Drew covered it in auditions.
Perhaps Simon thinks American's cannot remember what they had for lunch let alone using a song twice within a month. This American is not that stupid, Simon. Nicole and Paula critiqued the song choice and Simon got testy. Regardless, Crowe stunned and is going through.
Next was the artist formerly known as Drew Ryniewiz. Now just simply called Drew. She performed "What A Feeling" the 80's classic by Irene Cara. I knew before one note was sung that this girl was going to blow me away. She started it off slow and with the second verse she stepped it up a little bit, bringing it higher and showing off her vocal ability.
The judges have to be scared. This contest is Drew's to win. I am not even going to use the word lose. Drew and Josh are ahead of everyone else. Simon's decision is going to be hard...except for keeping Drew. That is easy. Big time.
Tiah Tolliver was next and she was going to have to give the performance of a lifetime. Although I liked the song choice of "Sweet Dreams" and her Rihannaesque performance, it was not enough. Can we fix that lipstick? Reid criticized for song and contestant choice yet again. I know that has to irk Simon but Reid is right. Nicole slammed Tiah and Simon big time. Big time! I had to wonder if Simon would keep her just to prove everyone wrong or see that Tiah's time is gone?
Melanie Amaro was the last performance of the night, saved by Simon. She performed "I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston and everyone thought he performance was amazing. It was good. It was good to make it to the next round but not better than Drew. Simon made the right choice brining her back however.
Simon announced that Drew and Rachel were going through and made us wait for him to announce Melanie joining them. Simon has the strongest group but Melanie is one bad performance away from elimination. She is going to have to bring it week after week and hope Drew falters. Doubt it but you never know.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Simon & Nicole's quips were rather interesting....
Dexter Haygood was the first performer for the over 30's, Nicole Sherzinger's X Factor group.
Dexter covered Britney Spears and Katy Perry in his performance. I was hoping he would bring it. He had the outfit . He had the look. He found himself. Yet, it was not enough. The enthusiasm and energy were there. Just not the voice. Reid criticized Nicole for song choice while Simon called it the weirdest milkshake in the world. It would take someone messing up bad for Dexter not to be eliminated. No Dex Factor here.
Leroy Bell was next. The youngest looking 60-year-old I ever did see. He sang like the angel that we thought he is.
Reid criticized Nicole again for song selection. Paula called his voice velvet and hit the nail on the head saying that he sounded like Michael Bolton. Simon said he was lacking confidence and wish he was mentoring him. This is where it started to get ugly between Simon and Nicole for the rest of the show. It is obvious to me that Nicole is going to keep Leroy on Simon's comments alone.
Next is Stacy Francis who killed "Purple Rain" the last time we saw her. Out of all the contestants, she has had the most chances and performed with superstars in the past.
For the second time tonight, a contestant performed a George Michael song. Francis covered "One More Try" and hit it out of the park. She sang it. Not sung it. I liked the gospel feel of the song. I did not like her outfit and it is not a fashion show, but Simon agreed with me that the outfit was wrong. He criticized Nicole again for song choice and had to have Nicole explain to me what she meant by Stacy having wings. Regardless, Stacy is going through.
Josh Krajcik was next. The former burrito slinger is a favorite of mine. I am not afraid to say that. Josh did not dress up and I am wondering when we are going to see this guy in a suit. Regardless, it was not his best performance and he still nailed it. He used his raspy voice, touch, and zeal in the performance. It was not a tremendous performance but I know he has it in him to blow us away. Josh is going through to the next round. Simon fears him. Rightfully so.
Nicole did not go with her heart and eliminated Dexter, who seemed surprised by the decision. I am just glad he did not cry because it hurts seeing that man cry.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Keep Doing Your Thing Dexter
The Stereo Hogzz were the first group performers on the X Factor live show. How did Paula Abdul do in preparing the groups?
The Stereo Hogzz had their moves down. The vocal delivery was there. They also mixed in rap with their performance. It was good. Not great but really good. All the judges said it was good. Not one said great. They were spot on saying it was retro and current. Enough in my opinion to make it to the next round.
The Brewer Boys, in my opinion had to knock it out of the park to make it to the next round. Nervousness crept in and it was obvious. It went away when they kicked into "Faith" by George Michael but they could not recover from the mess up on "Rich Girl" when they went back into it. Reid criticized Paula for song choice. Simon said they just were not shining. To me, right now, they are going home.
InTENsity was next. The 10 of them thrown together for X Factor to make their own Disney club. Meaning that many of the 10 are going to make it in the industry and X Factor will be able to take the credit. They stayed current covering "Footloose" with the remake of the movie still being in theatres. I liked the 369 rap. Nicole Sherzinger called him her little pumpkins. Much better than the Brewer Boys. In my opinion, going through.
