X Factor 2 – Audition Episode 3 – VIDEOS and Recap

Are you ready for another episode of X Factor? I AM. Stick with me as I live blog tonight’s auditions.

We’re in Kansas City, MO. Oh. Britney is in her dressing room and just found out that Simon Cowell will not be able to judge due to illness (Or a nervous breakdown). Louis Walsh from the UK show will be sitting in for the boss. When it’s announced that Simon will be absent, we see a shot of the holding room cheering (CUED I’M SURE).

Rizzloe Jones – 18 – He talks about himself in the third person and describes himself as a free-style raper. Rizlo is SUPER CONFIDENT! When he announces he’s be making up a rap on the spot, LA suggests he rap about “X Factor”. Demi wants to hear about MARSHMALLOWS. And somehow, Rizlo manages to incorporate both ideas into one rap. LA likes his FLOW. He admires his bravery. “It was really good!” Louis says, “You lit up the room…I think we got a new little pop star.” Britney compares him to Vanilla Ice. Is that supposed to be a compliment? The dudes twang had Demi expecting a country singer, but she likes his vibe. It’s 4 yesses, and he’s on to the next round.

CeCe Frey- “Unchained Melody” DON’T SPELL HER NAME WRONG. She’s also having fun in the holding room messing with the competition. She tells one duo that they should be dating when they’re clearly not. Hm. Her over-confidence and all around bitchiness tells me that she’ll probably suck. CeCe has leopard spots painted on her face. She works for the Post Office, poor thing. She has no doubt that she’s going to be better than everyone backstage. She’s going to “CeCefy” Unchained Melody. What she means by that, is singing it painfully off key. LA stops her. She asks if she can sing another song, and has much better luck with “Ain’t No Other Man”. She’s definitely got a ‘tude, and the judges appear to appreciate her swagger. Voters probably won’t, however. Louis loves ambitious people with talent. “No one’s going to stop you!” he says. Britney adds, “You are a very talented young lady.” LA says, “You have attitude, passion and style. You have the X Factor.” Demi confesses to a girl crush on CeCe seems less annoying as she leaves the stage crying after she gets 4 yeses.

Britney walks into the Judges green room singing “Happy Birthday” and carrying a cake. It’s LA’s birthday! Britney proves once again that she cannot sing.

Vino Alan – 39 – “Trouble” – Has a 15 year old son. He’s auditioning for him. Vino comments that the emotions are high backstage. He performs for the military. LA asks him to take off his cap and reveal his tattoos. He’s got art all over his bald head. DEMI LOVES IT. Vino has one of those raspy throwback voices. It’s a little rough around the edges, but soulful. LA was prepared not to like it, but was surprised that he did. Louis thinks Vino has great stage presence. Britney was inspired! “It’shocked me. I thought it was really great,” says Demi. Vino gets for yesses.

Deangelo Wallace – 19 – “With you” by Chris Brown – Also talks about himself in the third person. Child. Dial it back! He has not doubt he’ll get 4 yesses. FULL CONFIDENCE IN HIMSELF. Deangelo would bye a Ferrari with his 5 million dollars. He chatters on about how he’s better than Justin Bieber. The judges seem really irritated. SING says Louis. Now they must be sorry. The chattering was better. Dude is seriously off key. The judges get up in unison and leave the auditorium. LA is backstage, irritated because he thinks Deangelo is not serious. Backstage, Deangelo theorizes that they are all afraid of his talent. He’s also convinced they are all devil worshipers. He tried to leave with his 3 thousand dollar microphone. The police were called. “I’m getting arrested” sings Deangelo as the cops put him in their car. “Bad boys bad boys…” I SMELL A PLANT.

