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Indiana native, band make top 6 on show

by ELLEN MATIS ematis@indianagazette.net on November 29, 2013 10:49 AM

Restless Road had a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. After a week when the judges said the group’s performance needed to be more “cohesive,” the trio has been voted to the top six on “The X Factor.”

The group pulled it together this week, after last week’s discouraging comments from some judges during the British invasion-themed show.

Indiana native Zach Beeken, 17, is a member of the country group, who advanced on the Fox show Thursday.

This week’s theme was “Big Band Night,” and artist Michael Bubl← worked with the contestants on their arrangements for Wednesday’s show and performed as well.

As far as the judges’ comments go during British Invasion Night on Nov. 20, show creator and judge Simon Cowell said on a pre-recorded tape on Wednesday that the judges and voters need to remember that Restless Road has only been a band for a few weeks.

After performing “Life is a Highway” by Tim Cochrane this week, the judges were pleased with the band’s improvement.

“We weren’t always a group,” said band member Colton Pack. “Now we’re more than just a group, we’re a family.”

Kelly Rowland, a judge who said during the Nov. 20 performance that the band “needed more,” had better comments for the trio on Wednesday.

“You guys worked hard this week and it really showed,” she said. “You were tighter, your vocals were more cohesive and it just really came together this week for your performance.”

America must have agreed, because Restless Road will perform again Wednesday, when one contestant will be eliminated.

Judge Demi Lovato said that the group’s performance of “Life is a Highway” was her favorite performance yet from the group.

“You look like stars up there,” she said. “You really do.”

“This is unbelievable. I’m in awe right now,” Beeken said following Thursday’s results show on his Twitter account, @ZachBeeken. “Can’t wait to show you what we got for next week!”

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