With only four contestants left in the "X Factor" semifinal, and only one of them going home this Thursday, there will be no sing-off, no judges' deliberations, and no possibility of a deadlock this week. America will simply decide which three make it to next week's finale, and that's that. "But the judges are still here to do what they do best: judge!" the show's co-host Khloe Kardashian (Odom) announced brightly on Wednesday. Okay, whatever you say, Khloe. I never thought the judges on this show did a particularly bang-up job this season (although Britney Spears was surprisingly more lucid this week than usual). And after this Wednesday's episode, I realized...you know what else the judges don't do so well? Mentor.
This point was easily proven Wednesday when, for their first performances, all of the contestants sang songs of their own choosing. And all of these performances were superior to the second songs that their "mentors" had them do later in the evening--indicating that the contestants probably would've been better off making their own song selections all along. (Remember, some of "The X Factor's" producers' and mentors' horrible decisions had disastrous consequences for contestants like Vino Alan and Lyric 145 earlier this season.)Read More »from ‘X Factor’ Top 4 Recap: Choose Or Lose