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I have an unhealthy obsession with Simon Cowell and I love The X Factor.  #confessiontime That said… the live shows are a hot mess!
 
Do you agree? Am I the only one watching? I can live with that. 
 
For the sake of this rant, let's pretend that Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez do not exist. (You don't even want to get me started on Khloe's hosting skills.) Today, I'm upset with the producers and the mentors, Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid, Britney Spears, and (even my precious) Simon
 
Beatrice Miller, one of my favorite contestants, seems to be one of the few on The X Factor with any freaking sense, and she isn't afraid to speak her mind. (unrelated but interesting sidenote: she's the voice of Molly in Toy Story 3) Did I mention that she's only 13 years old? Love this girl! Beatrice had a lot to say after this week's disastrous "divas" show. 
 
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Beatrice revealed that the producers choose the sucktastic songs – not the mentors, not the contestants, no collaboration between the two. Most hated the songs they were given this week, and, since the mentors don't enter the process until a day or two before the live show, they're of no help.
 
“I think the majority of us contestants didn't like what we were singing this week,” Beatrice said. “I don't think any of us got exactly what we wanted because this week it was all about saluting divas of the older time and whatever, and they kind of made us into the people that we're singing this week, which was kind of weird. I don't like that because it just turns us into people that we're not.” 
 
Beatirce was forced to perform Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time." She wasn't impressed with the slower song, as her style is more Radiohead and Nirvana. “Britney knew that I hated my song this week, but you know, she just said, 'Get through it and just try to connect with the song,'" Beatrice shared.  "I don't think it really mattered to her that I didn't like it."
 
 
In addition to the song choice, Beatrice took issue with her outfit, which was chosen for her. Beatrice said she hated the dress and asked to wear pants. Turned down, she chose to put the flannel over the dress, saying "I like the plaid, and I feel overly exposed without it on."  Whose idea was the YOLO hat that so many viewers hated? Beatrice explained, "So they were like, 'Oh, we bought this hat for you, and we're thinking that you should wear it next week. I was like, 'Ha ha, no no no – we're wearing it now because this outfit is really bad.'"
 
While Beatrice survived the double elimination despite the song and the unfortunate YOLO hat, two unsuspecting acts did not. Coincidentally, they, too, had issues with their song choices.
 
Jennel Garcia was hoping to sing "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morrissette. That didn't happen. "I remember walking into the vocal room and the guys were kinda playing [Tina Turner's "Proud Mary"] on the guitar, and I was like, 'I feel bad for whoever is singing that song.' And they were like, 'Oh, it's yours.' I was like, 'Oh, well … Damn!' I was so mad," Jennel explained. "I hated it!" 
 
Follwing her elimination, Jennel said, "I might have stuck up for the song choices this week a little bit more, but I wanted to trust Demi and I did and I still do. She chose that song for me, and I tried my best and that's all you can do."
 
Who does Jennel want to win The X Factor? 

Lyric145 spent the week rehearsing “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, adding their own hip hop spin and original lyrics, but the song was snatched away from them at the last minute. It's not unusual for the producers and/or mentors to change the acts' songs a day or two before show time, citing technical difficulties or legal issues or mentors throwing temper tantrums. 

"We had the best song we could have possibly had," Lyric Da Queen said. "It was our original lyrics, it was the diva of the century, it was perfect. Arguably would have been the best performance we had so far, and that was coming from the inside. Then we got the ball dropped on us that we weren't going to be able to do the song."

In the end, Lyric145 was saddled with a weird remix of Katy Perry's "E.T." and Queen's "We Will Rock You." Without a doubt, the last minute change and lack of rehearsal time led to their elimination. Lyric Da Queen feels the same way, adding, "Everything's very spur-of-the-moment, it was a lot of pressure, it just definitely wasn't the route we were planning on taking.
 
Will Lyric Da Queen and One4Five continue to pursue music together, as Lyric 145? 

The X Factor has been revealing the voting results this season, which is a really interesting addition to the show. Top 10 Leaderboard:

1. Tate Stevens 
 
2. Carly Rose Sonenclar
 
3. Vino Alan 
 
4. Emblem3
 
5. CeCe Frey 
 
6. Fifth Harmony 
 
7. Diamond White 
 
8. Beatrice Miller (So sad. This girl needs to move up the board.)
 
9. Arin Ray 
 
10. Paige Thomas
 
Paige needs to go. I heard that it took The X Factor's makeup artists TWO HOURS to bedazzle her lips. If you ask me, that time would have been better spent, you know, learning how to sing.
 
Next week's theme is "Giving Thanks" for Thanksgiving. The Top 10 will get to choose their own songs, dedicating them to people who they'd like to give thanks. I have a feeling the show is going to be amazing… much like the audition shows… when the contestants didn't suck a** at picking songs for themselves. In my opinion, The X Factor mentors and producers are ruining the show with horrendous song choices, as well as producing performances that are too busy. 
 
TELL US – DO YOU THINK THE PRODUCERS AND MENTORS ARE MAKING BAD CHOICES? DID THIS WEEK'S ELIMINATIONS SHOCK YOU? WHO ARE YOU ROOTING FOR?
 
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