Last night, Kelly's four chairs were filled and her final four Over 25s were set. By the end of the show, Demi's girls were in the heat of battle and four had earned a seat, but it's who owns those chairs in the end that counts. Tonight, the remaining six girls are going to pull out all the stops, hoping to steal a seat, and move on to the live shows. Simon, the sadist of song says, “get ready to rumble!”
First up, nineteen year-old Long Island native, Simone Torres. She kicked the night off with an up-tempo, soulful “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke. Kelly thought Simone “sang the hell out of it”, and Paulina was equally happy with her performance. Simon thought it was the wrong song, wrong arrangement and called it “karaoke” and “weddingy." Apparently, that's a word. It all came down to Demi who admitted that she didn't know if she was “seeing a star.” The stars must have been aligned in Simone's favor though, as Demi gave her a seat and pulled the first switch of the night, sending Bree Randall both out of her chair as well as the competition.
After the break, Danielle Geimer, told us that her back up plan if she doesn't make it in music is becoming a brain surgeon. With her proud parents looking on, she sang “Georgia On My Mind” by Ray Charles. Kelly loved it and told Danielle, “You sang yo face off, momma!” Demi agreed, and just as Simone had gotten comfy in her chair, she was out and Danielle was in! Lady Demi giveth, and she taketh away!
Next up was Missouri girl Rylie Brown. The small town sixteen year-old honed her talents as a toddler with a tiara, and now, she's hoping to tear it up on stage and steal a seat for the live shows. Rylie gave us her rendition of “Angels” by Robbie Williams. The crowd loved it, but Kelly, not so much. Simon said, “It feels as though everything tonight was chosen by your mother.” Demi noted her potential, but said it was “very pageanty.” In the end, no sash, no seat and no more singing on the X Factor, for Rylie.
Three girls to go and next up was Vegas girl Primrose Martin. Her dad, Skip Martin, was in 70s super-group Kool and the Gang, so music is in her DNA, right? It turns out sometimes the apple, in fact, does fall far from the tree. Sporting a kilt, and moonwalking her way through Michael Jackson's “Blame It On The Boogie,” Primrose was, uh, less than perfect. Simon thought it was “beyond awful” and said it was “the longest minute-and-a-half of his life.” Little did he know he was about to get another minute of a cappella desperation from the none-too-pleased Primrose. Even dad was cringing in the audience. Without a ton of deliberation, Demi sent Primrose packing. No celebration. No good times. Get gone!
Rion Paige, an eighth grader from Florida, was next to take the stage. Rion sang a country-fried version of “I Won't Let Go” by Rascal Flatts. There wasn't a dry eye in the hous and Kelly loved it. Simon did too, noting that he “loves her voice” and that this is just the beginning for this young star. Demi couldn't agree more, the chair was hers and Ashly was sent home.
Demi's final girl, Ellona Santiago, took the stage hoping for one more switch and a spot in the live shows. She performed Zedd's “Clarity,” and Kelly loved it, saying “Little momma you are a beast” quickly clarifying that she meant that in a good way. Would Simon be beastly? Nope. He thought it was one of the best performances from the Girls and said he “couldn't imagine” Ellona not moving on in the competition. Demi shocked Simon and the crowd when she said she “didn't see star quality.” But Simon complained, the crowd cajoled and Demi gave Ellona a chair. One more switch and this time, the ax fell on Jamie.
Demi's final four are set! Moving on to the live shows are Danielle, Khaya, Ellona, and Rion! Next week, get ready for Paulina's Boys and Simon's Groups, as they run the gauntlet of the Four Chair Challenge and we crown The X Factor's Top 16!