Ethan Boroian – X Factor – VIDEO

It’s the 5th week of X Factor auditions (Simon Cowell’s singing competish from across the pond) and this week’s featured audition is Ethan Boroian, 19, who is a student from Surrey, but comes to X Factor by way of Chicago, IL.

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He’s a super good looking guy, but his performance of “Use Somebody” doesn’t reveal much in the way of singing chops (he’s flat) or performance skills (look a little interested, will ya?)

I wonder if he ever tried out for American Idol? If he did, he might have had a little trouble there…

What do you think? Did you watch X factor tonight? Anybody else worth checking out? Please post your thoughts in comments…

Video after the Jump…

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  1. That audition just makes me wonder how he would’ve done on American Idol … or did he try out and not make it? We’ve already established that AI has higher standards considering the much bigger pond that they are fishing in, although we wouldn’t know it based on Sarver and Megan Joy.

  2. Haha I think I’m going to ignore the actual video and focus on the pretty…. Cuz whoaaaaa

  3. I wonder if he doesnt do well on X-factor, if he could still try out on idol in another season. he got through based on looks, but i can not blame the judges!

  4. Gorgeous! Better than that other guy Ollie. Lots of super hot guys with average voices so far.

  5. That was an ok audition. He is very Good looking. He’s got the Kris Allen/David Archuleta Vibe. But the best thing I can say about him is he audition with a great song. King of Leon not something people usually would pick as an audition piece. I know he plays guitar (checked out youTube for videos of pre X-factor tapes) He may play other instruments too.

  6. I quite liked him … again it was a pretty blehhhh show .. I just hate the audition rounds as they’re too full of the awful auditionees and the judges playing up to the camera .. plus Strictly Come Dancing (our version of Dancing With The Stars) has started on a rival channel at the same time so I was flicking back and forwards so I probably wasn’t paying proper attention.

    We have one more audition round to be shown tomorrow night when I look forward to see what this guy, Daniel Pearce, does .. he has history with reality pop shows as he was one of the band members chosen in Pop Idol The Rivals in 2002 but I really liked him then .. but the band kind of flopped and split up.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF2YUQZ2PFU

    Then we move onto bootcamp followed by judges houses. The final 12 have already been chosen but it’s a nightmare making sense of all the spoilers as they seem to cotnradict each other. There seem to be too many “Daniels” getting through to the latter rounds and when you throw “Danyl” in the mix people are wondering if the spoilers are getting mixed up with some of the names.

    My favorite so far is still Jamie Afro .. he’s not giving much away on Twitter .. his tweets lead me to believe that it could have gone either way with him … and Danyl seems to be hijacking Jamie’s followers on Twitter by starting to follow them which leads me to believe that he could be campaigning for votes so he could be through …lol

    So there are varying reports as to whether Danyl and Jamie are part of Simon’s Top 3 .. all spoilers seem to be saying that it’s an all male top 3 in the over 25’s … some say Olly’s also one of them then others have said that he’s back at work so hasn’t got through …. who knows? …lol

  7. oh and I also noticed that Ethan had tweeted Perez thanking him for his support as Perez seems to have the hots for him and is featuring him on his site

  8. He sings? I didn’t notice because I was too busy drooling. Lord he’s pretty!

  9. He has a voice to die for, needs training, but the raw goods are there. And the looks!!! Ah, well…..

  10. I actually liked him better than the “sex on fire” guy. I got the Kris Allen vibe from him myself. Just the whole sweet and humble label and Simon saying he sees with Ethan it’s not just about the singing, but a love of music. Oh, yes, and the infamous line of the girls are going to love you. And how about that face plant in shoulder hug. All very reminiscent of AI Kris Allen as far as I’m concerned.

    I’d watch the show just to see how well he does.

  11. I wonder if he doesnt do well on X-factor, if he could still try out on idol in another season. he got through based on looks, but i can not blame the judges!

    I would think that he could. I don’t know if anyone remembers Tom Lowe from AI a few years ago .. he’s the Brit who’s audition was shown in our edit of AI but not on the US version .. and he was part of the Blake/Rudy/Chris Sligh group in Hollywood who sand How Deep Is Your Love. .. but he got cut at the chairs round.

    The following year he auditioned for X Factor and got through to bootcamp .. but they never showed his audition or any of his footage .. but he was still allowed to audition.

  12. and these twins are rumoured to have got through to the finals as one of the “groups” … which should be fun as Simon hates them ….lol

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

    Unless they do extremely well at the bootcamp stage I think they’ve been put through for comedy value

  13. He reminds me of a better looking Enrique Iglesias.

    I liked his song-choice, I just don’t think the effect would have been the same if he wasn’t as good looking as he is.

