'X Factor Top 4: My Dream Song Choices for Melanie, Josh, Chris and Marcus

This Wednesday on The X Factor, the Top 4 will square off with two songs each: One they've chosen with the help of their mentor, and one chosen for them by voters in the show's online "Pepsi Challenge." The same subtlety-allergic online voters, it would seem, who chose "rotating turntable," "circus theme," "hip hop" and "laser show" as the required elements for that technicolor nightmare of a "Pepsi Choice" number a few weeks back.

Beyond having the talent to get on to the show in the first place, song choice is the trickiest part for a performer on The X Factor, or any singing competition show for that matter. Which explains why it's the most often debated element of almost every X Factor performance among the judges. (That, and it's also the element that allows the judges to insult each other, which they clearly love.) Voice, ability, tone, the week's theme, the need to "show diversity" or "challenge oneself" or "show another side,"  -- all of these and more (like whether the show can license the song, which we're ignoring for our purposes here) need to be accounted for when picking a number.



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