Tate Stevens – 37 – “Anything Goes” – Tate works in asphalt. He jokes that he sings rap music. But his cowboy hat and twang says otherwise. He’s going to throw a big ass party with his 5 million dollars. Tate sings, he’s not unique but vocally, he’s got a beautiful, radio friendly tone. His easy back-porch charm makes him very marketable. His age probably won’t hurt him in the country genre. After he finishes a heartfelt perforamnce, the audience gives him a HUGE standing ovation. His little daughter cries. Aw. Demi says, “You’re so likeable and funny, and then you blew me away with your voice.” She loves country music! Louis says, “You’ve got an authentic country voice. We’ve found ourselves a country star.” Britney says, ‘You are my favorite so far.” LA says, “I’m only mad that you’ve waited so long to do this. You are the best we’ve seen in this town so far. You are a real country star.” Tate tears up as he gets 4 enthusiastic yeses from the judges. LA turns around to the crowd and says, ‘We’ve found an authentic American classic superstar in this town.”

Kansas City is done. Louis says goodbye. “Promise you’ll come back!” says LA!

We’re back in San Francisco. AND SIMON COWELL. Demi and Britney admit that they missed Simon a little.

Citizen – “Don’t Let Go” by En Vogue – A boy band. HOORAY. They are VERY VERY worried about their hair. And should they wear their collars up or down? DECISIONS DECISIONS. The self-professed HEARTHROB is particular concerned with his image. People sitting around them are giving the guys the serious side eye as they high five and do a noisy show circle. They got the moves straight out of the 90′s. Their harmonies aren’t bad. They are way beyond where One Direction began. The girls in the audience seem to like it. LA loved the song choice. He really liked it. Britney thought they totally rocked it. Demi loved the harmonies. SIMON DIDN’T GET IT. 10 years out of date, he says. Well that’s true. He says no. But it doesn’t matter, because the other 3 say yes.

More terrible, terrible groups. Oh gosh. one group butchers “Skyscraper”. Simon compares one singer to a “singing candle”. “So mean,” says Demi. “CONSTRUCTIVE,” insists Simon.

Back from commercial. A string of nos from Simon. A 14 year old girl named Amanda sings “Rumour Has it” “I hate this song,” says Simon as she butchers it. NO MORE ADELE SONGS.

Diamond White – 13 – She and her mom live together in a “shoe box apartment.” She wants her own bedroom. Shades of Rachel Crow, who wanted her own batheroom. Diamond’s father is MIA. She’s very nervous about singing for Simon. Simon tells her NOT to sing Adele. She has a look on her face like that’s exactly what she was going to sing. She performs “It’s A Man’s World” and what comes out is a very mature voice. She’s wonky, though. Pitch problems. But she’s powerful and definitely has potential. The audience loves her. “You are a diamond,” says LA, “I think that you worked that stage, you have a sparkle in your eye. You have the X Factor,” says Demi. Britney says, ‘You are amazing.” Simon says, “You just blew the rough off here. You are incredible.” 4 enthusiastic yeses.

We’re back in Austin TX!

Ally Brooke – 18 – “On My Knees” – She wants to do it all! Singing, dancing, clothing line–she wants to be as big as Beyonce. She’s almost crying before she even begins to sing. Is this a Christian song? I HOPE SO. The backing track is drowning her out. Maybe that’s why after the music stops, she continues to sing, making sure to hit a big MONEY NOTE. This is what I can do honey! Simon tells her to stop. It takes her a bit to come to. LA Says, “You have really got a special voice.” Demi thinks her voice is beautiful. Britney notes that her voice has a theatrical dynamic. Brit Brit doesn’t seem terribly enthused. Simon believes he’s looking at a future star. It’s 4 yeses.

Brandan Hassan – 16 – “Trouble” – Ohh. Very nice. He reminds me of Alex Lambert. 4 yeses for that guy.

Normani Hamilton – “Chain of Fools” – Kinda pitchy, dawg, but they like her big soulful voice.

Sister C – “Hell on Heels” – Young sister trio with lovely voices and really nice vocal control.

Jeremiah and Josh – They sing an original. It’s not very good. Britney thinks their voices are magical. “I wish you could wake me up in the morning.” However, they get 4 yeses.

