The X Factor The Four-Chair Challenge Round #1 October 2 (Review)


On The X Factor tonight, the much-hyped Four-Chair Challenge Round commences! I’m not exactly sure what it will entail, other than challenges are involved. I don’t know if they will be between teams or between individual singers on the teams, but either way, it should be a great show.

The teams have been formed, and we now know who the mentors of each team are. Simon has The Groups; Demi has The Girls; Paulina has The Boys; and Kelly has The Over 25s.

“Category by category, act by act, the singers will perform.” Mario said  at the start of the show. No one is safe until all ten singers from each category perform.

They’re at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A. “Only the four acts sitting in the seats at the end of the show make it to the live shows,” Mario said.

Kelly begins the episode. She says that “They’re ready,” but she will have a tough decision to make at the end of the show.

Victoria Carriger goes first. She has 8 children and is a single mother. She’s a great signer, but will she make it to the next round?

Victoria sings Make You Feel My Love. She has an awesome, beautiful voice, filled with emotion! The crowd erupted with cheers.

Demi liked it, but said that “the energy was a little bit low.”

Simon: “If it was me, based on that performance, I wouldn’t let you go through.” The audience booed his remarks.

Mario: “Kelly, what is your decision?”

“Victoria, you’re ready for this competition. Take a seat,” Kelly told her.

Kristene Mirelle, 27, was next. She works in a grocery store selling chips and salsa.

The sang she selected tonight was Oops, I Did It Again by Britney Spears. I thought she sounded great, also. She did a way different, slower version; very cool, though.

Demi said: “She was in front of a star,” but also said that Kristene sounded “pitchy.”

Simon: “I disagree with the girls. I would be keeping you in at this point.”

Mario: “Is Kristene in a seat, or out of the competition?”

Kelly: “You’re in my Final Four.”  So, Christine also takes a seat — but, will she be able to keep it?

Jeff  Gutt will be next, after the commercial break. He sings Amazing Grace. He sings the crap out of it! He makes it his own, and demonstrates his wide range and vocal control. He even hit a very high note right at the end.

Paulina: “Jeff, I feel the power you have is beyond your voice. It’s your will.”

Simon: “If you’ve got it you’ve got it. It doesn’t matter how old you are.”

Kelly: “There’s a seat over there, and it does have your name written all over it.”

Mario: “Jeff is in. Hoping to join them is Rachel Potter.” Last episode, she sang Landslide and she has also sung Somebody to Love. This will be very, very tough to choose among these great signers.

Rachel sings Irreplaceable. She does a very good job; but, there’s just one chair left. Will she be the one to fill it?

Demi: “Let me ask you something — how did you feel about your performance?”

Rachel: “Let me be honest — I have been sick, and I’ve been taking medicine.”

Kelly: “You’ve made it really hard on me. Do I put you in that chair or do I send you home?”

She decided to put her into the last chair! Lorie Moore will perform right after the commercial break. One thing’s for sure — somebody will lose his/her place in a chair, as Lorie is also extremely good.

Lorie is singing so beautifully — she chose I’ll Make Love to You. The audience is already applauding her. Then, when she was finished, they started screaming and clapping

Demi: “I really fel the passion behind that performance. But, I don’t know know if I’m looking at a superstar.”

Simon: “I didn’t like the version of the song. But, Lorie, you can really sing.”

Kelly: “I don’t know if you’re ready for this industry.” This really surprised me — I thought Kelly would back her up more.

“Hard work makes no excuses. Hard work shows up every Day,” Lorie said. Simon gave her speech a standing ovation.

Kelly: “I respect everything you said to me.” She gave Lorie a seat, and sent Kristene Mirelle home.

“With five more Over 25s to go, this competition is really getting tough,” Mario said.

All four of Kelly Rowland’s seats are filled. Allison Davis, 26, currently a waitress, goes next. She sings Tik Tok  by Ke$ha. I wasn’t impressed.

Demi: “My only problem is I couldn’t take you seriously.”

Simon said of the song choice: “It was so easy, so predictable.”

Kelly: “I’ll have to be honest with you and send you home.”

New dad Jeff Brinkman is up next. He sounds kind of like Joe Cocker or Louis Armstrong. He chose the song Without You. Though he started off a bit slow, then his voice just took off and soared. He is a very good singer — I’d send him on, but, if so, who will he replace?

Demi: “I don’t think you chose the right song.”

Simon: “That song was monstrous, literally ridiculous for you.””Mario: “What is your decision?”

Kelly: “You know, Jeff — I’m going to put you in a seat.”

