The X Factor Top 6 Performance Recap: I Stand Here Waiting for You to Bang the Gong

Dec 4 2013, 9:52pm CST | by TV Line

The X Factor Top 6 Performance Recap: I Stand Here Waiting for You to Bang the Gong
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It’s easy to make fun of The X Factor, what with Demi Lovato’s crocodile tears (and atrocious, “more prouder” grammar), Simon Cowell’s bloated sense of self-importance and especially future Emmy nominee for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Paulina Rubio’s patented brand of “does this chica have a concussion?” English. (Tonight’s “oily nose”/”you are you!” critique of Carlito Olivero was beautifully absurd, but still couldn’t top last week’s inability to tell her hot Latino contestant apart from wide-eyed 15-year-old Josh Levi.)

But then, an act like Alex & Sierra comes along, with a brand of vocal aptitude and brazen creativity that makes you think: “Hey, I might actually buy this duo’s music in the real world!” And just like that, the whole notion of watching La Cowell’s sputtering import for the sole purpose of aggressively snarky Tweeting feels a little bit hollow.

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Where there’s true talent, after all, there’s a show. And if I’m being honest — something the X Factor judges have forgotten how to do, at least based on their feedback for the sweet-but-sinking Rion Paige — I’m still invested in who wins this thing, whether they turn out to be the next One Direction or the successor to that nice road-construction dude in the cowboy hat who took home the Season 2 crown.

With that in mind, let’s get to letter grades for tonight’s performances — with the caveat that I’ll be back in an hour or two to update this URL with more detailed reviews of every number:

DIVA SONGS
Restless Road: Taylor Swift’s “Red” | Grade: C-
Rion Paige: Carrie Underwood’s “See You Again” | Grade: D+
Jeff Gutt: Badfinger/Mariah Carey’s “Without You” | Grade: B+
Ellona Santiago: Lady Gaga’s “Applause” | Grade: C+
Alex & Sierra: Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name” | Grade: A+
Carlito Olivero: Jennifer Lopez’s “Let’s Get Loud” | Grade: B/>/>/>/>/>/>

UNPLUGGED NUMBERS
Restless Road: Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” | Grade: B
Rion Paige: Thompson Square’s “Glass” | Grade: C+
Jeff Gutt: Elton John’s “Daniel” | Grade: B
Ellona Santiago: Beyoncé’s “If I Were a Boy” | Grade: B-
Alex & Sierra: A Great Big World (feat. Christina Aguilera)’s “Say Something” | Grade: A-
Carlito Olivero: Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” | Grade: C-/>/>/>/>/>/>

Should Go Home: Rion Paige, Restless Road
Will Go Home: Rion Paige, Jeff Gutt/>

And with that, let me turn things over to you. What did you think of Top 6 performance night? Who were your faves? Who surprised you? Who will and should be at risk? Take our poll below, then expand on your thoughts in the comments!

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