The X Factor Auditions Continue September 18 (Review)


Tonight, auditions continue on The X Factor. They took place in Los Angeles, Long Island, South Carolina, and New Orleans. Mario Lopez announced the four categories again, of Boys, Girls, Over 25s and Groups, and introduced the judges. Paulina Rubio wasn’t there, as she was getting ready for a concert.

Shirley and Cynthia, a duo in the “Groups” category, is up first. They sing “I Want You Back” by Jackson 5. The younger one of them, Shirley, appears to have a difficult time staying in tune; her voice sounds shaky to me.

Simon said to them after the song: “We don’t want you back,” Then, he added: “To be honest with you, it was like a competition to see which one of you sang the worst.”

Kelly said “no,” to them moving on, and Demi also voted “no.” Simon added his “no,” and the duo didn’t progress any further.

Josh Levi, 14, of Houston, Texas, performed next, in the Boys category. He said he wanted to “surprise” the judges and didn’t want to tell them what he was going to perform.

He sang “Come and Get It” by Selena Gomez. Joshua did a pretty decent version of the song, with a big smile on his face.

Demi: “You showed you were an artist.” Kelly also liked it, and Simon said he agreed with Demi, that “We could be looking at a future star here.”

Joshua said that he was “one step closer to his dream.” Then, the episode went to the first commercial break of the night.

Coming back from the break, with three judges, the acts just need 32 judges to say yes to move on.  “Drama, Drama,” was the name of the next act of three young women in the Group category. They sang “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus, a capela.

“Everything about you screams ‘old fashioned’ and it just doesn’t seem real.” Simon said, and the act stopped.

Then, we saw parts of other acts that Simon called “Old-fashioned,” or “old-fashioned and corny.”

Three young guys then we up, and they said they don’t want Simon to think that they’re “old-fashioned.” The name of their group is Aknu, and they sang   “Valerie.”

Simon said “Good luck,” and added, under his breath: “I hate this song.”

The group did a really great job of singing it, though; they were the best so far tonight, by far.  And, they added an awesome choroegraphed dance at the end! The audience gave them a standing ovation.

Kelly: First of all, you guys are so-o-o refreshing! Music is a gift, and you just spread your gift all over this room!”

Demi: You guys are special!”

Simon: “I could actually watch the audition all over again, I liked it so much!” The judges each voted big “heck, yeses!’ and the group easily made it to the next round.

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After more commercials, Paulina is back as the fourth judge. They’re in Charleston, South Carolina and the first contestant up is Brandie Love, 24.  She says she will sing “Up To the Mountain.” Simon: “That’s a pop star name.”

Paulina: “If you like country music, why didn’t you chose a country song?” Branie said that with her voice, everything she sings turns out sounding “country.”

She sang “Up to the Mountain.” I thought she had a very good voice, though the music seemed to drown her out at times. The audience erupted in applause at one point as she sang, and as she finished, they all stood up,in a standing ovation.

Paulina: “You’ve got the X Factor, Brandie!”

Simon: “I predict great things for Brandie Love.”

Demi:”That fact that you allowed the music to just set you free was so beautiful.”

Kelly:”I’m from Texas, and you just brought me home.”

The four judges gave her “yeses,” and Brandie moved on to the next round.

“It’s the opportunity to live out my dream,” Brandie said off stage.


Millie Thrasher was next. She sang “Wide Awake.” She also received four “yeses.”

Then, 13-year-old Timmy Thames sang. He received four “yeses.” After that, we saw a montage of other groups who all earned “yeses.”

Then, there was the third commercial break — we are shown,  though, that Simon will be back, comparing singers and groups to animals, as he did last week. “You’re like a mouse…” etc.

Returning, the show’s on Long Island, and there are thousands lined up waiitng to audition, as “Can’t Touch This” plays.

Vincent Crisostomo is up next. Demi asks him “What do you do for a living?” and he answers “I work in a bagel store.”

He sings “How Do I Live Without You” or — tries to sing it. He is horribly, horribly off key. Simon has to cove his mouth, then his face, to stop from laughing. Finally, Simon stops the music.

Simon: “That’s one of the worst I’ve ever heard.” They all say “no” to him.Vincent is still positive he’s a great singer, but he pretty much sucked (not that I’m any better).

Carlos Guevara, 16 is up next. He has Touretes syndrome. He said that Touretes affects his life every day, and the only thing that’s helped him is music.

“Not only have his friends stayed, they are all really behind him,” his mother said.

“This is what I wanted, this is my dream,” he says backstage. He sings “Gravity” by John Mayer.

