Alex & Sierra continued their domination of the third season of "X Factor" (USA) on Wednesday evening's Top 4 live performance show, otherwise known as the semi-finals. Each remaining finalist performed two songs and a face-off duet for America's votes, hoping to garner enough to get into the Season 3 finale. But it was easy to see, not to mention hear (with all the screaming when they hit the stage), that the duo could very well become the next winner of the "X Factor."
In fact, Michael Slezak at TV Line (via Yahoo TV) noted that all four acts had a shot at post-show stardom, but he was hopeful that Restless Road would have to hit the streets come Thursday's results show. But if sales at iTunes is an indicator, he will have his hopes crushed.
As this article is written (at 1 a.m. EST), Alex & Sierra have five songs on the iTunes Top 100 Songs chart. Two are in the Top 10: "Say Something," their Top 6 performance cover of A Great Big World (ft. Christina Aguilera)'s hit song (which actually made it to No. 1 last week), and Sara Bareilles' "Gravity," their second Top 4 performance song. The other three songs in the Top 100 are "Little Talks" (Of Monsters and Men), which was chosen by America for their Top 4 performance; "Best Song Ever" (One Direction), sung for their Top 10 performance; and Destiny's Child's "Say My Name," also from the Top 6 performance episode.
To compare, Jeff Gutt has two songs in the Top 100 and Restless Road has one. Gutt's entries are both from the Top 4 performance show: Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," which made the Top 10, and Imagine Dragons' "Demons." Restless Road made the Top 100 with Hunter Hayes' "Wanted."
Unfortunately, the only other Top 4 act, Carlito Olivero, did not have a song in the iTunes Top 100, which may not bode well for the young singer on Thursday night's results episode.
Not that he did a bad job with his own songs: Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" and Marc Anthony's "I Need To Know." His renditions were nicely done, especially the Marc Anthony tune.
In his face-off duet with Alex & Sierra (The Frames' "Falling Slowly"), Carlito held his own. But even though he showed considerable presence and hit some great notes, Sierra's long-held note near song's end literally stole the song from him.
But they won the night with their rendition of "Gravity." The emotion in Sierra's face was a winner, her trembling lips while judges Kelly Rowland and Demi Lovato teared up during their critiques was pure live television gold. And Simon Cowell's wish to "bottle the last ten seconds of that song" because it was "perfection, absolute perfection" didn't hurt their chances of winning it all, either.
Alex & Sierra are on a roll that began with their Top 10 performance of "Best Song Ever." They picked up speed with Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" (Top 8). And then last week, with two more powerhouse performance, both of which soared into the Top 10 on the iTunes chart, the charismatic duo hit their stride. Now they simply seem unstoppable, even by the powerful voice of Jeff Gutt, who is also hitting his stride as the "X Factor" pushes toward the Season 3 finale.
And Restless Road? The cobbled-together trio of country singers have been hit-and-miss all season. They scored a hit with their Hunter Hayes cover Wednesday night but got a little negative feedback from the judges on their cover of Luke Bryan's "That's My Kind Of Night."
But Restless Road came up short during the dueling duet with Jeff Gutt. During the run-up, Coach Kelly Rowland (Over 25s) told Jeff that he needed to make Restless Road look like his back-up singers. In the performance (The Police's "Every Breath You Take"), Jeff Gutt did just that.
So who makes the finale? There's little doubt that Alex & Sierra will be there. If there's any justice in the world, so will Jeff Gutt. As inconsistent as Restless Road has shown themselves to be (most likely due to song choice rather than talent), they will still more than likely be the third act moving ahead into the Top 3 and the season finale.
And if things continue to roll their way, Alex & Sierra will win it all.
The "X Factor" Top 4 results show will air at 8 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 12, on Fox Television.