Despite Catherine’s claim that she was going to fight for Vincent’s heart at the end of last week’s Beauty and the Beast, she'll have a hard time getting her happily ever after thanks to Vincent’s ex-fiancé Alex, who is determined to pick things up where she and her former love left off 10 years ago when he shipped off to Afghanistan.
But Alex still doesn’t know Vincent’s secret side, a.k.a. the beast that comes out when he gets angry. Will she finally find out the truth in tonight's episode, “Cold Turkey?" And if she does, will she still be so eager to leave the country with him?
Hollywood.com couldn’t wait until tonight’s episode to get answers, so we went straight to the source herself: the lovely Bridget Regan, who plays Alex. Read up on all of the juicy scoop we could get out of her:
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Hollywood.com: So is Alex ever going to find out Vincent’s big secret, or is he determined to keep her in the dark?
Bridget Regan: “That’s the challenge and also a part of the appeal of why Vincent is enjoying being around her — she doesn’t know this whole ugly part of him that is the reality of who he is now. He gets to live in the past and live in the fantasy without anyone looking at him like he is a beast.”
Even though she knows part of the truth – that Vincent is presumed dead for government reasons – she still didn’t understand why he couldn’t give the police his name last week. Why did she not piece that together?
“Alex has no idea, which is hard to keep in mind. So something like breaking in to the ice rink and getting caught by the police is not a big deal to her. The reality has started to set in for Vincent, after having to face Catherine after bailing him out. She might need to find out. That’s Vincent’s predicament. Alex is just living in this la-la land. She thinks she can just run away with him and join this Doctors Without Borders thing. She’s oblivious.”
Is Alex going to find out that Catherine is more than just Vincent’s handler?
“Alex started to get this instinct of, ‘Something’s going on here. Something’s amiss. Maybe’s there’s something more between him and Catherine.’ But she didn’t want to believe that. Everyone’s been in a situation that is obviously one thing but your mind really wants to believe the story. She just loves him so much and they were together for so long but then he disappeared. She was told he was dead. She’s really in a lot of shock about the whole thing. She is just happy to have the man she loves back in her life because she hasn’t found anyone else like him.”
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Why do you think JT is on Catherine’s side of the love triangle? He hasn’t been her biggest fan in the past.
“What’s interesting is that we grew up together. Me, JT, Vince, Vince’s brothers, we all lived on the same street, went to the same school. We were all friends. It’s interesting that JT wouldn’t side with Alex considering they have this history together. But JT also has a lot more knowledge of the reality of the situation than Alex does at this point. He really understands the best out of anyone what’s happening to Vincent’s body and mind and Alex has no idea, whereas Catherine does. And Catherine is on his side and defending him and comes to his rescue when he needs it. So I think I can understand why he would root for her instead of Alex.”
Tell me about tonight’s episode, “Cold Turkey.”
“Alex wants to take Vincent away for a weekend to her family’s cabin in the woods. It was this special place for Vince and Alex when they were a young couple and they would go there to get away from it all and be alone. Alex wants to pick up where they left off and go have a romantic weekend. So she goes and asks Catherine for permission if she can take him away because she still thinks Catherine is his handler. She’s trying to follow the rules and be respectful, so that’s why she goes and asks for permission. And a lot happens, but Alex just wants to reconnect with him in a really romantic way.”
Beauty and the Beast airs Thursdays at 9 PM ET/PT on The CW.
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Holy finale, Batman. My brain hurts. Zero percent of my Homeland finale predictions from last week came true, so now everything I said last Sunday night just makes me sound like a raving lunatic. I can hear the showrunners giggling in my ear with their perverted sense of personal glee, because they obviously think/know that they’re so goddamn smart. This finale sort of turned itself out and brought some serious goods – without fully resolving some of the more contentious plot points of the second season (I think), and the major twists gave us a mini-reboot while letting a lot of old questions linger (I think?). There’s a lot to juggle. Let’s get down and dirty.
