Review: Simon Puts Through Rachel, Drew & Melanie

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....