X Factor Judges Houses Part 2 – VIDEOS and Recap

We’re live blogging X Factor tonight!

Tonight, we’ll see the remaining 16 acts perform at the Judges Houses.

UPDATE:  The Top 16 will be revealed tomorrow, according to a tweet from X Factor USA.

One thing Idol has going for it is the live band.  These backing tracks on X Factor, both chintzy and too loud,  are ruining what could be exceptional performances by some of the contenders.  Jazzlyn Little and Chris Rene had the personality sucked right out of them tonight due to badly arranged performances.  The groups were just HOPELESS–embarrassingly cheesy and irrelevant. In the case of the 10 person teen group–I can’t see where they’d fit in outside of Disney.  Really, I can do without the Ting Tings receiving the show choir treatment (I wouldn’t want the Glee kids doing it either, and I’m a fan).

Having said that, I’m finally coming around to X Factor USA.  The Judges Rounds have been entertaining, even with the extra padding (endless recap and that last 10 minutes of fake decision making was a waste).   Not sure what Tuesday’s show is going to be about.  More singing? More drama? Will the Top 16 be revealed at the end of the show?  The October 25 episode is the first in front of a live audience and is 2 1/2 hours long (YIKES).  It’s listed as a “wildcard” show in the TV Guide.  But honestly, I can’t see the judges adding even MORE contestants to an already unwieldy group.  I think the Top 16 will perform on the 25th with cuts being made by the mentors afterward.  This is how the Top 16 on the UK version of the show was instantly cut down to a Top 12. After the 25th, there are only 8 weeks of live shows left.  There’s going to have to be a blood bath at some point.

To review: Simon Cowell is in France with the girls, Nicole Scherzinger and Enrique Iglesias are in Malibu with the over 30s, Paula Abdul and Pharrell are in Santa Barbara with the groups and LA Reid and Rihanna are in the Hamptons with the boys.

Once again, every performance is preceded by a Recap Of What’s Already Happened.

Jazzlyn Little – 16 – “I Will Survive” – Girls – She’s still battling her nerves. She wishes her family was with her.  Is she doomed? She looks completely freaked out. She’s performing a jazz lite version of “I Will Survive”. Not the song I would have picked for her. She sounds good, but bland. Pleasant isn’t going to cut it. I wish she would have performed something a little edgier and current. This is not as impressive as her audition. – VIDEO

Brennin Hunt – 26 – Boys – “Like a Star” by Corrine Baily Rae – He informs us, helpfully, that he has the looks and the voice. He’s the total package! He’s a good singer, I just wish he didn’t come across as such a douchebag. Now he’s whining about his failures. Over the hill at 26. Oh please. He wants to be bigger than Lady Gaga. Is this dude for real? He’s got a beautiful voice, great phrasing. As long as I don’t have to listen to him talk, I’m good. Rihanna thinks he’s corny like a 90’s boy band. She’s not convinced he’s a star. LA says he’s glad she’s around to help him make the hard decisions.  The last thing X Factor wants is an Idol style White Boy Singer capturing all the girl votes in the voting rounds…   (By the Way, Brennin tweeted himself to inform me that he actually is a really nice person, “that’s the power of editing. I really am I very humble nice person. Much love to ya!” - VIDEO

The Stereo Hoggs – Groups – “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” – The 5 members of SH are ready to SMASH IT!  Geez, these backing tracks are SUPER DUPER CHEESY. Talk about corny? These turn-of-the-millenium boy band moves aren’t cutting it. The soulful lead singer, has an awesome voice. The whole group has the potential to KILL IT with material that’s more relevant.  But this Motown by way of the 90’s is not impressive, to say the least. Paula is physically attacking Pharrell. She’s really scary sometimes. Pharrell thinks they have some work to do: “They have to be a constellation.”  He thinks the backing singers need to step up. – VIDEO

Josh Krajcik – “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” – Over 30s – He loves his 13 year old daughter.  He’s got a definite Joe Cocker vibe, with his gravelly growl.  His style is surprisingly nuanced–a lesser singer would bellow their way through the song. But Josh knows when to ramp it up. He understands the concept of “less is more.”  Humbly addressing the judges he says that he has the confidence and the desire to win.  Nicole looks like she’s about to cry. But doesn’t she always?   She muses, “He’s relatable, personable but is he a star?”  Enrique doesn’t think he’s a typical star. “He’s rough around the edges” says Nicole. – VIDEO

2 Squar’d – Groups – “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen – OMG. Paula chose Bohemian Rhaposdy for this R&B girl group? Really? Yes, I know Beyonce covers this in her live show, but from what I’ve seen on You Tube–barely. Again, it’s the attack of the cheesy backing tracks. This was pretty horrible. The end, particularly was off key. Those poor girls are definitely cannon fodder. – VIDEO

Tim Cifer – 30 – Boys – “Dance with My Father” by Luther Vandross –  Tim is all about teaching his son to hunt and fish.  A perfect segueway to singing a country version of the Luther Vandross classic about his dead dad. Tim has a solid, but generic country twang. I would have a hard time picking him out of a crowd. Rihanna really liked his voice “He’s a real country singer”. Whatever that means. To Rihanna, it probably has something to do with his accent.  LA wanted “more.”  More what, he never specifies. With Season 10 featuring the Country Idols, there isn’t a chance in hell Simon will let a country act get very far. Cannon fodder, for sure! – VIDEO

Rachel Crow – 13 – Girls – “I Want it That Way” by the Backstreet Boys – All she wants for Christmas is her own bathroom. The girl is obsessed! The song is sung with “live” piano, reset in a minor key. I’m not getting the sense she understands what she’s singing, but she’s got a great voice. Really interesting phrasing and vocal tone. I still wish she’d waited a couple of years to audition. Just think how great she’ll be in 3 or 4 years? Simon loves her risk taking and deep tone. Simon worries that she’ll have a hard time dealing with the pressure. – VIDEO

LeRoy Bell – 60 – Overs – “To Make You Feel My Love” By Bob Dylan – He’s been passing as a 40 something for the last 10 years, apparently. Now he’s coming out as an old man! A very tender interpretation of the Bob Dylan classic. Leroy’s R&B style is tinged with a folksy, nu soul vibe. He’s really pretty damn fantastic. Nicole feels his nerves. Really? I thought he was giving a subtle performance, rather than holding back because of nerves. – VIDEO

Illusion Confusion – Groups – “Let’s Dance” By David Bowie – Jeez another freaking corny group singing horribly to a horrible backing track. Way to murder David Bowie! This whole performance sounds particularly canned. As in-they aren’t singing live at all. They get exactly 2 seconds, and an interrupted performance. CANNON FODDER for sure. – VIDEO

Tiger Budbill - Overs – “Don’t Give Up On Me” by Solomon Burke – He’s lost his house recently and dreams of living in big home with his wife and kid.  He cries thinking about it. Tiger has an appealing, soulful tenor–sweet and high with a lovely falsetto. Whoa dude can TOTALLY HIT THE HIGH NOTES. Very impressive. He puts his whole heart into his performance. But, he’s very old fashioned. Not sure where he’d fit in the current recording landscape. Nicole wonders if there’s a market for his style (no, probably). Enrique is siding with talent. All he needs is the right song, he says. – VIDEO

