Boot camp’s nearly over in Miami and The X Factor hopefuls are about to learn their fate if they’re worthy of the judges’ mentoring time with an added bonus of hanging out in their respective plush homes.
Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato will also learn their fortune on which six talents they’ll be managing and developing to the top. FOX’s teaser shows a fuming L.A. and a rather composed Simon as they learn the composition of their teams. The judges will be bringing in worthy friends and mentors to put the contestants’ talents into perspective during the mentoring session: Will.i.am, Marc Anthony, Justin Bieber and Nick Jonas. Let’s get the competition up and running!
The judges are now in the process of deliberating on the top 24 finalists. They divide their picks into four categories:
The Young Adult Category includes Cece Frey, Willie Jones, Jennel Garcia, Nick Youngerman, Paige Thomas and Jillian Jensen. It’s a fairly satisfying decision, especially with my personal favorite Jennel going through. Sophie Tweed-Simmons, Gene Simmons’ daughter, fails to make the cut.
For the Over 25s Category, we have Jason Brock, Daryl Black, Cavid Correy, Tara Simon, Tate Stevens and Vino Alan. This is quite a shocking result especially since they’ve left out the exceptional Jeffrey Gutt.
In the Groups Category, the judges have decided to field in Sister C, Dope Crisis and Emblem3.
The Teens Category has the following: Beatrice Miller, James Tanner, Carly Rose Sonenclar, Diamond White, Reed Deming and Arin Ray.
Three groups have also been created from those who didn’t make it the individual categories: Lylas, Playback and Lyric145. These groups will be joining their mentor along with the first three groups which have been announced earlier in the day.
With the final list out of the way, the judges await the producers’ decision. Britney will be mentoring the teens, something she’s always wanted. Simon has the groups while Demi’s got the young adults. L.A. has the over 25s and he’s pissed with this piece of news.
On to the judges’ homes: the groups in Miami are travelling in style to Simon’s mansion. Simon’s success in pop groups is now about to get tested again and he brings in Marc Anthony to help him in his creative vision.
In Los Angeles, Demi meets the young adults and brings in one big gun to win the competition: Nick Jonas. Nick’s presence immediately get the girls swooning.
In Malibu, the teens head to Britney’s pad. The pop star enlists Will.i.am to help her succeed in her first mentoring gig. She informs her vocal talents that she will immediately cut off two from her team.
In Beverly Hills, L.A. meets his team and doesn’t hide the fact that he’s still disappointed. The legendary producer signs in Justin Bieber and his manager to help mentor his team.
Back in Demi’s house, Jennel Garcia performs her version of Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl”. Demi and Nick look impassive, which knocks off Jennel. Willie Jones gives the Tony Rich Project’s “Nobody Knows” another try, the same song which hurt him during boot camp. He makes a very big improvement and Demi looks satisfied.
Jillian cover of Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity” gets Nick’s attention but doesn’t make that much impact on Demi. Nick Youngerman takes on Kesha’s “Tik Tok” and brings some fun in what’s otherwise a very serious room (set by those who performed ahead of him). Demi’s not sure whether she’s delighted or annoyed at what she saw.
Paige Thomas puts on a theatrical twist to her version of Chris Brown’s “Turn Up the Music”. Demi isn’t happy; she doesn’t see any improvement in Paige’s performance.
Before Cece performs, Demi warns the girl to tone down her attitude so she won’t come out as unlikeable. She performs LMFAO’s “I’m Sexy and I Know It” and she comes out swingin’! Nick and Demi are enthralled.
By evening, Demi and Nick review the performances and decide on the four talents they’ll be bringing to the live stage.
In Simon’s house, the groups prepare to impress their mentors. First to perform is Playback, the newly-created boy group which consists of Josh Metzler, Owen Stuart, Austin Corini, Brandon Hassan and Johnny Maxwell. This group sounds fairly good but Marc Anthony’s bored; Simon thinks their combined voices (for singing Hall and Oates’ 80s hit “Rich Girl”) are refreshing.
The members of Emblem3 have always been very confident, but as they perform The Police’s “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” in front of their mentors, their poise wanes a little as one member misses his cue. Marc likes them but Simon’s disappointed.
Simon advices Sister C to put on more of their personality for their performance. Their version of Shelby Lynne’s “Leavin'” may not have impacted much on me but Simon feels different. He may have fondness for them but isn’t sure whether the audience will eventually do.
Lyric145 is another new group composed of Lyric Da Queen and One4Five. They claim to have bonded well, including their chemistry. As they sing Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA”, I get this feeling that Miami’s skies are smiling down on them. Marc and Simon think Lyric Da Queen is already a superstar!
Dope Crisis brings in a lot of energy in their performance of Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass”. They’re a powerful pair and their mentors see it.
The members of the newly formed girl-group, Lylas, are getting a second chance in The X Factor and they’re determined to make their efforts work for them. Lylas is comprised of Dinah Jane Hansen, Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, Normani Hamilton and Camila Cabello. While they’re covering Shontelle’s “Impossible”, Marc looks like he wants to be someplace else. The girls’ voices are crisp and solid. Marc’s verdict? They’re good and Simon agrees.
Who will Simon and Marc bring along to the live shows? We’ll find out tomorrow, along with Demi and Nick’s picks.
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