Danyl Johnson - XFactor Audition - VIDEO

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Simon Cowell’s competition reality show, X Factor, began airing in the UK last night. The last audition of the night was from the very soulful Danyl Johnson, a 27 year-old teacher from Reading, England.

Simon led a standing ovation, telling Danyl, “that was single-handedly, one of the best first auditions I have ever heard.”

All to the strains of Daughtry’s “What About Now”!

Listen to Danyl’s audition after the jump. He’s a contender!

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  • Duke

    Ah yes!

    I will love you forever if you cover X-Factor, MJ.

    Now we just gotta get you to cover Australian Idol (which airs its 3rd audition episode tomorrow night) and you’ll be set!

  • unique28v

    wow. this took me back tot he wonder years. lol He’s cute, has personality, has stage presence and can sing. We need some of this on American Idol.

  • anthrogeek

    I think we’re about to get Boyled. The way they edit these segments is what’s OTT here – and we thought Idol was bad.

    He did remind me of Gokey, though – maybe the “after” version, although this guy did more leaping around than actual singing.

  • rockvixen

    and they say Adam is ott!?! This guy just surpassed Adam and could use more nuance and subtlety.

  • d. b. cooper

    I think we’re about to get Boyled. The way they edit these segments is what’s OTT here – and we thought Idol was bad.

    Very true. The shocked/joyous reaction shots are so ridiculous. Not buying it.

  • Suzanne

    These X Factor auditions aren’t first auditions–they’re polished routines with backing tracks. That said–he’s a really good singer, lovely tone, a lot of energy, real good looking. That routine was really well rehearsed. No spontaneity–more like watching a song from a rock musical.

    I love that they’re using the Daughtry song. Nice cross pollination. But if the goodbye song for AI9 is by Leona Lewis, I don’t think I’ll like it as much.

  • wrigley

    Wow, talk about drawing your audience into your performance! I loved him. I bought it….genuine joy, very nice vocal, and as engaging as all get out.
    If he’s half that engaging in the classroom, his students are really going to miss him.

    Comparing this guy and Adam Lambert? Seems a bit like comparing chalk and cheese to me. Only similarity I can see is their mutual willingness to put themselves way out there on a limb, and make us all want to climb out with them…the mark of a good performer, IMO.

  • anthrogeek

    Very true. The shocked/joyous reaction shots are so ridiculous. Not buying it.

    It’s almost like they film a bunch of stock judge reactions in advance and edit them into the performances after the fact. I mean, when have we ever seen Simon that animated on Idol? Oooooo… the (fake) drama…..

    wrigley, I want to like him, but I can’t tolerate the OTT manipulation of our reactions by the editing/production. Something creepy about it.

  • http://www.wholisticbirthways.net austinmidwife

    Hmmm weird first audition format. I don’t really get this level of excitement for a “first” audition. But I guess that’s the way the show is set up. That being said, he’s pretty good and he’s got good stage presence. Wonder what he can really do singing a song with less back-up vocals and more him.

    Oh, and I liked hearing Daughtry! Nice surprise.

  • Duke

    If anyone wants to watch the whole episode, check out THIS GUY’S CHANNEL.

  • wrigley

    “wrigley, I want to like him, but I can’t tolerate the OTT manipulation of our reactions by the editing/production. Something creepy about it.”

    Totally agree about the ridiculous editing…but I find all the drama on AI’s elimination Wednesdays just as OTT ridiculous. I think it might be all in what you are used to seeing.

    That aside, he had presence and enthusiasm and talent….and I just appreciate the performance itself.

  • carolinacharms

    Voice: TBD. Too much processing and crowd noise to determine at this time.
    Look: Way, way, waaaay above the average contestant.
    Stage: Command thereof, if not a bit OTT.

    Total (Package): Potential is 7.0-9.0/10 depending on what the voice sounds like when stripped bare of all the backing…and with a bit of coaching on the OTT flailing.

  • honowoowoo

    Bravo!

  • Chipmunk

    Me seriously likey!

    Does MJ cover X-Factor? That would be cool, even though I watch it first hand

  • Chipmunk

    Now we just gotta get you to cover Australian Idol (which airs its 3rd audition episode tomorrow night) and you’ll be set!

