‘The X Factor’ judges turned up the heat by pitting the remaining contestants against each other. Find if your favorites emerged victorious!
For The X Factor‘s second round of boot camp Oct. 4 , contestants went head-to-head in a battle round after working with vocal coaches. Some singers stood out while others just, well, just stood there.
The Battles Begin:
Carly Rose Sonenclar and Beatrice Miller, both 13, were the first pair to hit the stage with “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People. I think Beatrice was sweet, but Carly was just so damn good. (Doesn’t she seem, like, 25?) She may have oversung it a tiny bit, but she also got the better part of the song. It was really a toss-up with these two!
Roommates and tattoo enthusiasts David Correy and Vino Alan battled next with Marvin Gaye‘s “What’s Goin On.” While both were decent, Vino threw his hat down at the end of it like he messed up. The judges seemed confused (as did I). “He scares me a little bit,” Britney confessed. What she said.
Next were Diamond White and Dinah Jane Hansen. (OMG, THE LOVE ACTUALLY SOUNDTRACK!) I don’t know why they threw that in the background, but I’d like more of that please. Anyway, the ladies took on a ballad version of “What Doesn’t Kill You” by Kelly Clarkson. Poor Dinah messed up the lyrics, but she still sounded great. Diamond, on the other hand, is a complete firecracker. Love her!
Mess & Mediocrity:
That strange sister group, intelligently named Sister C, was up next against some girl named Lauren Jauregui. I have no idea what song they sang — they didn’t really show it — but Britney Spears said it best: “I think Sister C’s annoying.” Yes, Britney. Yes. Simon Cowell accused her and Demi Lovato of just being catty, but Sister C really did suck.
[Insert equally annoying Pepsi product placement nonsense that no one wants to see.]
Country crooners Willie Jones and Tate Stevens battled with “Nobody Knows,” which was appropriate, because Willie didn’t know his lyrics. He completely messed up the song, which I don’t understand. Why would you pick a song you didn’t know? “Tate hussled him,” L.A. Reid said. (Ah, I see what’s going on there.)
Former season-one contestant Arin Ray sang a lovely slow version of “What Makes You Beautiful” with Normani Hamilton. They had great chemistry, and obviously Demi thought so too. “My heart just melted,” she said. (Anyone else think Arin and Normani would make a cute couple?)
Meanwhile, my favorite contestant Jillian Jensen was up against a very confident LaTasha Robinson. But as soon as LaTasha started singing Sugarland‘s “Stay,” she lost her way and started bawling. Because Jill is a sweetheart, she tried to help her with the lyrics, but it was too late. Then Jill came in with a chill-inducing verse that made me tear up immediately. Demi looked like a proud mother while LaTasha got bitchy and hysterical. “That little 19-year-old girl just stood there and outshined me.” Come on now. That’s just mean!
But she wasn’t the only one to forget her lyrics. Other favorites from the audition round – Freddie Combs, Jordan Shane and Nick Youngerman — also lost their way mid-song. I’d be surprised if any of them get through.
The real battle came when, once again, crazy-pants CeCe Frey went up against Paige Thomas. Paige was nervous because CeCe picked the song “Secrets” by One Republic, which she didn’t know. Paige missed a few words and CeCe missed a few notes, but Paige is WAY more likeable. CeCe is just… awful. I don’t think she’d ever win over America. (Not sorry, just being honest.)
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Who do you think will make it to the next round?
— Sharon Tharp
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