Marcus Canty – Boys – “All My Life” by KC and Jo Jo – Rihanna to Marcus: “Don’t be flirting with me!”. Marcus has a smooth, confident R&B sound that’s very recordable. With the right marketing and songs, he’s got potential. He’s pretty easy on the eyes, too. Rihanna is VERY impressed. She loves his confidence. – VIDEO

Tiah Tolliver – Girls – ““No diggity” by Blackstreet – So…her fellow girl hopefuls seem irritated with her constant bitching. She’s super off key. She’s very average, I think. But Simon is smitten with her. He sees her as someone with “It” factor that he can cultivate. Hm. I’m not seeing it. I can’t figure out if he wants her around because she’s great for drama, or he really thinks she’s got potential. Maybe both. – VIDEO

Christa Collins – Overs – “No Surprises” by Radiohead – Delves a little bit into her past as a child star. She retired when she was 16. She does not mention losing her mother at 12. She says leaving show business was the biggest mistake she ever made. She gets all teary, thanking Nicole and Enrique for a second chance. I don’t know, there’s something about this girl I really like. She’s a stylized rock singer–she reminds me a bit of Bjork or Kate Bush. I wonder if she’s a songwriter? She’s compelling. Nicole wanted to see more emotion behind the lyrics. Maybe Nicole didn’t, but I felt it. – VIDEO

InTENsity – Groups – “That’s Not My Name/You Make My Dreams” – This is one of the manufactured groups. 10 members? Really. I’m thinking this is some sort of Glee knockoff. The members are all teens. Oh it’s a mashup! DEFINITELY A GLEE THING. With a big helping of  Disney thrown in for good measure. SO WHOLESOME. Simon’s looking at all the iTunes Glee sells and seeing dollar signs. Too bad Glee tracks don’t sell as well as they used to. But, the kids have that Disney appeal–the Kids Bop crowd could be a viable market. – VIDEO

Chris Rene – 28 – Boys – “People Everyday” by Arrested Development – Oh boy, fresh from Rehab. He don’t want to haul trash no more. Another terrible arrangement/backing track. The canned cheesiness never seems to end. Parts sung/rapped, Chris is overpowered by a track that does him no favors. He’s completely lost that raw flavor that made him compelling in his audition. LA thought he looked uncomfortable. Well, do you blame him, having to sing that shizz? – VIDEO

Melanie Amaro – Girls – “Will You Be There” by Michael Jackson – Wow. This chick has some pipes on her. she’s a very confident singer, even as she reveals doubts in her video package. She’s soulful without being, shouty, and hits the big notes impressively. This gospelly Micheal Jackson tune is a great pick for her. Simon fake faints when she finishes. I don’t see why he wouldn’t advance her to the live shows. – VIDEO

Blah blah blah. Decisions decisions. Fake deliberation. We won’t find out who advances until Tuesday at the earliest.

  • johanna

    Here the link for watching tonight.

    http://justtvnuts.com/fox.htm

  • jinxx315

    My normal link isn’t working :(

  • sandrajane

    Simon watching Jazlynn walking toward…yep, still skeevy.

  • Kylee

    It will be interesting to see how the ratings hold up.

  • Miss Chaos

    Good, its on, cant wait to see it at 8:00 PST, we didnt have any spoilers on songs or how they did do we?

  • Elliegrll

    Simon watching Jazlynn walking toward…yep, still skeevy.

    Yeah, that did look gross, especially the camera angle of his leg propped up.

  • Miss Chaos

    Well he did the same thing last week, so hes not gonna change it up now!!lol, The girls like it lol! No really it grossed me out last week, he shouldnt ever have had those young girls.

  • iluvai

    ita with Rhianna on Brennan.

  • Mtlfan

    WTH Jazzlyn high school talent show!?! Can’t disagree more and hope Simon selects her. Her nerves seem to be a problem but I don’t hear it when she performs.. so she would get used to.

  • BAPC

    Rihanna is 100% right on Brennin. Total 90’s boyband pretty boy. He’d be the one in the boyband who just stares seductively into the camera and never actually sings. lol

  • sue

    Ok Jazzlyn was pretty good but not spectacular, I didn’t love the arrangement. So after that I am ok if she doesn’t get through.
    I hope that Drew makes it some how.

    Brennen was boring. Rihanna was right. He should just model. :)

  • Jewlmc

    I’m sure Simon got the girls category just so people would talk about him “perving” on GIRLS.

    It’s all by design.

  • Trina

    LOL at Brennin. So pretty, so boring, and such a douchebag.

  • Elliegrll

    So, we are going to go through the entire season with only one of the members of Stereo Hogzz singing. He either needs to be a solo act, or they need to put him in another group with people who can sing. It will be sad to split the group up, since those are his childhood friends, but they really aren’t a group.

  • girlygirl

    the lead singer of StereoHogz has a really cool voice but that choreography was cheesy and a hot mess

  • iluvai

    I liked Stereo Hogzz, but that lead singer definitely shines above the others.

  • jammasta

    Do we find out who goes through tonight? That’s really all I’m interested in right now.

  • Elliegrll

    Do we find out who goes through tonight? That’s really all I’m interested in right now.

    No, it looks like that will happen on Tuesday. Baseball will be on Wednesday and Thursday.

  • iluvai

    I like that guy with a beard. Good luck dude!

  • girlygirl

    nvm

  • ituneit

    Brennin is 90s Boy Band.

  • kurst

    i think josh did a great job

  • sandrajane

    You’ve got to be kidding me. Bohemian Rhapsody is not a song for a quartet pop/r&b girl group to sing.

  • mak

    Nicole saw Matt Cardle audition with First Time Ever I saw Your Face on X Factor UK. Doubt she would choose that on her own.

  • Tess

    Are these underage kids really at these houses without a relative to act as a chaperon? If so I think the guardians or parents of these kids need to have their head’s examined.

  • Elliegrll

    Brennin is friends with a few former idols, Melinda Doolittle being one of them. For some reason, I think that his initial appearance was heavily edited, and he’s not the arrogant jerk that he seemed to be. Maybe a producer told him to say those things.

  • girlygirl

    What was that song choice, Paula? A pop/r&b girl group trying to do Bohemian Rhapsody? Is Paula deliberately trying to sabotage them? Because there was little chance of that song choice working for them

  • sue

    I don’t think the judges are really picking the songs. I think the producers/vocal coaches are picking the songs. They just give the judges the credit, lols. They pretty much know who they want on the live shows.

  • BAPC

    I liked Tim. I don’t remember his earlier auditions at all… but he has a really nice country voice.

  • Elliegrll

    This is as strong as Rachel’s voice has ever been. In the past they’ve covered up a lot of the mistakes that she’s made. The only problem is that the changes that she’s made to the song’s arrangement really don’t work.

  • Jewlmc

    Someone needs to parody the “minions at my feet” thing with Simon. So stupid.

  • BAPC

    Ugh Rachel Crow. Such an annoying child. She got a great song but I thought the arrangement was awful.

  • sue

    Leroy sounds like Bruce Springteen, lols. He is good. Tim was good but MJ is right he is cannon fodder.

  • karenc

    I liked Leroy, one of my favorites of this round.

