Last week, 162 acts were whittled to the final 32 -
eight guys, eight girls, eight elders, and eight groups. But now it's a
free-for-all for one of the spots on the live shows. The competition between the
acts... and the judges... is about to begin.
Here's what happens... the eight acts from each
bracket are about to live within the judges' homes - LA's New York home with the
boys, Simon's villa in the south of France with the girls, Paula's house in
Hollywood with the groups, and Nicole's house with the over 30s. Within the
course of the next three shows, 32 must become 16.
The contestants have NO IDEA who they're going to
meet. We start in...
SOMEWHERE IN FRANCE
Simon Cowell's House
For the girls, this is where the
competition begins. The field will be cut in half over the next two
days. And now reality sets in... Eight girls are going to sing for their
life... in front of America's most notorious critic.
... or maybe, the winner will be in...
Paula Abdul's House
For the record, the groups created by the
solo artists are... Intensity (the seven youngsters) and Lakoda Rayne
(the girls). She was very excited... but she specialized with a LOT of
groups. This is going to be a cakewalk for her...
... or maybe it'll be easier for ...
Nicole Scherzinger's House
Did we mention that Nicole is younger
than ALL OF THE SINGERS IN THIS BRACKET? Now... Nicole knows what the
singers are going through, and she knows what it takes to win, because
she's been there. That gives her the advantage...
... or does it? Let's go to...
LA Reid's House
A house on the beach with a starmaker. A
proven musical genius. This group has the most talent of the
semifinalists... And America likes a good looking guy. Maybe with a
guitar, maybe not.
So every judge has an advantage. But only one can
say that they honed the skill of the X Factor winner. This is where the
competition REALLY begins.
Oh, and each judge has a little help with their
decisions. Nicole has Enrique Iglesias, Paula has Pharrell Williams, Simon
has... nobody. Seriously. It WAS going to be Mariah Carey, but this is one of
those instances when reality gets in the way of reality TV, as she is grounded
by Hurricane Irene. Simon will go it alone. LA Reid will enlist the help of...
the "Only Girl (in the World)", Rihanna.
Each judge has selected something for the acts to
perform, either to live music or a backing track.
- Brian "Astro" Bradley (B): rhyming to a sample
of "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash. Rihanna calls him "a mini-J. Cole".
Fayetteville in the hizzy.
- Simone Battle (G): "Help" by the Beatles. Simon says she's fantastic, and that
the crack added emotion.
- The Anser (GP): "F***in' Perfect" by Pink. They were tight according to Paula.
- Dexter Haygood (30): "Crazy in Love" by Beyonce.... At least the verses of it.
The rest was all him.
- Skyelor Anderson (B): "Nobody Knows" by the Tony Rich Project. They said it
was polished, but wondered if he chose country as a genre or if he's a genuine
- Tora Woloshin (G): "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones. She's going to be
- Lakoda Rayne (GP) - Dani Knight, Paige Ogle, Cari Fletcher, and Haley O, who
all auditioned as solo artists, but were offered a lifeline at Bootcamp: "Born
This Way" by Lady Gaga.
- Stacy Francis (30): "Purple Rain" by Prince. Beyond energetic, but will it
sell in this market today?
- The Brewer Boys (GP): "Only Girl (In the World)" by Rihanna. Mumford & Sons
would be proud.
- Phillip Lomax (B): He's going to sing Rihanna as well... TO the woman herself.
He's rearranged "Please Don't Stop the Music".
- Elaine Gibbs (30): "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" by Oasis... with her own
little lilt into it.
- Caitlin Koch (G): "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" by the Shirelles. Simon loved
the phrasing. Not exciting, but something about her.
- Nick Voss (B): "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears. "I've
seen better." Uh oh.
- 4Shore (GP): "If You Love Me" by Brownstone. The 90s called, they want their
smooth R&B boy band back.
- James Kelley (30): "Russian Roulette" by Rihanna. Could be a rock-star along
the lines of Maroon 5.
- Drew Ryniewicz (G): "It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette.... Lull inducing.
Sixteen down... sixteen to go. Part 2 will air
Sunday unless the Rangers and the Tigers take it to seven.
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