For weeks fans have waited patiently to be able to vote for their favorite competitors on the singing-competition TV show “The X Factor USA.” Wednesday they finally had that chance. Almost.
The show, on which 17-year-old Indiana native Zach Beeken is a competitor, called for a “revote” on Thursday because of “technical difficulties.” The results of Wednesday’s show had been expected to be announced.
Voting for the show opened Wednesday night after all 13 finalists competed on the live broadcast, with the theme “Motown Night.” They relived that experience Thursday, performing again — allowing a clean slate for this week’s voting results.
Results from Thursday’s voting will not be announced until next week’s broadcast.
Regardless of Wednesday’s voting snafu, Beeken’s loyal local fans held a watch party in his honor Wednesday at The Coney restaurant in Indiana. The weekly parties began at the start of the live show and will continue as long as Beeken remains a contestant in his country group, Restless Road.
About 30 fans, mostly Beeken’s co-workers from Buggy’s Downtown Dry Cleaners on Philadelphia Street, and their families, are among those who showed up to support him as the band sang “Easy Like Sunday Morning,” a Lionel Richie hit.
Why that song?
“We don’t want to become predictable,” Beeken said on Wednesday’s show. “We want to become the first of our kind.”
Predictable is anything but what the band has been on “The X Factor” thus far, performing a three-part harmonized cover of Katy Perry’s “Roar” on last week’s show.
Also present at the watch party was Beeken’s sister, Elyse, 10. She was there to support her big brother with a family friend. Beeken’s parents, Ryan and Jennifer Beeken, made the trip to Los Angeles to see him perform.
Following the performance, the crowd at The Coney was excited about the performance, and once again was surprised by show creator and judge Simon Cowell’s comments about Restless Road.
“I really believe you’re going to be in the finals at the end of this competition,” Cowell said. Another judge on the show, Latin singer Paulina Rubio, called the group “cute together.”
“They’re definitely going to make the finals,” said watch-party attendee Sarah Fyock, of Indiana. “Simon loves them.”
Other fans at The Coney called the performance “really good,” even “excellent.”
Restless Road performed “Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean on Thursday’s broadcast. Though Cowell noted the performance was a little shaky, he “felt for them,” saying that they did great despite the technical difficulties the competitors had to deal with.
PHOTO: Zach Beeken's sister, Elyse Beeken, 10, and Devon Kalbaugh, a family friend, watched Restless Road perform on “The X Factor” Wednesday at The Coney in Indiana. The Beekens’ parents, Ryan and Jennifer Beeken, were in Los Angeles for the live show.