Did you tune in last night to see what The X-Factor show was all about? Does Simon Cowell have a new hit on his hands? I watched. I teared up. I laughed. I was impressed. I got disgusted. Will I watch it again? You bet I will!
Yes, another singing competition. The judges? For the first half of the show the panel includes Simon, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid and Cheryl Cole. The last half of the show we see Cheryl disappear and is replaced by Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger.
Who’s the host? Steve Jones. Who’s that you ask? Yeah, I don’t know who he is either, but a quick look see in Google tells me that he’s a TV host, model and actor. He’s more widely known across the pond. The 34-year-old is nice to look at, but doubtful that he’s the next Ryan Seacrest.
There are four stages of the competition. This week and next will focus on the auditions. If you’ve been given at least 3 yes votes, you move onto the next stage, Boot Camp. This is where the contestants will be split up into different categories and looked at with a fine tooth comb. If performing under pressure is no big deal for you, then you’ll make it to the next stage, Judges Houses. Those lucky enough to get to this stage will be assigned to a Judge and travel to his or her home. It’s up to the Judge to select who they feel has the best talent and worthy enough to take to the next round, The Live Show. For the person or act lucky enough to win, a $5 million recording contract awaits. Oh, and you get to star in your own Pepsi commercial. What’s in that Pepsi cup of yours, Paula? Heh heh.
13-year-old Rachel Crow was the first to audition, and this little spunky gem offered up her rendition of Duffy’s ‘Mercy’. Come again, she’s only 13? She did a fantastic job and of course all of the judges loved her. Simon said she was the reason they made the right decision to lower the age to 13 for the competition.
As with American Idol, with the good auditions certainly come the bad. One couple, a 70-year-old and his 83-year-old wife, gave their version of ‘Unchained Melody’. Oy. My poor dog was wailing. Seriously. Moving on.
Geo Godley, 43, wanted to perform an original. What happened next is where I became disgusted. Dude just dropped his pants for all the world to see him in his un-Godley-ness. Why wasn’t he immediately escorted off the stage? Paula left the judges table and became ill, where we see her rushing off to the bathroom to presumably vomit. Oh, the drama. No yes votes for him!
A strange creature named Siameze Floyd did a Prince copycat audition that did nothing for me but apparently it spoke to Simon. ‘You are talented, but you are deluded,’ he told him and moved him on to the next round. What?
Ones to watch:
42-year-old Stacy Francis is a single mother of two. She had been told by her former boyfriend that she was too old and had no talent. Girlfriend obviously got rid of the loser and started to believe in herself. If you saw it, come on, waterworks, right? OMG, she is my favorite. Resounding yesses all around from the judges and praise for her ‘Natural Woman’ audition. She is one to watch for sure!
Marcus Canty, a 20-year-old whose mother gave him two years to make it in the entertainment world before he needed to focus on obtaining a college degree, wowed all with his Stevie Wonder ‘I Wish’ audition. Oh me. Oh my. Swoon! He can sing. He can dance. He exudes everything Usher, only younger. He’s on to the next round! Good thing, since he was just about at the end of that two year window.
Chris Rene, 28, was the last to audition last night. His story tells the tale of a former addict who is now 70 days clean. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this guy. His original Hip-Hop song, Young Homie, left me totally and unequivocally impressed. Unbelievable. Talent, baby. This guy has talent with a capital T. While the Judges were completely wowed by him, Simon and L.A. both wanted to ensure that this guy stuck to the straight and narrow during the competition. I’m rooting for him. How can you not?
If you watched the show last night, what did you think?