The show starts off with a very blatant homage to “The Weekend,” the much-celebrated episode from season one where Carrie and Brody hashed out a lot of secrets while pretending to have playful sex. I don’t know if we’re pointing to the fact that the relationship in the old lake cabin is still a case of high manipulation, but I can’t put my trust in Brody. While Carrie and Brody are doing weird domestic tasks and kissing on the lips, Quinn is hiding in the forest, keeping tabs on his mark. The minute Brody is alone, Quinn is supposed to pull the trigger. Carrie is opening up about the disappearance of her mother, Carrie is in bed with Brody, and Carrie is off to buy croissants. Quinn sneaks up behind Brody while the creepy ginger is deep in his morning prayer… but Quinn can’t follow through. Carrie still has no idea that Quinn exists as a assassin. Before entering the real world, Carrie has to make a decision about her future with Brody; Carrie can’t be in love with Brody and keep her job at the CIA – she’ll have to make a choice.
Through all of this, Saul is locked up in a holding chamber of sorts at the CIA. Estes is growling into his phone, making sure Quinn does his job. Quinn is eating tuna right out of the can. It is possible that Quinn is eating cat food since it is too dark to get a good look at the label on his dinner. Regardless, the first half of this finale moves with such horrifyingly deliberate pace that I tried to stay calm and tried to keep my body under control. I think I changed sitting positions every three minutes. There was a deep atmosphere of dread – Carrie and Brody might function fine in their alternate universe, but returning to the real world makes everything spin out of control. In Saul’s own words, “something terrible is going down.” Sure, Saul was speaking about the assassination of Brody, but still. It applies.
Quinn decided not to kill Brody on his own accord. Because, according to Quinn, he is “the guy that kills bad guys.” Is Brody a bad guy? Not in Quinn’s eyes – without Brody, Nazir would still be alive. Also, Estes would destroy Carrie for the second time if Brody was to die, and that wasn’t something Quinn was ready for. I think Quinn is maybe in love with Carrie, and I believe his judgment is a little cloudy. But that’s just me. I want Brody dead, sorry I’m not sorry. Brody just can’t actually love Carrie, and I will do anything to protect Carrie’s heart. Brody is too smart and stoic for that bullshit. Quinn lets Estes know that if Brody ever turns up dead, there’s a bullet in Quinn’s gun for Estes’ head. Killing bad guys. Yikes.
The mechanics of regular life begin to churn, and everyone begins to slowly fall back into their old roles. Brody catches up with Mike, delivering the news about his split with Jessica and the fact that Mike’s opportunity to permanently swoop in has arrived. Dana gets a French braid. Chris has a soccer game. Jessica has bad hair. God, this family knows what they want out of life. This finale sort of clears up all of the domestic drama that lingered inside the Brody household, opening up new roads for that awful wife and those awful kids.
Saul greets Estes with the new nickname Javert, which is a wonderful Les Miserables reference – Saul must be excited for the 2012 holiday movie season! Estes lets Saul know that he’s in the clear, and uses the word “redacted,” which is a word I really enjoy because I think it sounds cool. Saul looks slightly confused, but he packs up his things. One of the greatest touches to this episode is the attention to the little things, the miniscule physical steps these characters put themselves through. Everyone is gearing up for the dual funeral event of the year – Estes is speaking at Walden’s service at the CIA while Saul oversees the sea burial of Nazir. While Brody gets ready to head to Walden’s event, Dana questions Brody about the day of the vest (aka the season one finale). Brody tells the truth. Just like that. Dana fully understands what her father was going to do, from the horse’s mouth; the bonds of family are strained to their limit but remain unbroken, because Brody presents himself as a changed man. As much as I’ve disliked Dana this season, I do think she has a wonderfully complicated relationship with her father, a mix of bizarre respect and bitter hatred.
*A brief detour: during this sequence of events, Saul enjoys some milk that he requested from Estes, therefore putting himself on the opposite end of the milk spectrum than Dana. In this milk theme, Dana is clearly the mole. Boom.
Saul and Carrie have their hallway reunion after a few days apart, and Saul lets Carrie know that she’ll be offered a position as station chief. Carrie noticeably balks, sputtering on about needing time before she makes a decision. Saul gives Carrie his coldest eyes and iciest tone, laying down the law nice and thick – Carrie cannot be in love with Brody because Brody will always be a terrorist; “it’s crystal clear.” Carrie is upset, going on the attack, but Saul keeps his cool. Because Saul is always right. I absolutely adore Mandy Patinkin on this show, and I really hope there are many awards waiting for him now that season two has wrapped. The man really knows his way around the f-word, and that’s something I greatly respect.