  • girlygirl

    Go, Leroy! Love him. His tone is gorgeous and even though he’s 60, he still seems more current/relevant than many of the much younger contestants

  • sue

    Someone needs to parody the “minions at my feet” thing with Simon. So stupid.

    I’m counting on Kimmel or Fallon to do that. lolz

  • ituneit

    What was the song Leroy just sang?

  • girlygirl

    ituneit

    To Make You Feel My Love

    it’s a Bob Dylan song, but has been covered by zillions of people, including Garth Brooks, Adele, and (on Idol S8) by Kris Allen

  • karenc

    I think that Rachel is making it this far because she is so young, that is what is setting her apart. Im not sure if she would have made it this far otherwise.

  • ituneit

    Thank you @girlygirl!

  • girlygirl

    ooh, Tiger is covering Solomon Burke?

    I love this song (when Solomon sang it) but Tiger’s voice isn’t really rich enough for this song — it’s a a very souful lyric, and this is an awful arrangement

  • sue

    To Make You Feel My Love

    it’s a Bob Dylan song, but has been covered by zillions of people, including Garth Brooks, Adele, and (on Idol S8) by Kris Allen

    Thanks, I love Adele’s version of this too.

  • ituneit

    I knew I heard the song before but couldn’t place it. It’s Adele. She does it so beautifully. I didn’t realize it was a Dylan song.

  • iluvai

    I like Marcus from “Merry Land”. lol host guy (I don’t know his name).

  • karenc

    I think Marcus is terrific. I’m glad they showed his original audition too.

  • Elliegrll

    I want to like Tiah, but at times the audio didn’t match up with what her mouth was doing. Sound manipulation aside, she has a lot of potential, but she might not know how to put it all together.

  • sandrajane

    According the host, Marcus is from Mary land, not Maryland (mer-uh-luhnd). Hilarious.

    First time I’ve like Tiah. And I’m loving the song pick. I’m just shocked at all the 90s r&b on this show. First Brownstone and now Blackstreet? No Diggity* was perfect.

    *MJ, it was No Diggity.

  • Jewlmc

    That song had a blatant backing track.

  • sue

    Marcus was really good, he has so much confidence and he is definitely getting through.

    Simon is basically going to put through his favs no matter what, even if they aren’t the best.

    Simon please don’t pick Tiah, please, lolz. You have Drew, Caitlyn , Tora, Jazzlyn, Melanie and even Tora. He will probably pick her.

  • Grammie Kari

    If anything, this show will get Leroy permanent work as a performer. He’s a throw back to Motown and that is a positive thing, IMO.

    Rachel needs some time to mature, but I think Simon feels Tiah is ready. He really does like her. Nice enough voice, but is she a star?

    Marcus did a nice job.

  • girlygirl

    nvm

  • girlygirl

    I wasn’t sure a group that big would work, but it wasn’t bad…not great, but not bad

  • Elliegrll

    So they are casting for Glee on the X Factor. I hope all of these kids from InTensity make it onto that show.

  • nncw

    Can we swap nicole for enrique – or perhaps nicole for rhianna although she does have an uncanny knack for saying the total opposite of what I am thinking about each of the contestants.

  • BAPC

    OK. I didn’t expect Intensity to be good but I actually liked them. It was a fun glee type performance.

  • Grammie Kari

    I think “InTENsity” could have been cut down to “Eight Is Enough.” If Disney TPTB are watching, at least three of these kids show some potential. As a group, I just do not know.

  • SuzieS

    I loved Leroy, but Josh even more. He sang that song so tenderly. He knows when to hold back and when to amp it up.

    I know why Simon likes Tiah. She’s a cute teenager with a decent voice, attitude and very large ta-tas.

  • sue

    I wasn’t sure a group that big would work, but it wasn’t bad…not great, but not bad

    Simon wants to tap into Disney stars now, a new Mickey Mouse club or something?

  • Mtlfan

    Intensity was fun to watch :)
    Marcus us really good!!!

  • mak

    Chris’ voice is so weak. I don’t think anyone in his category is appealing except Marcus, so he’ll probably make it through. Also a terrible song choice, LA, and a crappy backing track. He’s not a special one, LA! STOP IT.

  • girlygirl

    I’m conflicted about Chris. He’s got good presence and I can see why people would want to root for him, but his singing voice is thin

  • kurst

    almost 6 mil and more on the tube say chris is special and so do i. he and josh are my fav

  • SuzieS

    My winner predictions: Boys, Marcus. Girls, Tiah. Olds, Josh. Groups, NFI. Winner: Tiah.

  • Kylee

    Chris=Blake Lewis. Good at what he does, but vocals are…meh.

  • shell29

    I know he has a weak voice, but I can’t help it-I like Chris Rene. I think LA could work wonders with him.

  • Elliegrll

    Melanie is incredible. That song is hard to sing, but the arrangement helped her out.

  • girlygirl

    Now Melanie, that girl can saaaang :)

  • SuzieS

    I’ve never seen Melanie before. Wow!! She was the only singer i saw all night, except maybe for Josh, who seemed to lose herself in the music and be possessed by the song.

  • chrislongisland

    Melanie is the best. Rachel is good too, as is Leroy.

    A few others I liked too, groups DEF. the weakest.

  • soccerboi

    Dang…mark it down Melanie is going to win X Factor.

  • BAPC

    Chris Rene is just a Mike Posner knock off with less talent. I don’t get the hype at all.

    And Melanie is so generic to me. Just a plain belter, can hit the notes but nothing extraordinary about her style or tone.

    Drew’s was the only JH audition that I really loved.

  • jdanton2

    Melanie better go far in this . she has so far been flawless.

  • Trina

    I bet in L.A. speak “Special ones” = current and marketable. Singing is optional!

    Marcus and Melanie were amazing. They were special to me! Melanie gives me chills. If she doesn’t get through I’m gonna be pissed.

  • girlygirl

    If I was going to pick the last 8, right now I’d go with:

    Girls: Melanie/Tiah
    Boys: Chris/Marcus
    Overs: Leroy/Josh
    Groups: StereoHogz/??? (I don’t really like any of the other groups)

    My “perfect” finale would be Leroy & Melanie, but that’s not likely to happen. My 3rd choice would be Marcus. Of course, this might all change in weeks to come :)

  • Grammie Kari

    Melanie Amaro has a gorgeous voice! She would be a Top Ten contestant on American Idol – hope she makes it!

  • soccerboi

    I wouldnt put any of the groups thru…

    Girls: Melanie
    Boys: Josh/Chris
    Over 30: Josh
    Group…none

  • kvwicks13

    Melanie and Drew are still both my favorites! I want Drew to get through but I have a feeling he’s going to take Rachel instead. I think Drew is more talented.

  • Falfor

    There are wild cards coming up. Anyone know how many? and are they out of the 32 that went to judges houses?
    Marcus or Josh FTW.

  • Tony

    Like someone said, Melanie’s voice is absolutely GORGEOUS. Rich tone, pitch-perfect notes, is incredibly powerful without being overbearing, blends so beautiful with the songs she sings, etc.

    Quintessential talent.