Panda Ross – 42 – “Bring it on Home” – SIMON IS MY BABY DADDY! Oh boy. She just got out of the hospital. Pneumonia. I don’t have a good feeling about this. “I’m going to let America have a little piece of Panda Pie today.” Hm.Simon wonders about her name, “My mom was kinda in jail when she had me. Her cell mate was white and they came up with the name.” Yikes. Panda sings with a booming, soulful alto. The audience is on their feet. Church singer, for sure. Simon’s got a big smile on his face as she croons…just to him. She’s a character! LA says, “I can’t deny how good that was. You moved this room.” Demi says, “I think you’re so funny. Your voice is so soulful. I loved every bit of it.” “You not only have a good voice, but you are witty and hilarious,” says Britney. “You sound like a legend! I absolutely love you,” says Simon. All 4 yeses. She comes off the stage and can’t catch her breath. They call a medic who gives her oxygen. They load her up into an ambulance. “I don’t want Simon to see me like this!” she says. I think he just did.

When Simon finds out that Panda went to the hospital, he’s paranoid that Demi caught something. “You need to go into quarantine for 3 hours.” says Simon. He’s kinda serious!

Jessica Espinoza – 22 – “Nobody Knows” by Pink – She lives off the dollar menu from McDonalds. She did what she could with the little she had.  Make no mistake she’s from the baaad part of town.  Vocally, she’s rough, but she sings with such conviction, I believe her.  She delivers with raw emotion. “You are really special,” says LA. “I feel like you have such a strong voice. It’s really deep,” says Britney. “I honestly don’t even know where to start. I believe you are amazing,” says Demi. “You dig so deeply,” adds LA. “I didn’t like it…” Simon is setting us up! “I LOVED IT. My favorite audition so far today. 4 yeses.

  • mileyfan123

    Britney looks stoned

  • SullyD

    Yeah, Louis!

  • mileyfan123

    I hate this guy already

  • Stavros

    For the record, last weeks poll had Demi as your favorite judge and Carly Rose Sonenclar as your favorite contestant.  Both were overwhelmingly the top choices :)

  • Stavros

    “Simon is sick and won’t be able to attendance the auditions.”
    (Dead silence)
    CHEERING

    LOL XF is killing me right now

  • SullyD

    He might be a “solo jedward”, lol

  • jtgraffix

    gotta admit. that was a lot of fun. it felt a little manufactured with the drama in the beginning though…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    It would be funny if today, without Simon, the ratings increased significantly and next week, with Simon, the ratings decreased again.

  • jtgraffix

    cece’s not gonna go far with that attitude and that pitch. 

  • SullyD

    lol, There’s no way Britney would have made it on one of those shows.

  • Stavros

    BRITNEY SINGING HAPPY BIRTHDAY AHHHHH 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I like this show better without Simon. lol

  • SullyD

    “Obviously I have the appearance”
    *audience laughs*

  • Stavros

    “Security, he stole the microphone. He’s leaving the building.”

    LOL

    Aaaand cue the handcuffs.

  • Lovesyesha

    Okay…wtf is this show? It was good last week, why does it seem so fake, scripted, and based on gags tonight? I don’t get it. I still love Demi and kinda Britney though.

  • jcabby

    This contestant made me laugh so much. That was funny. Singing will getting the handcuffs on. LOL

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    They need MUCH better directors if they want this whole thing with Vino Alan doesn’t look like staged.

  • Jazz_11

    that young Ice Ice Baby.. so fun

  • fuzzywuzzy

    This cowboy is good.

  • iluvai

    I like to see him pretending to be nurturing and impressed by contestants. :)

  • teekee

    Like country dude!

  • iluvai

    I like him too.  Awesome.  :)

  • dabney c

    wtf is this show? It was good last week, why does it seem so fake, scripted, and based on gags tonight?

    Errm, because it is?

  • jcabby

    Country guy has an awesome voice. I agree with Britney, he’s my favorite so far too. 

  • SullyD

    I liked him too. It’s gonna be interesting to see how XF handles him.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    These faces that Britney is doing are cracking me up;;;lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Not only is the cowboy a very good singer, he’s got a very appealing personality.

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    LOUIS WALSH IS FRICKIN CUTE. I don’t care I’ll say it! Haha. He reminds me of how Niall Horan from One Direction would probably look like in 50 years

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    So…twitter is busy saying the country dude has a voice like Scotty but an older version…I wasn’t watching so missed it, but hey, if it gets people talking about Scotty–go for it:)) 

  • mileyfan123

     He sounded better than Scotty to me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathleen-Moore/100001271239732 Kathleen Moore

    Scotty is better, but Tate is also good.  Actually, my favorite of the hour is Vino, but I won’t be upset if Tate goes very far.