Saul calls Carrie the smartest and dumbest person he knows, and he’s (yes, always) right. I love this interaction because, in sharp and somewhat brutal fashion, the question of Brody’s trustworthiness is pushed into the foreground of Homeland. Sure, it’s an element of the show that simmers under almost every single conversation, but here we see an unraveling woman and her steadfast mentor hashing out these buried emotions in the open. It makes for exhilarating television, and one of the reasons that Homeland is still so great amid any missteps. Some of those missteps are about to come, hiding behind greatness. Oh boy.
We get nice juxtaposition between the two funerals, where Saul wears a nice hat on the boat dispensing of Nazir and the Vice President’s wife has taken too many Xanax to take off her sunglasses at her husband’s funeral. Understandable. There’s a mention of Walden’s involvement with capturing Osama bin Laden, which may have just been Estes’ way of taking Saul’s earlier upcoming movie reference and putting Zero Dark Thirty on the table. Nice move, Estes! There’s also some great veiled references to the drone attack that killed Issa, which I appreciated greatly. Carrie and Brody make a brief getaway from the funeral so Carrie can explain that she’s picking Brody over her profession. This is the worst decision ever, Carrie. Brody makes a weird face during their exchange and Carrie questions him about what he’s feeling; he shakes it off, the opposite of sadness. Brody then notices that his car has been moved, sitting right in front of Langley. The car explodes.
Everything in this finale has been so measured and meticulous, so this explosion literally rocks the fabric of the entire episode. Is everyone dead? When Carrie comes to, she aims her gun at Brody, screaming and using her best dangerous words. Claire Danes uses that steely force with tiny chin wobbles as only she can do. Dirty, battered, and bleeding – Carrie and Brody work through their insecurities and distrust, resulting in Carrie having a mini-breakdown. She loves Brody, as Brody reminds us that Nazir is mentally insane. Nazir would do anything to follow through with his plans – turn himself in, commit suicide, use Roya as a diversion, keep Brody in the game? LET’S HOPE SO. Obviously. Carrie realizes that no one will believe Brody, so she takes Brody and runs. As Carrie is wont to do.
Carrie and Brody head out, planning some outrageous route that wiggles up through Canada and ends on the Island of Misfit Toys; Carrie has always had an escape plan for herself in her back pocket. First, Brody needs a fake passport if he’s running. Back in DC, Saul arrives on the scene to learn that there are almost 200 dead; Carrie and Brody are still missing and therefore presumed dead. Cynthia (the VP’s wife), Finn, and Estes are all confirmed dead. Wow. With Estes out of the picture, Saul is in charge. Saul gets the most beautiful call in the history of everything while dealing with the smoking remains of the attack – Sarita, Saul’s estranged wife, checks in to make sure everything is okay. She hears his pain when he mentions that Carrie is missing in action. Saul left Carrie a voicemail that is maybe the saddest, sweetest moment of their relationship. Sarita is coming back to the United States. “Yes,” Saul whispers. I’m glad this couple is back in action.
Brody gets his picture taken by the fake passport man, and then hangs around until the paperwork is complete. The news is on a television, and we see that the terrorist group behind the bombing has released the video Brody recorded in the season one finale, the video that Saul found at the beginning of the season. NO WAY. YES WAY. Another element of my prediction is put right down, correct? Brody can’t be working for Nazir if this group was so willing to give up his secret to the entire world? I’m terribly confused by the motive behind this zany move, and I will still never trust Brody. Brody’s family is also watching this unfold on the television set in their living room while being questioned by the CIA; to say Chris and Dana aren’t doing well is an understatement. Dana needs some of Cynthia’s Xanax/Valium/Whatever. Also, Cynthia’s sunglasses.
We can’t undo that video of Brody. The video is now out in the world. Which brings me to my big issues with the final moments of the finale – are we really making Brody into a good guy? The gnarly meat of his character was always the fact that he so genuinely played with the line between flawed evil and struggling good. Can we take Brody as simply good guy, driven by his love for Carrie? I don’t think so, and I’d hate to see his show fall apart from that development. Regardless, Carrie has to say goodbye to Brody in the woods – she can’t say goodbye to her job, to the CIA. Not now. Again, the emotion in this scene doesn’t work for me because I will never believe that the emotional connection between these two is honest. I think Carrie has lost herself in Brody, but I feel like Brody knows how to take care of his romance. And by “take care of his romance,” I mean behave like a triple agent of death. I just can’t with this man. Brody heads out into the darkness, making his weird journey to momentary safety. Carrie climbs back into her car.
