Al Calderon hit the stage first. This “Happy Birthday” singing host is hoping if all goes right, he won't have to sing “Happy Birthday” ever again. Somewhere, Al's future children are weeping. Al croons out a sexy version of Carly Rae Jepsen's “Call Me Maybe” designed to make the ladies swoon. If Kelly's reaction is any indication, I think it worked. Al even dared to call Kelly “baby” after his performance. “You're not the best singer in this competition, but what you do have is great charisma,” said Simon. Al was an easy “yes” for Paulina and he swaggered his way to the first chair.
15-year-old Isaiah Alston took his shot at a chair with an interesting cover of Whitney Houston's “Greatest Love Of All.” Simon wasn't thrilled saying, “The last two words were good because you were singing in a falsetto. The rest of the song just didn't work.” This church-singing boy wants to sing for millions so, in a way, his dream already came true thanks to the magic of television. Maybe that would take the sting away when Paulina axed him from the show even though there were three chairs sitting empty? Maybe not.
Former football player Isaac Tauaefa had an injury take away his professional football dreams and now he's here on THE X FACTOR stage looking for stardom. Isaac was worried about his nerves getting the best of him, but perhaps he should have worried about his voice. This tough guy earned cringes from both our judges and the audience when his voice broke halfway through a rendition of Colbie Caillat “Bubbly.” Simon ripped this guy's heart out saying, “Instead of delivering something substantial like a three course meal, you delivered a lollipop.” Paulina agreed and sent Isaac packing as well.
Maybe 16-year-old Carlos Guevara could earn a chair and a coveted spot on Paulina's team. Carlos has been battling Tourettes since he was 12 and wants to conquer the disease. Carlos' soulful performance of Bill Withers' “Ain't No Sunshine” won over the judges easily. “I love the way you just allow yourself to be lost. You just allow the music to take over you,” said Kelly. “You nailed it. It was such a great audition!” Paulina thought Carlos had “something unique” and gave him the second chair of the night! Two seats filled and two to go!
14-year-old Stone Martin is ready for fame: “I used to have a girlfriend every month, but now that I'm a pop-star. Well, not a pop star yet. Now that I might be a pop star I can't be focusing on them. I have to focus on what really matters,” said Stone. Well, at least we know you've got some priorities, Stone. The heartthrob in the making rocked out to a rendition of “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia. I'm sure he only picked the song because One Direction did a cover, but I digress. Paulina saw potential, “Stone, we were all wowed by your cuteness, but do you have the ingredients for stardom like a male Taylor Swift?” Paulina decided he did and Stone practically ran to the third chair!
Singer and songwriter Chase Goehring wrote his first song on the floor of his bedroom and he has been itching for stardom ever since. The judges were wowed by his initial audition, but his performance of “Airplanes” by B.o.B. failed to inspire. “We like you, but I almost wish I never heard that. I just want to go back to that first audition.” Despite Simon's reluctance, Paulina gives Chase the fourth and final seat.
In order to get a seat, our next contender Tim Olstad would have to be good enough to knock someone out of a chair. Timid Tim was nervous in his first audition, but he vowed not to let nerves get the best of him today. Tim blew the judges away with a powerful rendition of Miley Cyrus' “The Climb.” “I can honestly hear your voice already on the radio,” gushed Kelly. “You have such a recording voice!” Paulina “loved” Tim's voice, but didn't know if it was “special enough.” However, Paulina quickly changes her mind, offering Tim the chair belonging to Stone Martin, and reducing the young pop-star wannabe to rubble.
Carlito Olivero revealed he has a big crush on Paulina Rubio and therefore his choice of “Dreamin' Of You” by Selena seems right on. Hey, this guy even serenaded the lovely lady in Spanish. The girls in the audience loved it, but the judges were lukewarm. Simon thought Carlito struggled vocally, but noted, “There is great potential with you.” Paulina loved Carlito's attitude, but seemed unsure. After the young singer petitioned Paulina's logical side saying there wasn't a Latino like him on the market today, she sent him through. Carlito was so thrilled he picked up Mario Lopez and swung him around like a three-year-old girl. So Carlito was in, but Chase Goehring was out. In an instant more dreams were crushed.
13-year old Timmy Thames was up next. As the youngest guy in the completion Timmy had a lot to prove. Tiny Timmy decided to perform “The New Girl In Town” from the musical Hairspray. Demi wasn't blown away by his performance, but Simon thought he was the one to remember. Paulina called him her “Little Michael Jackson,” and gave Timmy a seat. Paulina caused brouhaha in the audience when she sent Tim Olstad packing to make a spot for Timmy Thames. The “boos” were overpowering. After the break it seemed that Paulina had a change of heart and asked Tim back: “Listen, Tim, being a mentor is not easy. I am a woman of my word. I am a human being and I also make mistakes so I want you back on my team.” So BOTH Tim and Timmy scored a chair and Al Calderon was out.
Josh Levi was the last of the boys to take the stage. This classy gent chose to perform Bonnie Raitt's “I Can't Make You Love Me.” He added smooth dance moves that looked like they were giving Kelly Rowland an aneurism. “Ladies and Gentlemen I just want you to know what a superstar we're looking at right here,” Kelly said. Paulina agreed saying, “Josh, everything you just did was was perfect.” Obviously Josh was in! Who would be out? Looks like there is room for only one Tim on the panel as Paulina sent Timmy Thames packing. Paulina's final four boys are set: Carlos Guevara, Tim Olstad, Carlito Olivero, and Josh Levi.
Moving on, it was time for first four acts from Simon's Groups. Girls United wanted to prove to Simon they've got what it takes so, naturally, they have been doing cardio to prepare. Great abs equals great group, apparently. The ladies displayed some serious dance moves during their performance of “Yeah (3x)” by Chris Brown. “You're well rehearsed. You know the kind of music you want to make,” explained Simon. “Vocally, however, I've heard a lot better.” Simon did decide they were good enough for a chair, but could they hold it?
Vince and BB of Wild Thingz want to run Los Angeles just like Jay Z runs New York. Good luck, fellas. With their performance of “Party Rock Anthem” they gave LMFAO a run for their money, but Simon wasn't initially buying it. “I don't even know which one is the most annoying. I don't think this is music. I think it is unintentional comedy,” said Simon. He reluctantly gave them a seat, but admittedly was listening to the “insane” part of his brain when he did. Good luck, boys.
Tween group Glamour was up next. They performed the Anna Kendrick's “Cups (When I'm Gone).” Demi thought the girls worked their “butts off,” but Simon was less than thrilled with the performance. The girls reluctantly got a seat when Simon factored their first audition into the equation.
The last act of the night was Restless Road, a country boy group Simon created when he put together Zach Beeken, Colton Pack, and Andrew Scholz. The boys killed their performance of “Somebody Like You” by Keith Urban. The crowd was rockin' and Kelly Rowland was dancing all the way through. As soon as the boys started, a gleeful smile lit up Simon's face. “Simon, I hate to say it, is a genius for putting you guys together,” said Demi Lovato. Simon was clearly pleased with himself: “One of the most nervous things I ever did on this competition was waiting for you three to agree to be in this group because I was so sure it would work.” Restless Road easily grabbed the last chair, setting them up as the act to beat.
Tune-in Thursday at 8/7c on FOX as the Four Chair Challenge concludes and the Top 16 are revealed!