Quick Take: The X Factor, "Newark Auditions"
"You are a little brilliant gem...a star." - Paula Abdul
Review: The X Factor, "Newark Auditions"
The final X Factor auditions didn’t go out with a bang. It was more like a whimper. While a few singers managed to stand out, the episode really left me wanting more. I’m more hopeful for next week when the contestants give it all they've got for the boot camp round. But before the singers are whittled down to 32 acts, let's recap the best and brightest from the Newark auditions.
At first I thought 14 year-old Brian Bradley was coping an attitude with Simon, but then - surprise! - it was all a part of the performance. The mini-Kanye West sang what I'm going to assume was an original song about not looking suggestively at his mother. It was a hit with the judges and the audience alike, but I'm not a huge fan of little kids that act too grown-up. B
We didn't get to see much of quirky office worker Liliana Rose, but her rich, jazzy voice was a bright spot in an underwhelming episode. B+
It's tough to follow-up Carrie Underwood's rendition of Heart's "Alone," and 17 year-old Cari Fletcher paled in comparison. Her sleepy sounding version of the song left me bored. B
Preteen pop duo AusEm (Austin and Emily) arrived with a gigantic support group, but that couldn't hide the fact that they weren't, in fact, awesome. Austin actually had a pretty good voice, but Emily was unnecessary. Her voice was rather weak, and the judges took notice. Regardless of that, the duo was through to boot camp. C+
Automotive technician student Tora Woloshin was my favorite audition of the night. The tattooed girly girl with the Marilyn Monroe hair blew away the judges with her playful personality and big voice on The Jackson Five's "I Want You Back." A
The most interesting thing about R&B group Stereo Hogzz was that one of its members became a dad the morning of the audition. Decent voices + hokey choreography = B-
Former model Brennin Hunt should have no trouble amassing a female following. The 26 year-old country singer from Nashville was easy on the eyes and he sang an original tune that wasn't half bad. A-
The last to audition was 16 year-old Jazzlyn Little. She was a bundle of nerves and the judges had low expectations following her on-stage interview. But then she let rip Mary J. Blige's "I'm Going Down" and the place exploded. Jazzlyn transformed into a star while singing and Simon commented that she was one to watch in this competition. A
See you next week for boot camp when the remaining contestants get divided into their respective groups and gain one of the judges as their mentor.