RECAP: X Factor Boots Bootcamp


With tonight’s episode of X Factor, we have finally come to the end of the auditions. Perhaps we’ll see some hidden talents the producers decided weren’t interesting enough to show the first time around?

The show began with Neal Macomber, who as per usual, was set up, in typical X Factor fashion, for failure. With his family waiting backstage (this has to be a joke, right? They surely could hear how awful he is), Neal sang “Everybody Talks” by Neon Trees. The creepy man decided to sing to Demi during his audition with an eerie smile, and even stroked her hair towards the end. Needless to say, the probable serial-killer-in-another-life didn’t make it through.

And because X Factor sticks to the ancient formula American Idol started with too much emphasis on bad auditions, we sped through some “good” ones. Making it through to the next round are groups Glamour, Girls United, and Wild Thingz. Perhaps the clips were too short to fully judge, but none showed anything impressive, although Kelly hailed Glamour to be “a baby Destiny’s Child.” Zach Beekman, who has a serious case Scotty McCreery syndrome (you know the whole deep voice thing), also got four yeses. Santa Clause doppelganger Denny Smith impressed, even in his 30 second clip, with his bluesy voice. Why couldn’t we have gotten a longer clip of him? Sigh.

Ending the auditions were Victoria Carriger and Keith Beukelear. Carriger, mother of eight, sang a nice raspy version of Kelly Clarkson’s “Because of You.” The judges, who were amazed with her voice, didn’t seem to mind her weird enunciation problem. Every time she sang “Because of you…” it sounded like “Because-uh you.” Beukelear auditioned in front of Simon 10-years-ago on American Idol. Google him, you’ll remember his awful rendition of “Like a Virgin.” This time around, he rapped Sir Mix Alot’s “Baby Got Back,” and somehow, got the ok from all four judges.

Finally, the auditions are over, and the show has changed format. Instead of having a bootcamp with the over 200 acts, the judges would slash the numbers down to 40, purely based on their original auditions. This doesn’t seem like a fair chance for the contestant, or like good TV. Bad move from X Factor execs.

Many sort-of standouts didn’t make it through, but the top 40 were not the least bit surprising since most of them got long 5 minute packages.

The girls, mentored by Demi Lovato, are: Khaya Cohen, Bree Randall, Jamie Pineda, Simone Torres, Rion Paige, Danie Greimer, Rylie Brown, Primrose Martin, Ellona Santiago, and Ashly Williams.

The guys, mentored by Paulina Rubio are: Carlito Olivero, Chase Goehring, Timmy Thames, Isaiah Alston, Tim Olstad, Al Calderon, Josh Levi, Isaac Tauefa, Carlos Guevara, Stone Martin.

The groups, with Simon Cowell, are: Glamour, Good News, Yellow House Canyon, Alex and Sierra, Roxxy Montana, Wild Thingz, and Girls United. Three trios were made from the leftover contestants, one of young girls, young guys, and another of three country singing guys.

And the over 25s, with Kelly Rowland are: Lillie McCloud, Jeff Brinkman, Rachel Potter, Kristine Mirelle, Victoria Carriger, James Kenney, Allison Davis, Denny Smith, Lorie Moore, Jeff Gutt.

Hopefully the “4 Chair Challenge” that is being hyped for the next round will add some entertainment to this show, because based on the auditions, the contestants won’t be enough.

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