The X Factor recap: Feed the Birds

The sound of the Top 12 acts is something not quite atrocious. Only you can save them from eternal hunger and despair!
Ep. 14 | Aired Nov 7, 2012

TUPPENCE A SWAG Weird Contacts momentarily assumes the role of Lyric Da Queen's sparkly eye patch. Move it, man!



Is Emblem3 the type of thing that kids are into these days? To me it seems like they're just running around and shouting over each other, but I'm also hyper-aware that this is a huge blind spot for me. It's like the frequency Emblem 3 is operating on just doesn't even register to my ears. They did a mashup of "My Girl" and "California Gurls" with a bit of One Direction mixed in there. L.A. called it "perfect," Britney was "really blown away," Simon called them "Everything a band like you should be," and the Khlomeister (sixth judge) thought they could go on tour right now. At one point in the middle of the song, Drew -- the non-blood-relation -- did this bizarre running start for what I thought would be a cool floor-slide but ended up just being more running but with a slight curve to it, and I was like, "Huh." Cool story.

Okay, this is just funny, and a good example of The X Factor being as X Factor-y as possible in the best possible way: Lyric 145 recreated "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Mary Poppins -- as a rap song! This performance had everything: weird contacts, sparkly Hammer pants, a Cheshire Cat even though that's from a different movie, and crazy black-and-white-patterned figures writhing around in front of a backdrop of their native print. Lyric Da Queen even got all up in L.A. Reid's business to say the imaginary word backwards, which is maybe the hardest thing anyone's done on TV, ever. Pouting that they'd broken his mic, L.A. said he "completely hated it" but admitted it was "really good." Oh come on, L.A. Just admit this colorful mess was practically perfect in every way, and let's move on. It's almost time for tea.

The public has spoken and it said "Demi, why so serious?" and then it named the five-person girl group on The X Factor Fifth Harmony. Sure, that works. The ladies -- who seem to be getting along famously, no gimmicks -- sat with crossed legs on stools for a heartfelt cover of that Twilight song, "A Thousand Years." Camila, the one in the middle who began and ended the performance, is such a clear standout -- not in terms of showmanship but just purely based on her voice. It's so distinct -- even though they're all good! I wonder if she could give Carly and Beatrice a run for their money over in the solo cat-uh-gry. But I like her better in this group anyway. No way are they going home. Lauren and Dinah had some quality runs in there, too, and what's really nice is that there doesn't seem to be a diva in the bunch.

"I can genuinely feel something special," said Simon, the master orchestrator of the series. Hey, when he knows, he knows! But at least in this case, we know, too. Go girls!

Who did you like this week? Who's going nowhere?

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