Usher took to SNL this weekend and performed 2 new songs "Scream" & "Climax" and although the titles were suggestive and wanting you to do them, and I did like "Scream" it did not make me want to do it.
Usher is hitting that level of being a veteran act but still stuck with the "ooh baby, baby" mentality he had with other hits. We love the breakdown of "Scream" but wonder where is the man who gave us "Confessions" and "Nice & Slow" about 10 years ago?
"Climax" to me was just to show off he still works out hard and has the big guns. It was slightly long. Although "Climax" is straight forward in it's title, he did not go the way of Brian McKnight wanting to show you how your you know what works.
Perhaps these songs were not meant for the male listener but doesn't Usher want us choosing those songs while with our ladies? "Climax" may make it there in time but I am not so sure about "Scream" this time.
What did U think Of Usher's performances? At least he sang live.-DocFB
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