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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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Thursday on Utah TV: Can “X Factor” judge Demi Lovato recover after butchering the national anthem?

The danger of being a judge is that you’re going to be judged. (Sort of like being a critic.)

And in the case of X Factor (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13) judge Demi Lovato, how can you not judge her horrendous rendition of the National Anthem before Game 4 of the World Series?

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She had problems with pitch. With tempo. With hitting the right note. And she made the far-from-infrequent mistake of trying to make "The Star Spangled Banner" her own.

If someone had turned in that performance on "The X Factor," that person would have been quickly sent on his/her way.

By the way, NBC is repeating Monday’s episode of The Voice (7 p.m., Ch. 5) for folks who might have missed it because of Hurricane Sandy. And if it blunts "The X Factor," well, nobody at NBC is going to complain.

Elsewhere on TV ...

NFL (6 p.m., NFL Network): Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers

The Big Bang Theory (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Penny secretly signs up for a college class.

46th Annual CMA Awards (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host.

The Vampire Diaries (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Damon teaches Elena how to choose a victim.

Project Runway All-Stars (7, 9, 10 and 11 p.m., Lifetime): Contestants have to re-create 1970s disco clothes.

Two and a Half Men (7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Walden has to choose between Zoey and Rose.

Person of Interest (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Reese has to secretly protect an investigative reporter.

Beauty and the Beast (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Silverfox offers Cat information about her mother in exchange for Vincent.

Elementary (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Someone is killing terminally ill hospital patients.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (11 p.m., FX): Frank loses his memory and his mind.

Jersey Shore (11 p.m., MTV): Relationship rules confuse Mike.

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