  • Fullmoon

    Melanie can really sing and is great on paper. I agree with Simon that Tiah has the “it” factor. She is polarizing and brings on the drama. Love her. I also really like Leroy. There is something smooth and cool about him. For a 60yr old he got my vote. Group- StereoHogz, Boys- Chris/Marcus

  • Grammie Kari

    MJ, you mentioned that InTENsity is DEFINITELY A GLEE THING. Other than the 12 year-old girl, they could be a competitive group for the Nationals on “Glee”. So, the producers should do a cross-over whether the kids make it or not. Winning would be a different thing, of course.

  • SuzieS

    Girls: Melanie
    Boys: Josh/Chris
    Over 30: Josh
    Group…none

    Yes, I wondered about this. Why is Chris, 30, in the boyz while Josh, 30, is in the olds?

    Oh well, it gives them both a chance to advance. in case I have not said it enough before, I love Josh!

  • clearone

    Brennin is friends with a few former idols, Melinda Doolittle being one of them. For some reason, I think that his initial appearance was heavily edited, and he’s not the arrogant jerk that he seemed to be. Maybe a producer told him to say those things

    Brennin said as much in a local television interview at the end of last week. If they wanted him to look like a jerk, why did they even put him through. They want someone more desperate than Brennin that they can ‘mould’ into a star *rollseyes*. It will be a shame if they do cut him because the show will seriously be lacking in eye candy.

  • sue

    Falfor says:
    10/16/2011 at 10:05 pm
    There are wild cards coming up. Anyone know how many? and are they out of the 32 that went to judges houses?
    Marcus or Josh FTW.

    REally? I hope so..

  • jammasta

    Could it be that Chris was 29 when he auditioned and Josh was 30 and his birthday hasn’t passed yet?

  • XL

    Chris was 29 when he auditioned, so he just made the unders cut.

  • Benji

    I think the 4 palaces are rented for the week, and nothing is as it seems. Except….Marcus has The IT Factor…excuse me, The X Factor.

  • genius20913

    Racheal Crow- too young…in 3-4 yrs will be amazing
    Jazzlyn- good voice…needs to perform in smaller venues to build up here confidence…1 maybe 2 years of experience and she’ll be great…and i think she was the first picture simon said no to first at the end of the episode tonight
    Tiah- is literally better each time we’ve sen here perform..need some coaching on her performace skills and vocals but can be a contender IMO
    Melanie- AMAZING VOICE but is in need of a “Pop” makeover…her style of singing and dressing is a little (very little) bit out of date..but can easily be fixed…top 3 for sure

    Stereohogzz- lead singer is amazing…i wish he was solo but thats not goin in happen…the others need to step it up with their vocals…they have the look..i didn’t find their moves out of date…a little coaching and polishing needed…maybe top 5/6 material
    Tiger- Great voice…but he’s not goin to win
    Leroy- great voice..very subtle..but subtle isnt goin to win the competetion
    Josh- nice voice…he looks greasy at times…a wardrobe make over and a good haircut is in need..maybe top 5/6 ish??
    Chris- i dont think his voice is thin…ive heard him belt out a few notes in bootcamp…need the right material and a wardrobe makeover..has a following already so i think he’s a lock for top 3/4 at least
    Marcus- nice to hear him tone a down a little…he sounded great with an acoustic beat…he also needs current material to do well….i think he can be top 5,4,3???
    Tim Ciphers- i didnt like the song choice (thats not his fault)…i wasnt crazy about his performace either…it was just OK for me…i think he’ll be cut tuesday
    Brennin-He would TOTALLY DOMINATE idol..he would win idol hands down lol…he’s can be modern and contemporary with the right material…got the look and good voice

    My predictions:
    Girls- Melanie, Catlyn, Drew, Tiah…maybe Simon (but at the expense of who)
    Boys- Brian “astro” Bradley (i think people will actually vote for him), Marcus, Chris Rene, Brennin
    *For the record…i can’t stand Nick Voss…i have NO IDEA how he got this far…he really cannot sing at all
    Groups- Stereohoggz (love the lead singer..great voice), It can be a any other one of the groups…none of them were that good..at the end of tonight’s episode, palua had two pictures in here hand…maybe they’re goin to take memebers of other groups and make a new “super” group…they’ve done it on the UK version
    Overs- Josh (for sure), Stacey (for sure), idk or care for any of them really..i have a strange feeling that Dexter will make through some how….

  • SybilTrelawney

    They have to put four groups through? Because there aren’t four good groups. The girls are the strongest category, and they’ll cut girls who could advance in order to put through four groups. I don’t get it. Do the groups do well in the UK? Because I can’t see any of the groups, with the possible exception of those Brewer brothers, doing well.

  • Grammie Kari

    There was one girl Simon cut that he later regretted. Could this youg lady be the Wild Card?

  • Kylee

    Brennin-He would TOTALLY DOMINATE idol..he would win idol hands down lol…he’s can be modern and contemporary with the right material…got the look and good voice

    But we didn’t have a soft rocker wgwg win idol again this year…so I’m not so sure. If Paul would have won, then I would have agreed. But he didn’t, so I think(And hope!) the male soft rocker movement is finished on idol.

  • Elliegrll

    They have to put four groups through? Because there aren’t four good groups. The girls are the strongest category, and they’ll cut girls who could advance in order to put through four groups. I don’t get it. Do the groups do well in the UK? Because I can’t see any of the groups, with the possible exception of those Brewer brothers, doing well.

    Yes, they will put four groups through to the live episodes. Each judge saw 8 acts, and they will cut those 8 down to four.

  • monleo1705

    WoW!! 100 over comments! I see the comments for X factor is rising already! Wooo Hooo! Means interest in this show is peaking! Lol…

    From what I heard just now, Chris doesn’t have the most powerful voice but he sure is commercial, marketable and unique. Which is what they are looking for, isn’t it? I think the reason he has such a huge following is because he connects with the viewers and has a different tone of singing from the rest. Well, I think he’s special :)

    For the girls, definitely Melanie and Rachel will get through. Jazzlyn is cute but she had to do something with more conviction and power to get through…
    For the OVERs – JOSH for sure! And he still reminds me of Javier Bardem!

  • kvwicks13

    Does anyone know how the wild card works? Do they pick from the top 32? I would assume they would need to pick one before the live show.

  • LoveDaRocker

    Simon is so ridiculous!!!
    Some comedian out there has to call him out on the James Bond-meets-Fabio machismo.

  • sue

    kvwicks13 says:
    10/16/2011 at 11:14 pm
    Does anyone know how the wild card works? Do they pick from the top 32? I would assume they would need to pick one before the live show.

    Yes this, I would like to know too. lols. So if they have 16 acts already for lives, how many wildcards will they add? I hope they do, does anyone know for sure that there will be wildcards?

  • just sayin

    For the overs, I really like Leroy and Josh.
    Groups — just the Brewer Brothers.
    For the boys I like James Kenney, but feel like I’d better not get too attached. I also like Marcus. I do NOT get the Chris Rene love. I just don’t think he’s a very good singer.
    The girls are tougher. I think that would be the hardest to decide. I really like most of the girls.

  • Inconnu

    Well, I’ve watched Wednesday night for the first time this season – just to check the show out – and I’m watching it live now, just after Josh’s performance. This guy alone could make me a viewer of this show this year. I like him. I thought Cathlyn and Drew were good too. That’s what I got so far.

  • kcostell

    I don’t get it. Do the groups do well in the UK?

