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
Marcus Canty was not given exactly a great song by L.A. Reid on X Factor, but he did the best with what he had.
The song "All My Life" by K.C. & JoJo (Note to X Factor site, it is NOT Casey & Jojo) was performed by Marcus in front of Rihanna and L.A. Reid.
He sang it better than K.C. & Jojo could and did. Marcus seemed more intimidated by Reid than Rihanna. Interesting.
We liked it but still did not like song choice.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Wonder if Reid will pick "Freak n u" next by Jodeci