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Old 13-06-2013, 19:00
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All right, it's finally here. Again, I'm sorry for the delay, I just had other things that needed my attention before I could focus on this. Anyway, welcome back to The X Factor: Mix It Up! Both the audition phase and the bootcamp phase of the competition are over, so it's finally time for the longest but probably most exciting part of the competition - the live shows!

Last show, the mentors chose songs for the 5 acts in their respective categories in order to see how their ideas would be received. After being given a substantial amount of time to think, they were each forced to let 2 acts go. There were definitely some surprising picks by the judges, so we'll have to wait and see what the follow-up of those choices is going to be.

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, the top 12 will be performing songs with titles that consist of a single word. An easy theme to start with, and probably the only easy theme in the entire competition. Anyway, the lines will open once all twelve acts have performed. During this phase of the show, the DS public (and the judges themselves) will be able to vote for their favourite acts in a bid to keep them out of that dreaded danger zone. Speaking of which, we're looking at a bottom 3 today as we're kicking things off with a double elimination. What that means is that one act will be eliminated right off the bat, while the other two will have to sing for survival and face the wrath of the judges.

Without further ado, allow me to introduce the flawless judges and the top 12 of The X Factor: Mix It Up!
Cue obligatory overly dramatic intro tune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRLdhFVzqt4

jackel1234 and the groups
Black Ivory
Good Question
Princes & Rogues

unclekevo and the girls
Caitlin Koch
Morgan Sheather
Sarah Watson

jag02010 and the boys
Ethan Boroian
Nick Youngerman
Quatrele Da'An Smith

Satanel and the over 25s
Danielle Blakey
Joseph Whelan
Nicola Marie

Judges, are y'all here (and ready to kick off this amazing first live show )?
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:01
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I feel like I should be doing some Majestic dance to that entry music
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:02
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Everyone's favourite judge is here (that's me before Jack tries to be funny!)
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:02
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I feel like I should be doing some Majestic dance to that entry music
You totally should, entertainment value you know?
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:03
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*Sits among the audience with Black Ivory and Caitlin support banners*
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:03
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You totally should, entertainment value you know?
yeah you know just me uploading a video of me dancing to the theme music each week... the worst bit is this sounds like something I would do
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:08
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All right, Justin mentioned that he would join us later, while I once again have no idea where Zak is. He has sent me his comments though, so I'll just post them for him until (or if) he turns up.

Kicking off the first live show is one of Jack's groups. The group I'm talking about could be described as his odd pick, as they didn't really get the most stellar of comments last show. Can they turn things around this time? Ladies and gentlemen, it's Black Ivory singing Alive by Krewella!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-gYJBsln-w
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:09
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Black Ivory

Well youíre the ones that everyone didnít really expect to see tonight so I knew weíd have to make sure your song was amazing this week so that you could immediately make an impression upon not only the judges but the viewing public and by lord did you girls do that. Itís the first live show and you kicked it off with a big bang that just made everything big energetic and basically Alive. At the start your vocals were allowed to shine and then when the beat kicked in you really showed off your performance skills and were just amazing and it was a fantastic performance girls! This is exactly the direction I wanted to take you in and is what I hope weíll be able to do throughout the show! Amazing girls!
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:10
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Black Ivory: Hey girls, I really like you, you're very refreshing and the potential with you is immense. That said, I felt a bit meh to that, it was a rather generic dance-pop song, there was nothing stand-out about it, it just felt like any generic dance song that a girlband might release and the problem I'm having with you is that I feel that Jack is giving you okay songs, but just okay songs. There's no clear direction for you and comparing you to the other groups, I feel like you don't measure up. This was just too generic for my liking, I don't think it was a bad performance but I doubt I'll remember it at the end of the show.
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:10
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Black Ivory

This was an absolutely fine performance for the first live show. While this song may have been a little expected, there is no denying it was a great fit for you. I am going to worry that this performance is not going to stand out tonight as it was great, but not entirely spectacular. However, I think you girls are going to do just fine in this competition. Great start.
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:11
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Black Ivory

Girls, this was a great start to the show. I think that you got a really solid song choice from Jack, and while it wasn't earth shattering, it showed your harmonies and a direction to take you down. I do worry a bit about this being perceived as safe, but, for the first show, I wasn't expecting anything to be death-defying. So, a great start to the lives, ladies!
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:15
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A pretty good start for Black Ivory. The comments they got were mostly positive, but it seems that no-one besides Jack was really wowed by this performance. Could these girls be in trouble later tonight?

