The Oct. 3 episode of ‘The X Factor’ brought us the first night of bootcamp — otherwise known as ‘hell week’ for some contestants.
It was a tense night on The X Factor. For the first round of bootcamp Oct. 3, every singer had to belt out a song in front of the judges AND their fellow contestants. It was the first time everyone really got a glimpse at the competition — and some of it wasn’t very pretty.
First up was 13-year-old Diamond White, who was clad in metallic pants no one should ever wear. Nevertheless, she took on Whitney Houston‘s classic, “I Have Nothing” and blew it out of the water. It was very clear a lot of the other contestants were intimidated by such a strong first performance — as they should be.
Meanwhile, 16-year-old Austin Corini — who was a fan favorite with the ladies during the auditions — was brave enough to take on Bob Dylan‘s “Make You Feel My Love.” While L.A. Reid wasn’t really into it, I was. The rest of the judges shared my sentiment. The girls love him and you can’t deny the power of teenage girls.
Red-haired Texas native Jessica Espinoza, 22, took on the cheesy Prince of Egypt ballad “When You Believe.” Demi Lovato had high hopes for her, but the singing fell flat, and Demi whispered to Simon Cowell that she was “pretty disappointed” with Jessica’s performance. (Ouch!)
Hot & Spicy:
You may remember 18-year-old Jennel Garcia. At first, I didn’t. They reintroduced her as this sweet, soft-spoken girl — but when she hit the stage, I immediately remembered her. She did a sexy rendition of Gavin DeGraw‘s “Sweeter,” complete with hair flipping and air-humping of sorts. L.A. called her “very spicy.”
Next, some hipster kid in purple glasses whose name I can’t recall (sorry!) tried to sing “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” which is pretty much the best song ever written. Sadly, he forgot the lyrics about three seconds in and couldn’t find his way back. Tears followed pretty quickly as he called out for his mom.
Next up was one of my favorites, the cuties from Emblem 3. They surprised me a bit with their ska rendition of “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls, but it was solid. Not great, maybe even a little weird, but definitely good. “Will you love them 20 songs from now?” L.A. asked Simon. Hmm… good point.
Off The Rocker:
Crazy-pants Tara Simon — you HAVE to remember this diva — crawled around on the floor decked out in a leopard0-print dress while she growled though Queen‘s “Somebody To Love.” She gave the judges a little too much of a show, if you know what I mean. (And I know you know what I mean.)
Simon was in love with 17-year-old Willie Jones and his version of “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” but Britney Spears wasn’t into it at all. I had to agree with Brit on this one. His voice is mediocre — although, he was rocking that Fresh Prince haircut pretty awesomely.
Finally, one of the biggest moments of the night was a Whitney Houston showdown! Both Paige Thomas and Crazy-pants No. 2 CeCe Frey — that chick with the spots painted on her face — sang “I Will Always Love You” right after one another. It’s definitely one of those songs you wait for people to screw up, but Simon told them, “one of you actually nailed it.” Sadly, I think he was referring to the leopard-faced lunatic.
In the end, the judges had to cut half of the contestants. It all happened so quickly, but here’s what I could make out:
YES: Diamond White, Jennel Garcia, Paige Thomas, David Correy, Vino Alan, Carly Rose
NO: Jessica Espinoza, Jordyn Foley, Trevor Moran (Insert Britney tears.)
YES: CeCe Frey, Nick Youngerman, Freddie Combs, Johnny Maxwell, Jillian Jensen, Tara Simon, Emblem 3
Again, there were a lot more people that made it through — and got sent home — but we’ll have to wait until they narrow it down some more to really get everyone’s names!
What did you think, HollywoodLifers? Did your favorites make it through? Drop me a comment and let me know!
— Sharon Tharp
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