Mario asked her which one will he replace — she answered, but not until after the commercial break. Argh!

Kelly Rowland has to replace a very talented singer, but life’s tough. Kelly chooses Victoria Carriger. Simon looks like he can’t believe it. He tells Kelly he wouldn’t have done that. I agree with Simon.

Next up is the guy who looks like Santa Claus, but sings like a master of the Blues — Denny Smith.

He sings In The Midnight Hour. He rocks it! The audience applauded and clapped along with him.When he was finished, the audience applauded wildly.

Paulina: “Denny, I once again believe in Santa Claus.”

Simon: “Is Kelly going to send Santa Claus home?

Mario: “Kelly, are you going to be naughty or nice?”

Kelly: “I’m going to send you home.”

All of the other judges look as if they can’t believe what she said. Kelly, Kelly, Kelly…what difficult decisions….

James  Kenney goes next. He’s a really great singer — he chooses to sing Lean On Me. He does a fantastic job, though I really didn’t especially like this version.

Demi: “James you nailed it.”

Simon: I’ve heard this song a million times, but never like you did it. You earned my respect.”

Kelly: “Just then in that performance, you took one strong leap of faith.”

Mario: “Kelly, what will you do?”

Kelly decides to give him a chair! But, who will she send home? Kelly sends Jeffrey Brinkman home! That’s just insane! The audience was holding up 4’s for her to send Rachel Potter home, but she chose Jeff Brinkman instead!

Lillie McCloud, 54, a grandmother, is up next. She’s the last one of the night for Kelley. She says she’s going to “chase that dream,” and adds “today is my day.” She sings:  A House is Not a Home. She has an awesome voice! Simon is smiling, which is usually a good sign. The audience gave her a standing ovation!

Demi: “Without even singing, just standing on the stage, you look like a superstar.”

Paulina: “Thanks so much for giving us so much! You are a goddess!”

Simon: “I love you so much! Competitions need big voices, competitions need stars. You have the X Factor, sweetheart.”

Kelly: “Lillie, you are in my Final Four!”

Mario: “Kelly, who are you sending home?”

Kelly: “The act I’m going to send home tonight is Lorie Moore.”

Wow. Kelly has her Final Four ready, but did she make the right choices to help her team win?

Mario said that it will be Demi’s turn to face the pressure right after the next commercials — this should be extremely interesting! She will finish tomorrow night, as there will be only about a half hour left tonight.

Demi and The Girls will give it a go now. The first girl to sing is Bree Randall. She sings Glad You Came by The Wanted. She has a wonderful voice! Will Demi keep her?

Kelly: “There was no growth. The song kind of dragged, to be honest with you.”

Simon: “You’ve got the right outfit and the right personality, but you didn’t bring your voice.”

Mario: “Is Bree in or out of the competition? What is your decision?”

Demi: “You have a lot of work to do on your vocals.” But, she adds “You are in my Final Four.” She’s probably thinking that if she needs to, she can send Bree home later on.

Khaya Cohen is up next, the second of Demi’s singers tonight. She’s grown up in New York and loves the city.

She sings  Locked Out of Heaven by Bruno Mars. She had the audience applauding and screaming right from the start. Awesome!

Kelly: “You have incredible instinct! Your presence on stage is so natural!”

Simon: “I thought you were good the first time I saw you on stage, but you’ve gottne even better!”

Demi: “I’m blown away! I think that not only the other girls should watch out for you, but everybody in the competition. Khayah, take a seat!”

Jamie Pineda was the third of Demi’s girls to sing tonight She sings at retirement homes for a living. She chooses  to sing Don’t Speak. What a great song choice for her! She did an excellent job singing it, and ended up singing in Spanish.

Ashley Williams, 24, is the last contestant of the night for Demi.

Kelly: “I love your voice, Jamie!”

Simon: “When you sing in English, there’s nothing particularly great about your voice, but, when you sing in Spanish, there’s a market for you.”

Demi: “I can’t let you go. You’re in my Final Four.”

Mario: “Jamie sang herself into a seat, but will she be able to keep it? We’ll find out after this!”

Ashly sings Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing. Her mother was murdered. What a great performance! She has pipes, and an awesome range.

Kelly: “Ashly, you are so talented. You have so much strength and incredible power behind your voice.”

Paulina: You have so much grit.”

Simon: “I loved your first audition. But, I didn’t like your song. I didn’t think that was a great performance. Sorry.”

Demi has her first difficult decision to make. “Ashly, you’re in my Final Four!”

Mario: “All four seats are filled right now! but, will they be there after all ten girls have performed?”

