Working on my book listening to X-Factor and other talentshows I Stumbled upon this loveable couple. They went all the way and won X-factor 2013. Their first audition was …Toxic. And my favorite.
Alex & Sierra are an American pop duo consisting of Alex Kinsey (born September 8, 1991) and Sierra Deaton (born February 11, 1991), who won the third and final season of The X Factor USA. They were mentored by Simon Cowell and became the first and only group to win the American version of the show.
For the Four Chair Challenge, Alex & Sierra took on the John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John classic ”You’re The One That I Want” from the 1978 musical film Grease. The judges praised the duo for putting their own twist on the song. Kelly and Paulina felt the performance was ”nice” and said they had ”sexiness” to them, while Demi Lovato told them they were one of her favorite acts but questioned the future and their relationship. Simon Cowell was annoyed and disagreed, in support of Alex & Sierra as a couple.
Despite this controversy, the duo made it through to the live shows. For the first live show, Alex and Sierra earned a spot in the top 12 after performing a stripped-down version of the Robin Thicke hit ”Blurred Lines”. Kelly Rowland wished it had been a bit sexier and thought it got corny at times, something Simon Cowell disagreed with, praising Alex & Sierra’s performance, calling it ”original” and ”unique.
For Motown Night, they took on ”I Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye. Paulina felt it was ”natural,” while Demi said it felt ”organic” as well as very ”hot” and ”sexy”.
For ’80s Night, the couple took on the Robert Palmer classic ”Addicted to Love”. The performance earned them negative reviews; Kelly wanted them together more, Paulina called them ”Bohemian” and ”vintage”, Demi felt that Sierra looked uncomfortable in her shoes and wanted the performance more organic, and their mentor Simon expressed disappointment over how the performance went by saying that they lost the melody in the beginning and ”it wasn’t as good as it should have been.
For British Invasion night, Alex & Sierra took on the One Direction hit ”Best Song Ever”. Demi Lovato called it their best performance and said she planned to download the song on iTunes. However, Sierra’s vocals were criticized for not being as strong as Alex’s. Their version charted on the top 40 of the US iTunes, the first act to do so that season.
For Big Band night, Alex & Sierra performed Taylor Swift’s hit ”I Knew You Were Trouble”. Demi said that she didn’t like the arrangement at first, but Alex & Sierra made her like it by the end. Simon said that their arrangement was clever and cool and not obvious, and also praised Sierra: ”You just shut up the witches of Eastwick here because that was a great, great vocal performance.”
They later faced off against the others in a group performance ‘Cry Me A River’, in which they received praise from Kelly, who said they ”soared”
For Divas/Unplugged night, the couple sang two songs. Their ”Diva” song was ”Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child. The song earned them praise from Kelly, who said she adored the new sassy side of Sierra. Their ”Unplugged” song, ”Say Something” by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera, earned them praise by the judges; Kelly said she felt like she was watching an awards show, Demi felt that the performance was ”magical”, Paulina was impressed with Sierra’s talent with the piano, and Simon stated that this was not only their best performance of the night but of the season.
For the semi finals, the public chose ”Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men, which pleased the judges; Kelly said they nailed it, Demi felt she was looking at the winners, Paulina said that they kept coming back stronger and suggested that there was a huge gap in the industry for them, and Simon said they were not just performing – they were making records each week.
It was their performance of ”Gravity” by Sara Bareilles that earned high remarks. The judges felt that Sierra had blossomed during the competition, Alex’s vocals were ”fricking crazy” and their performance was ”perfect”, bringing judges Kelly Rowland and Demi Lovato to tears and securing their place in the finals.
For the finals, Alex & Sierra sang three songs. They did their ”save me” song from the re-vote show as their ”song to win”, ”Give Me Love” by Ed Sheeran. They also sang ”Bleeding Love” with Leona Lewis, and their ”song of the season” was ”Say Something”
And the winner is
All the best and thank You for your inspiration.
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