Oh, wow, finally! The X Factor just got good. Thursday's episode (originally scheduled to air Wednesday) brought us to the judges' various swimming pools brimming with liquid wealth -- at Nicole Scherzinger's Malibu mansion, L.A. Reid's house in the Hamptons, Paula Abdul's Santa Barbara spa and petting zoo, and Simon Cowell's exclusive yacht club (membership: Simon) somewhere in France. The entire episode was so visually stunning that I kind of just want them to do the entire season like this, outdoors. I suppose that is not the point of The X Factor. So…can someone change the point of The X Factor?
Speaking of visually stunning, allow me to geek out for a minute on how much I am loving Steve Jones. Perhaps this will help jog your memory: He's the host. And he's a revelation! There was Steve Jones in front of the Eiffel Tower in Breton stripes and a smart trench! There he was again in the best "NYC" tee I've ever seen, with two-toned block letters intended to produce that elusive "3-D" effect we used to attempt, badly, to draw in our junior high school notebooks. Stevecrest even had some good lines -- the ability to pull off saying "Yeah, she's mega-hot" re: Rihanna to a 14-year-old boy as a tall British man without seeming like a huge tool is nothing to scoff at. And I loved his polite yet cutting question for The Anser after their mediocre performance: "Could that have gone better?" Ha! Read More...http://tvrecaps.ew.com/recap/x-factor-judges-homes-part-1/