Who knows how this will all play out next season. I can’t even think about that because my soul feels like it’s melting out of my eye sockets. Carrie returns to Saul as he prays over the 200 dead, and the look of joy in seeing Carrie alive brings an end to the season. Season one was a miraculously ambiguous and ambitious foray into dramatic long-format storytelling; season two wasn’t as practiced and immediate, but I appreciated the desire to expand. Television needs to push, and it just might be the case that Homeland tried to push a little too hard in its sophomore run. However, I always prefer pushing too hard over not pushing enough. We’ll need to build the hunt for these “new” terrorists in season three, but will Brody be a major player? How far will we jump in time before the next episode? Questions! I just want to handcuff someone to a pipe in an old mill and make him/her answer all of my questions via FaceTime.
All in all, I’m pretty damn happy with the big moves in this finale – the pacing in the first half of the episode versus the second half gave me the shivers, especially with the funerals acting as the switch. Save for the development of Brody, we’re in a good place. I like my characters down and dirty! I like hating my characters most of the time! Network execs, please stop making everything so squeaky-clean! Pray for Carrie. Pray for Brody. Pray for Homeland. I can’t wait to go to bed next Sunday with a clear mind, like Carrie after she was zapped last year. Cool, empty comfort. I love-hate my cloudy Homeland brain. I’m going to miss it. I’m going to miss you. Don’t get lost in the woods. This isn’t goodbye. Goodnight.
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Aside: Before we get started, know that the majority of this recap — everything up to Demi's house, and slightly beyond — was written last Wednesday. I was one of the lucky few PST-ers who caught the hour or so that Fox played, accidentally, during their life-altering blunder.
Oh my God, y'all. The day is finally here! The day where 24 contestants became 16 contestants — contestants that will go on to perform live in Los Angeles with A.C. Slater and a Kardashian. The other eight were sent packing, and as punishment for their not-being-good enough sins, they will spend the rest of their days brushing out Nicole Scherzinger's hair extensions and eating awkward Thanksgiving dinners with Steve Jones. Actually, scratch that — the second part sounds like all of my dreams coming true. (Aside: As long as the Internet exists, I will keep linking to that video. Mark. My. Words.)
To celebrate this momentous occasion, Britney Spears put pink and green streaks in her hair. "I'm about to tell them their fate," she said on "her" Malibu balcony, overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean — the Ocean that, no matter how hard it tried, could never contain the secrets buried in the factor known as X. "You pick right Britney," it whispered. "You pick right, or you'll be down here with me next year — down with the trapped souls of nine out of ten members of InTENsity, and Paula Abdul." Britney nodded, and a brief smile passed through her lips. "I'll pick right," she said. "I know I can."
