October 05, 2011 06:43 PM by Candace Young
Tonight, the auditions are over on X Factor, and bootcamp begins. 162 acts will face the toughest week of their lives as they fight for a spot in the final 32. Ultimately, they will be split into four categories – boys, girls, over 30′s, and groups. Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, and L.A. Reid will each mentor one of those groups. Read on for all of the highlights as bootcamp kicks off…
X Factor bootcamp is the precursor to next week, when the acts will be judged on style, attitude, dance, and voice. The judges will keep cutting until they are down to the final 32 contestants.
The judges meet with the 162 contestants and Simon Cowell says bootcamp will separate the good from the not-so-good. Only 100 acts will survive the first day. Choreographer Brian Friedman puts the hopefuls through their paces in dance. A few contestants sit out, including 14 year-old Brian Bradley, who says this is not what he’s there for.
Next, they are brought out in rows of 10 to step forward and sing briefly to refresh the judges’ memories. Some buckle under the pressure, and others sound great. They are then brought out in large groups to learn their fate. One group is dismissed and some of them take it very hard, including a guy who screams that he now has no life. 100 made it through – some party and celebrate, while others hit the hay early.
The next morning, hopefuls are awakened and told they have five minutes to meet L.A. Reid in the lobby. He tells them they’ll be sorted into ensembles and will have to learn songs, but they’ll be working with some of the best people in the industry. They have five hours to get their performance together. One-third of the acts will be sent home.
The judges take their seats to watch the seven groups sing for their future. Group one takes the stage and performs Creep by Radiohead – they do a terrific job. Audrey Turner, widow of Ike Turner, particularly impresses them.
Stacy Francis is in group two – she wants to prove herself after her prolonged note on the first day of bootcamp was dissed by Simon as ‘over the top’. So is Jazzlyn Little, who is still suffering from a lack of confidence despite wowing the panel in her audition. They perform I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2. Simon whispers to Paula that Jazzlyn has forgotten the lyrics, but she keeps going seamlessly.
The next few acts perform strongly, including one group who sings Desperado by The Eagles. The controversial Tia featuring in the fifth group. She comes out with attitude, strut, and vocals that elicits smile from the panel and a ‘yeah!’ from Simon. After, he admits to feeling anxiety over how Tia would perform since he persuaded them to put her through.
13 year-old Rachel Crow is in the sixth group and she struggles to find the key to the song they’ve been given to sing – I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston. She does well in the final performance, but is still nervous afterward.
The final group performs Run by Leona Lewis and some are very impressive. Siamese Floyd, who was first to sing, seemed to do better than in his audition.
The next episode will see one-third of the groups being cut and the remaining contestants will be divided into boys, girls, over 30′s, and groups. The judges will then learn which group they will be mentoring.
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