    Right now, I think the the over 30s are very strong.  Here to grey power!

  • dabney c

    “we. are. Citizen.”

    Urgh. They’re all about 7 years too old to be a cutesy boy band.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree with Simon about this “boy” band.

  • iluvai

    I agree with Simon. It was like they came from a time machine.

  • chillj

    “Britney proves once again that she cannot sing.”

    Man, that’s the truth.  I was shocked!   (I like country guy, Ce Ce seemed to be a set-up:  New song?  Hmm-m-m-m.)

  • chillj

    Not to mention the sub’s accent was cuter.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    Oh shut up Simon! Yeah, they’re kinda dated, but not everyone can be pop puppet lip syncing products like One Direction. I liked Citizen because they remind me of R&B groups back when ALL the members could actually SANG LIVE! Not all pop groups were as manufactured beyond repair like Spice Girls. That was a real group with chemistry, not something you bloody throw together. Will they make it far, no, but I rather buy their records than The Wanted’s.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Boy bands are a joke. When they get older they aren’t even a joke, just something sad.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m just tired of Simon trying to come up with these lame one-liner put downs of contestants.

  • Listening

    I love that Simon is back. He speaks the truth and he’s funny at the same time. I love that bit w/ Citizen when the judges are giving their comments and the music revs up b/c the comments are all good glowing even and then Simon speaks says he doesn’t get it and it sputters to silence then it happens again. I was rolling funniest thing ever.

    Simon was right they sounded good but it was dated.

  • SullyD

    Wait, it’s 2 hours today? I thought it was only one, lol. Ok, I got back just in time to see the little girl.

  • dabney c

    Diamond White has a weak, thin voice, but she’s got pop-star potential. Let’s see if Simon agrees.

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    That Diamond girl is Rachel 2.0. Same age, big voice in a little body, and both want better for their families (Rachel wants a bathroom, Diamond wants a bedroom)

  • iluvai

    Diamond is gorgeous and she sings!!!  Oh my goodness, she’s too cute.

  • Jazz_11

    Agree.. he sounds better than Scotty. I’m no country fans, and usually mute my TV for country song and his voice doesn’t make me want to mute my TV.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    What happens when it’s 2 yes’s and 2 no’s?

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

     2 yes’s and 2 no’s = a no

  • SullyD

    I think this girl was on idol. Hmmm

  • shell29

    Diamond was cute but I like Rachel better.  She has potential though.

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    THAT GIRL SHOULD HAVE QUIT WHILE SHE WAS AHEAD. She still continues to sing. Ugh. Annoying as heck.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    This girl is very good.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    STOOOOOP!!!! lol

  • SullyD

    Lol, everybody is a future star in this show.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    No, not just a future “star”, but a future “SUPERSTAR”!!!!  lol

  • Jazz_11

    It’s nothing compare to “the best voice in 50years”… LOL.. like those legends like Freddie Mercury, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, etc. never exist

  • SullyD

    lmao

  • Jazz_11

    I love how relaxe Demi is with Simon

  • genius13

    am I the only one who finds the talent tonight kinda mediocre…even some of the better ones are kinda off key…I see tons of potential but no one has wowed me yet.

  • teekee

    ITA, No wow moments yet.

  • SullyD

    Her name is Panda. They better say yes.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    So far, just the cowboy is good. The rest is VERY mediocre.

  • chillj

    The lips on my video are not matching the song words.  Very disconcerting.  

  • http://www.twitter.com/sarahruth3 Sarah

    MJ – yes, “On My Knees” is a Christian song. I used to sing it in church all the time when I was in junior high (man, I feel old.). I was kinda surprised she picked that, rather than a more recent hit. Seriously, that song was released in the early 90′s. Not even to mention the double entendres…

  • dabney c

    ROFL, I love Panda. My favourite so far!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    So far, no “wow” moments on either “The Voice” or “X-Factor” this season for me. Some good contestants, but no one who has really “wowed” me yet.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Panda is funny! Reminds me Big Mama Thornton. This big old voice, but without unecessary melismas.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m finding Britney very bland as a judge so far. 