    I’d give anything to watch some snippets of that.Youtube search time I think

  • Jae

    wow I love that guy! And here I was thinking I didn’t think I was ready for another year of Idol. I would totally pick this guy as a fave. Looks, talent, stage presence and personality.:)

  • cookcricket

    He’s very good!!! Why can’t Simon be this animated on AI? Why?

    Also, this guy reminds me of someone, who is it? really who?

    I will check back in the morning.

  • sabby_rina

    I thought the guy did great. He started to get cocky towards the end though.

    Is it just me or is Simon nicer in the U.K? I mean the guy gives standing ovations a lot over there than here in the U.S. He only did that once here with Adam. Haha. Oh Simon…

  • useless

    Simon IS nicer in the U.K. and he has given a few standing o’s in the U.K. Can’t really tell if the guy was a little off key in his first few lines or he was putting a spin on the notes. He really didn’t sing that much. He has personality, but like a few of you, I, too, am waiting until he sings something with more lyrics and stripped down.

  • luvnlife

    Now that’s rockin it out…I know JC is just beaming from ear to ear!

    If you cover X Factor, I’m all in! Have followed it via Youtube subscription a few years. Maybe it’s better you don’t cover it here, for me. I’ve been kind of wild after hearing & watching Danyl this eve.
    I’m a pussycat w/AI, in & out, on & off the fence, not truly invested. With X Factor, I’d be in moderation all the time.
    I was rabid for Leona, can see already, I’m gonna be rabid for Danyl. Now that’s my kind of music, my idea of what a true rocker sounds like. He’s got that true Cocker sound going on and true audience connection there.

  • luvnlife

    Cookcricket, he reminds you of Joe Cocker, maybe? The God of classic blues rock…another Brit, by the way.

  • https://twitter.com/draddee Sunn

    Just finished watching the show. Danyl was the definite highlight, there really is no need to watch anything else from the first ep of X Factor 2009. mj has given you the only 5 minutes worth watching.

    Danyl was great, he gave me goose bumps. He saved the debut show of the season from being utter dreck.

    The new live audience format SUCKS!!! I got txts last night as it was airing from home saying that show was ruined, and they were right. If it weren’t for the three non Simon judges, and the huge X in the background, I could have sworn I was watching BGT.

    Damn it , I liked X factor’s audition phase episodes. The ridiculous/resplendent ratio used to be just right. Now, it’s basically a parade of the absurd with a sprinkling of the mediocre.
    Were it not for the forewarning to not miss the end of the ep, that I got from my friends, I would have given up on watching 10 minutes into it.

    Simon said, at the beginning of the show, that if this new live audience format doesn’t work, then he will take full blame. I can’t wait for the public roasting.

  • jga94

    Editing seems to me to be a bit OTT…

    I can’t really tell if he’s really that good vocally because of the backing tracks…in AI, the first audition we get to see is stripped down so you can really appreciate if they have something to offer vocally or not.

    Good stage presence but idk…seems a bit too cocky for me…a bit too “put on” if I may say so…like there’s a script to be followed or something….(you know he looked kind of nervous at the start and then gradually gets his nerves on hold and “soars” with his performance)….looked like a scene from a movie….

  • Thea

    I might be in love with Danyl Johnson. Already :blush_tb:

  • luvnlife

    Ok, he’s not bluesy rocker Joe, but if he stays w/Cocker songs, he’ll have his singing career. I know, it’s a Beatles song, Ringo’s song, in fact. But Daryl sounds less like Ringo, more like rockin soulful Joe. Course, I’m tired, sleepy, smelly (couldn’t resist) and anything new and different right now is good. The guy’s got excellent timing, but, it is only one song. Back to waiting for the sounds the Idols are going to put out… and now, another week to wait to hear Daryl again. Plus, Simon smiling always perks me up. You’re all right in what you said, in the States he can be real obnoxious, not so much on his shows at home.

  • https://twitter.com/draddee Sunn

    jga94
    Aug 23rd, 2009 at 3:02 am

    Editing seems to me to be a bit OTT’ ¦

    Absolutely. The editing was right out of the BGT playbook. I hate this new format, I really really hate it.

