The auditions are finally done for the first season of the US version of X Factor. The acts that the judges allowed through now have to really bring it. In order to be the full package the judges want to see and hear, they get dance lessons too.
162 acts go for one week and by the end of it, only 32 acts will be left. They will get instruction on dancing, singing and bringing the stage persona out to be the best there is. In the process, will Paula hold it together? Will Simon have a hissy? A lot of the acts melt down, that is for sure!
The acts start out with some training on being the all around package. They will be judged for styling, their attitude and lastly their voices. Each day the acts get whittled down until only 32 will be left to ultimately compete for the title of X Factor Champion.
62 acts get cut right away the first day. Other industry experts are brought in to help judge the performers to see if they have what it takes. There will be lots of frustrated people and tears. And attitude. The 14 year old decides he doesn’t want to dance.
The acts are called out in groups of 10. Each one steps forward and sings a song that is supposed to showcase their best talents. Some of the stars from the auditions step up, however some really disappoint. Some acts make it really easy to get themselves cut their first day. And one even forgets the words to his song.
The groups are brought out in three batches and two are allowed through to day 2, while one is sent home. There are lots of excited people on stage and a few who throw tempers back stage. A few people party out until late in the night, but will it hurt them the next day in rehearsals? We shall see.
With only 100 acts, the competition gets tougher. The acts have to pull it together and prove they need to stay through to day 3. The acts are put together in groups and have to sing and dance as a group in order to move on. The first group wows with some huge talent. And a few errors. A few of them are forcing the lyrics or the dancing to the judges.
The next group up also have big voices. They perform Desperado, even though a few of them were born after the song was released. Some of the wows from the audition aren’t wowing in their performances now.
Can group 3 do better? The next batches is rappers who are going to show off their talent. The 14 year old who didn’t want to dance is in this group – will he perform? He actually gets on stage and does a decent job, but his young age hinders him.
Group 4 has some powerful male voices to sing now. Can they mesh and sound awesome? The first one up forgets his lines and tries to manage through it, but he is just 15. Does it seem like age is going to be a hindrance to some of the potential stars? The older voices certainly are strong in the performance.
Group 5 comes in and the judges are talking about people before they hit the floor. One of them proved controversy between Paula, Nicole and Simon. How does Tiah do this time? Pretty good. The judges seem to recognize she has practiced.
Group 6 contains Rachel Crow, the 13 year old who was awesome in the auditions. The vocal coach admits they got the hardest song, a Whitney Houston ballad. They all struggle in practice, but can they pull it together on the stage? They did and it sounded pretty good.
Group 7 contains both groups and solo artists. Remember the duo where he was in love with her, but she said they weren’t a couple? The romance might be blossoming soon. How do they all sing though? Twelve year old Emily wasn’t sure about even going on the stage. She made it out there and sounded good. But is it enough? The judges seemed to love it.
We won’t know how anyone does until tomorrow night when the rest of the groups show their performances in day 2 of X Factor Boot Camp!