Jason Brock, De'Borah Garner
Two reality singing shows — NBC's The Voice and Fox's The X Factor — turned the competition over to America this week, with viewer votes determining which contestants would be safe and which ones would have to sing to stay on the show.
On The X Factor, the singer who eventually got sent home was Jason Brock, an openly gay performer (he never said so explicitly, but made a show of pinching host Mario Lopez's rear end during the first live show and dedicated his final performance to "the gays and Japan") whose repertoire on the show included Jennifer Lopez's "Dance Again" and Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart." The Voice sent home three contestants, including De'Borah Garner — a lesbian who reveled in her androgyny. (In this case, it was De'Borah's coach, Christina Aguilera, who gave her the ax — but it was the audience vote that put her on the chopping block.)
De'Borah was, hands down, one of the best competitors on The Voice, consistently winning over the coaches and the crowd with her soulful takes on snogs like Train's "Hey, Soul Sister" and The Fray's "You Found Me." And while Brock certainly wasn't the best contestant on The X Factor, he was far from the worst. In the same week when three states — Maine, Maryland and Washington -- approved same-sex marriage by popular vote, we have to ask: Why were Brock and De'Borah among the first to go?
The X Factor contestants have music industry mentors to guide them through their live performances, but where is Khloe Kardashian's coach?
The reality show sibling made her live co-hosting debut last week alongside Mario Lopez, and the results were rough and embarrassing at best. With a vet by her side, she could have at least allowed him to do the heavy lifting, but instead she allowed her awkward performance take center stage to the point where it was distracting to the competition at hand. Even she knows she needs work. "I'm anxious to learn and get great! :)" she tweeted afterward.
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The X Factor
The X Factor returned with its first live show Wednesday night, which featured the Top 16 contestants performing songs with the theme "Made in America" in front of the judges and America. The episode also marked the introduction of new co-hosts Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian.
Lopez, who has hosted before and is a correspondent for Extra, predictably held his own, but Kardashian has a long way to go before proving that she was the right choice for the job. Other than calling Simon Cowell "sexy" repeatedly, and awkwardly putting Demi Lovato on the spot to identify which individual member of one group Lovato thought stood out, Kardashian had little to offer in the way of commentary. (Though it's likely many viewers were too distracted by her extremely low-cut top to pay much attention to what she was saying.)
Read on to find out how the Top 16 contestants fared, see what prompted tensions between Cowell and L.A. Reid, and find out which judge made Fox happy for live tape delays!
No one would ever accuse X Factor judge Simon Cowell of lacking confidence, but the reality show mogul believes without a doubt that one of his protégés in the Groups category will win this season of the singing competition.
"The groups are a million times better than last year," Cowell said on a conference call Tuesday. "Some of them I could really, really see having a big future outside this competition."
The X Factor
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Khloe Kardashian, Mario Lopez
After months of speculation, Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez have officially been named the new hosts of The X Factor, Fox announced Tuesday.
Report: Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez tapped to host The X Factor
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Mario Lopez, Khloe Kardashian
Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez have signed on to host The X Factor, according to TMZ.
Seems Extra co-host and past Dancing With the Stars contender Mario Lopez got his dimples slapped for saying on Live! With Kelly in April that ABC had invited him to return to the show for fall's All Stars edition.