    Now even Perez is going crazy about him.

  14. alxsavage
    September 19, 2009 at 11:57 pm
    He reminds me of a better looking Enrique Iglesias.

    Spot on.

  15. This one is worth watching for the Judges’ reactions alone.

    She’s a teacher in a male prison:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJxtG4pJcLM

    This video just reinforces my Dermot love .. lol …. he’s so cute and he can’t stop having a sly look at her boobs when he’s talking to her … he’s just the right height for an eyefull …lol

  16. Wow, weren’t they lucky that they had all this film on him before he auditioned and they knew if he could sing or not. Gosh, what a coincidence to have picked him out of that huge crowd. That impresses me, but unfortunately not the singing. But, I’m sure he will be on the show. And, yes he is HOT!!!!!! :-)

  17. Not sure how we stand here for revealing spoilers but this is the thread on one of the main UK entertainment sites (Digital Spy) where spoilers are being discussed .. some of the posters do have inside knowledge and have been accurate with their spoilers in previous years .. but there are also some who you don’t know if they are right or just making stuff up

    http://digitalspy.org.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=1129236

  18. He….is hot. Wow. He looks older than 19 too.

    The performance was average but he’s the first guy I really found attractive in these vids so far.

  19. Extremely good looking indeed! ;)

    The 17-yr old repeater from 2 seasons ago had potential too. I agree that he just needs to be himself rather than try to imitate Chris Brown – I think that’s who it was that he sung.

    And I loved the 80 year old lady hitting on Simon. She’s supposed to be back tomorrow night for more. :lol:

  20. “I got the Kris Allen vibe from him myself. Just the whole sweet and humble label and Simon saying he sees with Ethan it’s not just about the singing, but a love of music.”

    And that was exactly what made Kris Allen so “unforgettable” in Simon Cowell’s eyes ‘“ he so rarely acknowledged Kris’s obvious love of music performances!

  21. UK entertainment sites (Digital Spy) where spoilers are being discussed ..

    Ahhh! If true, then that cutie petutie made it!!! I mentioned him as being the preteen chosen one a few weeks ago. I hope the spoiler is right. He really was adorable! Blond hair, blue eyes, flushed cheeks…. so cute! The young girls will love him!

  22. Oh mama mia … gorgeous in a kind of George Clooney in his 20’s way! Did you see Dani and Cheryl’s reaction?? Gotta hose them down … especially Dannii; she doesn’t see to be impressed easily.

    So far Jaime Archer, Stacey Soloman, and Miss Fitz are my favs. They’ve got a lot talent over there and love the show!

  23. I’m trying to figure out why you wondered if he ever tried out for American Idol. The X Factor is a british show, and American Idol is an American show. He wouldn’t have been able to try out for Idol unless he was an American citizen.

  24. “And that was exactly what made Kris Allen so ‘unforgettable’  in Simon Cowell’s eyes ‘“ he so rarely acknowledged Kris’s obvious love of music performances!” — EmmaCT

    Simon is an enigma to me and he contradicts himself all the time. When the camera was on him, I could see the wheels spinning. I also noticed the shots of the audience were pretty low-key, no OTT standing ovations, very understated. You felt happy for the kid, but you didn’t feel totally manipulated. It was all very sweet, very nice. I’m not sure of the other man’s name, but when he said that guy is a star and Simon asked, “really?”, I almost felt it was a genuine response from Simon. Those types of responses or reactions throw me because Simon appears to be sooo wrong sooo many times, but then appears to have known all along who is going to win it all.

    I think it might be this kid.

  25. I thought it was lame. Not feelin the voice. Very *thumbs though Idol’s book of one-word critiques* shouty at times.

  26. He’s alright looking, I guess. Perez Hilton was losing his shit over him though. His singing was whatever and I’m really sick of KoL.

  27. Really sick of that song but boyyyyyy is he pretty!!! Prettay prett-ay as my bff would say… :)
    I wasn’t really impressed by his voice, like at all. Those female judges were like Kara times ten, minus the table whacking. Do that equation. heh. I’ll have to check out Perez’s site – it always amuses me the artists he drools over. Tori Amos and Lady Gaga I get, i can see the merits BUT Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Madonna, ….Miley!!! Does he have ears??!?!

    I’m sorta interested in what he’s done pre-XFactor. I’ll never remember his name but I will remember that face.

  28. Looks = 10
    Singing/vocals = 7
    Stage presence/showmanship = 6 (not including the looks, of course)
    Personality = 8 (perhaps a little bit too shy, IMO)

  29. Hmm, according to the look on their faces, the girl judges approved him before he opened his mouth. He is hot indeed. His voice and singing did not impress me.

