‘X Factor’ Auditions–That’s A Wrap!

Posted: October 6, 2011 by jerkmag in BLARE -- music
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 “X Factor” auditions came to a close Wednesday night.  The show ended its search for the next worldwide sensation in Newark, NJ, as well as an unnamed town on the West Coast.  This music discovery show is the backstabbing friend of the television crowd.  Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, both former “American Idol”  judges, are two out of the four judges on the panel for “X Factor”.  So what, they get sick of American Idol, ratings drop, and then they screw over Randy and Fox and go make their own show?  That seems a little harsh.

Despite these inner conflicts, the show has provided remarkable talent.  One of the main differences between “Idol” and “X Factor,” is the age requirement.  “X Factor” has set its minimum age requirement at 13-years-old with no maximum age limit, whereas “American Idol” has an age limit of 15 – 28.  The 13-year-old age requirement has proven to pay off for “X Factor”.  Rachel Crow, 13, has come out of the auditions as one of the front-runners and favorites in the competition.  She won the judges over with her performance of “Mercy”, by Duffy.

Among other favorite auditions was Jazzlyn Little.  What appeared to be a shy and insecure 16-year-old, turned out to be a massive powerhouse singer with major star potential.

So with the first season off to a great start, it’ll be interesting to see how the “X Factor” does against older fan favorites such as “American Idol” and “The Voice.”  From here on, there will be another round of auditions from which 32 contestants will be chosen for the live shows. They will then be split into four groups of girls, boys, group acts, and those over the age of 30.  Each group will be given a judge as a mentor, a similarity that reflects “The Voice”.  I can’t wait to see what talent this show can give us.

-Hayley Isaacson

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