  • Lisa

    I likes him, showboating and all. I like to be entertained, and I lurves good voices and cheese. Kid did good.

  • Sherena

    This show is edited so dramatically. Someone fill me in– how scripted is this? The audience reactions, are they spontaneous?

  • MrsB

    Oh my goodness – just loved him! To me he is the whole package!

    This is not the last we will see of him – no doubt in my mind. His life has changed forever.

    Simon must be tickled pink…………………….ANOTHER, star discovered! :shock_tb:

    I could well imagine what a fantastic teacher he must be, his students are the only ones I feel sorry for as once his career takes off (if it hasn’t already) he will never be in another classroom again!

    Bravo Danyl you have my vote – hope you take it all!!!!

  • http://www.fatladysings.us TFLS

    Natural performer. Man’s definitely got a career in music. Tack on some training and a little seasoning and he’ll be knocking them dead. I do wish the edit wasn’t so ott, however. It’s really not necessary with a good performer. Danyl managed just fine on his own. But then that’s the hallmark of British TV (when it comes to musical entertainment anyway). Load on the Ormolu till whatever it is fairly staggers. Not a fan of extra frou-frou just for the hell of it. Way too much Eurovision Song Contest for my taste.

  • Dlynne

    He’s very good!!! Why can’t Simon be this animated on AI? Why?

    Also, this guy reminds me of someone, who is it? really who?

    I will check back in the morning.

    He has the gorgeous looks of Lenny Kravitz, maybe a similar voice, too. Although it was hard to tell with all of the background noise. The stage antics, however, remind me of Taylor Hicks. Not that that’s bad but I can see how it might get annoying after awhile. He seems like a big kid so I bet the little kids just LOVE him.

    I’d like to watch him sing again wearing some long pants with a little less jumping around.

  • LakesideUK

    Great looking guy, bags of personality on stage – though might grate after a while – but I couldn’t hear enough of his actual singing with that backing track going on. And I’ll need to hear him sing some other songs before I get excited – I’ve been taken in by brilliant first auditions before only to discover that that was the only song the person could sing. :rolleyes_tb:

    Oh, and I wish they hadn’t changed to the live audition format. It just felt like I was watching BGT all over again only without the variety. The ratings were slightly down from last year’s opening show (9.9m against 10.19m) so it will be interesting to see how things progress.

  • Adamme

    I’ve never watched X Factor before, but the audition format looks a lot like Brit Got Talent. IDK, but there’s nothing special with Danyl vocal. It’s not as soulful as Matt. He almost remindeded me of Craig David, but Craig is cuter and has way sexier voice.

    Why can they have AI audition with music like this and singing full song?

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Simon smiling? OMG!

  • fearbear

    I didn’t really get what was so great with this performance, and I don’t think he has that great of a voice. He was performing like a choir leader up there, I don’t see a star, sorry.

  • Adamme

    I didn’t really get what was so great with this performance, and I don’t think he has that great of a voice. He was performing like a choir leader up there, I don’t see a star, sorry.

    THIS

  • shark

    I just don’t get it. He is cute and all, but it was like a teacher in a pre-school entertaining the kids. Rocker? Joe Cocker? Try cocker-spaniel! For me, the best thing was Daughtry song in the end. THAT was some really good singing and not just a cheesy mic-swinging instead.

  • jga94

    I have serious doubts on Simon’s ability to spot a star…sorry but Il Divo is cheesecrap for me…Leona Lewis is a rehash of Mariah…Simon is good for his one-liners on AI…not his star-spotting ability….

  • AdoK

    I don’t like the guy. He crossed cuteness line for me.

    I watched X-F for the first time and the convention just sucks. Judges faces expressions during performances were most of times idiotic, including Simon (“judges are stars” concept here is too obvious). Two judging ladies are so boring. Paula and Kara were far better. And did you notice that when Simon raise a hand the music stops? Simon-the god is too much for me. I prefer him on A.I.

    Only exceptional contestants can drag me to watch X-F in the future.

  • jms

    I’m trying to figure out what was so great about it. He hardly sang at all. Yeah, I guess it was fun, but it’s hard to say if he’s any good or not because I couldn’t really hear him.