And you know what? She did! Let's move on:
Diamond White, 13: Diamond had to get through, because Planet X would feel terrible if she had to keep sharing her bedroom with her two siblings, her five cousins (twice removed), and the ghost of Stacy Francis. "You just brought life to everything," Britney said. "But there were also a lot of things that weren't so good. You were a little nervous. You have to remember that this is a $5 million contract." Dramatic words from Britney — but Diamond was in, and her smile was worth the $5 million in itself. (Did I really just say that?) Result: Through
Carly Rose Sonenclar,13: Carly is a frontrunner, so nobody never really doubted that she'd make it to the final 16. "I don't want to go back to the eighth grade," she said. "That just sounds awful... just thinking about it." Dude — totally agree. If we're being honest, going back to eighth grade is what my nightmares look like. Britney told her that "her voice showed so much technique" and that she and the entity known as Will.I.Am thought Carly was a "very talented young girl." But! (And there's always a but)... She had to have the whole package. "I feel like there's going to be a lot of nerves," she continued. "I don't know if you're going to be able to handle this." But had she made her decision, and Carly was through. Result: Through
And, for the record, this is the face of a teenager who thinks her entire existence has been for naught:
Arin Ray, 17: I also basically figured that InTENsity survivor Arin Ray would make it through, because forcing one to go through that unspeakable horror only to get rejected at the judges' house round would be too evil even for X Factor standards. Also, he's cute. "You had charisma, you were charming, you had confidence... it was really nice to see," said Britney. "BUT I do feel like there's a lot of talent in this group, and you're very good, I just don't know if it's good enough." Come on. Result: Through
James Tanner, 15: I still have no clue who this person is, so I had a bad feeling about this one. Plus, there was only one spot left, and my lady Beatrice hadn't gone through yet. "I feel like your personality is very cool," Britney said. "And I feel like you know how to use that to your advantage, which would make people want to watch you, and see what you're going to do. BUT, I don't know if you're where you're supposed to be at this point... You're going home, sweetie." James took it better than I thought he would, even when he had to endure the walk of shame past the winners' circle. "It's horrible!" Britney exclaimed to the producer. Meh, me thinks she'll be okay. Result: Banished to a Life of Quiet Mediocrity
And, for the record, this is Britney's "You're going home, sweetie," face:
Reed Deming, 13, and Beatrice Miller, 13: The camera cut back and forth between the two of them, for dramatic tension. If it hadn't been Beatrice I would have been mighty pissed, even though Reed managed to majorly depress me with the following statement: "This is the climax of my life," he said. "If I go home, that would be such a heavy burden to have to carry. I'd have to go back to my friends and family and say, 'You know what? The judges didn't believe in me.' I don't know what I'd do. I don't see any other career option for me BUT music." Reed, Reed Reed. You are 13! Stop watching so much TV! There are plenty of other jobs that don't involve being rich and famous that can provide a steady income and satisfaction, and you have many years to figure that out. Like, chill.
But I digress. Britney told Reed he had a great personality and confidence. BUT! "There's a lack of vocal training in your voice," she said. (Err, pot meet kettle?) She gave Beatrice the runaround, telling her that her live audition performances were better than the one she had put on yesterday. "Sometimes your nerves get the best of you, and it makes me worry that you can handle the pressure," said Brit. Like, you know, shaving your head and what not. Of course, it was Beatrice who went through. But, oh, poor Reed! "Life has crazy ways of working, you know," he said, holding back tears. "I respect Britney for all of her decisions." AWW you guys! My heart! It's breaking! Beatrice was thrilled, naturally — but between Beatrice, Diamond, and Carly, the teen competition is going to be fierce. Results: Beatrice Through, Reed Sent to a Child Psychologist For Clinical Anxiety
NEXT: The OldsNext up was L.A. Reid and his pack of grizzled, disgusting oldies, also known as people over the age of 25. Since I would belong in this category, I have issues with his L.A.'s depiction of my kin. "It's no secret that this is not my favorite category," L.A. said. "This is their very last chance." Cause, you know, after the age of 25, if you get a "no" on a reality show, life is over for you. Done. I think if a blind person were watching this show, this is what they'd think all of the contestants in L.A.'s category looked like:
