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‘X Factor’ Recap: Top 11 Perform Movie Songs

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The Top 11 performed movie soundtrack songs on ‘X Factor‘ tonight, and we have to say that all of the contestants impressed us. We’re glad we’re only reporting on their performances, instead of voting on them! That’s your job, America!

We’re a little fatigued by all the judge’s insults towards one another — Simon Cowell jabbing Paula Abdul over costume choices, L.A. Reid ribbing Simon about his song selections. It’s a bit much and feels somewhat forced — not to mention that it’s distracting and takes attention away from the people on the stage.

The night’s best perfs were turned in by Rachel Crow — we still have chills from her mini-Beyonce moment — as well as Chris Rene, Marcus Canty, Lakoda Rayne, Brian Bradley and Drew.

PopCrush is pleased to offer your handy-dandy, complete recap of tonight’s performances.

The Boys:

Chris Rene: Aw yeah! The R&B rapper twisted the lyrics of Coolio’s ‘Gangsta’s Paradise,’ delivering both the rap parts and the soulful singing parts. He’s got flow and drops the lyrical science but he tempers the toughness with his bluesy vocals.

Marcus Canty: We already knew he can perform. Now we know he can sing as he ripped the roof off Rose Royce’s / Mary J‘s ‘I’m Going Down,’ complete with the sparkly silver jacket he removed mid-song. It was dramatic and it worked.

Brian “Astro” Bradley: Astro (who calls his fans “Astronauts”) had the confidence to add a few original lines to Eminem‘s ‘Lose Yourself.’ Ballsy! He has to write his own material each week, which is hard, but he’s got the skillz! Did Jay-Z miss our memo from last week? How the Hov hasn’t scooped him up and signed him yet is beyond us. Bey, you watchin’ while indulging pregnancy munchies? Clue your baby daddy in!

The Girls:

Drew: The sugar-sweet teen turned in a so-pretty-it-hurts version of Coldplay‘s ‘Fix You.’ She showed off her edgier side with a deconstructed dress (self-designed, too!) and multi-colored hair extensions. We love her more and more each week.

Melanie Amaro: Mel delivered a note-perfect rendition of Michael Jackson‘s ‘Man in the Mirror.’ It was a touching tribute to the late King of Pop. Perhaps Mel will be the new Queen of Pop? She’s inching closer towards that destiny. She looked sleek and polished, too.

Rachel Crow: The pint-sized powerhouse has trapped an old soul in that lil’ body! She performed Etta James’ ‘I’d Rather Go Blind,’ a soulful torch song if there ever was one. Little Rachel leapt to the top of the ‘Factor’ food chain in what was the best performance of the night. Simon had such a s—t eating grin on his face while Crow let ‘er rip, like “Yea, I know, she’s got this!” And she did. O to the M to the G!

The Over 30s:

Leroy Bell: He moved mountains with a soulful rendition of U2′s ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.’ Leroy Bell found what he’s looking for – the right song. Nice work, sir!

Stacy Francis: The town crier showed off her inner diva by performing Whitney Houston‘s loud and proud ‘Queen of the Night’ from ‘The Bodyguard’ in a short, sparkly red dress. Francis‘ performance was more “pop star” than her usual soulful, gospel style. We’re confused about who or what she is; but we know she can sing. That’s the easy part. Image is not with Stacy.

Josh Krajcik: He has a know-it-as-soon-as-you-hear-it voice and he rocked a husky version of the Beatles’/Joe Cocker classic, ‘With a Little Help From My Friends.’ No more burritos for Josh K.

The Groups:

Stereo Hoggz: They sang and danced their way through a dapper version of Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Ain’t No Other Man.’ Stereo Hoggz wore suits and were well-choreographed and overall, the guys turned in a b-a-n-a-n-a-s performance.

Lakoda Rayne: The foursome teetered on the cusp of country-pop perfection each week, but never quite took the necessary leap to that next level. Well, the made a huge leap forward tonight by sweetly singing Keith Urban’s ‘I Wanna Love Somebody Like You.’ The country-pop thing suits this gorgeous quartet.

Tune in tomorrow to see who gets bounced.

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