‘The X Factor’ Top 13 Results: Glitter Implosion
So "The X Factor" is going to be a little less fabulous from now on. And a whole lot less fun. Why? Because Jason "Mr. Entertainment" Brock was the first contestant to get booted off the show this week, leaving a trail of exploding glitter and showgirl feathers in his wake on Thursday's results show. He shall be dearly missed.
But at least Jason went out in style, as only he could, belting out Bonnie Tyler's epic "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" as his swan song and boldly declaring, "I did it for the gays and Japan!"
On behalf of the gays and Japan--and myself--I thank you, Mr. Entertainment.
Perhaps it's no huge surprise that, despite having the highest number of Twitter followers, Jason received the fewest votes. (When the judges went to deadlock between him and his fellow bottom-two contestant, CeCe Frey, it was revealed that he had in fact placed last.) Jason was always polarizing, for sure. But then again, other contestants on the show (Emblem3, Lyric 145, and of course CeCe) have been polarizing as well. More damningly, Jason's "mentor," L.A. Reid, never really had his back. L.A. was rude and dismissive to Jason at the Judges' Houses, actually forgot his name live on the air, and assigned him songs that in no way defined the type of artist Jason could become (a J.Lo dance track one week, churchy R. Kelly the next). If only Jason had had a mentor who was truly invested in him, he may have gone farther.
But who knows? Maybe America just wasn't ready for this particular brand of Brock 'n' roll. Maybe Jason would do better if he just auditioned for "The X Factor Japan" next season.
The bigger surprise of the evening, actually, was the show's refreshing transparency in its decision to reveal the rankings of the remaining 12 contestants, from first to last place--something no other talent show had ever been willing to disclose before. (Heck, "American Idol" won't even let contestants' iTunes sales numbers be made public.) Obviously, we already knew that CeCe was in 12th place, but much of the rest of the list was mighty astonishing indeed:
1st - Tate Stevens
2nd - Carly Rose Sonenclar
3rd - Vino Alan
4th - Diamond White
5th - Fifth Harmony
6th - Emblem3
7th - Jennel Garcia
8th - Paige Thomas
9th - Lyric 145
10th - Beatrice Miller
11th - Arin Ray
12th - CeCe Frey
13th - Jason Brock