  • JohnP

    This is the first year of these stage/backing track auditions in the X-factor. Simon wanted to recreate the …Got Talent method to bring in audience reaction. In this first case it was brought in very late in the process and many contestants had not really prepared for a big stage audition. If it continues next year, they now know what it requires, including using the stage like Danyl to elicit the best crowd response.

    It has its advantages and disadvantages.

    Advantages include
    1. It can bring out people with real stage and audience presence. Too many contestants in the past have given a great acapella in the usual conference center room only to be far less impressive on the big TV Idol/X-factor stage.
    2. The judges get a 5th opinion – the public reaction – not the edited TV version but the spontaneous one at the time.

    Disadvantages include
    1. As others have said, you don’t get to hear a stripped-down voice unless the contestant chooses to do this in a hall with thousands. This would be risky strategy with the background noise, but singing in a crowded hall would be the reality if they made it to a contract.
    2. Can’t think of any others to be honest

    So, I think the format worked in general and there were less “sob” stories this year, but as others have said the editing of the judges reactions is a joke but if you watched a whole program you would see that Simon is just as grumpy on average here as on Idol. Danyl and Stacey Solomon were the best of the ones shown.

    PS In answer to Simon’s stopping of the music above. The judges take it in turn to ask the contestants questions and whoever does that is generally the one who can stop the audition. Watch a whole show or all the auditions before making a final judgement as to whether to continue watching and that includes condemning the women judges. There’s always good and bad in all programs – give it a chance.

  • http://www.storybookfilms.ca raisongal

    The editing is WAY over the top. (I’m an editor and it really bugs me to see this kind of manipulation.) From what little they showed of his actual performance, I think he is very talented, but because they kept cutting away to cheesy judge reaction shots and super wide shots where Danyl is just a speck, we didn’t get to see very much of the performance at all. The editing (both audio and video) forces the judges’ and crowds’ perceptions on us, without letting the performer impress us on his own.

  • https://twitter.com/draddee Sunn

    I’d like to add a bit of background information about X Factor for those who’ve never watched it before.

    X Factor is not quite AI, that was called Pop Idol in the UK.
    In X Factor the judges are very much part of the formula. The finalists from the auditions are sent to Boot camp, where the judges choose 24 contestants to advance to the next round.
    The 24 contestants are then divided into 4 groups:

    The Groups
    Boys under 24
    Girls under 24
    Over 25′s

    At this point each judge is allocated one group to mentor for the rest of the series. The allocation is supposedly a lottery, or so they say.

    The finalists then move to the “Visit The Judges Houses” round, where each judge refines his allocated group of 6 to 3 contestants.

    These three contestants along wit their judge move on to the live performance stage of the show.

    X Factor is “supposedly” as much a competition between the judges as it is between the contestants, The judges are hands-on with their group, and are supposed to teach and mold them into an X Factor winning contestant. The winners Kudos not only go to the best contestant but to the best mentor also.
    Mistakes likewise are blamed, well sort of, on the mentor judge as well as on the contestant.

    On elimination night, each judge stands next to his group wishing that he will not be the first judge whose entire group is eliminated.

    It makes for interesting viewing, or at least it did. I’m not quite sure about this year.

    Last year Alexandra Burk was a Cheryl Cole protege.

    I hope this bit of trivia proves useful to you guys.

  • mitchellvii

    What that audition hides is the fact that his voice is rather thin on the top. Without all the theatrics, I doubt if we would have been as amazed.

  • Squirrely

    Simon is everywhere. I notice he is more harsh on AI then he is on the other shows.

  • terps

    I would love for MJ to cover this show, but I understand she needs a break before SYTYCD strats back up.

  • Tess
  • Dr. Tracey

    Oh wow he teaches in my home town.

  • http://twitter.com/terra_zephead terraj

    I hate this format. It feels exactly like BGT which to me is like a circus act. Having said that, Danyl was great, but I think part of it has gotta do with the fact that the edit was really dramatic, coupled with that OTT background music.
    I’m not sure how much versatility he has, will be interesting to see in coming weeks. It’s too early to declare a winner because I’m getting a little Gokey vibes in him to be honest (I hope not).

  • ccagain

    Now we know what David Archuleta will sound like in nine-ten years.

