Last night, "The X Factor" finally dropped in
America. Ordinary people became stars... while other ordinary people... just
became YouTube fodder. But the search for the next big thing in music continues
BankUnited Center, University of Miami
First up is Ashley Sansone (27,
unemployed starving artist). She likes to be stylish, and she'll stop at
nothing to bring her energy ... and she does have enough to waste ...
with "Piece of My Heart" by Janis Joplin... and you should've paid the
rent with the cash you spent to get here. You were on LA's nerves with
your talking... and now he wants to slit his wrists.
Next, Chanel Samarie Dixon (34, hairdresser),
Kanen Road (27-30), the Dreamgirlz (39-15), and Marissa Hopson (29, internet
blogger)... all suck out. What will we see out of... Gloria Estefan?
Okay, next is Caitlynne Curtis (16, HS junior),
who brought her entire family with her. She'll be doing the piano version of
"Firework" by Katy Perry. Nicole says that there's room to grow, and Simon
agrees, telling her she's better off in a group with "three or four girls her
age." It's a no from both of them. She's just not ready yet.
Nick Voss (21, Hialeah, FL) is a family man who
got a job to support his family. He's got a lot in common with Simon, who's put
$5 million on the line to find a star. So they're kindred. Will that resonate in
this performance of "Trouble" by Elvis? Our first pass in Miami!
Ashley Deckard (14, Davie, FL) is a ghost hunter.
For real. She tries out Jessie J's "Price Tag"... Ghost HUNTER busted. She's not
quite there yet. And the ghosts of rejects past continue to haunt with Soraya
Narasallah (45, caregiver) and... then a power flash. Meanwhile, Kevin Martin
(54)... and then another power flash.. Marivana Viscuso (50) is at least
passable to start... and to finish.
Next up, the Miami heat with 2Squar'd. Great
harmony, great look... Four yeses! Kendra Williams (32, teacher), Brendan O'Hara
(30, music instructor), and Jeremiah Pagan (22, student) follow suit. Even as
Jeremiah sounds kinda girly.
Melanie Amaro (18, freshman in college from
Sunrise, FL) has the love of her family to fall back on, but she has to leave it
on stage with "Listen" by Beyonce. She wins over the crowd. Hands down the best
audition in the series so far and a serious early threat. LA says she's amazing.
Needless to say, it's a yes... or four.
American Airlines Center
The judges have landed at the house that
Dirk built to find hot sun... and hotter talent?
First up is Johnny Rogers (17, student), who
spends a lot of time on his hair. He says that Justin Bieber stole it from him.
He sings an original... and he should've spent more time on his vocal and less
time on his hair. LA likes his energy, Nicole likes the choreography. Paula
likes surprises. Simon... well, we don't know what he's trying to say, but it
translates to "it wasn't quite right". "The Justin Bieber Song Gone Wrong."
Next up, we're putting our boot-scootin' best
boot forward (and so is Nicole, apparently) with Dylan Lawson (18), who loves
playing boondocks music in Kentucky. He sold his truck and took the money to go
to Dallas. He wants to get another truck... but first, he wants to... do
something with his Bugatti. Good for you. And he dies on stage. Check your
Wesley Kimbell (40, sales associate)... Michael &
Michelle (19, 21)... Curtis "Phoenix" Lawson (20)... all of them are bad. The
judges remain optimistic that they'll find someone like Dexter Haygood (49, bar
singer from Memphis), who calls himself a rock-and-roll soul man. He used to be
a lead singer of a band called Xavion, but they fell through. He is using this
as a second chance. He sings "Sex Machine" by James Brown. Well, they met him,
and now they want to hear something else. He has one more shot at it as we learn
just how important this is... He tries again with "It's a Man Man Man's World".
Infinitely better. But is it good enough to move forward? It is.
Joining him: Kyle Corr (20, hog farmer), Hannah
Jackson (31, teacher), Ma'at Bingham Shango (12, student), and Austin Simmons
(21, hair dresser). What about Caitlin Koch (21, rugby coach from Buffalo).
She's a scrum-half, but will she crouch, pause, and engage with a twist on "Stop
in the Name of Love"? That was Diana Krall level soulful. She's very authentic,
and the judges like it.
It's coming down to the wire. Xander Alexander
(no relation) (27 from NYC) claims Whitney before she lost it, Mariah Carey
before she lost it, and Britney Spears and Beyonce without the ugly husbands as
icons. He describes himself as Lady Gaga on crack. He'll sing "I'll Be" by Edwin
... Someone call Fox 50, they're going to have to
run the news late. One line in... and they're done with him. Next try is "Fool
in Love". And it is... a no. From LA.... and Paula. Moral of the story... don't
get the audience against you. Sorry, Xander, but you blew it.
And that's it for Dallas and Miami. The search
for $5 million talent continues - without Xander - next week.
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