    They seem to do better post-show than on the show itself. One Direction (who took 3rd as last year’s manufactured boyband) hit #1 on the UK singles chart last month, and Jedward (the “joke act” from a couple years back) seem to be doing quite well for themselves.

  • girlygirl

    There are wild cards beyond the top 16? why? that’s more than enough people for the live show.

  • Stavros

    Based off of tonight, it is obvious that the girl’s category will clearly be the most controversial. I wish Mariah came so that stubborn Simon and his brainwashed minions that helped him decide weren’t alone. Based off the critiques that I heard Simon give, here’s how I think he’ll break it down.
    Drew v. Rachel – Simon woud rather eat his sock that allow 2 13/14 year old girls into the category. Because he adores Rachel and Drew is kind of awkward (too old to be cute, too young to be beautiful and mature), he’ll take Rachel.
    Tiah-She’s going through. Come on now, she’s the worst of all the girls (yes, you win this time Simone), but Simon is infauated with her for some odd reason. Even in Tuesday’s promos Tiah is seen getting news, burying her face in her hands, but smiling in relief. Look it up.
    Caitlin and Jazzlyn -Pretty, talented, but not memorable. When Simon said “she” brought it for her audition but hasn’t since, that could be either. They’re just not crazy enough, which is a shame, because Caitlin is phenomenal.
    Simone-Simone is also infatuated with her. Without LA around (and just to spite him) he’ll advance her. Simon absolutely adores her. He kept talking about not advancing the best girls, but the most entertaining. They would be Simone and Tiah.
    Melanie-Simon said he wrote her off basically. He doesn’t like her. She’s 100% the one we all thought would advance but he rejected her (with an evil smile at that). She deserves it.
    Tora-Tora’s Simon’s mini Lady Gaga. I love her though, and I think he loves her confidence and look. She’s iffy, but deserves it.
    Who will advance: Simone, Tiah, Tora, Rachel
    Who SHOULD advance: Tora, Melanie, Drew, Caitlin (and Rachel!)

  • monleo1705

    Usually in the UK format, there are NO wildcards. In fact the 1st Live show, they may eliminate 2 acts.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Re: The Wildcard. The TV Guide has October 25 listed as a “Wildcard” show, but that’s all the evidence we have.

    Honestly, how could the judges add more to this already unwieldy group of 16? There are only 8 weeks of live shows after the 25th. What will they do…triple and double eliminations every week?

    The first live show is the 2 1/2 hour October 25th show listed as “wildcard”. In the UK the Top 16 performed at the 1st live show. After each of the mentors cut one of their acts, whittling the group down to Top 12 for the voting rounds. That scenario sounds more plausible to me then adding even more contestants to an already giant group.

  • Tera2

    Good episode like part 1 Judges house. Here is what I think.

    Brennin Hunt: He was good. He has star quality. He’s really a pop-rock singer with a pop/soul vibe. He tried to be a bit of pop-soul in that song to be commercial and Rihanna misunderstood it as 90s boy band. He can be a star. I mean the guy looks like Enrique Iglesias and can sing. His ego is too big though and that can make people not root for him. But he does support his other contestants it seems. He definitely has the talent and can write too. I saw a couple of his songs on youtube that were good. But boys is a tough category.

    Stereo Hoggz – Great voice by the lead vocalist. And the rest did harmonize well but 2 of them should have at least sing too, so its not just one person carrying the load. We cant judge just based on his solo.

    Leroy Bell: He’s 60, and looks young and attractive. He looks like he’s the dad of the light skin guy in the group “The Answer” – the one that wore the beanie hat too. Both attractive men. He’s an inspiration to go for dreams but he’s gonna have to settle for performing at bars, parties and writing songs like he’s been doing.

    Josh krajcik; Gruff voice. Good vocalist. He’s a bar singer though.

    Illusion confusion: I cant even remember them – they must have been mediocre. I have it taped but i dont wanna look at them again. Whatever.

    Tiger Budbill.; I didnt notice him until today. He has great range, and a great voice that doesnt go with his looks, and sometimes sounds like Michael Jackson. He’s one of the over 30s though. He’ll have to settle for singing at parties, weddings and back-up singing. He got good exposure out of this.

    Jazzlyn; Good voice but needs to sing more current songs and be less nervous. If they cut her she has herself to blame.

    Rachel Crow; Too young. Her voice is decent, but not a star. Send her to go act on kids shows Nickelodeon

    Marcus Canty: Great voice. Definitely can have a career in R&B market with Usher and others. But they gonna need to help him improve his looks and image a bit. But he’s ready as a vocalist. I got to pay more attention to him today and his singing impressed me.

    Tiah Toliver; Good enough job. She’s gonna be strictly for R&B market like Keyshia Cole. I’d put Simone Battle through before her, cause Simone has the total package and can be marketed to Pop, R&B and internationally like Rihanna.

    Christa Collins: Girl with feathers in her hair: I was like whatever when she performed. She sounds like she’s crying when she sings – they need to cut her.

    2Squard; They gave them non soul song but they are an R&B group. They tried but wasnt good enough. Cut them too.

    Tim Cifers: Great voice and can do well in country market. They can improve his image a bit.

    Intensity; I really like them. They sang well. They are the kids they cut and brought back as a group created on the show. That’s a giant group with too many people though – that many people group works in Asia but dont know about USA. They need to divide them into 2 groups. The teen boys separate, and teen girls in another group. I remember liking Nick Dean before, and the other blonde boy John too. Add the brown hair boy Austin and the black boy Arin, and you have a group that teens are gonna love like Jonas brothers. I’ve always liked Emily Michalak the blonde 12 yr old girl with too much eye liner and thin eyebrows. She has great voice as a solo artist, and add 3 other girls Francesca, Ellona and Lauren Ashley and you get a teen girls group. I can see why they cut them and brought them back again. I hope those I mentioned arent cut again. Especially keep the boys as a group. And they can keep those girls as their own group too.

    Chris Rene: He has a good voice. I think he’d be even better on record than live. He’s definitely hip-hop. He’s likable the way he smiles when he sings. Lets hope he stays clean.

    Melanie Amaro; Great voice. I think her market is in christian music though, and no one is gonna sign someone from that genre to 5 million contract. But she should be in music industry singing gospel songs with that voice and looks – she would have to loose 25 pounds and have image over haul to fit in Pop/R&B market.

    Anyway, Its gonna be hard to cut some categories to 4. Here are those I think should be through based on what’s commercial and has potential;

    Girls; Simone Battle, Tora, Drew, Melanie Amaro (I’d put Jazzlyn too but only 4 can be in, and she’s being too nervous. But she’s older than Drew who is only 14, so its between the 2)

    Boys: Marcus Canty, Philip Lomax, Tim Cifers, Brennin Hunt or Brian Bradley, Chris Rene. This is hardest category and all these belongs in live shows. I think that’s why they gave LA Reed this category cause he’s head of a label who knows what to choose.

    Groups: 4shore, Intensity (but definitely the 4 boys Nick Dean, John, Austin and Arin should be made into their own boy group cause they have most potential) and Lakoda Rayne even though they need more work to blend, but they can be stars in pop-country music. Then Stereo Hoggz or “The Answer.”

