Yes! Tonight, as Mario Lopez says “it’s the last of the auditions.” The judges will have some tough decisions, and they will find out which teams they will mentor. The winner will get a recording contract with Sony. They will also have the “Four-Chair Challenge.” Simon says that “No one is safe until the end.”
Neal Macomber is the first one to audition. Simon asked him “Have you ever been married?” He answered, “No, why?”
He sang “Everybody Talks” by Neon Trees, right in Demi’s face, and added her name to the song! It was pretty creepy, whether he intended to be creepy or not. At the end, he petted Demi, and some girl in the audience.
Simon: “I’ll be honest with you. That was something out of a lunatic asylum.”
The judges all voted “no.”
The next up was the group Glamour who sang an awesome s capella version of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Kelly: “It’s like I’m looking at a Baby Destiny Child here!” Four yeses frrom the judges.
Next was another girl group, a trio called Girls United. They sang a great version of “Price Tag.” and the judges gave them four “yeses.”
The group of two guys, Wild Thingz, then sang. They also got four “yeses.”
Denny Smith, 69, who looked like Santa, then sang “Monday Storm Blues,” with a very, very powerful voice. He got three yeses.
Victoria Carriger sang next. She has 7 kids, and is separated from her husband. She looks like she’s still pretty young. She sings “Because of You.” Awesome performance! She has a really great voice. The audience gave her a well-deserved standing ovation!
Simon: “Victoria, I genuinely had written you off before you’d even started singing. You had a point to make there. I thought that was extraordinary.”
Demi: “It was very unique. I felt the pain in your voice. I’m rooting for you.”
Kelly kicked off the voting with a “yes.” All four judges said “yes.” Simon said: “It was the easiest ‘yes’ I’ve given all day, Victoria.”
Next up was a guy who was on American Idol ten years ago, and stunk. He’s Keith Beukelaer, and he sang “Baby’s Got Back,” by Sir Mix-A-Lot. Kelly started dancing in her seat; audience members were, also. The three women judges all stood up and were dancing! They tried getting Simon to dance with them — he finally stood up, but he didn’t dance. “
Simon to the women judges: “What’s the matter with you three? Have you all gone crazy?”
The women all said “yes.”
Simon: “I also like ‘big butts,’ so I’ll also say ‘yes.'”
The show is half over — the auditions are completely over — after the break, the judges will find out who they will be mentoring, and the competition will be cut down to just 40 acts.
The competitors all arrive at Shrine Auditorium. 10 of each category will be picked, and will compete against each other; then, the Four-Chair Challenge will whittle down the number of acts even more.
We see the judges in a room making their selections. There are very difficult decisions to be made.
“Let’s go tell them,” Simon says to the other judges, where they’ve cut the number of acts down to 10 in each category. However, there is a commercial break to sit through, first.
Back from the break, without the judges hearing a single note more, they tell the gathered acts who will stay and who will be sent home.
Khaya Cohen, Bree Randall, Jamie Paneda, Simone Torres, Rion Paige, Danielle Geimer, Rylie Brown, Primrose Martin, Ellona Santiago, and Ashly Williams are the ten girls the judges have selected to continue on.
The Boys group is up next to find out who moves on. Carlito Olivera, Chase Goring, Timmy, Isaiah Alsten, Tim Olstad, Al Calderon, Josh Levi, Issac Tauaefa. Carlos Guevara, and the tenth one is Stone Martin.
Groups to go on: Glamour, Good News, Yellow House Canyon Alex & Sierra, Roxxy Montana, Wild Thingz, and Girls United.
Over 25s: Lillie McCloud, Jeff Brinkman, Rachel Potter, Kristene Mirelle, Victoria Carriger, James Kenney, Allison Davis, Denny Smith, Lorie Moore, and Jeff Gutt.
The judges have asked some of the contestants that they said “no” to, to come back onto the stage. They told the contestants that they were going to make them into groups. They formed them into three groups of three. This could turn out to be very interesting!
Now, we get to finally see which group the judges will mentor. Kelly gets the Over 25s! She is happy; she wanted them. Demi will mentor the girls, Paulina got the Boys, and Simon gets to mentor the Groups!
Simon: “I got this real wave of excitement when I walked through these groups!”
“Next week,” Mario says, “everything changes. Then, we’;l have the Four-Chair Challenge!” He adds: “Only the toughest will survive.”
The X Factor keeps teasing this “Four-Chair Challenge.” Hopefully, it will live up to its hype next week! I would have liked to have seen more of the remaining acts singing, but I suppose it’s hard to pack in all of that into the hour framework they had tonight.
The X Factor auditions are now officially over, and the four judges/mentors have their groups — this season is looking to have a lot of talented competitors in it, and seeing which ones advance and which ones will fall by the wayside is sure to provide fans of The X Factor with a lot of tense and exciting moments in the days and weeks to come!
Written by: Douglas Cobb