'The X Factor' Recap: 17 Get Cut To 12 On The First Live Show

With 17 performances last night, ‘The X Factor was clearly all about the contestants and the judges, with little time for anything else.

I’ll get to all that in a moment (to the tune of about 3,300 words), but before I do that I’m going to the unthinkable – defend human hat rack Steve Jones.

When I heard what tonight was going to be (17 performances with four eliminations) I didn’t understand how they could do it in less than three hours. After all, the most we ever got from ‘American Idol’ on a two-hour show was 13 performances, and that went about 15 minutes over.

So how did they manage to get it all in? By having world-class pocket square model Steve Jonesessentially yell at everybody to keep the show moving, cutting of contestants, judges and I’m sure performances if he could have.

It was a completely thankless job and he actually managed to do a pretty good job keeping the show moving at a tight 150 minutes. Read More...



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