X Factor Week 8: Four Sent Home, Top 12 Revealed
The ride came to an end for four acts, one from each group, on this week's run of "X Factor USA." On top of that, co-hosts Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian-Odom made their debuts before a live audience.
First up, how did you think Mario and Khloe did ? Clearly Mario is already seasoned at hosting, being a host on "America's Best Dance Crew," but did Khloe hold her own ? It seemed she was strong the first night out but had a few fumbles here and there. The new format with her and Mario trading places, interacting with the contestants backstage, was nice though.
On to the performances. The top 16 took the stage for the first time live with the theme "Made In America." Simon felt as though Jennel Garcia embodied that theme after she arguably gave this week's most polished performance, a rendition of Motley Crue's "Home Sweet Home."
Simon did not feel the same way about Paige Thomas, who opened the show with a theatrical performance of "What Is Love ?" Being 100% honest, Paige is talented in her own way, but she is 100% being packaged like Rihanna and I don't know how long that is going to work in her favor. The performance was nice to watch though.
Country singer Tate Stevens also stood out in his lane and I can understand why he made it through this week. His style is unique, in comparison to the other contestants, who are mostly pop/R&B/rock potential artists. His only competition would be Sister C, but they were sent home Thursday.
Britney Spears admitted to be inspired by her past ("Baby One More Time") when mentoring Carly Rose Sonenclar this week. A front runner, Carly Rose entered the top 12 as well.
All together, there were some strong performances this week and some bad as well. Being that is was the first week though, it was fair to have the judges make the final cuts. Next week however, viewers get to vote and choose who stays and who goes.
This week's final cuts were Diamond White, David Correy, Willie Jones and Sister C.