Last night, "The X Factor" aired its marathon-length first live episode, on which the 17 semifinalists were whittled down to the top 12 via a process of highly predictable elimination. My Yahoo! colleague Matt Whitfield and I had in fact already correctly guessed which five contestants would get the axe, and our suspicion is the judges already had their minds made up too, before any of the 17 singers sang a single note. This might explain some of the judges' irksome song selections--which inevitably set up fodder contestants like Phillip Lomax and Dexter Haygood for failure and a swift 'n' easy exit.
But that doesn't mean last night's show was totally drama-free. The judges were at each other's HD-powdered throats (whether this was staged or not, it made for some awesome television), and there were both trainwrecky and triumphant performances for everyone's viewing delight. But Matt and I were actually glad that there were no real "shockers" last night. This meant the best 12 contestants got through, and that means it's going to be an exciting competition when the live voting starts next week.
Watch Matt and I discuss last night's show in our latest "Day After" chat above...and feel free to post your own thoughts on the message board below.
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