  • SullyD

    I think she’s kinda weird. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Her reactions are kind of weird. Even when she likes someone, she makes faces like she doesn’t. lol

    ETA: She just doesn’t seem comfortable at all.

  • http://www.twitter.com/sarahruth3 Sarah

    No “wow” moments for me either, in any of the episodes so far. But I did really like the sisters who sang “Hell on Heels.” Wish we could have seen more of them, they sounded really good. I think they could go pretty far.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Is Jessica Espinoza struggling? I thought Queen Extravaganza would give her a good money.

  • mileyfan123

    I like the rock edge to Jessica’s voice.

  • dabney c

    Jessica Espinoza – is it me, or did she lose the key for a bit there? Otherwise, quite good.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I thought so too.

  • SullyD

    Jessica was very good.

  • shell29

    I like Jessica-my favorite audition of the night.

  • genius13

    I’m liking Jessica Espinoza… She has a Erika van pelt type of voice…a little coaching and a make over and I think we might have something here

  • Jazz_11

    Me too… I love her, that voice’ so good

  • Kitwana

    Jessica is WOW! When I first saw her, i thought she reminded me of Allison Iraheta. However, after hearing her, I think she’s going to make people forget about Allison Iraheta. She reminds me of a young Pink or a young Kelly Clarkson. WOW.

  • chillj

    Oh noooo!  She is a plant??????  Her voice was good, but I wondered if they auditioned her, then had her come back, added the background and some reverb in the mic and then had her do it again.  That was a studio performance, was it not?

  • elliegrll

    The editing for Britney has been weird.  The first hour of the premiere made her look amazing, but since then it seems like she wanted to be anywhere other than at those auditions.  I don’t know if something happened, of if she just wasn’t bringing anything to the panel.  

    At least Demy has looked great. As one reporter said, it seems like she’s genuinely invested and interested in what’s going on.

  • dabney c

    I will never forget about Allison Iraheta, my little ‘caballo negro’ of season 8.

  • chillj

    I think she is very anxious.  She can’t keep her hands still; I once had massive panic attacks and did the same thing.  All of her is mobile.  Very hard to watch. Parts of this, I imagine, are difficult for her; she gets props for keeping on keeping on.

  • Listening

    I love that entire scene w/ Simon and Demi where  Simon went off on her being contagious, I was was once again rolling LOL. Demi and Simon together is pure gold. Those two together are stealing the show.

    This episode for me was about redemption. I loved the X-factor premiere thought the second show was a disappointment and tonight’s episode was like a phoenix rising from the ashes. It was comedy mixed w/ some real good voices a perfect combination. Did it feel a bit scripted at times w/ a few plants yes but I was able to overlook those parts b/c well the funniness outweighed that.

  • elliegrll

    Yeah I think that’s it.  Britney’s looked better in the interviews that she’s done to promote the show.  I hope that she’s able to handle the live shows.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Jessica does vocals for Queen Extravaganza, together with Marc Matel ( the main singer) and Jeff Scott Soto (who’s an amazing metal/hard rock singer). Look at her on Idol this year: 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTV1chNHvD4 

    I heard her saying she’s struggling but I’m not sure she said it. Well, maybe Queen Extravaganza doesn’t giver her much money. Who knows?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that you’re right. “Anxious” is the best description for how Britney seems to me. She definitely gives me the impression that she’s very uncomfortable, whereas Demi is handling it all well.

  • Jazz_11

    X Faxtor’s showing the human side of Simon.. LOL.. he actually can be funny. He likes to tease Demi.

  • mileyfan123

    This person is named Jessica. I think she is different than this Jennifer person.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    No, I think it’s her. http://www.youtube.com/user/rockstuff345/videos?view=0 

    In her channel they have both names. lol. I think it’s Jessica. They just wrote it wrong in one of the videos.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QvnNbnQ3sc&feature=plcp

  • dabney c

    There are two of them on that youtube link: Jennifer, and Jessica Marie. They’re sisters, and they have a brother, Ozzy.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that Jennifer is the one who is with the Queen Extravaganza and her sister, Jessica, was on X-Factor tonight.

