Somehow, these are The X Factor semifinals; somehow, Astro, Drew and Rachel Crow aren’t in them, and somehow Marcus Canty and Chris Rene are. Somehow, Steve Jones has managed to keep up his human-being impression with only a couple glitches; somehow, L.A. Reid’s lost his edge, Nicole Scherzinger’s picked up selective whining, Paula Abdul’s become Most Improved, Talent-Competition Division and Simon Cowell continues to get away with whatever he wants to. (That’s not really “somehow,” we know.)
Last night brought us two songs each: one was the no-longer-error-ridden Pepsi Challenge choices, which were neither challenging nor, considering Come Together” mentions Coca-Cola, particularly Pepsi-friendly, and the standard mentor’s choice for the contestants, which at least were free of “Happy Feet” sabotage like singing shows past. Last night, we formed our gut grades on the final four into an Instant Report Card. Read on for our semi-final Power Rankings, and be sure to check back next week for our even more comprehensive season’s end version!
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