To start off the second week of The X Factor 2013’s tough as nails “Four Chair Challenge,” judge Paulina Rubio sorted through the male contestants to pick her top four boys. On the October 9 episode, after some tough deliberations, Paulina made her final choices. So who are the guys heading to the Top 16?
Carlito Olivero, 24, Los Angeles, CA. This Chicago-born hottie continues to impress the judges with his swagger. Switching between English and Spanish, Carlito performed Selena’s “Dreaming Of You.” The number was so hot, judge Kelly Rowland said some of the girls in the audience would be dreaming of him after the show. Paulina agreed and the talented dreamboat made the final cut. It was bad news for contestant Chase Goehring who headed home.
Carlos Guevara, 16, Lexington, SC. Carlos tackles the difficulties he faces living with Tourette’s syndrome through the power of music, making him one hugely inspirational part of this season. For his turn at the Four Chair Challenge, Carlos performed a classically soulful version of “Ain’t No Sunshine” and earned the praise of all four judges. Paulina told him to “take a sit” and that’s where he stayed! Welcome to the Top 16, Carlos!
Josh Levi, 13, Los Angeles, CA. Recently arrived on the West Coast from eastern Texas, Josh knows he’s always got at least one fan in his corner: his grandma. After his performance of “I Can’t Make You Love Me” during the October 8 show, however, we think the 14-year-old made at least a few more people, including Paulina, fall in love with him. The same might not be true for Timmy Thames, who lost his seat to Josh.
Tim Olstad, 24, Winona, MN. Racked by stage fright, Tim Olstad faced his fears by singing “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus. Despite belting out the uplifting number and earning the praise of both Kelly and Demi, Paulina seemed on the fence. She gave him a chance — and so fellow contestant Stone Martin lost his seat. Then, Tim lost his seat to 13-year-old Timmy Thames, but the shock of the crowd and of Paulina’s fellow judges convinced her to change her mind (again!) and bring Tim back (sorry, Al Calderon!). Phew. Talk about an emotional rollercoaster.
What do you think of the Final Four Boys? Did Paulina and the rest of the panel make the right choice, or was one of your favorites eliminated in the process?