It seems strange to be thinking about possible winners of The X Factor when the show only makes itsUSdebut tonight. But with the release of an 8-minute promo and more than a few spoilers leaking out to sharpen our appetites for yet another singing talent contest, we already know a few names to watch out for on Season 1 of The X Factor USA.
As always, stop reading now if you don’t want to find out any SPOILERS. I can’t say any of these contestants will win The X Factor USA as that will be up to all of us who bother to vote. But I do know a few people worth keeping an eye out for. So there they are:
Melanie Amaro – This 18-year-old girl-next-door has a belting voice that even Beyonce would be proud of. Audiences and judges alike were stunned and L.A. Reid gave her high praise for her ‘gift’, telling her that she made it worth it for him, for everything he walked away from in order to be on The X Factor. Simon was lovely to her too, telling her that people like her were exactly why he started the show. But I kept my dry eyes until Melanie’s little sister yelled out repeatedly, “You are my role model!” Then, I lost it. Maybe you will too.
Simone Battle – This lady is FIERCE! Battle (21) impressed Simon Cowell with her red satin booty shorts and her sassy attitude. I love the way she described herself as a mixture of cheerleader, hipster and drag queen. Can you imagine that? No? You’re interested now then, aren’t you?Battlesings the Pussycat Dolls’ When I Grow Up. It’s a shame former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger missed this performance, as this was before Cheryl Cole got fired. L.A. Reid didn’t like her, Simon Cowell did. They had a fight. Simon won, I’m glad to say as Simone has something about her.
Marcus Canty (20) showed that the boys have what it takes to do well in X Factor, too. This soul man probably won’t be cutting grass for a living for much longer. L.A. Reid likened him to Bobby Brown in his prime. Simon said he was more like Usher. I’ll take either, thanks! The alpha males managed to agree on one thing that this highly marketable R&B man had the X Factor with his rendition of Stevie Wonder’s I Wish.
Stacy Francis – Anyone who saw the 8-minute promo for The X Factor that Fox showed has already seen quite a lot of Stacey Francis. This 42-year-old single mom has just the kind of back story these reality TV talent shows love. She’d been emotionally abused and missed many chances in her life. But she didn’t miss this one. She put all her feelings into her voice and there was hardly a dry eye. Certainly not mine!
Chris Rene – This recovering drug addict and father of one could turn his life around while on The X Factor, but it’s a big pressure for someone who had only been clean and sober for only seventy days when he auditioned. Still, Rene (28) is not afraid to take risks. He was one of the few people to get through such an audition with their own composition. The testament to his hip-hop talent is that L.A. Reid was truly impressed with this solid number. “I’ve worked with some of the greatest hip-hop artists, and all of my boys would be proud of me telling you that you are the truth,” he raved. Hip-hop’s not really my thing but even I can see this guy’s talent. I am just worried about him. It’s not easy to undergo the stress of such a competition on national TV with just 70 days sobriety behind you.