Simon looks like he has a dubious look on his face. The audience likes how he’s doing. Simon finally gets a smile on his face as Carlos continues. Kelly was nodding her head, like she was digging it. Carlos did a really fantastic job!

Paulina: “I don’t know you, but I’m really proud of you!” Demi: “You have a beautiful voice and a beautiful soul!”

Simon: “You actually have a great voice. You really have.”

The judges give him four “yeses.”

“You have 3,300 yeses.” Simon tells him, including the audience. It was a really good, and touching, performance and reaction from the judges and the audience.

Then, there’s another commercial break.

Up next, they’re in New Orleans. The first group was Chloe J and CJ. CJ said he was gay. “How do you know each other?” Simon asks.

“From hair school,” Chloe says.

“So you’re both hair dressers and you want to be stars,” Simon says, and they agree.

The duo sings a song by Tina Turner. They were pretty terrible. The chorus part was a small bit better, but not very much. Chloe J: “Don’t look at me like taht!”

Simon: “You were both absolutely awful!”

They all voted “no,” and then it was Simon’s turn to vote.  Chloe J came up to Simon and started kissing him all over his face, and he said “yes,” but one vote of course wasn’t enough, and it was likely a joke “yes.”

Malie Delgado from Alaska sings “Because of You” and rocks it. We see a montage of other people who get “yeses” and move on.

Colton Pack, 18, is the next one to sing. A whole busload of people he knows from his small town in West Virginia comes with him to support.

Colton says to Simon that his dream is to “be a country music star.”

He sings “Hick Town” by Jason Aldean. He sounds just like the original singer. Paulina was shaking back and forth, getting into it — he did a very good job of singing the song.

Paulina: “I like you baby!”

Demi wasn’t that impressed to start with, but decided she liked him; Kelly liked him; Simon said that he “really, really like you,” and said that “there’s a market for someone like you.” They each give him “yeses.”  cp-300x160

They’re back in L.A. and Simon’s missing, runiing late. The lady judges start without him.

Danie Geimer, 15, is up. She says she loves to read books, and likes to read aobut “neuroscience.”

Contestants, again, just need two “yeses.”

Danie Geimer sings “House of the Rising Son.” She starts of slowly, and then her voice just keeps on building in strength.

The audience all got on their feet and applauded. Kelly: “You know what I liked the most about you? ” She went on and said that Danie seemed so unassuming, and then this huge voice just took over the stage (I’m paraphrasing).

Demi: You were really, really impressive.” Paulina: “You’re so talented.” All three judges gave her “yeses.” She was pretty incredible!

More commercials…I guess they’re necessary…and then: Simon has returned. “You taking on that song is like a mouse trying to be a lion (?)” he says to one contestant.

The judges see a familiar face;it’s a contestant from last year. “This time I just want to enjoy it, and give the best performance that I can,” Jeffrey Adam Gutt says.

Simon had said at his first audition last year that he’d given “one of the best performances he’d seen.”

Jeffrey brought his son with him this time — “It’s do or die,” he tells the camera. “I’m here; let’s see what happens.” He sings “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” by Aerosmith.

Simon stops him, and says: “Can I just say something, Jeff? It sounded to me like you were trying to impersonate Steven Tyler, and that’s not a good thing.”

It’s not looking good for the poor guy, as we go to another commercial break.He was actually not bad, IMO; but, Simon and the other judges seemd to think singing in his own voice would have been better.

Simon decides to let him try again, singing a different song, “Creep,” by Radiohead. He does much, much better — I really loved this version of “Creep,” and the audience audience really loved it.

Simon tells him he’s picked up some bad habits, like mispronouncing some of the words; but, for the most part, he and all of the judges really loved his performance.

“You have that talent, and it’s missing on the market,” Demi tells him. They all give him “yeses.”

Jeffrey’s son comes on the stage, and Jeff lifts him up into his arms. He gets to move on to the next round!

We then saw a few glimpses of tomorrow night’s episode, including a man getting down on his knees to ask his girlfriend’s hand in marriage.

Simon says to one of the contestants: “This is why we brought this show to America — to find someone like you.”

Tonight’s episode was marked by there only being three judges at various times during the show, but they got along very well, during those parts of the episode.

Again, we were treated to some very awesome auditions; and, some that weren’t nearly as good. On the whole, I liked this episode, and I’m counting down the hours until tomorrow night’s show!

What did you think of the episode? Please leave your comments below, and let me know what you thought about the show!


Written by: Douglas Cobb

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