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Beeken reaches top 10 on 'X Factor'

by on November 15, 2013 11:00 AM

Continuing their quest for stardom, Restless Road and Indiana’s Zach Beeken captured audience and judge attention again this week on “The X Factor.”

This week’s theme, ’80s week, changed things up for the country group that is competing on the Fox television show. Normally adding a country twist to songs that they have covered previously on the show, the band performed a straight-forward, harmonized version of Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose” on Wednesday.

“We have to show America and Simon that we can go out there and perform with the best of them, too. … We don’t want to go home this week,” Beeken, 17, said on Wednesday’s live broadcast of the show.

One of the concerns the group had this week, they said on the show, was being up to par with the dancing and liveliness associated with ’80s music.

Another member of Restless Road, Andrew Scholz, said the band really needed to step up its stage presence “just to rise to what the ’80s were.”

America voted Wednesday on cellphones and computers across the country, and Restless Road will not go home again this week. They are now among the 10 finalists in the contest.

Beeken’s only regret from Wednesday’s performance, he said on Twitter, was “not shaking it more … during ‘Footloose.’ I’m gonna start embracing my awful moves.”

He is the son of Ryan and Jennifer Beeken, of Indiana.

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