Please Remain Seated: ‘The X Factor’ Picks Its Top 16
When we left "The X Factor" Wednesday night, four contestants in Simon Cowell's Groups category — Girls United, Glamour, Wild Thingz, and Restless Road — had secured chairs (well, more like benches) in the series' Four-Chair Challenge. Wild Thingz had brought some much-needed comic relief to an otherwise total-downer night…but would the Beavisian, Butt-Headed duo really be able to stay in the game? Or would they soon be sorry for party rocking? On Thursday, it was time to find out.
Up first were Sweet Suspense (a manufactured girl group comprising Summer Reign, Celine Polenghi, and Millie Thrasher), singing "Wishing on a Star." I was wishing they would stop. I had really liked each girl individually this season, but I just didn't think they gelled well as a trio. Their harmonies were way off. Only Celine really nailed her part. However, the audience screamed and shrieked and whooped and wooted, proving they'd get excited over just about anything if the warmup-guy-for-hire goaded them enough. Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio raved about Sweet Suspense's "potential" and pop-starlet looks, and Demi Lovato described their vocal blend as "amazing," indicating that the current judges on this show might even be less qualified than Britney Spears. These girls didn't seem ready to me. However, Simon decided to give them a seat. But whose seat? All four benches were taken.
This was some not-so-sweet suspense…Simon ultimately de-seated…Wild Thingz. Cue sad trombone. Party rock was no longer in the house tonight. I was no longer LMFAO. Le sigh. I'm going to miss those crazy kids.
Moving on. Next up were made-in-America country-besties duo Yellow House Canyon. These girls actually sang like a house on fire. They brought such vivacious energy to their "Hell on Heels" performance, and they were so likable. Demi further demonstrated her insanity by saying they weren't great singers. Whaaaa? I thought YHC's vocals were stronger than those of Sweet Suspense, Girls United, or Glamour. But Simon didn't even give the girls a chance, or a seat. He shipped them straight home.
Another big, big mistake. In their own very different ways, Wild Thingz and Yellow House Canyon were extremely marketable, and both could have found a niche. And unlike Wild Thingz, Yellow House Canyon weren't controversial or polarizing. They could have been huge on this show and appealed to a mainstream audience. Was Simon just too afraid that this country girl group would threaten his clearly favored country boy group, Restless Road? I honestly didn't understand his logic, or lack thereof, in this case.