  30. I must be missing something – I don’t think he’s all that attractive – cute but not WOW and the vocals were meh.

  31. He has a couple of acoustic numbers ( he plays guitar) on youtube.

    Here’s Hey Ya:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQjBHizJPVg&feature=related

    I am sorry, to me this guy is just not good. I think everyone, after looking at this, can appreciate kris Allen just a teensy bit more, lol. And how hard is it to sound good singing KOL’s best song to date ( until “Notion” comes along)? To a backing track and not bandzilla? Or even acapella- that really would have exposed his weakness. Oh, and the other guy with the huge fro that sang KOL? He sucked too, they both just sang really, really, ridiculously good songs.

  32. I’ll have to look up some YT vids… so for not impressed. Pretty package, but not impress with his vocals.

  33. Squirelly:

    I must be missing something ‘“ I don’t think he’s all that attractive ‘“ cute but not WOW and the vocals were meh.

    Wow, I think this if the first time I’ completely agree with you! I was looking through the comments and scratching my head over all these comments that deemed him the prettiest thing ever. And the vocals are just ok. But who knows, he might pull a “Kris Allen” to bust out some amazing arrangements or maybe he can show some emotional delivery later.

  34. Boring.
    There’s nothing unique about his voice, I could go on iTunes and easily find a dozen singers he sounds like. I wonder if he permanently lives in England now or if he’s just over there studying. Whatever, he’s good looking and can sing as well as some so he should make it at least most of the way.

  35. Wow, I think this if the first time I’ completely agree with you!

    The first time – pfft – get with the program ;p

  36. The singers this season are really rather mediocre. A few I like who may do well on the show, but none of them can be described as great singer, just average –

    Lucie Jones – I like her kind of slightly understated singing – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ahU5d0TGqk

    Lloyd Daniels – a sweet kid who would be favorite with little girls and grannies –
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdxbyIAjvfs

    Jamie Archer – made a big splash on the first audition, but seemed off-pitch a lot of time, like his voice though – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvBHzaZZO5o

    I think there is only one more audition to go, doesn’t look good for this season.

  37. I think it’s far too early to judge the overall quality of the show just after one audition. I like to wait until the first week of live shows when we get a proper performance … or even see what they do at bootcamp/judges houses to get a real feel about them.

  38. The 17-yr old repeater from 2 seasons ago had potential too. I agree that he just needs to be himself rather than try to imitate Chris Brown ‘“ I think that’s who it was that he sung.

    What they didn’t mention was that it’s actually his third attempt at the show .. he got through to judges houses 2 years ago (the last cut before the live shows) .. but he also auditioned last year but was cut the round before at bootcamp.

  39. I’m curious how an American will do on the X-factor. Ethan will have European exposure and can very easily be promoted in the US market. It’s not about the best vocals anymore. It’s about what will sell. Actually it’s always been about that really.

    This is what TPTB are looking for now:

    Sweet
    Humble
    Understated
    Modern of today
    Good-looking (“girls are going to love you)
    Talented
    Good voice
    A love for music
    “Knowing the direction of how you want to progress in the competiton, rather than singing the obvious”

    I wonder if they saw his take on Rhianna? Is Ethan another singer/song arranger/songwriter? Curious how they’ll play this out if he’s the one they want to move on — probably very low-key, noting his sweetness and humility, nice-guy. If that is who he really is, than yes, it’s a good way to go.

    All very interesting to me.

  40. I’m trying to figure out why you wondered if he ever tried out for American Idol. The X Factor is a british show, and American Idol is an American show. He wouldn’t have been able to try out for Idol unless he was an American citizen.

    Were Carly Smithson and Michael Johns American citizens? I honestly don’t know. They had to have green cards, I know that.

  41. If he’s 19 and a student in Surrey, don’t think he ever tried AI. Definitely a good looking guy, love his raspy voice. Remind me a bit of Cookie’s voice. Hope he can go far on the show.

  42. Were Carly Smithson and Michael Johns American citizens? I honestly don’t know. They had to have green cards, I know that.

    It’s possibly that Carly has dual citizenship, don’t know if Australia allowed him to have dual citizenship.

  43. From tonight’s last round of auditions .. Daniel Pearce .. I like him .. he’s a nice guy with a decent voice …. he’s another over 25 …. that category is really top heavy with the decent singers which is a shame as only 3 can get through to the finals

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

  44. Kris? Please. He makes Kris look like the inside of my shoe.

  45. “He makes Kris look like the inside of my shoe.” — Carolinacharms

    What? That’s an odd expression. If it means what I think it means — I disagree. Both guys are good-looking. Perhaps Jamie Afro then?

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