    Over 30s: definitely put James Kenny through cause he’s the only one who can be a recording artist and star from this category. Then put through Tiger Budbill, Leroy Bell, and Stacey Frances. If Tim Cifers was in this category instead of boys he’d be guaranteed to make it.

  • jammasta

    LOL @ Rachel turning that Backstreet Boys song into a serious ballad. I couldn’t stop laughing for some reason. The arrangement was good, but comparing the original with the arrangement is ridiculous and awesomely hilarious. WTF.

  • Reflections On Life

    Nicole feels his nerves. Really? I thought he was giving a subtle performance, rather than holding back because of nerves.

    ITA – can Nicole not tell the diff btwn nerves & tenderness? LOL

    I like Brennin’s sound, but his looks & personality are distracting. Too metrosexual, and a bad one at that. Maybe I’m alone here, but I’d way prefer Leroy or burrito-Josh to him man-wise anytime ;)

  • Kylee

    Why do I get the impression that if idol did the same thing with the backing tracks and edited vocals, it would NOT go over well?

  • sue

    Re: The Wildcard. The TV Guide has October 25 listed as a “Wildcard” show, but that’s all the evidence we have.

    Honestly, how could the judges add more to this already unwieldy group of 16? There are only 8 weeks of live shows after the 25th. What will they do…triple and double eliminations every week?

    The first live show is the 2 1/2 hour October 25th show listed as “wildcard”. In the UK the Top 16 performed at the 1st live show. After each of the mentors cut one of their acts, whittling the group down to Top 12 for the voting rounds. That scenario sounds more plausible to me then adding even more contestants to an already giant group.

    Thanks MJ, that makes sense. It just doesn’t seem feasible but at the same time exciting, lols.

  • genius20913

    But we didn’t have a soft rocker wgwg win idol again this year…so I’m not so sure. If Paul would have won, then I would have agreed. But he didn’t, so I think(And hope!) the male soft rocker movement is finished on idol.

    Well thats because Paul didn’t really have a good voice..Brennin actually has a good voice…and he looks good…throw a guitar in there and i think he would win Idol easily

  • Sq

    Interesting – the Wikipedia backstory for Christa Collins is a bit different than the X Factor – so Im assuming she is cannon fodder – cause the I quit at 16 and regret it is not nearly as heart breaking as my Mom died on tour when I was 12

    ———

    As Disney’s first ever child recording artist and prototype for a multimillion dollar marketing campaign, launched by a newly formed Disney Records, Christa Larson released Minnie ‘n Me: Songs Just for Girls in 1990. She performed in a guest appearance on Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World” in 1991.

    While on tour in Australia supporting her new CD, Christa’s mother, Denice, was tragically killed by a hit-and-run driver. Christa was no longer the same girl after losing her mother, manager, and guiding force. Disney released Christa from her recording contract shortly after, at age 12

  • sue

    Well thats because Paul didn’t really have a good voice..Brennin actually has a good voice…and he looks good…throw a guitar in there and i think he would win Idol easily

    The idol audience likes their WGWG humble and down to earth. Brennen is just a pretty boy with an ok voice that’s a little full of himself.

  • Listening

    Some of the song choices were just horrible. I’m guessing the contestants couldn’t say anything to judges about preferring another song. I’ve watched videos of UK X-Factor and their contestants have mentioned not liking a song choice and being able to pick their own song so I hope that happens in the US version b/c sometimes the judges just don’t have a clue.

    Also what was up w/ the back tracks totally overwhelming the singers a few of them I could barely hear.

    one more thing the only group I have to have is Intensity I just got to see them w/ a full production. They have potential. I know I couldn’t turn them down if I was Paula you’d be crushing 10 dreams that’s a lot in one go. I couldn’t look at all their little baby faces and say no.

  • monleo1705

    LMAO…. It’s funny how Enrique was so into Christa though… First time I saw him so excited for any of the over 30s…

  • jammasta

    Caitlin and Tiah didn’t really do themselves any favors with that little tidbit before Tiah’s audition.

    Tiah’s a bit too nervous and Caitlin kinda bitches at her. Before anyone says “Can you blame her?”, yes I can :P. One of the other girls, although a bit annoyed, was really sympathetic. “I feel for her”. Then Caitlin’s all “I don’t. In the end she’s got to perform.” And I’m all “GIRL PLEASE”. And we’re about to have a catfight. Except I’m not a girl.

    And whoever kicked her off the table bugs me too. And if both of them were Caitlin I would’ve slapped her in the kidneys.

  • shell29

    I know I’m not going to be happy about the girls or the “overs” cuts because there are quite a few from both groups that I like. I hate that James Kenny is set up as cannon fodder because I loved his judges houses audition. I love his voice and I’d hate to see him cut, but he hasn’t been pimped much so I don’t hold out much hope that he’ll make it. I don’t dislike Stacy as much as most but I’d rather see her cut over someone like Elaine (who I prefer). But she has been pimped so much that I’ll be shocked if she doesn’t make the live shows. I still like Josh but I’m ready to see him cleaned up (tired of the greasy look on him). Still love Leroy (still can’t believe he’s 60) so I hope he makes it. Dexter-a part of me is rooting for something good to come of his X Factor exposure so far but I don’t want him to make the live shows. I have a bad feeling he’ll make it just for the potential trainwreck factor. I love Tiger’s voice but he just doesn’t have that star quality. I’m afraid he’s toast.

    The girls: I still don’t get Simon’s Tiyah love (“No Diggity”? Really?). I can’t see him cutting her. Don’t get Simone either but she’s just the type of contestant Simon goes for. Rachel-I know I’m supposed to find her annoying but I love this girl. I think she’s ready right now. Conversely, while I really like Jazlyn I think she needs a little more “seasoning”. I wouldn’t be too upset if she’s cut. I like Drew as well-to sound as good as she does at 14 is impressive. I wouldn’t mind her getting through but I’m not sure if Simon will choose her. Melanie is fantastic but I worry that Simon might think she doesn’t have enough star quality even with that amazing voice.

    The groups? Eh, I don’t care that much. Boys? Nick Voss has got to go (please?). Still like Chris and in another unpopular opinion I like “Astro” Brian. I could see LA signing him regardless of where he places in the competition. I wasn’t crazy about Marcus after his first audition but I loved his audition at Judges Houses. I hope he makes it. For the first time I liked Philip Lomax but I wouldn’t be mad if he gets cut. Skyler is a sweet kid but just not a great singer-time for him to go (IMO).

  • archiedoll

    I thought I read somewhere that the judges picked these songs. Is that not right? All the songs I heard tonight seemed slow and old-fashioned, so I’m confused. I can’t picture all 16 contestants not choosing something contemporary, but it doesn’t make sense for the judges to choose old songs then complain that they aren’t sounding current…

    Nor does it make sense to lower the age limit to 13 or 14, give hope to these kids who are very very talented, then cut them because they’re not mature or ready enough. If they think 14-yrs-old is too young, then don’t lower age limit that far! Good grief.

  • jammasta

    InTENsity was…. holy crap. They weren’t anything special but I found them strangely entertaining.

    Girls: Rachel, Drew/Simone, Melanie, Tora
    Boys: Marcus, Brian, Chris, don’t really remember anyone worthy of the other spot
    Overs: Stacy, Leroy, Josh, I dunno who the last spot is…. Tiger? Elaine?
    Groups: Stereo Hoggz, InTENsity…. I dunno, I don’t really care for the groups.

