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It’s the second night of the X Factor! Last night delivered in terms of a great episode and awesome judges. Last I checked in the poll, Demi and Britney were literally 2 votes away from each other as the blog’s favorite judges out of nearly 600 votes! However, the X Factor was tragically beat by the Voice last night, so maybe tonight without competition (except AGT) the X Factor can surge (fingers crossed!).
Before we begin, thank you all for your awesome comments last night :) I’ll try my hardest again to live blog as thoroughly as last time. It’s just hard to catch the names because they only pop up for a moment, especially when I’m typing away!
Last night as far as talent goes, nobody truly blew me away. The blog voted Jannel their favorite singer of the first night, followed by Emblem 3 and Jillian Jensen, and then a major gap from the rest. Tonight we get more behind-the-scenes footage and more crazy X Factor antics. Though the Voice may bring strictly talent, X Factor brings dramatic talent AND the lulz.
San Francisco (didn’t we see San Fran yesterday?):
Johnny Maxwell - All These People (original song) – “It’s a performance of a lifetime, not an audition,” says mom. No pressure or anything… He drove 2.5 hours to reach the audition…good to know? His mom is giving him more pep talks. Well, he has good energy! He has what it takes to win, according to himself. Beginning sounds like Justin Bieber’s Baby. He’s got a Ne-Yo vibe. He doesn’t have very good vocal control and falls off the pitch. Rap time (when in doubt: no singing, no problem!). Johnny, if this is an original why would it be out of your range!? For me, it’s a no. I have a feeling the judges will advance him though. LA-You are accomplished as a singer, songwriter, and with your energy. Britney-You’re so passionate and fun to watch, and you’re adorably cute. She sees an album. Demi-You have swag, and you’re so driven. Simon-Simon was suspect when it started. There’s no question that he’s a better rapper than singer, but he has the steel and ambition in his eyes. Yes-Yes-Yes-Yes.
Geez the X Factor hopefuls are all so catty!
Lexa Berman – Too Close -She’s not scared of Paige (see below). Getting a villain edit. She’s basically telling Paige that if she doesn’t have it she needs to walk out of line right now. She’s flirting with all the guys and will do anything to be under the lights. Plan B is to marry rich. Demi is magically to the left of Brit now. Paige says she stared at Lexa’s cleavage. Simon calls her Jersey Shore meets the Kardashian, which he likes. She’s flat, but not terrible. Simon cuts it off early. Audience sounds mixed. Britney calls her boring. Demi thinks she was way too overconfident for how good she actually is. Simon likes her attitude (crowd boos) but not her singing. He thinks America won’t like her but votes yes anyway. Quick no from Brit. No from Demi and LA remains mum. “A lot of junk in that trunk,” remarks Simon.
Paige Stroobach - – Her strategy: don’t be Lexa! I guess she’s not going to sing. Okay. Why even bother giving her name?
Dylan Osborn – Feeling Good – Demi and he flirt back and forth. He’s bad. Demi thinks he’s cute but not a good singer at all.
Ezekiel McCarter – Shows his abs. His voice is waaaaay too high. Demi wants someone hot who can actually sing.
Girl group – Seductive but bad singers. Followed by a ton of bad singers that are really attractive. The judges want to like them but give out a million no’s. Britney tells one contestant he can’t destroy “I Have Nothing.” LA says they haven’t seen a star yet and he needs to see some talent that will move him. Nobody has wowed the panel yet. Uh oh….
