X Factor USA: Kelly Rowland picks Jeff Gutt, Rachel Potter, James Kenney & Lillie McCloud after Hunger Games twist!

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Kelly Rowland was in the hot seat last night on The X Factor USA, as she chose her final four acts for the next round of the singing competition.

The Destinys Child star presided over the new, cruel Four Chair Challenge which determined which singers would make the live shows and we thought it was even more evil that the musical chairs element of X Factor UK bootcamp last weekend.

The whole concept was fairly similar and like the British version, the judges watched on as one by one, the remaining contestants on their category performed, however instead of six seats by the side of the stage, in the US show there were only four, which led to a whole lot of lineup changes.

Winning a seat never guaranteed anyone their safety and there was quite a lot of swapping and changing as new performers stole seats from people that had already sang.

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In the end Kelly did come to a decision and the contestants in her overs category going through to the live shows include Jeff Gutt, Rachel Potter, James Kenney and Lillie McCloud.

Jeff is a familiar face to fans of the show, as he also appeared on last year’s series, but never made it past bootcamp. This time round he wowed Kelly with a rocky and raspy version of Amazing Grace.

Rowland immediately gave him a seat and a place in her final four and Jeff got off lightly, as he was one of the first to win a chair and managed to retain it until the end of the trout session. Kelly told him:

“Dude you’re so talented. There is a seat over there and it has your name written all over it.”

Things were a bit more tense for Rachel and as she was feeling a bit unwell at bootcamp.

She told the music star “I want to live my dream,” and then sang ‘Irreplaceable’ by Kel’s BFF Beyonce.

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It wasn’t a great performance and nowhere near the level of her previous auditions, however Rachel insisted that she’d been sick in the run up to the tryouts and while a disappointed Rowland confessed “I did expect you to be ready to blow everyone away,” she took her through to the live shows anyway.

James branded the new twist as ‘The Hunger Games’ before singing Bill Withers’ Lean On Me, but luckily for him the whole panel loved the emotional rendition.

Kelly said: “You took one huge leap of faith and made us believe you have something truly special.”

She was desperate to have him in her team but had no spaces left. That meant that someone had to lose their spot and that someone was poor Jeff Brinkman.

54-year-old grandma Lillie was the last of her category to take to the stage and she was a shoe in from the time she finished the first line of Dionne Warwick’s hit A House is Not A Home. The judges were elated with the performance and Lillie’s finace wept openly from the audience as he watched her sing.

Rowland was placed in a tight spot again, but she couldn’t afford to let the grandmother go and decided to swap Lillie for Lorie Moore, saying:

“You’ve got to know with every single fiber of your being how special you are.”

Did you agree with the choices? Did Kelly make the right call? Leave your comments below…

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9 Responses to “X Factor USA: Kelly Rowland picks Jeff Gutt, Rachel Potter, James Kenney & Lillie McCloud after Hunger Games twist!”

  1. edmund carver says:

    Every cloud has a silver lining but Lillies has diamond’s and she’ll be the winner of Xfactor 2013. ..what a star you have discovered

  2. Joan says:

    Why does Rachel Potter look so familiar?

    • Josh says:

      She looks a lot like kimberly j brown (Marnie from Halloweentown) to me :)

    • Donna Padilla says:

      Rachael Potter looks familiar because she was huge on Broadway plus is known as an up & coming star in the country music genre as she was nominated for the IMAs award this year 2013. She has several singles plus album released. She is known in the country music world. I recognized her immediately when I saw her on the show. I did not like it when she stated that “she sort of” knows the music biz as she knows it quite well. She should have stated “yes, I know it & its a hard business to make it in so I have come to this show to get financial backing”. She’s good but she was not honest with us about her background story. A shame.

  3. Barbara says:

    Lorie Moore should have made the final four.

  4. Lizz says:

    Jeff Gutt is the BOMB !!!!!!

    • Donna Padilla says:

      Liz I so agree. Here is a musician that has some very hard knocks in the music business world. Contract disputes, release of Disconnected outside the US & so no royalties paid. Independent artist that needs financial backing to make his mark & be with a producer that doesn’t get greedy & find loop holes to get around paying out dividends. Music biz is a doggie dog world – not easily. I watch the TLC story & was shocked at what goes on behind the scenes in that world unless you get with the right manager. Simon Cowell is the right person to have behind you as an artist. So hope Jeff catches the American public’s good graces & they vote for him. He is throwback to ole time Rock n Roll & is what critic say are dead in the USA today. They state that new rock is rap. Well, Jeff is here to show Rock is not dead in America. So I think he is the bomb, also.

  5. latanya says:

    I cannot believe Kelly did not choose lori moore!!! there is no way she should have gone home really shocked to hear Kelly say “I just don’t know where you would fit in the Industry”…WOW REALLY KELLY…GLAD BEYONCE FOUND SOMEWHERE FOR YOU TO FIT…THIS WAS SO DISRESPECTFUL AND JUST PLAIN WRONG!!!! WHEN YOU ARE GOOD YOU ARE GOOD YOU MAKE YOUR OWN FIT….THINK ABOUT THAT KELLY…NOTHING REALLY MAJOR FOR YOU SINCE DESTINY’S CHILD AND THIS IS WHY..IF YOU ARE GOOD YOU DESERVE A CHANCE

  6. latanya says:

    IT WAS SO UNFAIR FOR RACHEL POTTER TO MAKE IT AND JUST KICK LORI MOORE TO THE CURB….I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR SOMEWHERE TO REPLY TO LORI MOORE NOT BEING CHOSEN AND ALL THREE FEMALE JUDGES LOOKED DOWN ON HER AND THIS WAS JUST UNFAIR …. SIMON THE ONLY JUDGE THAT MATTERS HAD THE ONLY HONEST OPINION THE LADY CAN BLOW AND WAS NOT GIVEN A FAIR CHANCE AND WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT KELLY WOULD STICK IT TO HER LIKE THAT AND NOW LOOK AT RACHEL POTTER…A HOTTTT MESS!!! TO HAVE SO MUCH EXPERIENCE AND THEN SHE LIED!!!!!

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