Semi-finals night on “The X Factor”: four acts remain in the competition, three to go through to the finals next week. Tonight is all about strategic choices Ko-Hosts Khloe Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez tell us, with the contestants and their mentors picking the songs most likely to get them voted through by America — as everybody on “X Factor” refers to the studio audience and 8-9 million-ish viewers watching at home.
And they’re guessing America is in a mood to go back about 30-40 years, judging by the Elton John, Peter Frampton, and Beatles numbers laid down tonight.
So who’s going to be the unlucky act going to go?
Will it be Tate Stevens, Big Hat/Nice Guy, the pretty good country singer who lacks oomph, or will he survive on the strength of his devotion to his wife? His songs tonight, “Bonfire” and “Fall” don’t really break him out.
Will Carly Rose Sonnenclar, the 13-year-old with the big voice, get tossed after making a hash of two quiet, lovely songs — Elton John’s “Your Song” and John Lennon’s “Imagine” — with her showy, high volume antics?
Does boy band Emblem3 — a hit with tweeners — get the heave ho after, making a play for those tweeners’ mothers with scuffed up versions Peter Frampton’s “Baby I Love Your Way” and The Beatles “Hey, Jude”?
Fifth Harmony, Simon’s girl group, finally takes the spotlight this week however briefly, when they dress up as dolls and perform Ellie Goulding’s “Anything Could Happen,” at the Mad Hatter’s tea party. But do we toss them out on their ear for the second number, Shontelle’s “Impossible,” in which they break into Spanish periodically because, as one of them explains with no trace of shame “singing in Spanish might get us into the finals.”
It’s up to you, America (may we call you America?). Vote below in our non-binding yet guaranteed-to-be-uncannily accurate poll, who you think won’t make it to next week’s shot at the Big X.