Lopilato noted that the backlash was encouraged by the public's high-strung mindset during quarantine; people at home going stir-crazy are more likely to create false drama in order to entertain themselves.
Grammy-winning singer Michael Bublé has faced intense scrutiny since he appeared to "elbow" his wife "aggressively" in an Instagram Live feed.
His wife and Argentinian model and actress, 32, Luisana Lopilato took to Instagram to defend her husband after backlash flooded Twitter and Instagram. Bublé, 44, and his wife have been live streaming to their fans while quarantining together. Many viewers allege that Bublé has shown a pattern of abusive behavior in their livestreams, from "elbowing" his wife and grabbing her arm for speaking over him in a 2-second video clip to telling her "I'm going to kill you" when she fumbled the phone after a livestream.
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Ugh. America, you really messed up this time, when you allowed for an overlap of one of our most joyous holidays with a results show episode of The X Factor. How dare you? Now instead of celebrating Thanksgiving every year, we'll all be overwrought with sadness at the anniversary of when two X Factor contestants got voted off in 2013 and Demi Lovato gave a less-than-great performance of her new single, "Neon Lights." Ok, it isn't that Demi's performance was awful, and this new single is sure to get radio play and club play and all of that, but I dunno. I wouldn't be surprised if Ellona Santiago's response to that performance was "Dis bitch is my mentor?" But love ya Demi.
So two contestants are going home tonight, bringing the Top 8 down a Top 6 within an hour. PRESSURE AND DRAMA AND CRANBERRY SAUCE! The first contestant to be voted off tonight, Mario tells us, is Lillie McCloud, which is a big ol' bummer and a half but I kind of had a feeling this was coming when she snapped back at Simon last night after his neg comments being like "I THINK YOU HAVE ME CONFUSED" and then kind of explaining why but not really since it was mostly a ramble. Aw man, well goodbye Lillie.
As if Lillie McCloud going home isn't bad enough, we find out that the two acts with the second lowest votes tonight are Josh Levi and Rion Page, and these two qts are going to have to sing-fight (ON THANKSGIVING, THE CRUELTY) for survival. But not before Michael Buble's performance, which you can watch below and create your own opinions on, because I'm done talking about Michael Buble, cuz YOLO.
Rion Page is up first to sing for survival. She hurdles up to the front of the stage with the most determined expression I have ever seen on this little girl's face. She is s0o ready for war and sings P!nk's "Perfect" with lotz and lotz of heart. Vid is below.
Then it's time for Josh Levi to sing, and Paulina, in a moment of pure confusion for all that are watching, introduces Josh as "The Lover, The Suave, The Rico... CARLITO OLIVERO!" and Josh Levi walks on stage trying to pretend his identity and nerves are completely intact. But forreal, what was that about? It wasn't even like Paulina accidentally said the wrong name-- all those leadup descriptors (lover, suave, rico) were definitely for Carlito and not Josh. The entire introduction was wrong, which Mario so valiantly excused after Josh's performance. SPEAKING OF JOSH'S PERFORMANCE, I thought it was pretty fantastic. Just like Wednesday night, he performed a Bruno Mars song, only tonight's was "When I Was Your Man" which was a pretty sweet call from lil' Josh. However, it wasn't enough to let him stay. After a tie from the judges, Simon asks Mario to let the audience decide who goes home, based on who got the lowest amount of votes from last night. Mario opens up the envelope and... sadly, it's Josh. Goodbye, sweet prince! Til next week, peeps. Hope you're digesting well.
Welcome to Big Band Night! This week, in honor of the holidays, the producers of X Factor hired an entire 25 piece band, plus Michael Buble!, to really BRING THE THEME HOME. Meaning this week, we for sure will not be able to hear what song anyone sings. Jokes y’all.
So the theme tonight is BIG BAND, but also it’s Family Week, where every contestant dedicates a song to a loved one, which actually does a great job in rounding out the personalities of every contestant who we weren’t *sold* on (i.e. Jeff Gutt, Ellona Santiago). Since I’ve got some stuffing to prepare and a train to Jersey to catch tonight, without further ado! Let’s get to the recap.
Rion Page kicked off the night by moovin and groovin and swangin with “Swingin’” by John Anderson. Worked for the judges! Restless Road dressed up in matching suits and imitated Rascal Flatts with “Life is a Highway” which was kiiiinda schwerpy, not gonna lie, they’ve had better performances. Jeff Gutt, however, has not had a performance better than tonight’s, oh man. Also his dad is here tonight, an obviously great guy whom Jeff chose to dedicate his performance to. He sings Nina Simone/Muse/Michael Buble’s “Feelin’ Good” and it is sooooo good that Simon can’t shut up about it. Josh Levi (or “Levee,” as Paulina pronounces it) sings Bruno Mars’s “Treasure” and it’s a package that would prooooobably sell out stadiums.
Carlito Olivero is BACK TONIGHT with his Ricky Martin medley— haven’t heard that “Maria” in years and guess what’s on my traveling playlist for tomorrow. Alex and Sierra did a doowop cover of my girl Taytay’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” which almost caused me to drop to my knees in overwhelming confusion but actually, as Simon put it, it was “pretty clever.” And since Kelly totally made Sierra feel like shit last week for saying her vocals weren’t up to par with Alex’s, she righted herself by showering Sierra with praise this week.
Lillie McCloud gets really real in her promo clip by revealing she is a survivor of physical (and emotional abuse) from a past relationship, and dedicates her performance to her now-fiancee, Terry. Kelly gives her “Summertime” to sing, and it’s a solid performance that ends on a high note, literally and figuratively, HEH HEH.
Ellona Santiago stole the show, though, with her crazy thunder and lightning performance of Jessie J’s “Mama Knows Best.” LIl’ girl can sing, and it prob didn’t hurt that her beautiful, shining older sister who is battling cancer was there in person tonight.
DAMN! Thanksgiving really brings out the divo/diva in these contestants! Also, did anybody catch when Michael Buble said “BIATCH”? *Tryptophan coma before even eating any turkey*
Have a happy thanksgiving guys.