'The X Factor' Season 2, Episode 10 Recap - 'Judges Homes #2'
We're back at L.A.'s house, which we can assume is actually L.A.'s house. Apparently Britney's and Simon's houses in yesterday's episodes were a lie. I wouldn't be surprised if it was the same with L.A.
Jason Brock is our first focus, whose own family was apparently pretty down on him on this whole singing thing. L.A. doesn't seem to be giving out the individual mentoring like Demi did, but then again he's also pretending to be really pissed about having to coach these horrible, awful over 25s. Because clearly they have one foot in the grave. They're over 25! So old! This is the most ageist show on TV.
Jason sings "Big Girls Don't Cry" and vocally does very nicely. It's an odd performance, though, and he doesn't really sell the story of the song. Then again, it's a terrible song.
David Correy is up next, and does a slowed-down, plodding arrangement of "Domino." It works since he's such a great singer, but the song itself drags when it's slow like that. L.A. didn't love it, but Bieber thinks he has the voice and the look. Bieber's manager praises David's passion. He'll probably make it through.
Daryl Black takes the stage, singing "She's Gone" by Hall & Oates, but all soulful-like. L.A. is clearly feeling it, and Bieber thought it was "strong." I want to hear Bieber rip into one of these guys. Might not happen though. Daryl has the voice, but does he have the personality to move on?
Tate Stevens time. He might end up being the sole country representative, judging by the competition Willie Jones is facing over with the Young Adults. He does a nice job, he's charismatic and he has a great voice, but here's the thing about Tate: he's another mid-30's white male country singer. What separates him from the guys that are already out there? He could work for this competition, but in the real world market... I dunno.
Vino Alan opens up about his childhood, which included an abusive father. That feeds his performance of Pink's "Sober." Yes, the big tough dude just sang Pink. He also scuffs L.A.'s shoes. They all agree that Vino has the voice and the soul, but they're worried about his nerves. Can he do this on a big stage in the finals?
And now, Tara Simon. You may remember her as the obnoxiously dramatic vocal coach, who you have to assume is impossible to deal with. "I hope that America is going to love me, and I want to be America's darling," she says. Nobody who says they want to be America's darling gets to be America's darling.
She sings "The Reason" and shows a reasonable amount of restraint, for her. It's still way too showy. But you can't deny she has tremendous vocal talent. Too bad she's obnoxious.
We skip over to Britney's house (which apparently belongs to Alex Rodriguez or something) to check in on all the teens. We can already pretty much guarantee that Diamond White and Carly Rose Sonenclar will be going through, barring any disasters for them.
First up is Diamond White, who is still adorable. We quickly revisit the fact that she shares a bed with her mom and an apartment with her huge family, and then she launches into Avril Lavigne's "I'm With You." Beatrice says it best: "Flawless. Like to the point where it's not fair." Will.i.am thinks she's too concerned with her moves.
Reed Deming is up next, and he's still kind of a ham, but less so. My favorite thing about this show so far is watching these incredibly self-conscious 13-year-olds walk across the lawn to the microphone. So awkward. Reed is less awkward when he sings "Hey There Delilah" pretty nicely. He'll probably go through with the obvious choices.
James Tanner is up, and I don't even remember him. Apparently he's a rapper. Maybe I just blocked it out. They skip over him pretty quickly. He's out almost for sure.
Arin Ray, who was in last year's finals in InTENsity, takes the stage after James, and does a soft, slow, soulful version of... Nicki Minaj's "Starships." Huh? Well, it seems to work okay, even though most of it is just a bunch of "whoa whoa" and "yeah yeah." Will.i.am thinks he has potential, but need a bit of vocal work.
Beatrice Miller, another of the 13-year-olds, is crying before she even heads out. Wanna know why? BECAUSE 13 IS TOO YOUNG FOR THIS SHOW. Too much dream crushing going on here. Beatrice does a version of "Bulletproof" that is, you guessed it, slowed down and acoustic. This is getting annoying. Is it just because all pop music these days is dance pop? Anyway, she does a nice job with it: she has a great tone and strong pipes.
Carly Rose Sonenclar time! She actually gets a brief pre-song interview, which goes to show how much she's being favored here. She's pretty clearly the finalist for this group, unless Diamond manages to upset, or things go nuts once the audience vote comes in and Arin gets huge screaming girl fan support.
That settles up all of the performances, so you can bet that next week will start with everyone getting their news, one by one. Expect tears of joy and tears of soul-crushing defeat.
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