Josh Krajcik Hallelujah
December 16, 2011 by staff
Josh Krajcik Hallelujah, After last week’s shocking results show that ended in the elimination of fan favorite Rachel Crow, the top four X Factor USA contestants picked up the pieces and continued their quest to become the $5 million and Pepsi commercial winner as the semi-finals went down.
The remaining four acts only had two chances to impress America during the intense semi-finals–and they had zero control over one of those chances as America got to select their first song choice (pegged as the Pepsi Challenge). Their second performance song was completely up to them and some of the acts really tried their best to make the performance count. They’d unleash little-known talents and hidden vocal skills all in their effort to make it to the finals.
Here what happened: Marcus Canty: America clearly thinks Marcus has more vocal chops than he really does. They vote for him to sing Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love To You” and in typical Marcus fashion, does a good job with the beginning of the song. Thing get sharp towards the end when the high notes kick in though. Yikes! Doesn’t matter, he gets good remarks from most of the judges. “You are bringing sxy back,” Nicole Scherzinger says. “You are the entertainer of this group and you didn’t let anyone down. Simon Cowell disliked the staging and thought the “zombie” dancing didn’t fit. He also wanted the song to be changed up a little more.
Chris Rene: Corny doesn’t even begin to describe Chris’ performance of Sugar Ray’s “Fly.” The staging was cheesy and his added rap verse was cheesier. The judge’s seem to dig the lame song choice and swoon again for him. “You don’t look like a million bucks…you look like 5 million bucks after taxes,” Paula Abdul said. “That was a 7 out of 10,” Simon added.
Melanie Amaro: You’d think America would choose something more upbeat for Melanie since she performs a ballad practically every week but alas, she’s doing another ballad. At least she’s doing a good one as America picks Mariah Carey’s “Hero.” While she always sounds fantastic, the arrangement left the song sounding a little gloomy. L.A. Reid thought the song choice was predictable and didn’t feel Mel’s “usual passion.” Paula thought Mel’s voice was impeccable but didn’t care for the chord changes that left the song feeling somber. Simon fights back saying Melanie put her stamp on the song and called the performance “bloody fantastic.”
Josh Krajcik: Josh came out and threw his Krajcik magic all over “Come Together” by The Beatles and knocked his Pepsi challenge out of the ballpark. “I rather enjoyed that,” L. A. said, adding that he’s one of the best in the competition. The compliments would continue with good remarks from Paula, Simon and of course his mentor Nicole.
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