  • chillj

    Yeah, she is agitated it seems and although she can keep her body still, it comes out in her face and hands, which she moves all over her face.  I believe it is part of her facial expressions, too.  She is just in psychic pain.I imagine with her history she is on some major meds, which I would think would knock out the anxiety.  In a way, it is good for her, because it is a victory, but it is physically exhausting.  I would think she would have medication that would work unless her levels are just astronomical.  Doing that straight up takes guts, but it is hard to watch. I think it is also the reason she eats her make-up; it can’t be kept on with that mobile a face. I can’t imagine making her do this – or asking her to.

  • chillj

    Well, that took the zing out of her story.  She is still good, but it ain’t the same fun.  I figured something was up when they had her singing her own intro.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    So, it’s her sister on Queen Extravaganza? They look very much alike. 

  • fantoo1

    I don’t think it really matters at this point. Scotty is a platinum selling artist and this guy is still just a reality show contestant :) So more power to Scotty right now.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I recognized her from Queen Extravaganza because I watched all the videos about how they formed the band. But now I figured out it’s her sister. They are very similar, even the voice is similar.

  • chillj

    That should be brutal for her.  Unimaginable.  She deserves a lot of credit (if she wasn’t pushed).

  • chillj

    The one in the Queen Extravaganza I just looked at looked just like Jessica. I would swear it was Jessica,

  • chillj

    They twins?

    ETA: never mind, I watched some more videos. I wonder how they decide which of them does which contest :) ?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    LOL. Maybe both are doing the same contests . One week Jessica performs and other Jennifer performs. Doing it they don’t get tired. Maybe they won one contest (Queen Extravaganza) doing it and they’re ready to win the second. lol

  • monleo1705

    WOW – Jessica E. was AH-MAZZZINGG!!! She has so much grit and raw power in a deep tone, just like Pink! If they style her right, she could be a rock pop star!

    I think she’ll go far, another Jessica who will make it, first Jessica Sanchez, now Jessica Espinozaaaaa!!! lol

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    That little Diamond girl is gonna be STUNNING when she grows up.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    This episode is great; now we see singing talents!!!

  • hayes

    Some of the talents they let through are real headscratchers.

  • fantoo1

    Britney looks disintersted to me.

  • Christopher Auyeung

    Wow. I feel like a watched a different show than everyone else. REALLY mediocre singing tonight. SO MANY PITCH PROBLEMS. Some really charming personalities (Panda is especially awesome)… if only they had voices to match.

    1. Pentatonix has ruined all groups for me. If they can sing (almost) perfectly on pitch without instrumentals AND come up with innovative, stunning arrangements of a wide variety of songs, why can’t these groups sing a PRE-EXISTING ARRANGEMENT (En Vogue already had pretty much the exact same harmonies in the original song) decently? Ugh.

    2. That rapper in the beginning pretty much just kept saying “you know” and “here we go” every 2 words (wow, inventive rhyming there!). That freestyle had zero substance.

    3. Nobody else is even worthy of discussion in terms of vocal talent. Bleh. Bleh bleh bleh bleh bleh.

  • raymarhead

    Tate Stevens & Panda were my favs. I think Jessica, Diamond, CeCe, Vino, Ally were standouts too. Overall, really good episode of X Factor!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    The country dude was awesome! What a beautiful, layered voice Jessica had! Loved Panda! Diamond is a cute young girl and there is a good voice there to work with.

    It was a fun show, and I’m loving Demi more and more!

  • JacenX

    The girls were awesome tonight!! I thought of Alex Lambert too when I saw Brandon’s “Trouble” and I liked it - good singer and very cute - but I think Alex’s voice is in a different league, and he’s even cuter than Brandon.

  • jjrr1942

    Thankful I PVR’d XF and the Voice so I could FF through most of the histrionics/faux drama/staged incidents etc.  Also like to FF through the back stories of the contestants – like to make up my mind based only on the singing talent and not be influenced by the personal stuff.  There were a few I liked but I can really only recall Panda’s and Tate’s names.  I think as usual with all the talent shows, they did pick several contestants who I believe will serve as fodder.

