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‘The X Factor’ Recap, Southern Storms and Madness

X Factor‘ has a weird way of bringing out the delusional and flighty, of course course these people always seek approval the most. Simon and Co. aren’t necessarily looking for the next Adele, but there was at least one singer who thought she actually was Adele…on Jerry Springer.

Willie Jones – Darling!

The auditions moved to Greensboro, N.C., where Simon got his first taste of the Southern staple buttered grits! First up, was cutie-pie Willie Jones from Shreveport, Louisiana who drove 14 hours to sing for the judges, and sing he did. Demi compared his style to the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air“, but he wasn’t going to rap about how his parents didn’t understand.

Williedid shock the audience when he started Josh Turner‘s “Your Man“, and did a great job with it. I really liked how his voice went between a very Country low and an R&B middle. This kid has a lot of potential. You might remember that Scotty McCreery auditioned with with this song on ‘American Idol‘ and did go on to win the show, so maybe it will as lucky for Willie as it was for Scotty.

When Julia Bullock made her way to the stage she revealed that she was auditioning without her band. Flashback to her in the parking lot with her ex-boyfriend and friend, asking them what they would do if she makes it onto the show. They’ll have to get “regular people” jobs, and they are none to happy it about it. Julia goes into Foster The People‘s “Pumped Up Kicks” which is just alright for me, but she gets her 4 yeses and her ex has to start applying to flip burgers at McDonald’s.

There was one standout with Jeffrey Adam Gutt, a single dad that impressed the judges with his neck-stretching rendition of “Hallelujah.” I thought parts of it sounded a bit forced, but I’m kind of tired of the whole RVRS (Raspy Voiced Rock Star) thing. Demi told his adorable son, Talon that his dad “was a rock star,” and it he got a pass to the next round.

I decided to save the worst for last. Of course none of us really sound all that great singing in the shower or car, but that little fact didn’t stop Krysten Colon from thinking that we needed to hear what she sounds like in the shower. She tried, she really did, with Adele‘s “Don’t You Remember” but it was hardly worth remembering. Her whole tone was just off. Simon encouraged her to try again, and she did in this time with Whitney‘s “I Have Nothing” which sounded even worse than her first audition.

God. The taping was being hit by a pretty fierce thunderstorm while she was singing, probably Whitney having a fit in Heaven from hearing another person butcher one of her classics. It was no, again, and Krysten broke down backstage, fighting with her mother and throwing water at a camera. Before she could throw a chair at security, she ran outside into the rain and her mother was left to apologize for her behavior.

If it’s exhausting watching this, I can’t imagine how it is for the judges to be in front of that for hours on end. I wonder what they add to their Pepsi (which they had to shill in an embarrassing segment), to keep their cool…because I want some, too.


Britney Spears Has A Christina Aguilera Moment on X Factor – Another Mickey Mouse Club Alum Auditions

Brit and Don


Earlier this year on The Voice, former Mickey Mouse Club member Tony Lucca auditioned and wasn’t (instantly) recognized by coach Christina Aguilera. He ended up on Adam Levine‘s team and all that drama made the show interesting for at least two episodes. Now their old mouse ear wearing friend Britney Spears is a new judge for The X Factor and she also encountered an old acquaintance.

"Sorry, y'all just ain't raaaht fer the Axe Facterr, Baah!"

X Factor is still filming their auditions, currently in San Francisco, and one Don Phillips came hoping to land a spot on the show. Phillips was featured on the track “I Will Still Love You” from Spears’ album …Baby One More Time. He also announced that he was gay to Spears and the other judges. “At the time I didn’t think I was worthy,” he said, according to People. “I didn’t think you thought it was okay that I am gay.” Britney told him, “I think it’s fine that you are gay,” but that wasn’t enough to get him through as Brit didn’t think he was right for the show.

I don’t know if this guy, like Lucca, was expecting to get an automatic pass, but I guess this is something we’ll be seeing a lot more of on these singing competition shows because of the  superstar judges and coaches. Surprised Kelly Clarkson didn’t run into an Idol contestant while she was picking people for Duets. Which is still a show that exists on TV.

L.A. Reid is a douche; what else is new?


The US version of the popular talent show ‘X Factor’ hasn’t even started yet but some of the judges are causing some controversy. L.A. Reid, who is the new CEO of Epic Records, reportedly told label executives “I don’t want no ugly people working here; I only want good-looking people.

This was just as he started his job earlier this month. “Reid’s thing is keeping it sexy,” a source said. Do I even need to state the obvious?  An industry insider said,

He [Reid] considers himself an artist, which means he expects to be treated like a VIP. He’s incredibly difficult, and many people are worried about what will happen when he starts on the judging panel for ‘The X Factor.

Yikes, and judging by the few clips Fox has released, he is going to be the judge to hate when the show starts Sept. 21. Of his “ugly people” comment, a Reid source said, “There is no way he said that,” and it was “completely made up” by someone with an agenda.

"I don't get YOU or your MUSIC." - L.A. Reid to Lady Gaga

Whether he actually said it or not, please remember this was the man who famously dropped Lady Gaga from Island/Def Jam Records because he didn’t think she was good looking. He is reported to have once told her: “I don’t get you. I don’t get your music.” She was then snatched up by Cherrytree Records, and now resides at Interscope Records. Jimmy Iovine obviously saw something in her. Iovine of course joined American Idol this year as a mentor.

You might also remember Pink‘s hit song “Don’t Let Me Get Me” which featured the line, “L.A. told me, “You’ll be a pop star/All you have to change is everything you are.”

Seems like L.A. Reid hasn’t changed at all.