David Correy, 27: David was up first, and claimed that his life would be over if he didn't make it through to the next round. Right. "You have a great energy about you, and a really good voice," L.A. said. BUT! "Sometimes it concerns me whether you can go out there in the midst of the pop culture, and be that number one artist. I'm just not sure." David looked like he was about to have a mental breakdown, but L.A. put him through. He then awkwardly shouted out to his birth mother, AGAIN, pleading to reunite. No words. Result: Through
Also, in case you were wondering, this is what L.A. looks like when he pretends to crush someone's dreams, then doesn't:
Daryl Black, 38: Who? I had a bad feeling about this one. Apparently, so did L.A. "When you came on that stage, you reminded me of myself," said L.A. "You are truly talented. You have an amazing voice." BUT! According to L.A., Daryl doesn't have the fire, or the stardom, or the factor of X. "This is where it stops." Daryl held back tears, then gave all of us the sads again: "I'm devastated. My wife — she'll be crushed, and the kids will, too." Aw, sad kids! Result: Banished to Nursing Home
Jason Brock, 35: Please say yes, please say yes! I love goth Elton John, and his wonderful smile and infectious personality. Plus, he just lost his job, so he had to get through. "I've just lost my tech support job, this morning, of all times!" he said. Um, no, not "of all times," Jason. You haven't been showing up, because you're a contestant on The X Factor. Makes it tough to keep you on the roster. Anyway. "I'm a fan of your voice," L.A. said. "The question becomes — can you become a massive star? Do you fit? If I'm to be honest with you, you really excel in one area, and there's big question marks in the other areas." I guess I can see it. But, it was a yes! Jason made this adorable giggly face and asked L.A. if he could give him a hug, to which L.A. replied: "You better!" Result: Through
Oh, and for the record, this is one of the many reasons why I love him:
Tate Stevens, 37: I'm very "meh" on Tate Stevens. Maybe it's the hat — it reminds me too much of Carl from Walking Dead, or something. I hate that kid. But, L.A. disagrees. "You have a lovability about you," he said. BUT! "You don't have a lot of confidence about you. Stars have confidence. It makes it tough." Result: Through
Tara Simon, 27, and Vino Allen, 40: Next up was the Tara Simon/Vino Allen dramatic showdown, and I really didn't care about the outcome, since I find both of them unlikable. It would be strange to not have one lady go through, but Tara isn't talented or personable enough to be a strong candidate for X Factor's binder of women. Vino said that everyone is against him because he has tattoos, but I think it's probably more because his self hatred shines through, and it's unsettling. L.A. told Tara that she was incredible, BUT! — might not fare well against the competition. Agreed. Vino was told that his vocal tone was "so different," and "gut-wrenching,"— BUT! — L.A. has occasionally scratched his head during his performances. Again, agreed. Results: Vino Through, Tara Banished to Jumbo's Clown Room (Google it.)
NEXT: Young adults, AKA people who aren't old and decrepit 26-year-oldsDemi Lovato's "young adults" were next, because Simon ALWAYS gets to go last. Demi reported from her home in Downtown Los Angeles, which further proves that the "judges' home" round is bulls*** — because there is absolutely no way that Demi Lovato lives in Downtown Los Angeles. Nope. Downtown LA is for your hipster friends, yuppies who would rather get a nice loft for their $1200 than a crappy place in Santa Monica, and drug dealers on skid row. Not multi-millionaire famous people. Anyway, this group will be tough, since you have the Jennel/Jillian duo and the intense CeCe/Paige competition. I am intrigued.
Jennel Garcia, 18: Jennel also said her life would be over if she didn't make it, which made me want to punch my screen because SHE IS 18 YEARS OLD! Like, you haven't even voted in your first election yet, or experienced your first frat party-related hangover. There is so much more to life than this. But, anyway: "The first time I saw you, I was blown away," Demi said. "BUT! I feel as if you're really insecure with your performance, and in order to be a pop star, the biggest thing is how you entertain people." After a dramatic pause, we learned that she was through. Yay, Jennel! She'll be fierce competition. Result: Through
Willie Jones, 17: I hope Willie doesn't have to go back to Shreveport anytime soon, because from what they showed during his at-home montage, it looks depressing. Also, Willie is unique, and this show could use a little unique. Demi agreed: "You know that you're completely unique, and you have something going for you that a lot of people don't expect. BUT what's difficult for me, is I feel like there's this inner battle in your head." The battle she's talking about is the battle between country and R&B — I guess I sort of get it, but couldn't he mash up the two, and make the result his own? I vote yes. Demi did too, and he's through. Demi's way of telling people they're through is kind of hilarious.... she like, reaches out and tickles them. Result: Through
Aside: This is where Fox's first broadcast ended. Everything from here on out is from the version shown on Tuesday.
