The Stereo Hogzz were next with a rather interesting arrangement of Michael Buble’s “Cry Me A River.” The singing was great and so was the choreography. I was impressed. They were followed by the 14-year-old rapper, Brian Bradley. I am OVER him. Ugh. Enough, enough, enough. Speaking of enough already – Philip Lomax is still around, impersonating Frank Sinatra badly. However, he still has jackets I want. I need to call him up and see where he shops. Chris Rene and Nick Dean were next. Both were far better than they were during the group rounds. Chris doesn’t have a very full voice, but has an endearing story that makes me want to hear more from him. Nick didn’t forget the words to his song this time, which was a big improvement.
After Nick, producers trotted 42-year-old single mom Stacy Francis back on stage. During Stacy’s pre-performance interview, she talked about how her Dad died the first day of Boot Camp, but she didn’t tell anyone about it. She decided to continue on with the competition because she thought that’s what he would have wanted her to do. She even had to pick ‘The X Factor’ over her Dad’s funeral. While I feel for Stacy and think her story and what she’s been through is awful, I think she milked the pity card a little much. However, her version of “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess was pretty awesome. It was no Leona Lewis, but awesome nonetheless. I think Stacy may be a dark horse to win the whole show.
Stacy was followed by a contestant I kind of despise having to talk about: Tiah Tolliver. I don’t think she is anywhere near as great as others do. I don’t know what Simon sees or hears in her. Other than the fact I’d want her on my side in an alley fight, I don’t really have any use for Tiah. Eh. Enough of her, too. She needs to get the boot. Cari Fletcher and Drew Ryniewicz also got a little air time. Both girls seemed to grow with each audition, which is certainly something I like to see happen.
By the time the 21st audition was shown, Andrew had fallen asleep. I wanted to wake him up for Caitlin Koch, just because I like her. A lot. Maybe it’s because she reminds me of my friend, Laura, but I could buy Caitlin’s debut album now and be perfectly happy listening to it for the next few months. However, I chose to let Andrew sleep and I tried to contain my audible support noises for Caitlin when she started to sing. Caitlin also chose to perform Buble’s “Cry Me A River.” And OMG. Her voice does it for me like none other. It’s just so soulful and the right tones to my ears. I was mad that the show didn’t show more of her singing. I only got a few seconds, but that just means I will have to hold out for more. Now I can squeal about Caitlin like a 12-year-old at a Justin Bieber concert without the concern of waking anyone up. Sure, I’m sitting at work, but who cares. Cailin is my Bieber. What an odd comparison.
The final audition of Boot Camp came from alleged 59-year-old Leroy Bell. I say alleged because he is aging well. Leroy did an Adele-like version of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love.” It was incredible and the perfect way to wrap up the Boot Camp rounds.
So...everyone was done singing, but there were still 20 minutes left of show, according to the DVR. What could possibly be happening in that time? Well, we still had 32 acts to eliminate, we had to put the rest into categories and we had to decide which category each judge would mentor.
Here’s who made each category:
Caitlin Koch, Tora Woloshin, Simone Battle, Drew Ryniewicz, Rachel Crow, Jazzlyn Little, Melanie Amaro, Tiah Tolliver
Brennin Hunt, Brian Bradley, Skyelor Anderson, Nick Voss, Tim Cifers, Philip Lomax, Marcus Canty, Chris Rene
Elaine Gibbs, Tiger Budbill, Leroy Bell, James Kenney, Josh Krajicek, Christa Collina, Dexter Williams, Stacy Francis
Stereo Hogzz, 2 Squared, 4 Shore, The Brewer Boys, Delusion Confusion, The Anser
In addition to the six groups mentioned above, the judges also decided to make their own groups out of the leftover boys and girls they liked but didn’t feel were strong enough to advance on their own. Hmm. I think that’s going to be very High School Musical. The only thing missing will be an awkward romance between Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens.
After the categories were announced, the judges had to find out which category they would mentor. LA gets the boys, Nicole gets Over 30’s, Paula gets groups and Simon gets the girls. While I don’t agree with all of the acts the judges put through, I think Simon will have the hardest decision in picking which four girls he wants to take to the live shows. The girls are the strongest overall, and I have a feeling a girl or over 30 will win the first season of ‘The X Factor.’
Next week, the remaining acts head off to their mentor’s home to be put through the ringer before a final decision is made.
What are your thoughts? Did they judges leave anyone behind who should have advanced? Were you like me in thinking some people were given chances who really shouldn’t have gotten them? It’s always drama on ‘The X Factor.’ We’ll see what happens at the Judges’ Homes next Wednesday and Thursday at 8ET/7CT on Fox.