LIVE BLOG: The X Factor – “Auditions #1”

Alright y’all, I’m going to attempt to live blog the West Coast viewing of The X Factor

Not gonna front, I am stoked to see Simon Cowell back on TV.

JUDGES: Simon Cowell, That Pussycat Doll, Paula Abdul, and L.A. Reid

HOST: Not Ryan Seacrest

And in case you aren’t aware what the winner gets…$5 million recording contract with Sony Music.

Contestants will be split into categories…guys, girls, 30-somethings, and groups.

Los Angeles Auditions

First up, Rachel Crow, 13, “Mercy” – Duffy

– Very determined little girl

– Would use the money to buy a new house for her family

– Good voice for her age…judges seem to adore her, she’s moving onto the boot camp round.

Terrell Carter, 36, “Ribbon in the Sky” – Stevie Wonder

– Average R&B voice

– Put through to the next round

John Lindahl, “Forget You” – Cee Lo

– Boyband-esque

– Put through to the next round

Siameze, 30

– Would invest the $5 million into his career

-He’s river dancing…and pulling off some very impressive cheerleading jumps

– All the judges basically say he’s a Prince rip-off, yet put him through to the next round.


Son, I am disappoint.

I don’t know y’all… I’m not too impressed so far, but there’s 90 minutes left. Hopefully there’s a fantastic audition coming up.

Oooh, just saw a clip of the Backstreet Boys, things are looking up already.

Dan & Venita, 70 & 83, “Unchained Melody” – The Righteous Brothers

– Little pitchy, dawg.

– Bless them; they’re adorable, but no.

I love that Cheryl just set a contestant straight, and told her she had a bad attitude. Something tells me that The X Factor’s biggest downfall is going to be replacing her with the Pussycat Doll.

– The winner of The X Factor will star in their own Pepsi commercial to air during the Super Bowl.

Simone Battle, 21, “When I Grow Up” – The Pussycat Dolls

– The look on her face when Simon cut her off…LOL

– I kinda like her voice. She’s definitely got the pop vibe going on.

– L.A. Reid says he was “completely underwhelmed.”

-This girl has the confidence & knows how to work the room. Definitely has the potential to do well.

– Simone was sent to the next round.

– The feud between Simon Cowell & L.A. Reid is highlighted…I kind of love it. Ooooh….FIGHT!

Stacey Francis, 42, “Natural Woman” – Aretha Franklin

– From Brooklyn, NY.

– “I don’t wanna die with this music in me, Simon.”

– Okay, she just made me cry. :’)

– She has some crazy range, that with some training, she could really work it out.

– She’s headed to the next round!

Seattle Auditions

Geo Godley

– …I can’t

Marcus Canty, 20, “I Wish” – Stevie Wonder

– Definitely has some flavor to him.

– Great stage presence!

– Had Paula & Nicole out of their seats!

– L.A. Reid compares him to Bobby Brown.

– Simon calls him “one to watch”!

– He’s through to the next round!

The Anser, “Rolling in the Deep” – Adele

– Known each other for awhile.

– Not loving the song choice, but they are pretty cute.

– Mashed up with Britney Spears “Till The World Ends.” (Woo mash-ups!)

– Decent harmonies; they need some work.

– Headed to the next round.

TAKE NOTE: I cannot stand that they spell “Answer” as “Anser.” Not cute.

Nici Collins, 23, “Emotions” – Mariah Carey

– …ummmm

-Snaps for the song choice? I love me some old school Mariah.

Darren Michael, 40, “Like A Virgin” – Madonna

– “It’s like I’m living in some sort of nightmare here.” – Simon

Chris Rene, 28, “Young Homie” – an original

– Bay Area contestant…HOLLA! He’s from Santa Cruz!

– Just out of rehab.

– Not bad…kind of reminds me of Rich Cronin.

– I was diggin’ his performance, not even gonna front.

“Favorite part when I sit in this chair, and I meet a star for the first time.” – Simon // D’awwww!

Overall thoughts…I need to see more legitimate talent. But, I love seeing Simon back on TV. In the words of *NSYNC, “You make my heart sing!”

If you tuned into The X Factor tonight, what did you think?

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Kirsten Coachman

Kirsten Coachman is an entertainment writer and editor from the SF Bay Area. When not listening to music or cheering on the San Jose Sharks, she's probably at the movies. Follow her on Twitter: @KirsCoachman

4 thoughts on “LIVE BLOG: The X Factor – “Auditions #1””


  2. I agree that what X-Factor showed of him (tiny snippet of the song) wasn’t the most impressive sample of his talent, but it still wasn’t average. Either way as you said….your opinion.

  3. I love this show! The X factor is one of the most exciting reality show this year. The contestants are so amazing. I’m a big fan of this show!

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