It’s Been Real: The Week In Reality Rocks Ending Nov. 2
Last week was Halloween week, so fittingly, and sometimes horrifyingly, the TV singing-show scene was a virtual bloodbath. Several promising contestants got the Voorhees-esque axe on both "The Voice" and "The X Factor," in a series of brutal cuts, and it was no thriller.
Over on Fox, "The X Factor" finally went live, although the top 16 semifinalists were still competing for their respective coaches, not for the public's votes. One contestant per team was cut on Thursday, and while a couple of the judges made smart decisions--or at least the best decisions they could make under such difficult circumstances--two other judges (L.A. Reid, Britney Spears, I'm looking at you) foolishly eliminated strong contenders who really should have made the top 12. Britney sent home the young girl with an old soul, Diamond White, despite the fact that Diamond had clearly won in a sing-off against Season 1 InTENsity reject/heartthrob Arin Ray. And L.A., who just might be an even worse judge than Britney, dumped David Correy, a guy many thought actually had a chance to win the entire competition.
On the brighter and bolder side, two of the show's most dazzling performers did make "The X Factor's" top 12. Jason "Mr. Entertainment" Brock, a 35-year-old former IT tech who comes across like the big glittery lovechild of Rip Taylor and Liza-with-a-Z, somehow made it through, despite Simon Cowell declaring him "utterly horrendous" and his own mentor, L.A., forgetting his name on the air. (Rude!) I really have no idea how L.A. failed to recall the name of a Vegas-y showman who performed a J.Lo club banger in a zebra-patterned lounge-lizard jacket while flanked by feather-headdressed showgirls and Sprockets dancers in midriff tops, then dared to fondle the rear end of hunky new host Mario Lopez. I dunno, that all seemed pretty memorable to me. But maybe Jason will make a bigger, better, and more lasting impression on his pathetically apathetic coach when he performs this week, hopefully with even more showgirls, even more himbo dancers, and even more exploding glitter. And Mario Lopez better watch his back, literally.
The other "X Factor" standout was hip-pop trio Lyric 145, whose awesomely eyepatched frontwoman, Lyric Da Queen, is clearly the "Mrs. Entertainment" of this show. Lyric 145's performance of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's "Boom Shake The Room," mashed up with a bit of PSY's "Gangnam Style," made me feel like "The X Factor" had just gotten preempted for a 1989 rerun of "Yo! MTV Raps," and--to quote an oft-used Britney catchphrase--I was thoroughly entertained.
Some other important takeaways from "The X Factor's" first live week: