X Factor 1 Auditions – Chicago – Seattle – Recap & Videos

Tonight’s episodes were a BIG improvement over last week. It’s like the editors took not of the criticisms from pundits and fans and crafted the shows with more talent and less trainwreck. I certainly appreciated that. I wouldn’t say the good talent tonight was any better than last week, but I appreciated not having to sit through a bunch of stupidly crappy performances.

Best auditioners were Josh Krajcik,  he of the overbearing mother and Nakia-like growl.  My only reservation is that he might not be very versatile. I also liked the 14 year old singer Drew Ryniewicz, who slowed up Justin Beiber’s “Baby”. She’s got a mature style for a girl her age. Lots of potential there.  Also liked the 53 year old gospel/soul singer Elaine Gibbs.

My prediction is that whoever wins this thing will either be a teenaged girl or a middle aged woman. Watch.

Here we go again. X Factor auditions. Mercifully, it’s the last week. Boot camp begins next week. First city is CHICAGO.

It’s raining in Chicago. 5 million dollars blah blah blah. Frickin’ sick of hearing about it. Going through the rules again. I think we know them, don’t we?

The judges are introduced. Simon, Paula, L.A.  and…that Cheryl Cole person the X Factor producers would rather forget.

Makenna & Brock – “Colder Weather” Zach Brown Band – The duo has been singing together for 4 years. They’re BEST FRIENDS Y’ALL. I wonder who wants to bone who. Oh ok. Brock is the one with the crush. There you go. Men and women really can’t be friends. Brock is really playing up the hurt puppy sitch when Makenna shakes her head at the dating question. Country duo is solid. I think I like him a little better than her. Brock’s got a beautiful tone. The crowd stands and claps. LA: You just made my day. Cheryl: The harmonies were spot on, vocals so controlled. Paula: Your vocal blend is lovely. Simon: Thinks Makenna is sensational. It’s 4 yeses.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os9i4KPArH4

Kim Terreck – “Firework” by Katy Perry – She’s never tried pop music. And now I can see why. She sings like she’s got a cold, laryngitis and bronchitis all at once.

Tim Quinn – “Kiss From A Rose” – Simon advises him not to sing it and that turns out to be very good advice.

Robin Renee Royal – Simon thinks this 45 year old LOOKS GOOD. Too bad she doesn’t sound good.

Chearlesia Heard – She’s auditioning…for judge. A slot is definitely available (Later, Cheryl)

OK, here comes the 1st big backstory

Skyelor Anderson – 16 – “You Must Be Doing Something Right” – Young African American man wants to sing country music. Mom works really really hard. He wants to buy mom a house. The music stops, he looks confused, but then he keeps going. He’s not a great singer–he lacks power–but the audience is clearly on his side. I wonder if the music glitch was done on purpose. LA: Really enjoyed it.Cheryl: Ditto. Paula: Thinks he should work on his vocals, but believes in him. Simon: Likes that he’s singing country and impressed that he kept going after the music stopped. All the judges say yes, but I think it’s more about him being a black kid singing country than his vocal chops.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOnHtDN3rKw

J. Mark Inman – 31 – “Creep” by Radiohead – Oh. Professional student. Studying philosophy in Europe. He’s one of them there intellectuals. But he also wants to kill the Top 40! Now he’s rambling on about pie and stuff. Not the food. He sees himself in 5 years “at the helm of a Renaissance” This guy is a douchebag. His spazzo dance moves are even douchier. “I wish I were special.” Well it sucks for you, doesn’t it. For some reason I don’t understand, the crowd is on his side, despite sucking ass. Paula: You are in a different jurisdiction for sure. I’ve visited there once or twice. The places we could go together. LA: it sounded so bad, but it felt so good. Cheryl: I want to visit too. Simon: I think we should just vote. Everyone says yes. You have to be kidding. OMG he’s so annoying.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRR19IZSShI

And next, it’s a parade of Paula’s kindred spirits. She’s so wacky!

HI KEVIN MCHALE! (Pepsi pimping) <3.

Arin Ray – Soulful 15 year old singer. Will we ever see him again?

Josh Krajcik – “At Last” by Etta James – Josh’s overbearing mother is along! She did all the driving. Josh works in a burrito restaurant (Something tells me he lives in her basement). “Share your gift!” says mom. Wow. He looks like crap. Cheryl has no idea where “Columbus Ohio” is. So. He does not suck. Yes, we were set up, Simon Cowell style. He’s got a very gravelly raspy voice and is pretty much killing it. Simon’s got “Susan Boyle” face going in full force. The audience goes wild. Mommy dearest is ecstatic. He reminds me of Nakia from The Voice (both looks and voice) Simon: I always thought I wouldn’t be surprised again. It always blows me away. You’re honest. LA: You aren’t fooling me for a second. I know why you’re dressed like that. This is your before. (LA is so on to him) Paula: It’s incredible. What a treat. It’s 4 enthusiastic yeses.

Seattle Auditions

Goodbye for good Cheryl Cole! Have a nice life!  Enter, Nicole Scherzinger.

The Good Girls – Completely frightening mother/daughter act. They are inspired by Lady Gaga? They want to be stars. Oh. I thought these two looked familiar. They sucked and were boring when the daughter auditioned on Idol in 2007. Zzzzzz.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_pAtsgye4o

Drew Ryniewicz – 14 – “Baby” SHE LOVES JUSTIN BEIBER. She lols around her pink bedroom dreaming of the Biebs. Her parents are SOOO PROUD OF HER. She’s such a Bieber stan, she knows the role LA has played in the teen dream’s career. Simon tries to psych her out “Are you sure you want to sing that in front of LA?” Oh. So she flips the arrangement and actually sounds pretty great. I bet she’s a plant. We’re going to find out that she’s been singing for a long long time and already has credits. She’s way too professional and poised to be a newbie.  She’s auditioned for Prescott Valley Idol when she was 13. Nicole: Likes the original version. But she prefers Drew’s version. Oh. so does Simon. Paula thinks she’s unique. Simon: This is exactly what I want a 14 year old girl to do on this show. LA: That was so original. Soulful and believable.

Peet Monzingo – 21 – “Millionaire” – Ha ha. His parents are dwarfs, but he isn’t. In fact, he’s kinda tall. He wants to be the next teen Idol. But alas, he’s terrible. Simon: You fascinate me. Paula: Your timing was good. Nicole: I can see you on TV and on films. They believe he’s going to be famous? For what? He was neither fun nor funny.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6v3WsfleFM

4 Sure – “End of the Road” by Boyz II Men (written by LA) 4 guys from Virginia beach. They want to be the biggest boy band EVER! Simon loves him some boy bands. So, LA is responsible for this drecky song? The individual voices are OK, but they don’t blend very well. Way way too old fashioned for today’s pop scene. LA: Babyface would be proud, I’m proud… Nicole: You were beautiful together. Thanks for making it a concert for us out here. She’s crying. WHY? Paula loved their harmonies. Simon: He thinks they could be famous all over the world. SIMON IS SO FRIGGING OUT OF TOUCH. Nicole says “4 Sure” instead of yes. She had to go there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xy0OYU7FXmU

Elaine Gibbs – 53 – “You’ve Got a Friend” – Very soulful, gospely vibe. You know she sings in church. 4 yeses.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eCgG12Muds

Francesca Duncan – “Hero” – Zzzzz. Everyone says yes.

Quick montage of yeses.

Tiger Budbill – Whoa he holds a note. LA did not like that. Hm. But Simon puts him through.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEt9UM2jTCA

Phillip Lomax – “Fly Me To The Moon” – He calls himself a hipster. He’s wearing a stupid hat. I hate him already. He does the standard jazz thingy and he’s not bad. Well. Actually, he kinda went off the rails when he tried to sing the high notes. Simon likes his charisma. Oh, here’s one of those contestants who is going to advance based on “charisma” rather than vocal ability.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQb8o45L4sA

Oh look. It’s Paula and Nicole saying NO to all the sexy girls. DOA  Simon calls it. OMG Nicole is pulling a Kara DioGuardi, schooling a contestant on how to sing WHITNEY. SHUT UP.

Tiah Tolliver – 19 – “Impossible” by Shontelle – She gets lots of compliments on her lips. She looks like Ronnie Spector. She’s full of energy! She wants to go platinum and double platinum! She sings without a track. I wonder why? She’s got a generically good R&B voice. She doesn’t always stay on key. She’s young and green and not very interesting. LA: You have a wonderful spirit. He doesn’t like that she’s singing a capella. Simon: I’ve got a real feeling about this girl. Potentially great. Nicole: You change keys a lot. You need a track. Paula: Needs a track! Simon thinks she was dead on arrival the minute she took the stage. LA decides to put her through. The girls say no. Simon is pissed. 3 yes votes are needed to advance a contestant. We go to break, and when we come back, I’m sure somebody will be “persuaded” to change her mind. She sings again “It don’t mean a thing” It’s slightly better than her first performance. Of course, the audience wants to put her through…and Paula and Nicole change their minds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POTQxFcvmno

  • yaddabing

    Does anyone know how much the recording contract is worth?

    I don’t think they’ve mentioned.

  • sandrajane

    Why are they showing the auditions out of order?

    Country duo – I thought he sounded way better then her. She sounded nervous. He was totally steady.

  • Mtlfan

    good start! i like this country duo!

  • Trina

    That Brock sounded amazing.

  • karenc

    I thought Creep guy was terrible. And the country 16 year old was ok, not as good as Scotty, but good.

    I’m kind of disappointed in this show so far, hope the auditions get better, or I don’t have much hope for this show.

  • karenc

    That guy that did Aint no sunshine was very good

  • ituneit

    The guy who did At Last was good. The second he started hearing it even after just two words you knew he was going to be good. I wonder how he’ll survive.

  • koshka

    Hey was that Casey? Well maybe if I squint at the tv. Lol

  • karenc

    LOL, Koshka, he reminded me of Casey too

  • jinxx315

    Josh reminded me of a cross between Joe Cocker and Eddie Vedder. Pretty much the only audition I’ve liked so far.

  • shell29

    Really liked Josh. He does remind me of Nakia but I think I like Josh’s voice a little bit better.

    ETA: Ugh…Nicole’s back.

  • ituneit

    Ohhhh my…………. mother and daughter. wonder if they appear on the TLC show The Hoarders too.

  • Nina1

    Why do I suspect Big Burly Josh guy is a pro? This fella didn’t just fall outta the shower.

    I liked the Radiohead guy. I love the song.

  • ituneit

    They just showed Adam Lambert during the commercial break. Lol!

  • Tess

    Based on youtube that Josh guy has had a band (JSB) for quite some time. They played at House of Blues in Ohio in 2006. Can you guys say Major Plant.

  • BAPC

    Justin Beiber girl was actually good. I thought I was going to hate it but she’s one of my favorites so far.

  • ituneit

    Can you guys say Major Plant.

    I would hope that by the age of 20 that if someone was serious they would have had at the very least a band.

  • koshka

    Ituneit
    09/28/2011 – 9:02 pm
    They just showed Adam Lambert during the commercial break. Lol!

    Wait. What? Why? That is odd. Lol you must be snarking.

  • ituneit

    Pete was so off tune I thought I was watching Idol for a minute there.

  • Susan

    Woo!! :) That was Westlife’s “Safe” they were playing in the background after Josh sang. I know they played it all the time like that on the UK version, but I figured since they left Simon’s label, he wouldn’t promote them that way any more. Of course, no one in this country knows the song…

  • ituneit

    Wait. What? Why? That is odd. Lol you must be snarking.

    No, I was serious. Don’t you guys watch commercials? They showed the Majors & Minors commercial with Adam Lambert in it during the X-Factor commercial break.

  • Jewlmc

    Yeah, because everyone is in tune on th Xfactor!

  • cher

    I like these BoyzIIMen wanna-bes. Not bad.

  • ituneit

    LA Reid seemed to really like them.

  • soccerboi

    Boys to men wanna bees were not in tune…not good and def not worthy of the praise they got

  • cher

    Now there’s a Sinatra wanna-be. lol Not bad either.
    ‘Tween girls gonna like him. :)

  • Stavros

    MJ–Who is AJ!? You mean LA Reid? Lol

  • koshka

    ituneit says:
    09/28/2011 at 9:20 pm
    Wait. What? Why? That is odd. Lol you must be snarking.

    No, I was serious. Don’t you guys watch commercials? They showed the Majors & Minors commercial with Adam Lambert in it during the X-Factor commercial break.

    LOL that makes sense. I had to change the channel.. DVR conflict ;)

  • soccerboi

    Simon is not a very good actor. This girl is not good at all…

  • sandrajane

    She’s as competent as the girl who got four yes’s for Hero.

  • jpfan

    Only watched the last hour but it was better than the first show. I still think the talent show genre is getting tired.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    So far the talent on the X-Factor has been totally underwhelming. These are best that they got from all of those thousands who auditioned?

  • Soberba

    I’m surprised to say that I enjoyed the show tonight. I hated it last week.

    Justin Bieber girl was my favorite (plant or not, I don’t care). And I hate that stupid song, lol.

  • kmd

    I actually thought the show was better than last week. I only watched the last hour but there was some good talent and it was entertaining.

  • karenc

    I think people are getting through on stage presence and personality and not always voice. There are several I didn’t think would have gone through.

  • Trina

    This was way better than last week. I liked Brock, Josh and Drew.

  • Jewlmc

    Sounds like some frantic re-editing was done.

  • Mtlfan

    it was definitly better than last week. They for sure change up the editing. More actual talents were shown

  • Tera2

    The only one that grabbed me today was Phillip Lomax with the hat who sang the “fly me to the moon.” I’m not a jazz fan but I like Michael Buble’s voice and style, and this Phillip’s voice kind of reminds me of him. He has potential and looks to go with it.

    When they get away from audition rounds we can judge them better, but so far they’ve only shown a handful like 5 who can sing and has potential as recording artist. The guy who had a drug problem who sang “young homie” from previous episode was pretty good.

  • Nina1

    Based on youtube that Josh guy has had a band (JSB) for quite some time. They played at House of Blues in Ohio in 2006. Can you guys say Major Plant.

    I looked him up, too. Can you still be a newbie when you have been on Kimmel? He has.

    Bieber Girl is also quite suspicious. I agree with Mj, she is wayyyy too poised.

    It is kind of hilarious that we, the audience, go right along with the bullshit**y persona story, then hit Google, knowing we have been had. We are so used to being lied to, we don’t even get miffed.

  • windmills

    I was curious about the peeps singing country songs so I watched their auditions. Wasn’t impressed by Makenna & Brock or Skyelor. I thought Makenna & Brock had almost no chemistry and neither had good phrasing on the song. I agree Brock has a nice tone but I’m not hearing somebody who’s built to sound good on multiple performances. He didn’t sound all that country to me either. Skyelor sounded much better once he lost the music but he doesn’t sound like a country singer to me. ITA he has a thin voice.

  • megkat

    I’m only 75% sure, but one of the guys that got through (in the quick montage of yesses) he was on Making the Band. He was a runner-up to be in O-town. Then he was in another boyband LMNT with Matt Morrison! Bryan Chan’s his name. Why I was able to recognize him in a 2 second clip I’ll never know! lol

  • jammasta

    Oh my God that philosophy major is so annoying.

    HE MADE IT?! WTF

  • Lovesyesha

    Nicole actually has a lot of promise as a judge and mentor. She is super talented and knows a lot about music. Also, when she chooses to, she can be straightforward, helpful, and honest in a way none of the other three can (like what she said to that last girl). The problem, I feel, is that she thinks she needs to act like Paula in order to get people to like her. I hope she can grow out of it, because I really feel like she could be the most constructive.

  • frazzledrazz

    I’m only 75% sure, but one of the guys that got through (in the quick montage of yesses) he was on Making the Band. He was a runner-up to be in O-town. Then he was in another boyband LMNT with Matt Morrison! Bryan Chan’s his name. Why I was able to recognize him in a 2 second clip I’ll never know! lol

    Haha that’s an awesome catch… I heard a rumor that he auditioned but didn’t see the clip tonight.

  • jonnyk

    Couldn’t watch it tonight because of Cardinals’ wild card decision game. But mj’s recap seems to be more entertaining than the actual show. haha.

  • Ratna12

    Josh Krajcik – “At Last” by Etta James

    I don’t like him, too much fake-ry, and his mom is annoying.
    LA Reid got it.

  • jammasta

    Couldn’t watch it tonight because of Cardinals’ wild card decision game. But mj’s recap seems to be more entertaining than the actual show. haha.

    Come on, they were playing Houston (who absolutely sucked) and had an 8-run lead lol.

    So far, this seems much better than last week, but I’m still mad about philosophy douche.

    I kinda hope tomorrow’s audition show sucks so mj can have an entertaining blog again, but I think I’d rather have it be good.

  • jammasta

    Impossible girl is cute and has a good voice, but OH MY GOD she butchered it. I would’ve told her to sing something else. She does have good potential at least.

  • chessguy99

    Looked up Josh Krajcik stuff on YT. If he makes it, he’ll be the WGWG. So, IDT Simon is going to allow that. I see him being that last shocking/unpleasant cut at the Judge House, for whoever gets the Overs.

  • Kylee

    There were a lot of good auditions tonight, but I didn’t spot any potential stars. The country duo could be, but I can’t see them making it too far. Josh was great, but he wouldn’t sell anything.

  • Buffynut

    Here is the You Tube page for Josh. He has had 2 albums already, the most reccent was Feb. of this year. He’s hardly just been slinging burritos!

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=josh+krajcik&aq=f

  • Kylee

    I would like to mention that Nicole is turning into another Kara.

    My prediction is that whoever wins this thing will either be a teenaged girl or a middle aged woman. Watch.

    Not if those housewives who vote have their way.

  • kepilynn

    So far the talent on the X-Factor has been totally underwhelming. These are best that they got from all of those thousands who auditioned?

    My thoughts EXACTLY.

  • karenc

    Buffynut says:
    09/29/2011 at 1:33 am
    Here is the You Tube page for Josh. He has had 2 albums already, the most reccent was Feb. of this year. He’s hardly just been slinging burritos!

    I liked him on the show, and kind of like his original music, also. I’m kind of interested in seeing how he does. The only thing is I thought his mother was a bit OTT.

  • chrislongisland

    honestly, I think I’m done with X Factor. I just like too many other real (scripted) fall shows, plus baseball playoffs and football.

  • lucy

    Nicole: You were beautiful together. Thanks for making it a concert for us out here. She’s crying. WHY?

    So that she can call additional attention to her vapid, fake-ass self?

    Wow, she rubs me the wrong way. No wonder they can’t make her happen.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    J. Mark Inman – 31 – “Creep” by Radiohead

    This guy was put through only because of the “entertaining for television” factor. lol

  • monleo1705

    Just wrap up the competition and give the money and crown to Chris Rene already. That guy’s audition video from last week has hit over 2 million on youtube. No one else is getting that much hype on this damn show!

    Doesn’t anyone else think so? I think he’s great, has a tragic backstory, America loves rap and everyone’s sucker for sympathy. Lol…

  • Jae

    It is sooo hard to watch this show without and AI perspective. We have been sooo conditioned to judge singing talent after 10years on Idol. I am finding my self perplexed occasionally while watching this show. Somany people who can’t sing are put through and then they call a contestant on notbeing able to stay in key?? I think I don’t get what they are going for in these people. Idol is about singing first. Xfacor isn’t. And that is kinda weird for me. And both times we had contestants who sang without the backing track, I was more interested because I could hear their voices. I totally think these people need an accapella(non-televised?) round before being allowed to sing before the judges. Because I my Idol ear is having a cow. I don’t think any of these withthe exception of maybe 2-3 can hold a candle to any of the guys from last year. Or Crystal, Or Adam, or Danny, Or the Davids, Or…you see what I mean. I am trying to hold judgement until after the audition rounds to see if we actually see any true talent emerging.

    Also, they so should have kept Cheryl. I am tired of Nicole already.

  • Grammie Kari

    LOL, Koshka, he reminded me of Casey too

    I also thought the same thing! LOL! I actually didn’t like him that much. <<< not refering to Casey A.

    MJ, I was on the same wave length about Tiah Tolliver reminding me of Ronnie Spector. I don't know much about X-Factor, but it seems she would be a contestant someone would work with for a better delivery. Obviously, Simon likes her.

    America might love Rap, but I don't! LOL! I am sure Chris Rene will probably be there near the end, though.

  • jan

    I don’t think America is going to buy the “I’m totally enraptured” look on Simon’s face. Most have seen it in the Susan Boyle videos and now he’s trying to use it with contestant after contestant on XFactor. He needs a new schtick.

    I wonder how Sony is feeling about offering that $5 million prize. Will any of these contestants be worth that much? Are we getting tired of reality contests and seeing through the hype?

  • Tess

    X-Factor has definitely figured out the viewing public…present them a train wreck and they are in for the long haul. This show has absolutely nothing to do with talent, or singing…it is all about getting under the skin of the public so that they will tune in to continual try to scratch that itch that they develop.

    Most people have a tendency to rubber neck at traffic accidents, congregate at burning buildings, lap up the gore on shows such as CSI, get hooked on trials like Casey Anthony and Dr. Whosit that allegedly killed Michael Jackson. And Simon has figured a way to bottle all that and present it as a TV reality singing competition. I’m sure he is relying on all the peeps who love horror movies…who allegedly cover their eyes but peep through their splayed fingers. The sad thing is Simon will find that audience and will try to keep that “thing” going even as he crowns a champ.

  • Reflections On Life

    I thought the guy in the country duo was quite good – great tone, phrasing, emotion, power, a solid singer. Should go solo.

    Loved the Bieberette. Also liked the thorough honesty of the black country guy (and the black country girl from the prev epi).

    The Nakia-like guy was great. I don’t buy the act – he went in all gruff on purpose, to get the SuBo reaction and get TV face time. Too obv.

  • steelbluelily

    I liked Josh a lot, but man, his mom needs to get a life. I liked Drew as well. I really don’t mind when more polished or professional singers are featured because making it big is often just the luck of the draw and circumstance. If these shows give someone a chance to shine on a larger scale and introduce me to a talent I may have overlooked or not known before, more power to them. I don’t mind an interesting back story once in a while, but in the end, I wanna hear some good music!

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    Bleck, unimpressed and they put through weirdos and wackos, hate this show, I have to come here to vent, my work would not be too happy with me if I said that here. I was in and out of the room watching hoping for some good but just ok singers and boring.

  • Nele621

    The Nakia-like guy was great. I don’t buy the act – he went in all gruff on purpose, to get the SuBo reaction and get TV face time. Too obv.

    You mean scruffy? If you see his youtube vids, he doesn’t look any better, as a matter of fact, his hair was longer and messier looking.

  • karenc

    Jae says:
    09/29/2011 at 9:01 am
    It is sooo hard to watch this show without and AI perspective. We have been sooo conditioned to judge singing talent after 10years on Idol. I am finding my self perplexed occasionally while watching this show. Somany people who can’t sing are put through and then they call a contestant on notbeing able to stay in key?? I think I don’t get what they are going for in these people. Idol is about singing first. Xfacor isn’t. And that is kinda weird for me.

    I feel the same way. They definately seem to be stressing stage presence more than voice on the X Factor. And I think at least for these type of shows in the US, it is a difference from what we’ve seen before. I think that Idol in the US has been much more successful than Idol was in the UK, and that maybe in the UK they look for something different. I believe the UK version of Idol was not on for very long, so it didn’t evolve into what the US version had. So the US viewer for this type of show is likely to have a different perspective. Also, I think musical taste in the US is different than in the UK.

  • karenc

    steelbluelily says:
    09/29/2011 at 10:58 am
    I really don’t mind when more polished or professional singers are featured because making it big is often just the luck of the draw and circumstance. If these shows give someone a chance to shine on a larger scale and introduce me to a talent I may have overlooked or not known before, more power to them.

    This is how I feel too. They are still giving a good chance to someone that is struggling in music that they wouldn’t have otherwise. I know that several who have done really well after being on Idol have said they would have had to give up making it in music. The other thing is the ones that do have more experience and have been in music for a while get more out of the experience, because they already have an idea of what they want and what type of artist they are, and have experience recording music and doing shows. And for the most part have had the most success coming from Idol.

  • shwriteme

    You know, I really like Simon and I wanted this show to be a success for him. I like the judges–like seeing Paula and Simon together again and like LA. Nicole I could take or leave. I prefer Cheryl–she’s beautiful and seems to have more going on upstairs. However, the talent has been so mediocre. There are a few decent acts, but nothing overwhelmingly good. Last week there was that one contestant that stood out for me because he had a beautiful tone to his voice (can’t remember his name, I’m terrible at that). But otherwise, there’s really been nothing that memorable. You would think that a $5 million prize would attract better talent than we’ve seen. Maybe they’re saving the good stuff until last. Maybe that’s why they are showing the auditions out of order. Hopefully they’ll have some viewers left by the time the good stuff gets there. IDK. I’m disappointed.

    Not only that, but after seeing the Sing Off, well, I just don’t get why their viewership isn’t better. The critiques re professional and helpful and the talent is incredible. Too bad one of those groups didn’t try out for X Factor.

    I’ll hang in there and see where it goes. But for $5 million, I sure hope he gets some better talent or he’s going to be licking his wounds when this is all over.

  • Kylee

    You would think that a $5 million prize would attract better talent than we’ve seen.

    I never really understood the assumption that there is some kind of correlation with more good singers trying out and the $5 million prize.

  • karenc

    shwriteme:

    You would think that a $5 million prize would attract better talent than we’ve seen.

    I thought so too. It’s possible that we havent seen all the auditions, though even on Idol, we have much better ones. But I also wonder if it’s possible that it’s because it is the first season on the show, maybe a lot of the really serious musicians would rather wait for Idol, because it is not known how much flexibility that the finalists will get. And actually, most of the ones that I’ve thought were really good were either too young or too old for Idol.

    In the past few years, I think it has become known in the music community that performers could go on Idol and have some originality, but X Factor doesn’t have that kind of reputation yet.

    It could also be that they didn’t have as many audition cities, and maybe some weren’t as aware of the X Factor.

    ETA: Is it a 5 million dollar prize, or record contract?

  • karenc

    Kylee says:
    09/29/2011 at 4:45 pm

    I never really understood the assumption that there is some kind of correlation with more good singers trying out and the $5 million prize.

    Maybe it was thought if the prize was bigger, singers with a real chance to be finalists would be more likely to try out for the show with a bigger prize.

    ETA: LOL, I don’t think it worked.

    I once saw an interview with Simon, when this was announced, and he said the prize was bigger in order to offset some of the costs for the winner for their album so they don’t have to use their own profits. I have thought for a while that this might be why Idols don’t seem to have as many singles and videos as other artists. I think the Idol contract is much less than that, but I’m not sure how that compares to other new artists.

  • shwriteme

    ETA: Is it a 5 million dollar prize, or record contract?

    Kylee says:
    09/29/2011 at 4:45 pm

    I never really understood the assumption that there is some kind of correlation with more good singers trying out and the $5 million prize.

    I believe the prize is $1 million a year for 5 years on top of the recording contract. It’s a cash prize I think.

    I just figure that a lot of people who are super talented might not want to audition for a reality show because of the perceived stigma that comes with it. But for a $5 million prize, they might rethink their stance on it. Maybe I’m naive about it, but that’s why I thought a bigger prize might draw out bigger talent. It doesn’t seem to be the case so far.

    I also think that our experience of a performance at home might be a bit different than it would be in the live audience. There’s an energy that comes from an audience that can change your perception of a performance and also, a magic that ignites an audience might not come across on TV the same. However, when considering vocal ability, I’m just disappointed so far.

    I apologize if I’ve messed up the quotes. I’m new at this.

  • karenc

    I also think that our experience of a performance at home might be a bit different than it would be in the live audience. There’s an energy that comes from an audience that can change your perception of a performance and also, a magic that ignites an audience might not come across on TV the same. However, when considering vocal ability, I’m just disappointed so far.

    Maybe thats why the Idol auditions are working better on TV, because it focuses on the singing. We don’t get the live audience performances until much later.