Lakoda Rayne was next. It was another group thrown together like InTENsity. They covered "Come On Eileen" the classic 80's song. They did not blow me away but they did nail it. They are good. Not great. Simon and Reid appeared to agree with me. Paula cried at how good they performed and was proud of them. Obviously, they are staying.
Paula sent the Brewer Boys home. It was the right decision. I hope it is not the last we hear of them. Hone your craft.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Stereo Hoggz is the only real group left. Step it up.
L.A. Reid and the contestants of X Factor he was mentoring went first. Astro (Brian Bradley) rapped over "Jump" by Kris Kross.
His performance was everything we expected from Astro; arrogant, flashy, and spot on. Kid has energy and doesn't run out of breath. It is obvious he is moving on to the next round.
L.A. Reid's song choice for Chris Rene was horrible. Reid showed he is more arrogant than Astro when Nicole was critical of the song choice of "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" from Rose Royce. It was not Rene's best performance, but his story is so good, there is no way they would get rid of him so soon.
Phillip Lomax was doomed the moment Reid said he was sensational when he introduced him. Lomax surprised me with his upbeat performance. He even lost the hat. Simon was critical and called it cabaret. Paula called it "Mighty Fine" and I started to wonder what was in her Pepsi cup. It was the best performance so far by Lomax but not good enough. He would need Canty to mess up bad.
Marcus Canty was the next performer and had no lack of confidence. Singing Culture Club? What? An upbeat version as well. I am not sure about song selection. Nicole said he was born to sing. Paula was impressed. Even Simon liked it. Not sure if I agreed with Simon or if he is was trying to make it harder on Reid.
Lomax was eliminated. It as the right choice even with Rene's horrible performance. Rene better kick some booty next week or he is gone.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Rene no longer the man in this catagory
With Halloween just a week away, Nikka Costa covered "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath as a treat for us.
Unfortunately for Nikka, someone decided to play a trick on her and all of her Halloween decorations were ripped off the outside of her house. So not cool.
Nikka decided to reflect on her 3 shows she did in Venice the past few weeks and deliver a campy and fun Halloween video.
Check it out above and let us know what you think.-DocFB
Diagnosis: It really is eye poppin'
We can confirm that Sly Stone has entered rehab over the weekend and when he gets out, he wants to record with Lady Gaga.
This was the statement released to drfunkenberry.com regarding his checking into rehab;
"Sly wants to get clean, and stay sober. Sly has fallen on very hard times in the past few years. Sly will be in rehab for at least the next 90 days, and he is committed to getting sober."
So, after Sly gets out, he wants to record with Lady Gaga. He stated in September that he has hundreds of tracks newly recorded that Gaga could use.
"I see all the guys playing those old songs. Let these guys know, like Lady Gaga, let me come in, just let me come in and pay me if you like it."
Stone recently admitted last month that he is homeless, by choice it seems, living on the streets of Crenshaw.
We really hope the 8th time is the charm for Sly. It is truly heartbreaking to see a legend like him not able to beat and battle his demons.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Gaga And Sly? Hmm.
Lady Gaga was announced as a performer on the Grammy Nomination Special that will air on Wednesday, November 30th on CBS.
Along with Lady Extravaganza and Jason Aldean are the first two to be announced for the special.
We have a feeling that Gaga will perform "Marry The Night" her latest song and she has filmed an upcoming video, which the photo above is from her shooting the video in L.A. She also filmed more portions of the video in New Jersey earlier this month.
Well, we will be watching the Grammy special now to see Gaga's performance for sure.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Expect Gaga To Get A Buttload Of Grammy Nominations
If L.A. Reid is trying to show that record executives are dirty, he is doing quite a job. Reid is admitting he is trying to sabatoge the X Factor contestants that Simon Cowell is mentoring this season.
We are sure the story was planted but we know there is truth to it. In my opinion. Simon and Nicole Sherzinger have the most talented contestestants to mentor. Drew Ryniewicz & LeRoy Bell for starters.
Simon Cowell has been nothing but complimentary of Reid, saying he has him beat when it comes to finding talent. Interesting how Babyface and others are not mentioned in the talent that Reid found. Even taking credit for signing Justin Bieber when Usher and Justin Timberlake were both fighting to sign Bieber. Where was Reid then?
Reid can play all the mind games and dirty tricks he wants to Simon and his contestants. Drew ain't no fool.-DocFB
Diagnosis: We Are Lovin' X Factor So Far......