The Four-Chair Challenge eliminated several performers I’d hoped to see continue for a few more shows. They are pretty dramatic, though — it was a very entertaining episode.

What are your feelings? Do you think that Kelly and Demi made the right choices? Please leave your opinions below!


Written by: Douglas Cobb

52 Responses to "The X Factor The Four-Chair Challenge Round #1 October 2 (Review)"

  1. joyceline   November 7, 2013 at 4:21 am

    Bring Ashely back She was the winner for us,I will not seen Xfactor anymore SHAME ON YOU DEMI Joyce all the way from Bonaire Netherlands Antilles

  2. Brenda hicks   November 2, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Ashley Williams gone? Remember Jennifer Hudson? Ratings will surely drop if she is not brought back as wild card! Demi messed up BIG TIME!

  3. Deb Barrett Hardy   October 27, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Unbelievable that Ashley was let go. She is the winner as far as I am concerned. They need to do something about this injustice!

    • Deb Barrett Hardy   October 27, 2013 at 8:22 am

      Sorry, that should be Ashly!

  4. Carol   October 24, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Ashly Williams ‘ voice is incredibly versatile and beautiful. Simon Cowell has been negative about singers who are challenging his favorites, whether they are worthy of continuing or not. Rion Paige is adorable, but NOT one of the best singers on this show. The judges are keeping her in the competition because of her handicap. Praising her determination at her live audition was all the recognition she needed. Now, I don’t see how they can let her go, no matter what she sings. She’ll probably win the whole thing and really talented singers will be sent home to keep her on the show.

  5. lhill   October 23, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Ashly was the best singer. She should not have been sent home. Demi do not know how to judge a singer, she not a good singer herself.

  6. Bianca   October 21, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    BRING ASLEY WILLIAM BACK!!!!!!!!!!!! DEMI YOU LOST MY VOTE AS A JUDGE!!!!!!!!!!!! SO OUTRAGED THAT YOU SENT ASHLEY HOME!!!!!!!!! ARE YOU CRAZY!!!!!!! DEMI YOU DISAPPOINTED ME !!!!!!!! PLEASE this has to be your last year as a judge on the x factor…….GO GET HER BACK!!!!!!! -__________________-

  7. geraldine   October 15, 2013 at 4:07 am

    After they let Ashley Williams go I don’t want to watch the Xfactor anymore thanks Demi

  8. roy   October 14, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    simon you made a big mistake last year and look how it turned out.if you don’t bring Ashley back your an idiot too.who ever the socalled winer is this year is the runner up

  9. roy   October 14, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Ashley William girl I am a fan.girl don’t you worry girl you are a star already.and demi your an done with the show this year

  10. Matti   October 13, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I can’t understand Ashley is not in the competition any more,my opinion was she was number one to win X-Factor this year but unfortunately it did not happen so. Ashley, come again next year and show them all that they were wrong this year, all songs must be so challenging that they don’t doubt at all, I think this was accident and you come again, so I hope. Ashley, I would have written to your wall in the facebook but I did not find you there, Me too like Rebecca is looking forward to an Ashley Williams album, lets hope it comes soon. Now I am going to listen ‘I will always love you’ by Ashley Williams and it really is VERY VERY MARVELLOUS performance, I drop my tears in the evening when I listen several times to this performance before I go to bed but it is worth of it.
    Thanks ASHLEY !!!!!!! and don’t give up !!!!!!!!

  11. Rebecca   October 12, 2013 at 8:45 am

    ASHLEY WILLIAMS FOR LIFE! Her performance brought me to tears the first time. I started to watch the X Factor because I am a One Direction fan, and was hoping to follow an extraordinarily talented singer from their very beginnings. I had Ashley picked as the winner of the competition, but now that she has been let go, I doubt I will watch the X Factor anymore. Her second performance might not have been as good, because their aren’t that many challenging songs that can be compared to Whitney Houston’s “I will always love you,” but we know she can own that song already! LOOKING FORWARD TO AN ASHLEY WILLIAMS ALBUM!!!!

  12. Dody   October 11, 2013 at 6:18 am


  13. Raquel   October 10, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Acompanhe essa competição aqui do Brasil, e não entendi como puderam excluir ashley Williams. Foi a escolha mais injusta que vi. Me desculpem, pensei que eram sérios e prossionais, mas depois disso não acredito mais nessa competição

  14. Andrea   October 9, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Ashley is as good as Melanie Amaro. There have to be politics about who stays and who goes. Getting rid of Ashley was a horrible mistake. I pray that someone finds her like they did Jennifer Hudson. SHAME ON YOU X-FACTOR.

