'The X Factor' recap: Simon's Scowl
After that bit, Steve gives each judge a chance to talk about how great last night was -- even L.A., who acts surprised that Steve remembered he was there. Then there's a plug for the new MJ/Cirque album, because we didn't get enough of that last night, and then we go to the real ads.
Steve reminds us of last week's Pepsi Choice performance, and how it was the result of what happens when they let the audience pick stuff. "It was phenomenal! Out there, but phenomenal." Well, he's one-third right. Apparently they're doing it again, letting Pepsi/X Factor fans pick one of the two songs each of the final five will be singing next week. Let's hope that gets equally sabotaged, shall we?
Steve brings out the final seven and their mentors: Nicole with her one remaining singer, Josh Krajcik; L.A. with Astro, Chris Rene, and Marcus Canty; and Simon with Drew, Rachel Crow, and Melanie Amaro. Steve reminds us that four of those acts will go straight through, one will be summarily booted tonight for getting the lowest number of votes last night, and the second- and third-lowest vote-getters will compete with each other to stay in the competition. In no particular order, as always, the first safe performer is...Chris Rene. He looks openly stunned (like everyone else) as he leaves the stage. Also safe is Melanie. The smiles of the remaining five onstage are starting to look a little stiff. The next person named is Rachel Crow, leaving Marcus, Astro, Drew, and Josh still waiting to find out which of the four of them is safe. And they'll be waiting a while.