This week, Garcia and Lyric 145 both blamed the song choice for their elimination. Lyric 145 insisted that they would still be on the show had they not performed a mash-up of Queen’s “We Will Rock You” and Katy Perry’s “E.T.” Lyric Da Queen revealed that before that song selection was made at midnight the night before Wednesday’s show, the group had been pushing for a rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”
Garcia ended up singing “Proud Mary,” but she also prepared her take on Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know.” The 1995 post-grunge song “is way more me than ‘Proud Mary,’” Garcia told press, “but everyone disagreed and said ‘Proud Mary’ was the one.”
The two acts also both expressed a fervent desire to perform their own music on The X Factor. It does raise the question of whether original songs by the contestants would work on music competition shows that pull audiences in with new takes on popular songs by new personalities. Last year, Bravo attempted to launch a competition show that focuses on singer-songwriters. Platinum Hit turned out to have a painfully inapt title – the show was a flop. The May 30, 2011 premiere got only 823,000 viewers to tune in, and after five episodes, Bravo moved the show to Friday nights. It did not return for a second season.
Well, now that they’re off the show, Garcia and Lyric 145 can make their own stylistic and musical choices. “The first thing I’m doing tomorrow is dying my hair black,” Garcia said. “And I’m taking off the heels because I don’t wear heels. I like sneakers. I don’t like fancy shirts. I like T-shirts.”
Once she’s done changing her look, Garcia said she’s going to “be rock ’n’ roll, tough and not girly.”
As for Lyric 145, the group is planning their move to Los Angeles, Lyric Da Queen by way of Flint, Mich. and brothers Julian and Jemelle Joseph from Queens, N.Y.
What was your take? Did Cowell and Lovato make the right calls, or do Garcia and Lyric 145 have a case for laying some blame on their mentors? Did you see their styles and personalities slip away as the competition went on, or are they being too picky about a few high heels and necessary song changes? Which songs performed by each act felt most true to them? Could music competition shows succeed with a focus on original songs? Who would you have eliminated this week?
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