    Given the XF/Voice and based on the judging panel this year on AI, all I can say is God bless my PVR!

  • jjrr1942

    There’s no way Britney would have made it on one of those shows.

    …or Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift or Hunter Hayes and on and on goes the list!

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    It’s like X-Factor isn’t a must see event for me.  I caught bits and pieces and come here for what I missed.  Demi seems much more relaxed than Britney.  It was OK, although I think Nate might go far in the competition.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Wow. I feel like a watched a different show than everyone else. REALLY mediocre singing tonight. SO MANY PITCH PROBLEMS.”

    I’ve noticed that aspect of singing isn’t very important to the X-Factor judges, at least in the initial screening.

  • tomr

    I must say that Britney sure does make Paula look good.  She’s got to stop it with that baby voice.  Lot’s of raw talent on last night’s show.

  • alonzo7

    Loved Tate Stevens and Jessica Espinoza along with Diamond White-pretty good show-what has happened to Brittany-pretty boring-I think Demi is really good and I enjoy her and Simon together!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    X-Factor is better without Simon. LOL.  Whatever I miss, I come here to see.

  • justmefornow

    Mediocre is being generous!
    I didn’t watch last night, but watching these vids I feel the same way.
    I don’t like country, but the guy Tate was OK, (Scotty is much better, btw.)
    Panda was a hoot, so I enjoyed her as well. 

    The rest were an assorted hot mess. I thought they were all pretty bad.
    Definitely no “Wow Factor” in this bunch.

  • pj

    I caught a bit of it when I got home.  The Tate country singer, the terrible joke contestant Deangelo, and Diamond.  First I’ve watched all season.  I wasn’t overly impressed with the judging or the talent.  Is making faces the new critique? I had to switch it to catch the BB  finale.  Ian FTW!

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    I LOVED Panda! I have a soft spot for old classic blues. She reminds me of Odetta and Big Mama Thorton. Straight up raw soul/blues. I don’t see how she would fit into the current music landscape, though, unless she went R&B or Gospel. I just love real talent, especially when it comes in all kinds of wonderful packages. :)

  • http://twitter.com/lucy__luz Luz Mae Salvador

    yay!! Louis!! I love him!! I thank him so much for BOYZONE!!! my fave band ever!!!  

  • http://twitter.com/lucy__luz Luz Mae Salvador

    btw guys.what is the title and who the artist of the song on Panda’s background song? i love that song!! tnx!

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I don’t know. I loved the premiere, but last night was just okay for me. I missed the first part though. I came in on the country singer dude. He was good, though I have to admit I don’t really think he’s a future country superstar. Iraheta 2.0 was probably the best of the featured contestants for me but she needs a vocal coach really bad.

    Honestly about midway through watching I started playing games on my phone. I sorta half watched from that point on.

    The girl who wouldn’t stop singing was annoying and I could not understand why they kept calling her a star. Panda was fun but also kind of annoying, Diamond is gonna be a looker in a few years but I was meh on her voice (all potential, no finesse), a couple of the people who went by in the montages were good but I didn’t catch all their names.

  • Christopher Auyeung

    It doesn’t bother me that they let people through who have potential but are really far from achieving it. It bothers me that they act like they’re already there. At least MENTION that she was off-key half the song, or that she is basically forcing her voice to have vibrato by manually wobbling her voice (yes, that last one was about the girl who kept singing for like 5 minutes after the track stopped).

  • julesb2183

     I liked the show  – Tate and Diamond were good. The singers may not be always awesome, but the auditions are interesting, at least. It actually keep my interest better than The Voice.

  • julesb2183

     I think the last judges will probably put them through instead of creating a deadlock.

  • jpfan2

    I liked the country guy. I hope he has more than one great song in his arsenal.
    The guy replacing Simon is great. Can he replace Simon more?

  • lovetheusa1776

    Really loved Espinoza – reminded me in so many ways of KC.

    Bit of Allison, too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/masewallace Mase Wallace

    stand outs of the night tate jessica and panda

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/D3M7HMQJO6FR7KB2XKVQK7EJHY ShannonM

    Jessica reminds me a bit of a younger Amanda Overmeyer from season 7 of AI.