By Chuck Barney
Jason Brock, aka Mr. Entertainment, saw his run on "The X Factor" come to an end Thursday night as the music competition show cut its field down to 12.
But we had to wait for that. First, we had to listen to the "Biggest Boy Band on Earth" sing a couple of songs. Yes, we get it "X Factor." You've created a pop sensation. But can anyone on the current show possibly duplicate One Direction's success?
Back to the contestants. Brock, a San Francisco resident, and CeCe Frey, were in the Bottom 2 and therefore had to engage in a sing-off for survival. But the four judges split on who should go home with L.A. Reid and Britney Spears picking CeCe and Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato targeting Jason.
That moved it to "Deadlock" -- with Jason, this week's lowest vote-getter, walking the plank.
Brock, who performed a stripped-down version of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" in the sing-off, had a tough time fitting into the show from the start. Coming off as more of a Vegas lounge act than a contemporary pop artist, he was called "very cabaret" by Britney. And after his Wednesday night rendition of "I Believe You Can Fly" -- performed while clad in a bright red blazer -- Simon said he looked like "a singer in an Italian restaurant." (He actually reminded us of Ursula from "The Little Mermaid").
"I wanna say I did it for the gays and Japan," Jason declared in one of the weirder send-offs we've heard.
For her sing-off
Before the close of the show, hosts Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian-Odom delivered an interesting twist as they announced the voting order for the remaining Top 12 acts. Here's how it went down. Tate Stevens is No. 1?!
12. CeCe Frey
11. Arin Ray
10. Beatrice Miller
9. Lyric 145
8. Paige Thomas
7. Jennel Garcia
5. Fifth Harmony
4. Diamond White
3. Vino Alan
2. Carly Rose Sonenclar
1. Tate Stevens