  15. R   October 9, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Bring back Ashley Williams – Shame On You Demi.

  16. Cathy   October 9, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Ashley is one of the best singers I have heard on the X-Factor. I think we should vote the Demi goes home. Ashley can out sing Demi any time. Ashley was the one I had picked to win this Com-pe-ti-tion. X Factor, you made one of the biggest mistakes ever!!!! I am so disappointed. If they want to make things right, they better bring her back. I recorded this show, and many times I have listened to Ashley sing this song. Demi, if you remember, her song left you emotional, brought you to tears. SHAME ON YOU

  17. Susan Atwell   October 8, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    More harrahs for Ashley from me!!! Amazing singer…. she could have won the whole thing!! Major judge mess-up!! I figure you all will figure out a way to bring her back… you’ve got to!

  18. bointer   October 7, 2013 at 6:32 am

    It is a shame that Demi let Ashley Williams go. She does not know anything about finding talents. The four she has now is not going to win anything.
    I will not follow the program from now on.
    But I will look out för the name Ashley Williams, She is going to be real great.!

  19. Romeo Antony   October 7, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Reasons for Ashley Williams elimination

    There is some kind of politics going on the background.
    Demi is a resist. I know Demi is not alone made this decision. It was a predetermined judgement. She don’t want a black to be an X factor winner.

    I hate to watch X factor after this very bad decision. Ashley Williams was such a talented singer. Demi, you should know that you are less talented than Ashley. Truth will always come out. Sorry ashly, we love you. Hope one day world will recognise your talent .

  20. Karen T.   October 6, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I am very disappointed that Ashly Williams was sent home. In my opinion, she could have won the whole competition. When she got sent home,I decided that I will never watch that show again. I will stick to watching the Voice. Goodbye to the X-Factor.

  21. Chris neil   October 6, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    SAT UP. How could Simon go from you are why we brought this show to US then say she not good. He knew she would take his votes from groups. And Demi, who pay her salary (Simon) I will never watch could they do Ashley like that?3

  22. me   October 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    How the heck Ashly girl be the least choice from 4 of the girls? I mean HOW??? I bet there’s something behind the curtain.

  23. Bob   October 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    For openers, I have never even heard of Demi before she was chosen as a judge. Now I think less of her than I did before I even knew who she was. To give Ashley the “boot” shows how untalented Demi really is. Perhaps she is popular because someone in her family is in the music business. It is obvious to me that she knows very little about “finding” talent. I am not sure she even knows what talent is now that she has let the most talented of contestants leave. Shame on you Demi! Now the show’s a bore this season!

  24. Irma Rose   October 6, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Ashly Williams should certainly be in the competition. I’ve followed X Factor for quite some time and I must say this is the 2nd worst decision the judges have made. If Ashly doesn’t come back, there is no reason for me to continue watching. 🙁

  25. sarah dore   October 6, 2013 at 9:04 am

    I am so super disappointed to see Ashly go home, I think she is an amazing talent. I was ready to vote her all the way to number 1. Now I don’t know if I’ll even watch. My only hope is that Simon already wants to sign her and we will be hearing her album soon!

  26. Natisha Melchor   October 6, 2013 at 8:17 am

    I wont be watching anymore, Ashley was the best of the Girls and all four of the judges know it. I wish all the young ladies the best of luck and I will keep Ashley in my prayers. She has been through alot and she will get through this because GOD SAYS SO! She is a gift from God and NO Demi or Simon Weapon formed against her shall prosper! AMEN!!

  27. Celia   October 6, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Ashley Williams sings like a professionally, polished singer; this girl really has the best pipes out of everyone that was in the category with her. They had an immensely talented singer in Ashley that viewers would have tuned in to watch, but instead of promoting exceptional talent that people want to see, apparently, they are going for mediocrity. Anyone who doesn’t think Ashley is an exceptionally talented singer, go to You Tube and view her audition. Once Demi eliminated Ashley, I turned my tv off and will not be tuning back in. All FOUR judges should be determining who stays and who goes home, not just ONE. After Ashley’s astounding audition and after her standing ovation from the entire audience as well as all four judges, Simon commented, “That’s why we brought the show to America, to find someone like you.” Enough said!

  28. BRIAN   October 6, 2013 at 5:05 am

    bring back ashley williams

  29. pumpkin   October 6, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Ive been watchin Xfactor since it 1st aired, after sending Ashely home, I think I’ll watch the voice instead, unless they make a surprise return like last year.

