11/28/2013 03:45 am ET

'The X Factor': Josh Levi Impresses With Strong Take On Bruno Mars, Dedicates It To His Grandma

Josh Levi continues to be one of the most impressive contestants on "The X Factor." Considering he was eliminated back in the first week of the competition, only to be brought back by the judges as a 13th Wild Card contestant. He's now standing tall in the Top 8 and made a strong case for the Top 7 with his take on Bruno Mars' "Treasure."

Josh has the youth and charisma to pull off the energetic love ballad. "You have so much charisma," Kelly Rowland told him. "We saw that this week. We've been waiting for it." Josh dedicated the song to his grandma, and credited her for his strong performance. The other judges echoed an appreciation for his energy and stage presence, though Simon Cowell did suggest his dance moves were a bit dated.

Zap2It's Andrea Reiher loved it. "He's showing off his adorable personality and sounds so mature while still seeming young and hip," she wrote. "This is one of Josh's best performances of the competition." TV Line's Michael Slezak agreed, writing, "Josh showcased more charisma and energy floating, spinning and leaping around the stage tonight than Restless Road has mustered up in 6 live performances combined. Oh, and the kid’s vocal was spotless, to boot!"

"The X Factor" eliminated another contestant on Thanksgiving night at 8 p.m. EST on Fox., then continues Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST.



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