'The X Factor' Has a Pretty Warped Definition of 'Rock'

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For every one excellent "rock" moment on a reality-singing competition there are 100 offensively bad performances. But not since Casey Abrams made us cringe butchering "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on American Idol have we been subjected to the level of weirdness The X Factor turned out last night, when "rock" songs or songs sung "in a rock style" included a Bob Marley tune, Meatloaf, and Puffy's "I'll Be Missing You." MJ's Big Blog grabbed all 10 songs, but we'll only make you suffer through the three that'll help you understand why reality shows and rock don't mix:

A 13-year-old girl sings the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction." Thirteen!

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Something bad happens to Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way" (mashed up with the Outfield's "Your Love"):

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Something worse happens to Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart," which has been performed on every reality show ever made:

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Bonus: Something okay happens to the Foo Fighters' "The Pretender," and Dave Grohl gets a shout-out for clearing the song for the show:

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