This Wednesday, "The X Factor" hosted its "rock" night. Please note the quotation marks in the previous sentence. Because precious little about this week's Rock Night top 10 episode actually rocked at all, other than Josh Krajcik's solid Foo Fighters cover and Marcus Canty's surprisingly unembarrassing attempt to embrace the rock genre with a Janis Joplin number. Astro tried to pass off a Diddy cover as a Police song, Drew and Melanie covered some of the least-rocking lite FM tunes in the U2 and R.E.M. songbooks, Chris rapped over a reggae beat, and none of the judges seemed to know what "rock" even is. (Nicole Scherzinger actually called Stacy Francis "glam-rock" at one point. Um, no.) All this was enough to make me wish that funk-rocker Dexter Haygood was still on this show.
Is rock really dead? It is on this show, methinks. My Yahoo! colleague and "Day After" co-host Matt Whitfield seems to think so as well--and judging from how heated he gets in today's "Day After" episode, he thinks "The X Factor" is dead in general. I'm not quite the hater he is--I just think the show had a really, really off night--but I too am feeling pretty disgruntled today.
Watch us kvetch, whine, bitch, and moan in the episode above, and posting your own comments, complaints, and concerns on the message board below!
- Janis Joplin
- Nicole Scherzinger