X Factor Spoilers - Los Angeles Auditions! (And More)

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Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell cuddle up at the Los Angeles X Factor auditions Tuesday night. Via @XFactorUSA

The indefatigable Idol fan, @Blkeener posted her mega recap of Sunday night’s Los Angeles X Factor auditions and it’s FULL of spoilers:

The X Factor traveling road show finished up its Los Angeles auditions Monday night and is now headed for Chicago, IL. The second night of auditions didn’t go as smoothly as they could have:  @XFactorUSA tweeted that the production lost power and lights for 30 minutes! Simon must have been livid.

Watch this space for more news from the Los Angeles X Factor auditions as it arrives.  In the meantime,  Check out photos and more from Sunday night’s auditions  HERE.

‘The X Factor’s’ Simon Cowell discusses Paula, ‘The Voice’ and more

“You can see there’s a lot of affection there with the two of us. I’m very comfortable with her. And she’s funny — she really is funny. I think she’s going to feel a lot of pressure, because there is a lot at stake here. … Look, I missed her when she left ‘Idol.’ I was always very clear about that. I want to see her when we were really happy, which was probably the middle of ‘Idol,’ maybe Season 4, 5. … I’d like to get back to those times again.”

 

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  • wolfsbane813

    i wonder if there is going to be a recap for the 7pm taping. i would have done one but i forgot to bring a notepad to take notes and i don’t remember too many details to do one from memory.

    there seemed to be a lot more yes’s in the evening taping though. probably the stand out for me was this sweet little 13 year old girl. her name is rachel crow. keep an eye out for her.

    i can give this recap though:
    there was a background singer (her name escapes me) who performed very last (so like 11pm) and she killed it. she did rolling in the deep, and while not stellar, was pretty good imo. simon pretty much said that she was forgettable. the judges then asked her to sing something else and she slayed it with an acappella song that i didn’t recognize but the judges ended up passing on her 2-2. paula and cheryl were the one’s that said yess. LA started off the panel saying no. i was hoping simon would give her the 3rd yes she needed but he passed too. i’m really sad to hear that they brought back out that other girl and gave her the pass through and not this girl. the audience was clearly not happy about it. i beleive there was a lot of booing and disagreeing on our part.

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  • springboard

    Whether Simon likes Paula or Cheryl best is going to be one of the contrived stories that the X Factor will try to run for buzz. Will Cheryl be pushed aside, or will it be Paula, are they fighting with each other, are they friend, who has the best outfit?

    This kind of stories work like a dream with the British tabloid press, but we’ll see if America follows..

  • bean99

    It was interesting to read about the audition. I hope it’s smoother by the time they get to Dallas because we have tickets here. I may change my mind about going if not. :)

  • Kirsten

    Whether Simon likes Paula or Cheryl best is going to be one of the contrived stories that the X Factor will try to run for buzz

    .

    Buzz? Try “barf”. Yuck. Yuck. Yuck!!!!!!!

    If that is what Simon wants to go for, I’m not watching the show. One of the things that pissed me off about Idol last year was when Kara, a professional songwriter with tonnes of cred in the industry, decided to crawl all over Simon. Way to represent. If Simon has filled his panel with vapid women who will “cuddle” up to him and fight with each other for his attention, I’m not interested. If he wants a harem, he can have one at home. I want to see intelligent, professional women that have opinions, plans and a will to win this thing.

    And Cowell has already predicted rivalry between Cole and Abdul, telling MailOnline on Sunday: ‘You put pretty girls together it’s like three cats in a sack, isn’t it.

    ‘And it needs a bit of a shake.’

    UGHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! Simon, take your antediluvian crap and $*!^&@#

  • bean99

    ITA, Kirsten. I’m iffy about the show in general and really don’t need to see that. The only reason I’m thinking about going to a taping is that I’ll never get to an AI one.

  • Listening

    It’s kind of funny talking about seat position but hey it happens even on Idol than ran stories on who was going to get Simon’s seat.

    I wonder why they changed is Simon testing to see how we react attempting to drum up some controversy or is he simply trying to get the feel for the chemistry maybe a little of both. I find it interesting on day one he put Paula right beside him when all the press was there and once they’re gone Cheryl is now there. Like he’s saying yep just like old times Paula and I together but when the cameras are gone it’s now I can do whatever I like time.

    I know it all feels trivial but it all factors into marketing it’s all in the details. Hmm who get’s to sit beside Simon at the 3rd audition should tell us who he preferred.

    This is all so highschool like who gets to sit at the cool kids table.

  • desiree_chick

    It sounds like the same bullshit went down in terms of picking “talent”, the way it went down back in the UK, where last season of UK X-Factor, there were mix feelings picking Katie Wassel and Cher Lloyd from auditions alone. Simon is attracted to “cutesy, campy singers” or quiet, yet showboat vocalist types like Leona Lewis. But he never gets the real unique talent, or ones that have strong potential that can be worked on to be great and have longevity. Just ones with a quick fix, so he can dump them after they are no good.