  • spinastory

    I really enjoyed that.. love a cute guy with an engaging personality, beautiful smile, oh yeah and the boy can sanggggg.. I saw nothing OTT on this.. I mean he did a little hopping Kinda like Kris..lol.. he did a little mic phone tossing.. Safe guy to have on the show me thinks

  • Chai

    I’ve seen quite a few X-Factor videos at you tube over the last 3 years and first heard of a X-Factor from a poster called lemondrops at the Dial Idol forum. The auditions I’ve seen in the past were like the American Idol format. This audition was more like Susan Boyle’s audition at that other UK talent show.

    I wasn’t crazy about Danyl’s voice? He is a natural on stage and has an engaging personality.

  • tierbee

    Aw, I kinda loved him – he was so excited and cute and seems to have a good voice. :)

  • ghl

    He said he was nervous before the performance, but for the first audition, it is a great performance. But performances can get better any time soon. A good and attractive voice. But I still hear some bumpy notes here and there. Let’s see his second appearance later then we can tell more.

  • http://www.irish-wolfhounds.com Buderschnookie

    It would have been nice if I could have heard him sing. We only got the first few lines minus the screaming and he was pitchy. I would normally ascribe that to adrenaline/lack of breath and wait until the song settled out to really try and get a bead on his voice. Unfortunately I was denied the opportunity to do that because of all the screaming.

    I prefer the acapella auditions for this very reason as I have no idea whether this guy can sing or not. He is infectiously enthusiastic, yes. Knows how to work people, yes. But beyond that only time will tell.

  • becausehelives

    That was awesome 4 an audition. such personality. it will make no diff in the UK that he bisexual. lucky him.
    where’s the other judge on america’s got talent?. did they drop him like paula. ? is he not one of them or is that a diff show.

  • kathrynTX

    Awwwwww I was totally sucked in and got goosebumps! The moving around onstage seemed natural to me and not OTT. I would’ve liked to hear his voice better too. SOOOOO I went to his tubey channel! Wow. I like him even more now. Seems like perhaps he writes too. ?? I will investiage further.

    I’ve not watched X Factor so I got no idea about format etc. It did NOT seem like a “first audition” for the show. Maybe a first audition in front of the official judges? Yeah, having the music and stage and all is not a “first audition” for our usual TV talent shows.

    I got caught up in his joy at being there and what seemed like his natural connection to the music and the audience. I just loved him! Yay!

    How about playing “Declaration” for the closing comments? hee.

  • BestAI

    Great voice. Like others have said, I would like to hear him w/o all the production. Danyl had great stage presence — captured his audience. And they call Adam OTT? (I like OTT.)

  • Susan M.

    Buderschnookie,

    I prefer the acapella auditions for this very reason as I have no idea whether this guy can sing or not. He is infectiously enthusiastic, yes. Knows how to work people, yes. But beyond that only time will tell

    THIS. I thought he was beyond adorable, but with the full choir backing track and gratuitous editing, I didn’t feel I got a sense of his voice. He has animation and charisma to spare, no doubting that. But I think for “audition” episodes, I’d like it more stripped down so I can hear his voice. He’ll be fun to watch though.

  • carmine2008

    He has a good voice. But the jumping around on stage and other whatnot were just too much.

  • isitoveryet

    Does anyone else notice that America always gets the scowling Simon? Rarely does he actually look like he is enjoying himself. I’ve seen him visibly enjoy the X-Factor performances better than AI.

    Has anyone else noticed this and have any idea why? Is he bored? Just doesn’t like Americans? What? Even when he gave Adam a standing O, he seemed reluctant to do so.

  • Sassycatz

    I love that they’re using the Daughtry song. Nice cross pollination. But if the goodbye song for AI9 is by Leona Lewis, I don’t think I’ll like it as much.

    Leona Lewis is as dull as dishwater. Besides, American Idol has so many successful former contestants — both winners and runners-up — that they have a wealth of riches to choose from in terms of incorporating a theme song from one of them. I don’t know that X Factor can say the same; just have no idea.

    I mean, when have we ever seen Simon that animated on Idol? Oooooo’ ¦ the (fake) drama’ ¦..

