The X-Factor: Judge’s House No. 2
Night two at the judges’ houses began with L.A. reminding us that he likes developing young talent, like his guest mentor, Justin Bieber (no, that doesn’t make you sound like a pedophile at ALL). He called them “the underdogs,” which didn’t sound very encouraging coming from a supposed mentor. Regardless, J Biebz gave some words of wisdom before sending the six Over 25s off to prep for their audition.
Jason Brock warmed my heart with his story of finding himself through music despite the naysayers, and then took the stage (deck?) to sing Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” He told L.A. “it felt great,” while the three watching agreed he had the voice, they weren’t convinced he had the package deal. Next, David Correy, who plans to use the $5 million to be reunited with his birth mother, sang “Domino” by Jessie J. L.A. said he “got chill-bumps,” and Scooter said, “I saw pure passion.”
Up until this point, Daryl Black had been fairly forgettable (at least for me). But his rendition of Hall and Oates’ “She’s Gone” prompted Scooter to say, “He’s got a special voice,” although L.A. wasn’t particularly impressed. Then Tate Stevens put a country spin on Brian McKnight’s “Back At One,” that could definitely sell some records. Despite Bieber’s claim that “he’s charismatic and he has a great voice,” he wasn’t convinced that he would give the likable dad any of his millions. To which I say, “You can afford it, Biebs.”
Next, my previously-warmed heart was broken into a million pieces by Vino’s recounting of his childhood abuse. He sang “Sober” by Pink with his trademark intensity, prompting Justin to say he “felt it.” Finally, the only female in the category got her shot, choosing to sing Hoobastank’s “The Reason.” The mentors all agreed she had a “big voice,” but weren’t sure that was enough to capture one of the four spots in the upcoming live shows.
Then it was onto the final category: the Teens, who were performing for Britney and Will.I.Am. First up was Diamond White, the first of three 13-year-old girls left at this stage of the competition. She sang Avril Lavigne’s “I’m With You,” and while her voice impressed, her stage presence did not. Then Reed Deming sang “Hey There Delilah” by the Plain White Tee’s, and did so much better than the original singer, I thought. Will.I.Am. suggested that he could slow down a little, and Britney agreed.
This group’s rapper was James Tanner, who belted out “Party Like a Rockstar.” Britney was entertained, but not completely won over. Arin Ray, who was on last season as a part of a group, sang Nikki Minaj’s “Starships,” and Will.I.Am. said he had “a potential X-Factor in him.” Then it was Beatrice Miller’s turn: she sang the hit “Bulletproof” with real emotion in her voice,
Finally Carly Rose Sonenclar had her chance, singing Karmin’s “Brokenhearted,” and once again I was amazed that this voice was coming from such a little girl. She took a pop song and turned it into a ballad, and Will.I.Am. called her “possessed.” Britney loved her as well, but wasn’t sure she could handle the pressure of the competition.
Next week we find out which 16 acts have made it on to the live shows!