The audition tour has ended, and for 162 acts, the
dream of superstardom is still alive. But now the pressure is about to be
intensified to the power of X, because it's time to put the lucky few to the
rigors of X Factor BOOT CAMP.
Pasadena Civic Auditorium
Yep. It's back.
Joining those highlighted in the last weeks:
Chris Rene's sister Gina (36; SAHM from Santa Cruz, CA).
Next week, the acts will be set a series of
challenges that will test their every starmaking or breaking quality. Everything
is fair game. Every day, the judges will cut acts until only 32 acts remain:
eight from each grouping. Then, the four judges turn into mentors for each
Mr. Reid... Ms. Scherzinger... Ms. Abdul... and
Mr. Cowell... have entered the building. And with only 100 surviving day one?
Heh... Good luck. You're going to need it.
Helping the judges make their decision: vocal
coaches Claude Kelly & Savan Kotecha, stylist June Ambrose, and choreographer
Brian Friedman. Speaking of... The first challenge... dancing. It already proves
to be very exhausting. Some people... aren't even going to bother with it. Ain't
that right, Brian Bradley of Brooklyn, New York.
Now that we're done dancing, let's start singing.
Siameze Floyd sings "More than a Feeling" (Boston), The Anser sing ... something
forgettable. Caitlin Koch sings "Every Time You Go Away" (Paul Young), Drew
Ryniewicz sings "Apologize" (OneRepublic)... Brennin Hunt sings "Change the
World" (Eric Claption). Brendan O'Hara sings "Price Tag" (Jessie J), Chris Rene
has "Sexual Healing" (Marvin Gaye), Melanie Amaro sings "Run to You" (Whitney
Houston), Stacy Francis belts "A Song For You" (Donny Hathaway).
At the first cut... The first line through... is
GOING FORWARD! Group #2... isn't. The final group... will return tomorrow! So we
have 100. Is Chris' sister Gina amongst them? YES!
And after all that, it's party night. Some will
party into the night, and some will call it an early night. Who wants to bet
that the early sleepers get a jump on their competition?
Day 2 begins at 6... and we're full of
stragglers, mainly from the party beforehand. They meet LA at the auditorium.
Their next challenge begins right now... with an ensemble round.
Each ensemble will have to perform a song chosen
by the judges, anything from Snow Patrol's "Run" to "I'm Every Woman". Each
group has five hours to learn and refine their choices. Stakes are high, as the
third of the groups are going home today.
The first group: Drew Rynewicz, Caitlin Koch, The
Anser, Audrey Turner, Elaine Gibbs, Clayton Senne, and Dexter Haygood. Their
song: "Creep" by Radiohead. Dexter has to grow past being James Brown Lite.
Audrey is the widow of music legend Ike Turner, who died four years ago. And
Dexter singing to 14-year-old Drew... totally not creepy. Emerging favorite:
Audrey Turner. Weakest link: Dexter.
Next group: Jazzlyn Little, Melanie Amaro,
Heather Gayle, Aaron Surgeon, Arin Ray, Special Guest, and Stacy Francis.
Stacy's looking to make up for the extreme note antics of yesterday. Jazzlyn is
looking to break out of her shell. Their song, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm
Looking For" by U2. They exemplify teamwork on the stage.... but Jazzlyn forgot
some words. Will that end up costing her?
Dani Knights, Skyelor Anderson, Leroy Bell,
Chelsea Musick, Ben Rue, Paige Ogle, and Cari Fletcher are in your next group.
Cari received mixed reviews last week. She had a great voice, but she was easily
forgettable. They have "Desperado" by the Eagles. Elder statesman Leroy loves
it. Skyelor is looking forward to it. Dani wants to sing country as well. Could
have a possible battle.
Next group has Chesi Spriggs, Nick Voss, Phillip
Lomax, Austin Simmons, Tiah Tolliver, Kelly Warner, and Robert Cruz. They... are
left on the cutting room floor. Tease.
Singing "Wishing on a Star" by Jay-Z isTinuke
Oyefule, Jennifay Joy Nichols, Lauren Ashley, Reina Williams, and young Brian
Bradley. He wants the Jigga parts. Brian has an issue with checking out when he
is done. He can't do that. The rest of the group... are better off singing. But
Reina (nee Tatiana Williams) is looking to make a name for herself in the game
as well. Some people can sing... Brian can rap. Reina... can do BOTH. Jennifay...
can do neither. LA gives it up like this... he's TOO YOUNG.
Singing next is Josh Krajcik, Tiger Budbill, Nick
Dean, Kompl3te, Andrew Muccitelli, James Kenney, and Thomas McAbee. They get
Five for Fighting's "Superman (It's Not Easy)". Tiger is back with something to
prove, that he does indeed have the tiger blood... and the Adonis DNA... But
he's not the only one who's chasing this as hard as he is. Nick... destroys the
chorus. James... tries to revive it. Tiger and Josh also hold their own.
Group mentioned fourth in this write up... is now
up. Thank you, Fox. Anyway, Tiah split the panel last week and almost drove
Simon to do unspeakable things to Paula and Nicole. She has one more shot at it
with "Feelin' Good" by Muse. Phillip mucks it up. Tiah... is singing angry.
Judges? Yeah, they're glad she's back.
Rachel Crow, Joshua Maddox, 4Shore, Hayley
Orrantia, Illusion Confusion, Caylie Gregorio, De'Quan Allen, and Ellona
Santiago. They've been given a song they didn't see coming... "I Have Nothing"
by Whitney Houston. And even the rehearsal is brutal. Rachel is particularly
Siameze Floyd, Jeremiah Pagan, Song Preservation
Society, Cesar de la Rosa, Makenaa & Brock, The Stereo Hoggz, and Emily Michalak.
Brock & Makenna will actually act as anchor, and it's a good thing that they're
closer now than they've been before. Is there a relationship coming very soon?
Makenna... is beginning to warm to the idea. Fancy that. Emily... is getting
cold feet. She looks to the group to help her out with getting started. The
The groups continue to perform tomorrow.
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