X Factor resumed Thursday night, and this time, they didn’t have to worry about The Voice snatching all of their potential viewers. Again, aside from the dramatics, not much happened. For the first five minutes, and throughout the show, the producers try their best at making Demi Lovato and Britney Spears seem lucid and more reliable as judges than anyone else on the various talent show competitions. Are you buying it?
With the show cut down to an hour, or 42 minutes, we meet the first televised contestant, Johnny Maxwell, 5 minutes into the show, as opposed to 30 minutes in the premiere. Johnny, a 16-year-old rapper who croons his own hooks, blazed the stage. He was reminiscent of season 1’s Astro, but he obviously was more humble and less skilled. Packed with ambition, a boyish grin and sparkling earrings, Johnny, who was supported by his hot mom, easily sailed through to the Boot Camp rounds by “doing it big” and “not letting anyone get in the way of [his] dreams.”
Frankly, Lexa Berman is conscious of her talent, and she’s not afraid to expose it–even the fact she’s willing to marry rich if her dream doesn’t become a reality. Lexa bounced on stage, spread her legs, flirted with Simon and gave a good rendition of Alex Clare’s “Too Close.” Britney, who hasn’t sang live in years, said Lexa’s montone voice was boring; Demi was intimidated by her confidence; Simon called her “Jersey Shore meets the Kardashians,” but said no one would like her. Are Snooki and Kim successful because so many people love to hate them?
I enjoy listening to a wide array of artists, but the affection ends when the music stops. Beyond blasphemy, there’s a certain something that doesn’t sit well with me when individuals praise recording artists, or any celebrity for that matter. These misguided “stans” empty their bank accounts supporting/worshipping, with very little reciprocated in return. On tour, spectators are asked to pay a large sum of dollars to take an impersonal photograph with someone they just paid a large sum of dollars to witness lip sync and give a stiff routine of the most generic song ever recorded. Case in point, Britney Spears, and her number one fan, Patrick Ford. Clearly he adores her dearly, yet he treats her like the plague. I guess the robotic femme fatales can’t be as hands-on with their creeps like the lovely Lana Del Rey.
Is it time for a new Susan Boyle? Has the world already forgot that we shouldn’t judge books by their covers? Yes; the reminder is well overdo. A flamboyant Jason Brock confidently approached the stage like only Sir Elton John could and tackled Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind.” After this audition, the 34-year-old tech support operator won’t be answering phones and singing Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It” to customers anytime soon. On Twitter, someone described Jason as Adam Lambert meets Cam from Modern Family meets Elton John; honestly, there isn’t a more accurate way to describe the slightly annoying yet soulfully incredible guy. L.A. Reid promptly gave him a standing ovation. “Your voice is a song’s best friend; every songwriter wants a guy like you to sing their song,” commended Reid.
Carly Rose Sonenclair is not your typical 13-year-old. She’s bright-eyed and wide-smiled like most Disney stars. She tipped on stage and revealed she’d cover” Feeling Good” by Nina Simone. Immediately, doubts filled the stadium, but Carly was quite confident. As soon as she sang “birds in the sky,” everyone, particularly the judges, knew a potential star was born. An innocent, yet soulful, petite girl, who is well aware of her gift, quickly transformed to an old-soul-possessing diva.
Recap: Ep. 1