Nick Youngerman, 21: Sorry Nick Youngerman, Janitor: I never wanted you to get through. Your version of Ke$ha's (ugh) "TiK Tok" didn't hold a candle to anyone else in this category. "You are so much fun to watch on stage," Demi said. "You have the ability to light up a room and get everybody on their feet." BUT! "My concern is, with all of talent that I've seen, we've set a really high bar." Annnd... Nick the janitor will janit once more. Result: Banished to the Mop and Broom
Paige Thomas, 23: Please stop crying. Please. To be honest, I've never been a fan of Paige. I'm team Leapord Face, all the way. "There's nobody in the world that can say that you are not a beautiful... gorgeous... person, who has that star quality about her," Demi said. BUT! "Unfortunately, it's not just about that." Paige swore she had something in her. Demi said no matter what, she'd always be a good mother, because Demi knows these things. Motherhood. Then, Demi said she was through. There was more crying. Result: Through
For the record, this is what Paige looks like, always:
Jillian Jensen, 19, CeCe Frey, 21: The leopard hath lost her spots! CeCe took Demi's advice to heart, trading her trademark jungle cat for just a regular pretty girl look. I like both of these girls a lot, so this one was especially tough in terms of caring about X Factor. It was also sweet to see Jennel getting worked up over her hometown girl, Jill. "You are so extremely talented, and everyone can see that," Demi told Jillian. BUT! "The problem is, this competition is based on more than just incredible vocals." Uh-Ohz! "CeCe, I told you that it was going to be difficult trying to find a balance between on fire, fierce, with attitude, and a way where people can still relate to you." BUT! "Yesterday when you sang, I knew that you took my advice, but it went a little overboard." DRAMZ! Both girls were hysterical at this point. "Sometimes I have to make some really, really tough decisions," Demi said. Jillian was crying so hard she was practically choking. It was awful. 'I'm almost positive that's a good cry," Jennel said. WRONG! I almost feel bad for CeCe, since I feel that everyone else in her category wanted it to be Jillian that got through. Oh well. Result: CeCe Through, Jillian Sent to Battle Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman and Homeland's Carrie Matheson for Ms. Ugly Crier, 2012 (See below for example):
NEXT: It's Da Groups!Then it was time to pretend like we cared about the groups. It's so much harder to invest in the poor souls in the group category, because they simply don't get as much sob-story camera time as those who compete by themselves. Now, that doesn't mean that a group victory is impossible — see, One Direction — but they have to be pretty spectacular if they want to garner more votes than the single mom or the InTENsity survivor. Hence, Simon Cowell will do everything in his seemingly limitless power to make groups a powerful category this year. Moving on.
Lyric 145, 19-23: First up was one of Simon's self-made super groups, Lyric 145. Before we got here, said guy, "our lives were more like Survivor than like living." (The only one from Lyric they've really introduced us to so far is Lyric Da Queen. The rest are randoms.) "When you've got five days to compete with bands who have been together for years, that's quite a daunting thing to do," Simon said. "I loved the humor you brought into it. I like the fact that you are performers, and you have fun with it." BUT! Space was limited, Simon said, and "I have to put people in who I believe are going to absolutely blow people away." He had made his decision... and it was a good decision! Result: Through
Dope Crisis, 25 & 30: Simon didn't put these guys together, and they're not Emblem3, so they were never getting through. "I thought you could not have put anything more into that performance," Simon said. BUT! "Do I see you as recording artists?" No, no. He could not. Result: No. Just No.
Emblem3, 16-19: "To go home now would just blow," said Emblem3 dude. "Our first audition was like, so epic." Hey, did you know that Emblem3 are from California? Come on, get it over with, they're through. "Simon! We're freaking out!" said Emblem3. "I've been impressed with you from the minute I first saw you," Simon said. BUT! "I didn't feel, yesterday, you were quite as rehearsed as the others." Then the guy that messed up, the guy in the middle, was all, "We did our best, right?" And Simon was all, "No, I don't think you did." The guy on the left, AKA the talented one, was pissed:
Still, Result: Through
Sister C, 17-21: Oh, come on. They've had 45 seconds of screen time. Really? Result: Through, to be Sent Home Next Week
LYLAS, 15-19, and Playback, 16-17: Ah, the battle of the Simon-made teen groups: I personally feel that LYLAS are far more talented, but Simon DOES love his boy groups. Also, has there been a popular girl group since the Spice Girls? LYLAS came out holding hands, and Playback came out looking like douchey teenagers, so I hate them all. I hate youth. Anyway, "I was very, very impressed with your vocals," Simon told LYLAS. BUT! "You do understand, when I put someone into the live shows, I have to have total, utter confidence that then can deliver under an awful lot of pressure." Hmm. "There was a great energy, and I felt a friendship and a chemistry," he told Playback. Uh-oh... no BUT?! Result: LYLAS Through, Playback to Never Play Again
So, what did you think? Were you mad, fellow west coasters, that you missed a good chunk of the show? Who do you think will be sent home next week? Sound off in the comments!
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