'X Factor' Results: Paula Abdul's Groups Have a Bad Night
Wednesday night after the top 12 finalists performed live on "X Factor," America finally got the chance to vote -- via call, text, mobile app, online or Twitter -- for their favorite contestants. The votes were in last night, and two of Paula's groups landed in the bottom during the hour-long show.
But before the results were announced, the episode kicked off with a group performance (complete with matching outfits) of David Guetta and Usher's "Without You." The song didn't do much for most of the performers' vocal ranges, but Astro was given the chance to shine with a solo rap verse.
Video: The group performance of "Without You"
The remainder of the first half of the show was dedicated to recapping the previous episode. After reviewing all of Wednesday night's songs, guest artist Outasight took the stage to perform "Tonight Is The Night," his song which has been featured in the latest Pepsi commercials -- a montage of iconic Pepsi commercial footage by artists like Britney Spears and Mariah Carey.
Video: Outasight, "Tonight Is The Night" on "X Factor"
Earlier this week, all 12 contestants were also featured in a music video set to "Tonight Is The Night." In addition to the $5 million recording contract, the "X Factor" winner will also get the chance to star in their own Pepsi commercial.
Video: Top 12 "Tonight Is The Night" music video
When it came time to announce the results of America's voting, L.A. Reid's group of boys (Chris Rene, Astro and Marcus Canty) were the first to all make it through to the next episode. When it was narrowed down to Stacy Francis in Nicole's over-30s group, Melanie Amaro in Simon's girls category, and Stereo Hogzz and InTENsity in groups, you could see the look of panic on groups mentor Paula's face as she knew her groups would be in the bottom two. Leroy Bell, Josh Krajcik, Rachel Crow, Drew and Lakoda Rayne also made it through to the next round.
The two competitors with the fewest votes were both groups, a "nightmare" situation for Paula, according to host Steve Jones. She responded, "You know what, It's difficult for America to identify with groups but I have all the faith in the world that both of my groups have laid it all on the stage and they're going to continue and they're going to wow everyone right now."
Stereo Hogzz was the first group to take the stage, performing their survival song for the judges. Their rendition of Destiny's Child's "Emotion" was completely emotionless and dull -- especially compared to their stellar, energetic performance on Wednesday night.
Video: Stereo Hogzz, "Emotion"
InTENsity's "My Life Would Suck Without You" ( Kelly Clarkson) was by far the better performance, with the group's standout vocalists really taking the stage and singing their hearts out, but only Simon saw potential. Or, more likely, only Simon was choosing to judge on last night's survival performances alone. He voted to send Stereo Hogzz home, but was outvoted 3-1 and InTENsity was eliminated.
Video: InTENsity, "My Life Would Suck Without You"
The ten teen soloists in InTENsity were turned into a group at bootcamp, and it was inevitable that they would soon be cut, especially after Paula chose the cheesiest song possible, "Kids of America," for the group to sing on Wednesday. Their second chances didn't last long, but InTENsity is much better suited to the Disney Channel than to "The X Factor," so maybe Hollywood Records will scoop the group up following this elimination.
The 11 remaining contestants will return next week to go through the process all over again next Wednesday and Thursday, at 8 p.m. on Fox.
Did you agree with the judges' decision? Who did you want to see sent home?