    I think he appears a bit more engaged on X-Factor, because it is his show. Its success or failure is on his back, so he better look like he wants to be there.

    I have serious doubts on Simon’s ability to spot a star’ ¦sorry but Il Divo is cheesecrap for me’ ¦Leona Lewis is a rehash of Mariah’ ¦Simon is good for his one-liners on AI’ ¦not his star-spotting ability’ ¦.

    Paula and Randy are much better than Simon at spotting star potential early — especially diamonds in the rough. I just don’t think he has any imagination. You have to be “ready to go” for him to “spot” you. But, DUH! Almost anyone in his biz could do that!

    Danyl Johnson

    God, he reminds me so much of Taylor Hicks, which I’m sure would please Simon to no end. Heh. Taylor has a stronger voice, I think — especially in the lower range which this guy does not show here — but it’s harder to tell with all the screaming from the audience and the overwhelming background vocals and music. The moves, however, are 100% Taylor Hicks Part Deux! Watch out Simon!

    (Funny, Taylor was also compared to Joe Cocker.)

    Is Daughtry going to perform on X-Factor this season?

  • butte009

    I have to agree with Simon. This kid is really good. Yes there are some things in the performance that he could refine, but for a 1st audition in front of all those people? Wow. I hope he can keep the momentum going.

    I’m going to have to start watching the show.

    ETA
    “and they say Adam is ott!?! This guy just surpassed Adam and could use more nuance and subtlety.”

    Because stroking your body and pretending the mic is your penis is subtle? Perhaps if Danyl grabbed his crotch between the mic tosses you’d be more impressed?

  • trufaxx

    wow! luh his voice and energy on the stage…seeing a performer like him live is always good, he’s good to look @ & he sounds good! i really don’t get the taylor hicks reference since TH is no anderson cooper….he was silver with no fox; even babies want to see pretty and a beautiful smile; ummm TH wasn’t pretty….visually, he was nuthin good to look @…a pretty boy that can sang is always good, real good!

  • jack5791

    He has a really good voice, I liked him. I agree with the people who said America gets the scowling Simon. He always seems to enjoy himself more on X-Factor than AI. Maybe that is just more of his reputation here in America than Britain, but who knows.

  • butte009

    @Tess

    Thanks for the YouTube links!

    I still think the boy has potential.

  • Sassycatz

    i really don’t get the taylor hicks reference since TH is no anderson cooper

    It’s not his looks. It’s his moves. His performance style. Simon was quite derogatory about it, but the audience tended to love it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=iamthepurplewalrus&view=videos purplesmile

    I’m not sure about that audition but I liked the live Never Gonna Leave You. Very James Morrison-ish.

  • trufaxx

    oh btw… thanks for the Youtube…you do a GREAT job with your site!

    i am a lurker but i’m decloaking to say i really appreciate all your hard work
    a big THANK YOU to you :clap_tb:

  • karenw

    That was awesome 4 an audition. such personality. it will make no diff in the UK that he bisexual. lucky him.
    where’s the other judge on america’s got talent?. did they drop him like paula. ? is he not one of them or is that a diff show.

    Piers Morgan does Britain’s Got Talent (along with Simon and Amanda Holden) ….

    This is auditions for The X Factor where the judges are Simon, Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue.

    They’ve changed the audition format this year to auditioning infront of a live audience (like in BGT and AGT) .. previous to this series the auditions were just infront of the judges .. like the old Pop Idol format and the same as American Idol.

    I really liked Danyl … thought he had a good voice and good stage presence .. and a nice personality … it will be interesting to see what he does at bootcamp and if/when he gets through to the live shows.

  • karenw

    One interesting point to make is that the for judges are allocated a category every year to mentor … Boys, Girls, Groups .. and 25′s and over.

    Simon had the over 25′s group the first season (the under 25 girls and boys were grouped together that year) .. and he won with a guy called Steve Brookstein who never had much success and was eventually dropped by the record label .. and is still moaning on about his treatment on the show and after to this day.