  30. Abookmate   October 5, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I am so disappointed and frustrated that Ashly Williams was let go — an incomprehensible decision. Ashly is a fantastic singer and a good performer. The decision does not make sense!! I am not sure I will even watch the show again.

  31. Kay   October 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Ashley Williams is better than any of the four who were given places.She was the reason I tuned in, having seen her first audition. Like many others, i wont be watching it any more. Ridiculous judgement call.

  32. Barbara   October 5, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Ashley Williams and Lorie Moore should have both been in the final four will not support X-Factor this year – I see why the Voice is a better show.

  33. Ivan   October 4, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    If you feel Demi was wrong for letting Ashley Williams go, do what I will do and DON’T WATCH IT NEXT WEEK!! Ratings will go down and producers will get the point! I mean all the girls were good but not as talented as Ashley. None of the other girls out sang Ashley EVEN WHEN SHE WASN’T AT HER BEST!! My final 3 were Lilly from the over 25’s, Ashley from the girls and James Kenney from the over 25’s also. Sorry Demi but you suck big time! I’m still hoping it’s still a set up and they’ll bring her back just like they did with Melannie Amaro last year!

  34. GT   October 4, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    With Ashley out I am tuning out. Demi….what ridiculously juvenile decision. Bring Ashley back…I boycott XFactor.

  35. Wayne   October 4, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    as soon as Ashley Williams was eliminated I turned off the X factor it was a huge Mistake to let her go

  36. Ali   October 4, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Rion Paige deserved that chair, I liked Ashley Williams but Rion Paige just sang better. Demi has a good solid final four. Ashley didn’t get let go because she was black she got let go because there was a better singer, Rion Paige

  37. Jane Deblasa   October 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    How could Ashley be eliminated??? She can outsing all the others!

  38. amnda   October 4, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I don’t think Demi knows what she’s doing. she is not a good judge… ashley is one of the best… can’t believe demi let her go…

  39. bob   October 4, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Without Ashley, rest of x-factor is just a contest for second best

  40. TUCKER   October 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    So sad, this is one of the reason why the ratings will go down. Such foolishness, I think something is wrong with Demi, there is no way she thinks those other girls were better than Ashley Williams. Demi need to be a shame of herself cause I know she knows Ashley is a great singer. A beautiful and a very strong voice, outstanding. Shame on you Demi, you shouldn’t be able to sleep at night. There are other good singer’s too, don’t care what color they are just be honest and real. SHAME ON YOU!!

  41. Beverly Lay   October 4, 2013 at 10:52 am

    The first time I heard Ashley sing I felt she could/would win the whole thing!!! She can sing all four of Demi’s choices under the table!! Those four remind me of a school talent show. Not sure if I’ll follow the rest of the season.

  42. Tobias   October 4, 2013 at 9:22 am

    ASHLY SHOULD BE THERE…NO QUESTIONS….bring her back, and she will be just like Melanie Amaro guaranteed!!!!!

  43. Edo   October 4, 2013 at 8:42 am

    agreed, that was a por choice Demi, letting such a gifted singer go!

  44. Bell   October 4, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Wow! are you kidding, Demi. Ashly Williams was the best singer of all of the contestants. I’m not sure of your judgment. Simon should have stepped in and made an exception. This girl is awesome to be able to hit Whitney Houston’s range. Ashly has the xfactor in my opinion. If they do not bring her back, I will not be watching thereon. Demi, get a grip! Booooooooooo!

  45. whatsup   October 4, 2013 at 6:28 am

    I really doubt Demi even reads these … but I don’t think there is a chance she will win with her team with who she has chosen. Ashley was definitely the best of the group. Jamie and Simone were both better than the girls she kept. Her team would have been a threat to the rest if she had kept those three.

  46. DR.B   October 4, 2013 at 2:02 am

    I think it’s time for Demi to leave the X factor….she is not a good judge and i don’t think she black girls.

  47. Vanglyn M Dorm   October 4, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Ashley should have been in the final four.

  48. sexynads   October 4, 2013 at 12:19 am

    I’m very very upset Ashley should be in one of that chair tonite. She has the X- Factor

  49. msmartin22   October 3, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Totally turned off by Demi letting Ashley go. She had more talent than the other girls and could really sing. I smell a set up. Simon did say it’s a good time for a group to enter the market…I’m tuning out.

  50. Tequisha johnson-vea   October 3, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Demi made a horrible decision to let ashley go…guess she is scared of her talent

  51. Davey   October 3, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Ashley Williams should be in. Was looking forward to her singing.


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