An X Factor voting glitch turned Thursday's results broadcast into a second chance show for the top 13 acts, giving them another shot to perform their “Save Me” songs for America's re-vote. The glitch involved a graphics error during the performance recap at the end of Wednesday night's East Coast telecast, an error that resulted in the incorrect voting telephone numbers being displayed.
Judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio watched as each of their protégés sang a new song.
Fifteen-year-old Josh Levi kicked off the show, singing Rihanna’s “Stay.” Simon called it a “winning performance.” Paulina said Josh showed why he deserved to be on the stage.
The first of Kelly’s “Over 25” acts, Rachel Potter, was next with her version of Martina McBride’s “Anyway.” Simon paid the singer a backhanded compliment by asking her if she had a twin sister, because he felt the girl who sang on Wednesday was “horrible” and the girl who sang on Thursday “was fantastic.”
Next up was Carlos Guevara covering the Damien Rice song, “Cannonball.” Guevara’s coach, Paulina, called it “the best performance she ever saw.”
One of Simon Cowell’s groups, Restless Road, followed with their take on the Jason Aldean-Kelly Clarkson duet, “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” Simon thought they seemed nervous at the beginning of the performance, but given the short amount of time they had to rehearse, he was willing to overlook it.
The first of Demi Lovato’s “Girls” to perform on Thursday was 17-year-old Ellona Santiago, who chose David Guetta’s “Titanium.” Demi said she "couldn’t have been more proud” of Ellona than she was at that moment. Simon declared it “the best performance she’s ever done.”
“Over 25” act Jeff Gutt rocked out on Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight,” and prompted his mentor, Kelly Rowland, to declare that he showed X Factor "what the rock factor is all about.” Simon, however, criticized Jeff’s phrasing.
Another of Simon’s “Groups,” Alex and Sierra, performed Ed Sheeran’s “Give Me Love.” Simon called the performance “immaculate,” adding he loved the song choice and the chemistry.
Khaya Cohen chose Duffy’s “Distant Dreamer” as her “Save Me” song. Demi praised the singer, calling her “a little Aretha,” of course referring to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.
Paulina’s protégé, Carlito Olivero, was next up with Daniel Beddingfield’s “If You’re Not the One.” Paulina noted that Carlito was sick, but managed to nail the performance anyway.
Kelly’s “Over 25” contestant, Lillie McCloud, gave a soulful version of Dave Hollister’s “Forever.” Simon’s reacted to the song by saying, “That’s what you call a Diva.” Kelly shouted, “That’s what you’re supposed to do when you perform. You’re supposed to shut it down like that.”
The trio Sweet Suspense chose Justin Bieber’s “That Should Be Me.” Simon was a little disappointed with the performance, but once again reminded the audience of the pressure all of the contestants were under.
The third and final singer from Demi’s “Girls” was Rion Paige. She sang a stripped-down, laid back version of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” that drew a standing ovation from the coaches. Demi thought the performance was amazing. Simon was so pleased with the song choice and her performance he ordered Demi to let Rion choose her songs from now on.
Tim Olstadt gave a powerful performance of R. Kelly’s “I Believe.” His coach, Paulina, said his voice continued to impress her and America.
Two acts will be eliminated when The X Factor returns next Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Fox. Selena Gomez, who was scheduled to be Thursday's musical guest, will instead perform on Wednesday.
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