    And LOL @ Brennin tweeting MJ.

  • songsungblue

    Melanie didn’t impress me much. I’m not sure why. Love Leroy Bell though [how the hell does he look like that at 59?]. This whole OMG!! Who will they unfairly cut??!! is like Pia Toscano X 1000. It’s a reality show. They’ll cut anyone who won’t add to the vibe. That’s who they’ll cut.

    But I do hope that Drew and Tora make it. They’re the most interesting to me.

  • archiedoll

    I’m confused. lol. Who’s choosing the songs for these folks? All I heard were slow, old-fashioned songs tonight. I can’t picture all 16 contestants not knowing how to choose current songs, but if it was the judges, why are they complaining that certain contestants aren’t sounding contemporary enough?

    And why in the heck would they lower the age limit to 13-14, give these kids hope by sending them all the way to the judges’ houses, then dash their hopes by telling them they’re too young? Um….if you think 13-14 is too young, don’t. lower. the. age. limit.

  • sue

    And LOL @ Brennin tweeting MJ.

    Lols that is funny! I guess he did get cut, damage control for his image now. hahahah…

  • Grammie Kari

    Jazzlyn; Good voice but needs to sing more current songs and be less nervous. If they cut her she has herself to blame.

    Since she had no choice in the song selections, can we blame her totally?

    I do like Phillip Lomax. The guy has charisma.

    Melanie would have no problem getting through Idol with that voice. Make-overs sometimes help. It was a pretty show tonight.

  • Tera2

    If they have a wildcard it would because its harder to cut the boys category. 6 of them instead of 4 should be on live show. Marcus Canty, Philip Lomax, Tim Cifers, Brennin Hunt or Brian Bradley, Chris Rene deserve a spot like I said in previous post. And 5 of the girls should be in it too; Simone Battle, Tora, Drew, Melanie Amaro or Jazzlyn too. Will see what happens.

  • aeiownu

    On the schedule, it said:

    Tuesday, Oct. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM) Judges’ Homes, Part 3 (Special Tuesday Airing) (extended to 2 hours)

    The entire two hours is going to be dedicated to revealing the top 16? Am I correct? Because I’d rather just look at the spoilers.

  • Tera2

    monleo1705 says:
    10/17/2011 at 12:22 am

    LMAO…. It’s funny how Enrique was so into Christa though… First time I saw him so excited for any of the over 30s…

    Yeah, I was surprised he liked that Christa girl. Maybe its for her appearance cause she dressed younger than the other older females. Her performance was just average. But Enrique liked James kenney most out of the over 30’s though – he was in previous episode. He said he can see him as a rock star like Maroon 5. His face lit up when he started singing Rihanna’s “Russian Roulette” – I felt the same way as Enrique about James kenney. He’s the one with potential out of the over 30s.

  • Ratna12

    Mtlfan says:

    Intensity was fun to watch
    Marcus us really good!!!

    Like usual I was doing something else while watching X Factor, and I had to look up as soon as Markus sing. What a nice tone /recording voice he has.

    Intensity was fun, although they could replace at least 2 girls with cute boys. That will be more popular with the Disney kids.

    If Brennin is in Idol, I won’t vote for him. I don’t care how pretty he is. I don’t like him, too arrogant. I think personality has a lot to do with it also. And of course, his voice is nothing special.
    He kind of, almost looks like Cale (Kris bandmate), but with bad personality.

  • Dlynne

    I really enjoyed the show tonight. Oh, how I wish they could put through more girls and boys instead of the groups. I don’t love any of them.

    Looking forward to Tuesday.

  • briguyx

    Tonight was the first time I sat down and watched “X Factor” and I hated it. People complain about TPTB on “Idol” being manipulative? Ha! What about all the singers talking about how they need money for a house or whatever and not one talking about how they want to win to get their music out there and entertain people? And then with the judges saying something bothers them about the contestants after every song? That’s all to try to wring suspense out of the situation, but it just looked fake to me. And speaking of fake, it wasn’t just the backing music that was canned.

  • spaceman

    I hope there is a wildcard show, and the viewers get to add two more contestants by voting. That way I can vote like crazy for Jazzlyn Little. Otherwise, she has no chance. I think the public might put her through, but not Simon. If I based it solely on the judges house performance, I would have to pick others as well.

  • Hercules67

    Come on…. Tiah? Tiah over Melanie? What a horrible decision!

    Enough said!

  • Elliegrll

    On the UK X Factor, haven’t they had some years where three or four people made it to the final episode? I know that they’ve had more than one episode where they’ve cut more than one person. On that show it seemed like Simon made up the rules as he went along, so I wouldn’t be surprised if more than 16 people make it to next week’s live show.

    Airing on Sunday might have been a blessing in disguise for the show. With both the football and baseball games being blowouts, and Desperate Housewives on the decline, the X Factor may have picked up some new viewers.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    On the UK X Factor, haven’t they had some years where three or four people made it to the final episode?

    The finale is usually 3 or 4 people. Still. 8 weeks to cut 16 plus people down to even 3 or 4–there will have to be multiple cuts somewhere.

  • Hercules67

    BTW, most of the groups are a joke, except for The Brewer Noys and 4 Shure. I hope those two groups make it.

  • jdecro

    I agree with Simon, this girl Christa Collins is “really good”! In fact, I feel she is the best artist and has more star potential than anyone else I have seen on the show to date. Enrique could hardly control himself because she was sooo good!!! She should easily advance in the Over 30 Category! No one there even comes close to her talant and charisma…

  • monleo1705

    I didn’t know where to insert this, but i just thought it was something interesting and funny to share about the boys. It’s from a Chris Rene video of his handphone when they were in NY.

    Totally LOL! @ Brennin eating and talking and Chris calling him out on sexy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qb3fix1H3g&feature=related

  • http://www.fatladysings.us TFLS

    For me, the absolute, hands-down, best of the lot was Tiger Budbill. He handled that song beautifully. I loved his tone, his phrasing, his delivery, his soul-deep connection. For Nicole Scherzinger (who still hasn’t managed to launch a solo career after years of trying) to question whether anyone would actually buy his music……

    I know what she meant. She meant he isn’t pretty, like her. Well neither is Susan Boyle – and she’s outsold everything the Pussycat Dolls ever put out. To borrow from one of my favorite films….people will come. They’ll come see him in concert – and they’ll buy his music. Why? Because he’s good. As for his looks and personal style – it’s kinda funky naturally. All his management team would need to do is punch that up a bit. Not everyone who’s popular looks like they crawled off the pages of Vogue. Look at Cee Lo Green. ‘Nuff said.

  • kvwicks13

    I’m not a fan of any of the group singers either but unfortunately the way the show is set up with teams, there is no other choice.

    I have this terrible feeling I’m going to be very upset with Simon’s choices. He really should have called a last minute mentor when Miriah couldn’t make it. Now he basically gets to hand pick his favs.

  • kmd

    I am ready for the show to go live. I will be watching.

