Last week, you made "The X Factor" the most watched
new show on Fox. Stars were born and history was made. So what do we have for
you this week? More or less the same thing, only this time in Seattle and
The Windy City turns into the rainy city
as Cheryl Cole rejoins the panel.
First to face the music, Brock Wade & Makenna
Sullinger (18, 22) from Springfield have been singing for four years together
now. Makenna wears the bollocks in the duo. Brock has an unrequited crush on
Makenna, while Makenna sees them as nothing more than good friends. That sounds
familiar. They go from rain to "Colder Weather" by the Zac Brown Band (how a
propos). But they sing like they are dating. And who knows, maybe by the time
they're watching this, they are. But they're a good solid country group. A group
that will resonate with America. They end up making the judges' day. It's a
Kim Terek (35, financial analyst) gives us
"Firework"... and this is why we banned it at the 'net. Tim Quinn (21, model)
gets "Kiss from a Rose"... and gets stuck with a thorn. Robin Royal (45,
interior designer)... is just horrible. And it gets worse. We even have someone
looking to be a judge.
Next is Skyelor Anderson (16, Southaven, MS)
wants to be a country singer. You don't find many young black country singers.
Maybe he'll be the next Charley Pride. He wants to buy a house for his moms.
That's nice. He sings Billy Currington's "Must Be Doin' Something Right". And it
mysteriously stops. That's not. Skyelor continues... Good for him. It's also
good for the judges. He sweeps the panel.
Now let's meet J. Mark Inman (31, graduate
student), who is always having both sides of his brain working. At once. He
sings because he has things to say. He doesn't want to be a cookie cutter
formed-at-a factory pop star. Then why is he even here? Let's find out as he
sings "Creep" by Radiohead. This is one of those so-bad-it's-good auditions. The
judges even say so, saying that "I don't belong here" is a bit telling. Three
yeses is all he needs. Three yeses is all he gets. Simon... just sits there.
Thus launches a parade of... weird.
Arin Ray (15, student) brings on the sunshine in
"Ain't No Sunshine". Josh Krajcik (30, Columbus) hopes to hear the same. All we
know about him is... he has a proud mom who drove him. And that he works in a
restaurant. Hopefully one that sells Pepsi products. He sings "At Last" by Etta
James. And at least we have a soulful male voice to take that song... THERE.
He's going to easily go from slinging burritos to making lettuce with that
With that, the sun sets on Chicago, as we make a
return trip to...
... Bob Sapp's hometown. Nicole's back in the
First up, Sheree & Darwin Reading (70 & 31),
mother-and-daughter. They call themselves The Good Girls. Are they any good? We
find out on "What's Going On" by Marvin... and that's what I wanna know. What's
Next up, Drew Ryniewicz (14, student from Chino
Valley, AZ) is a big Justin Bieber fan. What a coincidence, LA Reid signed Biebs.
Maybe he'll help sign you. And then maybe not. Depends on how you do with
"Baby". Big risk. She takes it to the slow on this... Bigger risk. She's singing
to LA. Perhaps equal parts bold and dumb. But she sounds good. She should get
the approval... and she gets the sweep. And she has to pull her dress up she's
Jada (24-31) gives girl groups a bad name. Peet
Montzingo (21) is next. Let's play "Where Have I Heard That Name Before?" If you
said "contestant on Wipeout", you win our prize, Gordon Pepper's voice on your
home answering machine. Anyway, Peet is the 6'1" offspring of two dwarves who
dreams of being a teen heartthrob. He's going to sing "Famous" by Bruno Mars.
Well, it's "Billionaire", but he'd rather be famous. Well, congratulations,
you're NEITHER! YAY!
All the way from VA Beach are 4Shore (20-23).
They sang together in high school. They're singing together on a song that LA
Reid wrote AND sung. It is.. "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men. You're not from
Philly, that's 4shore. In fact... it's a little bit whiny. But they are
performers playing to the crowd. That'll be the X factor in the title. Now can
they translate that into yeses? That's a full boat. Four yeses, four guys, and
hold the applause. The X Factor Pod is over there.
Elaine Gibbs (who looks good for 53) has a friend
in the panel with "You Got a Friend". Francesca Duncan (17, HS graduate) has a
hero in "Hero". And that's a run on yeses... that ends with Tiger Budbill (42,
wedding DJ). LA says NO. Simon says... yes to save him.
Hoping to join them, Phillip Lomax (21, waiter
from around town), a hipster. I hate him already. He sings "Fly Me to the
Moon"... and I hate him even more. It was a little like this show... All flash
and no fire. The judges do like him, and that's good for him, I guess.
The girls are starting to strike out. In fact,
they are, as Simon put them, DOA. Dead. On. Arrival. That segues into Nicole
reliving her "Popstars" auditions. Look it up on YouTube, kids.
Tiah Tolliver (19, deli clerk) says that she's
born to sing. She says that she's been getting a lot of compliments on her
lipstick. Well, she has a lot of lips. So... her main mission... get the judges
back on the same page. She sings "Impossible" by Shontelle. Way too deep for her
register. But she has that firecracker in her. Simon says that she has the
potential to be great. LA doesn't really appreciate the lack of backing track.
It pains me to say this... but Simon was dead wrong. Will it matter? Nicole says
no. Simon says yes. LA... says yes. It's up to Paula... She says... NO. And
Simon takes it like a man, throwing his pen down. LA wants one more song.... to
turn a no into a yes... You are still on stage. You are still alive... with "It
Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing." The Fifth Judge (TM) wants Tiah.
All she needs is one more yes. She gets it from NICOLE! She is one lucky girl.
But how will she do in boot camp? We'll find out next week.
Meanwhile, the audition tour comes to an end
tomorrow in NYC. Have we saved the best for last? Find out in 22.
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