Jason Brock - New York State of Mind – He hopes Britney is hungry, because he’s going to feed her good talent (what?!). He works in tech, and apparently reminds people of Elton John. VERY flamboyant. Japan says hi to Britney from his boyfriend…I didn’t really understand what he said there but that’s okay. The room already knows he has talent. His stage show would be BIG and smoky with white lights where he’ll walk up to center stage and dancers will descend (two on each side of him) and his last note will have crazy vibrato and the dancers will jump off with a GLITTER EXPLOSION. Excuse the run-on. Love this song, hope he doesn’t kill it. HE’S GOOD. Wowowow he’s got awesome vocal control. Phrasing is unbelievable with the perfectly subtle amount of vibrato. Almost sounds like Adam Lambert in his upper register! Awesome job! LA gives the Standing O! Demi loves him. Simon thought he was insane and consumed with fantasy, and all of a sudden he was at an actual music. He can tell Jason loves music. Britney said it was magnificent. LA called him flawless and amazing. His voice is a song’s best friend and every songwriter wants a singer like Jason to sing his or her song. Demi said he oozes and glows with his eyes and smile. Yes-Yes-Yes-Yes! Fingers crossed for a Jason-Quatrele friendship in Hollywood (major lol’s coming from these two!!!). I hope Britney’s taste has been satiated. Jason says he’s going to WIN!
The X Factor…chefs…are making a cake. Speaking of cake, Britney’s camp has banned alcohol anywhere near or associated with the X Factor. I thought Simon’s goal was to booze it up this year. Interesting.
Somewhere we transition to Providence. This may or may not be where, XF didn’t really make that clear…
Patrick Ford – Circus – He’s the type of guy celebrities get restraining orders against. Patrick thinks Britney is his sister. The girl he’s talking to is making me crack up with her facial expressions. He thinks talking to Britney is like talking to God. He wants Britney to be his girlfriend (but I thought they were siblings). He comes out and doesn’t even sound good when he sings “Hey Britney.” He brings her flowers and Britney looks terrified. Very professional of her. His timing is completely off. His voice isn’t matching with the backing track at all. I don’t think he’s singing, and the crowd is majorly booing him. I think he’s the worst audition of the two nights so far. That was horrible. Simon-You had an argument with Britney Spears, got drunk, and argued with her. Patrick says he would NEVER EVER argue with Britney. He says he loves her really creepily, and some eerie ballerina box music plays in the background. Britney says no really coldly. Patrick doesn’t move despite being told all no’s. Awkward. He wants to know if bringing Britney her flowers is also a no. Britney sits there frozen and Simon volunteers to go up and bring them to her. Patrick is mad the only word she said to him was “no.” He still loves her (loves her, loves her, loves her) as the creepy echo tells us.
The cake is back! Simon smushes a little in Demi’s face!
Carly Rose Sonenclare – Feeling Good – Cute girl is there with her supportive parents. She’s only 13. Even if contestants are advanced at age 13, imagine how good they’ll be at age 23. That’s frustrating for me. Britney thinks she’s adorable. She’s singing “Feeling Good,” and the crowd flinches over her decision. WHAT! She’s awesome! Her voice is mature past her years. Awesome vocal control, dynamics, and vibrato. Considering there’s like no background music playing, she’s doing an awesome job staying on pitch! She might be a pagaent bot trained from like age 3, but she’s bringing it to this performance! LA keeps hollering in support. Loved when she hit “freedom” like that! Her upper range combines a muted screechiness and control, which adds an AWESOME effect. Easiest yes for me so far tonight! Judges are up on their feet, led by Demi and Britney. Britney is so cute when she claps! Britney-Miss Thang, you are a little diva! You were unbelievable and amazing. We’re in love with you. LA-You may be 13, but your soul is OLD. Simon-that’s not you singing. Someone is behind you behind the screen singing that song. He’s going to need proofing because a star has just walked out onto the stage. You have soul and he really really likes her. Demi-You’re confident and effortless, which blows my mind at age 13. LA- Remember this day, a star was born! “Oh my goodness yes”-”yes”-”yes”-”4833 yes’s!”
Brit sings Happy Birthday to LA in her trademarked baby Britney voice!
Expect major drama when the X Factor comes back next week. People going to hospital, people spitting and throwing water, catty contestants, ya know. The essentials.
Has your favorite judge changed?
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