  • alonzo7

    Looks like Simon cuts Melanie-I’m not really happy with that decision although I didn’t think her last performance was all that.
    Don’t get the Tiah love but that’s Simon for you.
    Disappointed that Jazzlyn couldn’t keep it together-she’s history.
    Rachel is too young but she’ll make it over Drew -I liked both of them but Simon will pick Rachel.
    I am interested to see what Tora can do-she’ll advance.
    Up in the air about Simone but Simon seems to like her so she’ll advance.
    Tora-Tiah-Rachel-Simone for the live show.
    Impressed with Marcus Canty for the first time-he should make it.
    Rapper boy will also get through.
    Love Tiger but he won’t get to the live show
    I’m on the fence with Phillip but he might squeak through.
    Chris is different-will advance.
    The only overs I like really is Leroy Bell.
    I enjoyed the group Intensity and didn’t mind the four girls group made up by the judges.
    I’ll just come here for the results-no way I’m going to get tortured by two hours of crying etc!!!!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Tim is all about teaching his son to hunt and fish. A perfect segueway to singing a country version of the Luther Vandross classic about his dead dad.

    lol I thought that was a real disconnect too. I love this song and thought that Tim did a good, but not fantastic job.

    Of the girls, I was impressed by Rachel, Tora, Caitlin, Melanie and Drew. I don’t understand Simon’s concern about Rachel handling the pressure because (at least from the video edit), she’s never seemed to be emotionally stressed or on the verge of a meltdown. I thought that Drew was the most nervous, but sang well and Caitlin, while very good, may not be distinctive enough to advance. Melanie’s type of singing may not be “commercial” enough for Simon. This category is very deep compared with the other categories. It’s too bad that more than 4 girls can’t advance. I’m not getting Simon’s fascination with Tiah Tolliver, who isn’t a good singer – unless he sees her has adding drama and being an interesting contestant for the show.

    Of the over 30’s, I like Josh and Leroy the best. Both are more about phrasing and investing their singing with emotion rather than “big” notes, and they have distinctive voices and style. Tiger Budbill gave a great performance too, and I think that he had a harder song to sing well than Josh and Leroy. I’m more impressed with the over 30 guys than the younger guy group.

    Of the boys, I thought that Marcus Canty was very good. I’m not fond of the kind of music that Chris Rene produces, but LA and Rhianna seem to like him a lot. I think that his backstory helps him a lot. Brennin is OK, but his personality is annoying. This category is pretty thin in talent IMO.

    I’m cautious about thinking too much at this stage because almost everyone sounds a lot better in these judges’ houses performances than they did in their auditions, and it’s pretty obvious that the sound has been “enhanced” to varying degrees.

    ETA:

    I have this terrible feeling I’m going to be very upset with Simon’s choices. He really should have called a last minute mentor when Miriah couldn’t make it. Now he basically gets to hand pick his favs.

    I think so too. I’m pretty sure that he won’t pick Rachel, Drew, Caitlin or Melanie. He’s looking for someone who can be a huge commercial success.

  • clearone

    If Brennin is in Idol, I won’t vote for him. I don’t care how pretty he is. I don’t like him, too arrogant. I think personality has a lot to do with it also. And of course, his voice is nothing special.
    He kind of, almost looks like Cale (Kris bandmate), but with bad personality

    Think what you will be it is all in the editing. Why they want to trash someone so badly is anyone’s guess? Watch this then decide ………

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI_lKgq4w5c&feature=player_embedded#!

  • Nina1

    Think what you will be it is all in the editing. Why they want to trash someone so badly is anyone’s guess? Watch this then decide ………

    This guy is dead meat. Why would anyone ever speak about their own beauty for a television show, even an edited one? This guy’s edits were like showing a pretty blonde girl in front of a mirror all the time: He as been cast as shallow and apparently he bit.

  • duchess

    Only one I could remember last night was Josh’s song. I just loved his phrasing. His voice just appeals to me.
    Re the girls-guess it is all about image. Melanie has the best voice, but it was clear Simon doesn’t think she has the look. Whoever “dressed ” her should be fired.

  • Mike M

    I liked Tim. I don’t remember his earlier auditions at all… but he has a really nice country voice.

    Such an odd thing. Tim lives about 20 minutes from Scotty McCreery and actually goes to the same church as Scotty. Not saying he’s good enough to win the whole thing, but even is he was, no way Simon would allow him to make it.

  • lavender1960

    I have to agree between the backing tracks and the fact these kids did not get to choose their songs, not sure how fair this all is.

    Yeah sure good and great singer should be able to make something good out of anything but not if they don’t also have the ability to rearrange the music too.

    For example, Simon keeps picking songs with a lot of repetition, the Rolling Stones Satisfaction is a hard song to make interesting without a band behind you or unless you are strutting around like Mick Jagger.

    That said I liked Jazzlyn’s rendition of I Will Survive – to me it sounded like how Mary J Blige would have done it and that’s a good thing indicative of potential there.

  • emmuzka

    Didn’t Simon & hint that something drastic was coming, in connection of the groups being not that good?

    My guess is that they’ll keep the Drewer Boys and the Glee group and then force the lead singers of the group’s that are left to boot their groups and go solo. Oh the drama!

  • lavender1960

    Perhaps something wrong with me but Brennin was the only song during which I was tempted to change the TV channel, I was bored.

  • lavender1960

    One last question why all the worry about whether the younger kids can handle it. Hello does the name Justin Bieber ring a bell. I mean I am pretty sure Bieber never performanced live in a real concert before he was signed, which was based solely on his You Tube videos. And you know I thought Simon always had Ka-Chings ringing in his head. I mean I’m in a local department store and I see Justin Bieber bed sheets and Justin Bieber water bottles and Justin Bieber lunchboxes and I was not even looking for the Bieber merchandise.

  • briguyx

    Lavender, that’s Simon’s whole way of working: make it look like someone can’t do something so it’s even more impressive when they can. He did it with Susan Boyle and he’s been perfecting his operation ever since. Plus it’s part of the show differentiating itself from Idol. Simon is criticized for taking younger kids, so it’s more impressive when they handle the pressure and he’s proved right.

    Oh, I forgot to mention the funniest thing in last night’s show: the garbage bin that had a specially made sign that said garbage on it. Made me think that even the background stories are set up and might not even have been shot in the contestant’s hometowns!

  • karenc

    lavender1960 says:
    10/17/2011 at 3:03 pm
    One last question why all the worry about whether the younger kids can handle it. Hello does the name Justin Bieber ring a bell. I mean I am pretty sure Bieber never performanced live in a real concert before he was signed, which was based solely on his You Tube videos

    There are different pressures being on a show such as X Factor or Idol than someone who is already signed and managed. I’m pretty sure someone like Justin Beiber had managers who told him what to do, as well as most adult pop stars, and they have more artist development before their albums are released. Also they aren’t involved in a competition with some older more experienced contestants.

    I saw an interview with Taylor Swift, and she said she had a development deal for a couple of years before her record deal, I’m sure others do too.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    I’m with you, clearone. I think Brennin Hunt is one of the best competitors in the entire competition and I really like his original song.

    As for the arrogant label, long time watchers of Idol type shows should know by now the producers ask the competitors very leading questions. In fact, they’re all asked why they think they deserve to win the competition. So of course, they’re going to toot their own horn.

  • chrislongisland

    Melanie and Rachel have to make it for me to keep watching, along with Leroy.