    Since then, each year Simon moans that he doesn’t want the over 25 category and he’s never had it again .. untl this year .. when he has been allocated the over 25′s category … hmmmmm I’m thinking Simon may be happy he has them this year and the cynic in me would say that he made sure he did …lol

  • trufaxx

    It’s not his looks. It’s his moves. His performance style. Simon was quite derogatory about it, but the audience tended to love it.

    yeah, but his moves looks young & exuberant…i think moves work better for some than others and he’s pulling it off as young, excited, happy to be doing this thing..

    my analogy…it’s like when a slim girl wears a mini and a “healthy” girl wears a mini…slim just seems a better fit…

    DJ doing it seems better.

  • Miss Chaos

    Wow I loved that! Plus I LOVE that song. Hope he can do as good when he moves on. Thanks for posting this, or I would have missed this, hope you will be putting his next one on, Thanks MJ. I have serious goosebumps watching him sing that!!!!!!!

  • karenw

    Danyl auditioned for the X factor in 2006 but never even got through the initial audition to producers

    He has his own youtube channel and has done stuff with an unsigned rock band called Empty Spaces

    http://www.youtube.com/user/DanylJohnson

    I also see that his “estranged” father has been talking to the press today about how he lost touch with him a few years ago when he split up with his mother and hasn’t seen him or spoken to him since .. and of course how he’s now hoping for a reunion … please don’t let this story be milked by the press or the show

  • MrsB

    After viewing all the extra vids (thanks BTW) of Danyl – I stand by my original post. After viewing him the second time there is no way in heck he reminds me of Taylor Hicks. For me, not even close……….

    I wish him much success!

  • JOJOSIE

    Lots of folks who voted in season five, thought Taylor was good looking and if you saw him in person or in concert you might think so too. He and Daryl have the same type of spontaneous carisma and unique voices.(Taylor had more soul) I hope he is as driven as Taylor is or he maynot last. As IMO it takes something extra to win.

  • karenw

    Here’s another Youtube channel he has with some other video’s on

    http://www.youtube.com/user/Danyl82#

    oops sorry I’ve just seen that some of these links have already been posted .. I’m not concentrating well today …lol

  • Sherena

    Not really feeling it…

  • LaTasha

    Not really feeling it that much…I don’t know. He could be good, but I guess he was just too nervous or something because he was kind of pitchy (when I could hear him over the screams).

    That song though; not really for him. He started off a bit rough, got a little better, but that was it. I think with time, he could be pretty good. Nothing extraordinarily special though.

    And because I’m just like that…whenever I hear someone covering this song, I always think of Earl…(Canadian Idol contestant, season 5)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oBGhJ7ukvk

    /end of shameless promoting =P

  • carolinacharms

    Now we know what David Archuleta will sound like in nine-ten years.

    Huh?

  • butte009

    And because I’m just like that’ ¦whenever I hear someone covering this song, I always think of Earl’ ¦(Canadian Idol contestant, season 5)

    I think you mean Season 6. Earl was just ok for me. I can’t explain why he didn’t connect for me. I thought maybe it was just this song so I watched a few of his other videos… still not digging him. Sorry. Wish I could agree with you.

    ETA: I still like Joe Cocker’s Woodstock cover the best (at least Joe’s vocals – please ignore the backup singers!)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQYDvQ1HH-E

  • dulce

    This guy has all the raw materials. Most artists live could only hope to sound like this guy does. He has a good soulful sound, power, and he holds his own on stage (the last part cannot be taught). Only time will tell, but to me, this was infinitely better than Susan Boyle’s audition, which to me would have ironically enough been just mediocre should she have been pretty.

  • Cookiebr7

    I saw this video earlier, and like most people, enjoyed his confidence and his ability to “work the stage.” I was taken aback by it. After several viewings, however, I don’t think his vocals are that good…he sounded off tune in several places and pitchy in spots. It is hard to tell what kind of voice he has with all the audience noise and the background singers wailing behind him. I would like to see more performances before I jump on the bandwagon. But he is very likable.

  • ohreli

    I agree its hard to hear his voice so well, but man—electricity! That gave me goosebumps!

  • luvadamlambert

    That was nice. He has a pretty good voice. Not Adam:p honestly my fave part was the British accents. I LOVE ME some British accents.

  • luvadamlambert

    What about now is the only daughtry song on my iPod

  • butte009

    I watched the entire episode and must say I thought it was entertaining. But then I tend to like UK tv anyways.

