October 11, 2012 09:03 PM by Melissa Stavarski
Last time on The X Factor, the final 24 acts were revealed, teams were formed, and the Judges’ Homes auditions began. Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell mentor the Young Adults and Groups, respectively. Those 12 acts sang for their lives last night. Tonight, the Over 25s, mentored by L.A. Reid, and the Teens, mentored by Britney Spears, take the
stage sunny patio.
Up first, the Over 25s with L.A. Reid, Justin Bieber, and Scooter Braun.
Jason Brock shares that finding his voice gave him confidence. He says, “To come this far is such an honor.” Jason sings Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” I adore Jason, but he over sings tonight. It’s shout-y. L.A. feels as if it was a strong vocal.
David Correy feels the pressure. Actually, he says, “Forget pressure – this is do or die.” He sings “Domino” by Jessie J. David’s voice is lovely, but he needs to work on his enunciation. I have a hard time understanding the words when he sings. L.A. admits that a few of David’s note gave him the chills. “Talent isn’t the question. Viability in the marketplace is the question,” L.A. says. When Scooter looks at David, he sees passion. Passion like that, he says, is hard to find.
Daryl Black is desperate to make it through for his family. Singing “She’s Gone” by Hall & Oates, Daryl impresses both Scooter and Justin. L.A.
continues to be a stick in the mud isn’t as sure. While Scooter thinks Daryl’s voice is special, L.A. says there’s nothing unique about it.
Tate Stevens does not want to return to his day job, and he very much wants to move on to the live shows. Tate sings Brian McKnight’s “Back At One.” I’m not a fan of country, but I much prefer Tate’s voice over “young adult” Willie’s. Scooter says he just can’t help but root for the guy, and Justin calls his charismatic. L.A. challenges them both and asks, “But would you write him a check for $5 million?”
Vino Allan graciously says, “To be surrounded by such talent in this six has been the most validating thing that has happened in my life.” Vino hasn’t had an easy life, as he grew up with an abusive step dad. While he endured his own hurt, he says the greater torture came from watching his mom be physically abused. Vino sings “Sober” by Pink. Scooter says, “The dude is petrified, but he stepped up.” Justin agrees, he felt it emotionally. L.A. likes the soul in his voice, but he questions whether or not the whole package works.
Tara Simon reminds us that she’s always been a star, we just didn’t know it. Preparing for her turn, she makes horrible cat-being-tortured noises, annoying the hell out of the other guys. Tara OVER sings “The Reason” by Hoobastank. Justin says, “She has a big voice, but not many sweet moments.”
Finally, the Teens with Britney Spears and Will. i. am.
Diamond White simply wants to pursue her dreams. Tonight, she sings “I’m With You” by Avril Lavigne. She’s cute, likable, and sings incredibly well for her young age. Will. i. am says Diamond is amazing, but she worries too much about her moves. Britney criticizes her stage presence.
The other Teens start to show their nerves, saying things like, “how do you compete with that” and “that was flawless – it’s almost not fair.”
Reed Deming says his entire life (all 13 years) has been in preparation for this moment. Reed sings “Hey There, Delilah” by Plain White Ts, and his nerves show. Britney thinks he could have delivered it better.
James Tanner raps “Party Like A Rock Star” by Shop Boyz. Britney says it was entertaining, but she adds it might not be enough. No intro for James and only comical facial expressions from Will. i. am, I think it’s safe to say James is a goner.
Arin Ray says this second chance means the world to him. Tackling Nicki Minaj’s “Starships,” Arin sounds flawless. He has a nice tone and never sounds like he’s trying too hard. Will. i. am thinks he has potential. Britney feels as if his vocals need a little work, but she loves watching him.
The camera cuts to the room of Teens, and they look completely defeated and exhausted.
Beatrice Miller says her life revolves around music. Of all the Teens, she looks the most stressed out. She’s so, so cute and talented, she must pull it together. She sings “Titanium” by David Guetta. Amazing! She has such a unique tone, she reminds me of Adele in that way. Will. i. am says, “That was fresh!” Britney agrees but also complains because Beatrice is too loud.
Carly Rose Sonenclar thinks she brings something different. She’s also intimidated by Britney. Carly sings “Brokenhearted” by Karmin. There’s not much to say here… she nails it. ”She’s a caterpillar,” says Will. i. am. “Just when you think she’s gonna turn into a butterfly… Dragon! Burning up the place!” Britney knows Carly is very talented, but she questions her ability to cope with the pressure of the business.
Tune in next week to find out which 16 acts move on to the live shows. Who are you rooting for? Who blew their chances at the judges’ homes? Share your opinions on The X Factor season two auditions with us in the comment below!
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