'The X Factor' recap: Shut Up and Dance

Weird night! The Top 5 were informed 24 hours before Wednesday's performance show that they'd have to sing their Save Me songs instead of the songs they'd been preparing all week for the Pepsi Challenge. "Okay! Go easy!" cried Steve Jones after announcing this dramatic twist. It's fun to think about the vast difference between the live X Factor audience, directed to react with COMPLETE OUTRAGE, and us viewers at home, who were just like, "Whatever." Either way, any bumbling Steve Jones moment is a big plus.

But as if that weren't enough insanity, the first round's theme was "dance music hits," which was short for "Let's find a way to keep Marcus Canty alive." Now I love myself some heavily processed dance music, but I would never expect it to be featured on a singing competition. There goes The X Factor, defying all expectations as usual! It's a spectacle competition, really. They have set fire to a NEW GENRE along with whatever judges-table debris (L.A. Reid's soul, Nicole's week 7 weave) was used as kindling for last night's Smoke Monster haze. Read More...



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