    The judges and host were normal from what I could tell (I have no idea who they are). Certainly less annoying than Paula, Kara, Randy and Ryan. Simon was still Simon. He had some real zingers. Definitely not all smiles. He was demanding aspirin at one point. But… the funniest part of the show was Simon’s limo ride to one of the venues. It was literally around the corner from the hotel – not even 30 seconds. He got a bunch of crap for that.

    I think there were a few others that did well. I especially want to see more of Laura White, the girl who they only showed hitting the “And Iiiiiiii” from I Will Always Love You. She got 3 votes. Simon doesn’t usually like Whitney wanna be’s but said she was brilliant.

  • lrt

    I had to quit listening half way through. I just hate it when people oversing a song like this – it was hard to hear any original melody. Yuck.

  • EveLambert

    Simon gave Danyl an “Almighty yes” and a standing ovation all in the same night – that was like WOW! He deserved it – I will find a way to watch this X-Factor or keep up on the reviews of the rest of the auditions all the way through the show because I am done with American Idol for sure. I will also save up to buy Danyl’s music he is pretty impressive from what I have seen on YouTube……can’t vote for him but I can support him by buying his music…….got someone interesting and handsome to follow now. Not only does he have a British accent but there is also some West Indian in there too – think he might be of “Yardie roots”.

  • Suzanne

    Does anyone else notice that America always gets the scowling Simon? Rarely does he actually look like he is enjoying himself. I’ve seen him visibly enjoy the X-Factor performances better than AI.

    I’ve only seen clips from x-factor or BGT on youtube, but it does seem like Simon likes the contestants more over in GB than in the US. Simon has said that the US, in fact, has more talent, but I agree that he’s smiley and happy and supportive and complimentary in GB and far less so in the US.

  • fadetowhite

    I thought this guy was pretty impressive for a first audition and certainly engaged the audience well. I didn’t like the song choice/way it was presented either: he was only singing a few lines up against the backing track and, putting the engagement aside, it was really hard to tell just how good he was.

    But assuming that X Factor does things the same way as Idol – and I’m pretty sure it does – they’ve probably already pegged him as one of their early favourites, hence the ‘big’ treatment. I knew he was either going to be good, or have a sob story, or both, when he was the last act on.

    This first episode also had a twin act, two boys, who were the cockiest, most obnoxious pair of idiots I have ever seen on any of these shows. They weren’t bad singers, but they were soooo irritating.

    Not sure what I think of the new format. They always used to have the auditions in a closed room, like Idol – bringing it in front of a live audience changes the feel considerably, but I guess it does give them a chance to guage their ability to perform.

    I wonder whether they’ll do that with Idol next season?

  • karenw

    The judges and host were normal from what I could tell (I have no idea who they are).

    I quite like the judging panel as it is at the moment … thank god the attetion seeking Sharon Osborne isn’t one of them anymore .. she used to storm out and turn the show to be totally about her.

    The judges are:

    Simon Cowell – no more info needed …lol

    Louis Walsh – he’s very well know here in the UK as a music manager .. he manages Westlife, Ronan Keeting and past X Factor winner Shane Ward along with last year’s runner’s up JLS .. he also used to manage successful girlband Girls Aloud. Him and Simon are really funny together.

    Dannii Minogue – singer and actress who used to be in Australian soap Home and Away and has had a few chart hits in the 90s. She used to be married to “Nip Tuck’s” Julian McMahon and is the younger sister of singer Kylie Minogue.

    Cheryl Cole – newst member of judging panel (as of last year replacing Sharron Osborne) .. she’s an ex-reality show winner from Pop Stars The Rivals where she won a place in Girl Band Grils Aloud. She’s done a bit of a Victoria Beckham and married England footballer Ashley Cole. Just my opinion but she’s not a very good singer and I sense she got into the group more for her looks than her singing voice (ooooooo bitchy …lol)

  • just sayin

    Loved it!

  • bean99

    I’m late to the party but loved his audition. It wasn’t just his voice but the performance and his personality. It’s so nice to see Simon actually smile for a change. He always seems more engaged in his British shows than Idol.