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'X Factor': Semifinals power rankings

THE X FACTOR Final 4 -- Josh Krajcik,

THE X FACTOR Final 4 -- Josh Krajcik, Melanie Amaro, Marcus Canty and Chris Rene Credit: FOX

The best thing about tonight's “X Factor” results show will be that no children will collapse in a sobbing heap. Thanks, America!

Do Drew and Rachel Crow still deserve to be in the competition? Of course. Last night's show included more lackluster performances from Marcus Canty and Chris Rene.

Given the songs America chose for them, it seems that viewers don't like them very much. Obviously, Canty has been on the bottom for the past three weeks and his sometimes thin version of Boyz II Men's “I'll Make Love to You” won't really help. Once again, this isn't completely his fault – that's a hard song for one man to sing, since the original is done by a quartet of voices with an extraordinarily wide range. L.A. Reid really should have helped him rearrange it to play to Canty's strengths and avoid his weak upper register. Nevertheless, it wasn't good.

Giving Rene Sugar Ray's “Fly” to sing was even less helpful. Even though there's little range in the song, Rene still couldn't hit all the notes, making him sound even less deserving to move forward.

This is, after all, a singing competition, right? RIGHT?

Well, it really is a competition between Melanie Amaro and Josh Krajcik – two really good singers who have different strengths.

Amaro had amazing range in “Feelin' Good,” probably her best performance yet, which ended in an impressive run that showed off both her power and control. Even her take on Mariah Carey's “Hero” came close to the original in terms of hitting the notes, even if it didn't quite capture the feeling.

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Krajcik, on the other hand, is all about the feeling. He has plenty of power, too, even if his range can't match Amaro's. The passion he poured into “Hallelujah” made it uniquely his, even if the arrangement itself wasn't very different. On “Come Together,” he successfully mined that combination of rock and soul that will likely form his career – somewhere between a more empathetic Michael Bolton and a more pop-leaning Ray LaMontagne.

Who will come out on top? Hard to say.

One thing that is for sure, though: It won't be Nicole Scherzinger, who was booed once again last night for her ridiculous inaction last week that resulted in Crow's being eliminated. Never mind that Reid tactically undermined her by talking about rumored movie offers to help take casual voters away from her. Apparently, that's expected of him.

Scherzinger's weird decision not to vote for Crow, even though she was clearly better than Canty, offended so many people because it tapped into the growing anger Americans feel toward people who don't do their jobs or don't do what is right and pass the buck because of self-interest. It's gonna be hard to come back from that.


Melanie Amaro, “Feelin' Good”
Josh Krajcik, “Hallelujah”
Josh Krajcik, “Come Together”
Melanie Amaro, “Hero”
Chris Rene, “No One”
Marcus Canty, “Careless Whisper”
Marcus Canty, “I'll Make Love to You”
Chris Rene, “Fly”


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