Up next, we have another act that could be seen as a strange pick. He got pretty mediocre comments last show, but his mentor Zak chose him anyway for diversity's sake. Will he get better comments this time? Please give it up for Joseph Whelan singing Grace by Jonas Myrin.
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:17
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Joseph Whelan: Joseph, I voiced my concerns over last week's song being a bit soft for you and again, I'm not really sure about this. For me, your strength is your husky rock tone and there wasn't much of that in this song. Okay, Jonas has a slightly gritty voice but aside from that, it was a relatively plain piano ballad, I feel like you work better singing songs with a bit more energy about them and sadly, I just wasn't impressed by this song. I thought that it was too soppy love ballad and for me, you're better suited to something with a bit more edge, I don't mind seeing a different side to an act but I wasn't sure about this direction.
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:18
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Joseph Whelan

First off I adore Jonas Myrin and second off I wasnít a big fan of this Joseph. I get what Zak was trying to do with the whole stripped back song so your vocals came through more and you wouldnít be called just a rock singer but the problem I had was the fact there was no real edge in the vocals that you have in your voice. Tonal wise I was surprised at it being a good fit but the edge you have is what makes you so unique compared to the other male contestants not this kind of smooth vocalist in the song. That being said Zak chose a great song last week so I think he knows what heís doing with you. Overall it a decent performance but not the best.
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:19
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Joseph

Well, there goes everything I had thought about you being monochromatic vocally! You got a really smart song choice this week from Zak - it showed your emotion without being overly rock-driven, while still managing to retain a bit of grit in your voice. I liked this choice a lot, and I am happy to see you excelling on show 1.
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:19
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Joseph Whelan

Hey Joseph! I thought this week I would try something just a little different. I find with mentoring you that if Iím going to do a rock song then it has to be absolutely perfect, however if I go down a little different route some of the pressure is relieved. I feel this acoustic route (with the main singer having a rather strong voice) then we are going to do absolutely fine. I have many surprises set in store for Joseph, hence taking him through to the live shows. I thought the vocals were incredible and overall it was an amazing performance. Well done, Joseph.
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:22
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Mixed comments for Joseph there, which side is the public going to take once the lines open later tonight?

It's time for Kevin and his prized girls to shine. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Morgan Sheather to the stage where she will perform Mamma by Hollie Smith!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmO-N19y0gk
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:23
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Morgan Sheather

I have a feeling this song is not going to go down well with the other judges, however I must say that I absolutely loved it. I was very worried at the beginning but the song certainly improved. I thought the vocals were great and the song was suited perfectly to the slight-abnormal tone that Morgan has. The song itself could have been better probably, but it was a great song choice regardless. Well done.
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:24
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Morgan Sheather: Morgan, I decided after the great start we had last week to give you something really smoky this week. Hollie's smoky vocals combine perfectly with the rock riffs of this song to give us a really edgy, quirky performance. I thought the attitude you conveyed in the song was superb and I really enjoyed seeing you performing it up on stage, there is so much potential with you and I plan to explore every avenue with you, I really believe that you're my little blues rocker who can really go far in the competition if we keep delivering good performance, you definitely deserve to be here next week after that!
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:24
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Morgan

This was another pretty good song choice tonight, Morgan! My one main criticism is that this song was a bit too Joss Stone for my liking on your voice. I think that you need more of a current sound and less of an old-school throwback vibe, but this was by no stretch a bad vocal. Think back to what do you did right in Bootcamp, as I worry that Kevin might try and fit you too much into a soul-diva mold. As the song went on, it got too grating and lost a bit of rhythm, and I am starting to get less enthusiastic as time goes on. Nevertheless, it wasn't a bad vocal, but I want you to keep in mind what made you special in the first place.
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:25
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Morgan Sheather

Last week you gave a great performance but this week I donít know what happened? This song just didnít seem right for you as the vocals are a bit soulful for you and although this whole funk vibe is quite nice I just donít think this song was very well suited for you. It sounds to me better suited to someone like Brenda Edwards than it does for you because of all of the soul within the song. Amanda Fondell last week was a great song for you but this week it was just not right for you and if youíre saved this week I beg you Kev to not choose a song like this again.
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:28
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It seems that Zak was right, the song choice didn't seem to go down too well with the other judges. Is Morgan going to find herself in the danger zone tonight?

The next act is definitely our most unusual contestant. While we have witnessed rap acts participate in these games before, it's still something you don't see everyday. Will Nick Youngerman be able to impress you with Loud by Mac Miller ft. Benny Banks?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmZCFakA8LQ
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:29
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Nick Youngerman

I am very worried about having Nick in the competition as Iím starting to question whether I will ever enjoy him during this competition. Sadly, I did not enjoy this song choice for Nick; I just feel like it isnít Nickís style at all Ė yes, itís rap but not quite Nick. I think it should be a little more sultry Ė something a long the lines of Mike Posner. This was a fine song choice and surely wonít be at the bottom of my vote, but Iím worried that I wonít be able to say the same thing later in the competition.
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:30
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Nick

Nick, you smashed it up on that stage! I hope this is what Zak was looking for in terms of a more sultry rap - I wanted to give you something you could sink your teeth into, but also something that really showed off a bit of edge and grit. I think Loud was a party starter, and a nice way to distinguish yourself artistically from the pack. All in all, this was an A+ performance for me! Great job.
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:31
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Nick Youngerman

Mac Miller and you are a good fit Nick as not only is your rapping style very similar but your voices as well which not many people usually do with rapper in these competition as we usually get just rappers which just rap but have no vocal or style reminiscence at all whilst your mentor actually seems to be doing that. When Benny Banks came in it went downhill a bit but overall the song was pretty well suited to you and was quite a good choice overall and I reckon right now you could be the underdog in this competition and we all know how the public loves underdogs.
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