Last week on the X-Factor
saw the debut of the Four Chair Challenge; something they’ve already been doing across the pond, but had yet to attempt here in the U.S.
It was up to each judge to eliminate 6 of their 10 right there on the spot, rather than the boot-camp experience from last season. After each song, the judge will decide to either send them home or give them a chance to sit in one of the four chairs in the Final Four. Nobody should get too comfortable though! Just because you get a seat, doesn’t mean you get to keep it…it’s the worst possible form of musical chairs ever. Somebody else (the judges) get to say who keeps a seat. The pressure is on!
Kelly Rowland and her group, the Over 25’s were up first. Each of the 10 finalists sang their little hearts out hoping that 1) they get a seat in the Final Four; and. 2) they keep it. One of my favorites was mother of 8 from Missouri, Victoria Carriger, who belted out a Garth Brooks number that initially earned her a spot in the Final Four.
Next up, we heard from Kristine Mirelle, Jeff Gutt, Lorie Moore, Alison Davis and Denny “Santa” Smith. Kelly somehow managed to find it within herself to send Denny home, which clearly is going to land her on the naughty list this Christmas.
Finally we heard from James Kenney, Rachel Potter, Jeff Brinkman and fan-favorite, Lillie McCloud, who looked stunning as she belted out Dionne Warwick’s “A House Is Not A Home.”
Kelly’s final Final Four ended up being Jeff Gutt, Rachel Potter, James Kenney and of course, Lillie McCloud.
Check out Lillie’s amazing performance below:
Next up it was Demi’s turn, and knowing her she won’t have an easy task of cutting back her group of Girls. The soft-hearted songstress proved last year she invests more than her wisdom, but also her emotions into the singers, so tears are expected.
First up was Bree Randall, Khaya Cohen, Jamie Pineda and Ashley Williams, all who sang their hearts out and earned a chair. The next night we continued with Demi’s group to the sounds of Simone Torres who managed to steal a chair from Bree, before losing it after the next singer, Danielle Geimer took the stage.
Rylie Brown and Primrose Martin both were sent packing without even getting to warm a seat.
Then comes eighth grader Rion Paige, who brought the tears I was expecting with Rascall Flatt’s “I Won’t Let Go,” which of course earned her a chair in the Final Four; Ashly’s chair to be exact. The final performer was Ellona Santiago who had a killer cover for Zedd’s “Clarity” which earned her the right to move into Jamie’s seat and a spot in the ultimate Final Four.
Ellona will be joined in the next round by Rion, Khaya and Danielle.
returns tonight on FOX (8/7C) with Paulina dicing through the Boys and Simon cutting through the hearts of the Groups; how does he always manage to get the groups anyway? Surely this is not a setup by producers in hopes of discovering the American version of One Direction??
Check out Rion’s rendition of “I Won’t Let Go” below:
Tune in tonight, PopWrappers, to hear your favorite Boys and Groups battle it out for a seat in the ultimate Final Four!