    And LA Reid, oh boy here I go. Thank you, LA, for reminding me that it is not a singing business, but entertainment. No wonder Katy Perry can’t sing live. Now, tell me, how do you think Adele has had such success for the past few years? I respect LA for his executive business background in music, but after treating my favourite girl group ever, TLC, like royal cow dune, I don’t expect much from him.

    I can’t believe that on the Idol Radio Show on All digital radio, someone comes out saying after auditioning, it seems they are really looking for talent. It sounds like, after two appointments with screeners, once the producers get done with weening out the “talent”, all the judges could say yes to is an aging rapper, a dated boyband, and some mini kids straight off of a pageant show. I don’t have to watch it to know tomfoolery is ahead, when they criticize someone who is old school, when we know X-Factor’s theme nights would consist of song choices 30 years old.

  • tinawina

    UGHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! Simon, take your antediluvian crap and $*!^&@#

    IA. But he’s always been about that. He likes his women as pretty pets he can patronize. Simon is going to build this entire show around his tastes, and we all know exactly what that means.

    Off stage: the men are tough or not threatening to him, the women are pretty, nice and a bit ditzy.

    On stage the talent is OTT silly, big voiced soul belters, tearful backstories with not that much actual talent, or something plastic-looking out of hollywood casting with passable voices (this goes for little kids too).

    He says he’s looking for a superstar but he wants an international novelty act.

  • Kirsten

    From blkeener’s excellent recap (thanks for taking the time to write that!):

    Theory was talent was better in the audience than on stage. Just ask they guy who sang “I Will Always Love You” in soprano, almost pitch perfect. Wow.

    I’m surprised that’s an angle Simon hasn’t worked yet. Think of the Cinderella story he could have there. Audience member sings for some lame contest during the break, judges hear him and come out amazed and send him through to the competition (they could even seed him in the audience if they want…these shows are all about manipulation). I think that could generate some mad buzz.

    Maybe I shouldn’t give him any ideas?

  • Kirsten

    Off stage: the men are tough or not threatening to him, the women are pretty, nice and a bit ditzy.

    On stage the talent is OTT silly, big voiced soul belters, tearful backstories with not that much actual talent, or something plastic-looking out of hollywood casting with passable voices (this goes for little kids too).

    Yep. That perfectly sums up Simon. I wonder if he will recognize his own failings in time to save the show or if it really is the recipe for success in the States.

  • tinawina

    I wonder if he will recognize his own failings in time to save the show or if it really is the recipe for success in the States.

    I might work out fine. I suspect if people find it entertaining, all will be well. I just won’t be watching, but they’ll surely survive without me. :D

  • Ratna12

    I actually like the idea of rotating Paula and Cheryl seatings every week.
    Not only I want to see the interaction between Cheryl and Simon, but I was hoping to see Paula’s reaction to L.A Reid.

    I was at the first session audition and at one time, L.A Reid said something mean and Cheryl just looked at him for a long time but did not say anything. I like to see if Paula will say something.

  • Esqt

    I was at the first session audition and at one time, L.A Reid said something mean and Cheryl just looked at him for a long time but did not say anything.

    Probaly the reason for the switch in seats.

    Lol, snarky Simon!

  • DavidD11

    Just to add some calrification…that detailed recap was for the FIRST session. I was at both on Sunday and in the first it was fairly disappointing and it was clear production was working out a lot of kinks. Between delays and sound problems the audience was getting restless. I actually think because of this they had all of the less talented/entertaining people perform.

    The second session however things were running very smoothly. The above poster is right, Rachel Crow is definitely someone to look out for. There was also a 14 year old who sang When I Look At You by Miley Cyrus, which on paper sounds like a nightmare but her voice was insane, wish I could remember her name. The auditions were a bit more like The Voice in the sense that none of the contestants were really horrible, but some were just odd and ridiculous.

    The biggest takeaway though was the judges chemistry. I think the line-up is genius. People criticize Simon a lot based on his last few years on Idol when he was completely over it. He wants X Factor to be huge so he was on his game. Hilarious, witty, and snarky. Paula was same old Paula, but in a good way. I think Cheryl is going to be a break out star. She is so kind and sweet, but completely genuine, to me she seems like a more authentic version of J Lo. And her niceness works well with the overall chemistry, although it might be annoying if she were inserted into the Idol panel, it provides the perfect balance with Simon and LA. I don’t think people are going to like LA very much. He is as harsh as Simon without any of the humor but I think he is an important part of the show. He is kind of what Randy was SUPPOSED to be like this season.

    Overall, I really can’t wait for September. I would advise people who were only at the first session to reserve judgement because it was really like night and day.