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First impressions of ‘The X Factor,’ with Britney Spears aboard: entertaining!

Britney Spears debuted Wednesday on "X Factor." CREDIT: Fox

Britney Spears debuted Wednesday on "X Factor." CREDIT: Fox

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Overall, I enjoyed it even though it was more entertaining in terms of production than actual singing. There was humor and pathos and joy. That’s what makes a good TV show. If you were expecting to watch for the next Kelly Clarkson, I doubt you saw it.

As a judge, Britney Spears is not the disaster you might think. Demi Lovato so far seems to be a non entity but very very sweet. The judge’s panel chemistry seems better than last year (though that’s not saying much.)

Simon Cowell chose the hot group he created on the U.K. “X Factor” to introduce the new season of the U.S. “X Factor;” One Direction. Smart move. Though season 1 $5 million winner Melanie Amaro has yet to release an album (and has only an oddly overly Auto-Tuned single available), Cowell then features three stars from his homeland “X Factor.” Besides One Direction, he has Cher Lloyd and Leona Lewis under his belt.

The intro tells us about the new judges Demi Lovato and Britney Spears long before any season one contestant was featured. Rachel Crow who? Astro what? It’s about the judges, right? Oh, wait, there are singers, too.

The show is interestingly going without a host during the auditions. You only hear the voices of people involved. I would say this is a challenge for the editors but definitely a different way to approach things. Having a narrator/host is much easier. The contestants have to tell their own story minus the host. Stylistically, it’s intriguing.

What’s slightly annoying is that it takes 14 minutes before we hear a single singer. First up in Austin:  Paige Thomas tries to channel Mary J. Blige (I’m Goin’ Down”). I can’t say her look is terribly distinctive. I’m not that impressed with her voice either. It strikes me as a bit thin and lacking control. But the judges and audience (standing o!) are mesmerized.

‘You’re so bright and confident on stage. You’re flawless,” Britney says in her first critique. “You’re a star,” L.A. Reid burbles, comparing her to Rihanna. (What?) “Your stage presence is absolutely amazing,” Demi Lovato says.”You’ve got a good pop sound,” Simon says.  And she has a cute three year old daughter to boot.

Interestingly, there was nocomment on her rather so-so vocals. But Rihanna  is hardly a great vocalist either. They think of her in package terms: personality, looks, stage abilities.  This is very much the “X Factor” trademark at this point. Pop, pop, pop.

Here’s a quick review of the next contestants:

- Shawn Armento, 50, baggage handler.  He claims a lot of vocal and dance training. He sings an original song “Candy Girl,” not to be mistaken for the New Edition song. It’s a train wreck. The guy looks like he just stepped out a local neighborhood bar and attempts to, um, sing. Britney looks like she’s just seen someone pee on themselves. “You’re like a mouse trying to be an elephant,” Simon said. “It’s just wrong.” When Demi takes him to task and say she shouldn’t be up there, Shawn gets all child-like petulant, saying that she uses Auto Tune and he doesn’t. So nah nah nah nah nah. Britney says she’s “uncomfortable” with this creepazoid on the stage and wonders why he’s even up there. (So the judges could insult him! That’s how “Idol” worked, right?”)

- Then we show Britney’s “bad” side by watching her reject bad singers: To Chad Mosby: “You need to practice a little bit more.” Amy Gibson: “I thought it was kind of bad.” Josh McCoy: “It wasn’t very nice.”  Will Thomas: “You need a new teacher to teach you to sing.” Then a bunch of slightly more original one-liners: “I felt like you were Alvin in the Chipmunks.” “I think you’re like Vanilla Ice meets Lauryn Hill meets West Side Story.” ‘The song was in the wrong key.” “You’re really off key.” I don’t think you have the ‘Wow’ factor. I think you’re confused with your direction.”

“And everyone thinks I’m the mean one,” Simon says.

Clearly, we won’t really know how ‘witty” and “mean” Britney can be until we see the live show. This was what we learned about Steven Tyler. His bag of tricks was pretty darn small after all.

- Reed Deming. He’s a Justin Bieber-ish 13 year old. He tries “It Will Rain” by Bruno Mars. He’s too nervous and Simon asks him to sing another song. He tries another Bruno song “Grenade” and is a bit better. “You’ve got steel in your eyes,” Simon says. “I want better vocals from you.” (I agree.) “You remind me so much of this other little kid,” L.A. Reid says. “Who?” “I don’t want to fall in that Bieber stereotype,” Reed says.  He has personality and that’s what matters here. “Too cute,” Demi says. He goes through anyway.

After the commercial break, we hear Demi telling Simon she won’t date for a year and he warns her away from Niall Horan of One Direction. Did they kiss? She says no. But how honest is she being? The banter is actually kind of fun, even if it has zero to do with the competition.

And we keep hearing this annoying blond girl Kaci Newton and her equally annoying sister. She has way too much makeup on. “I want to be a legend,” she says. She opts for Katy Perry’s “Firework” and she is all over the place. Terrible. She needs vocal training – seriously. No range. All shakiness. No depth. “It sounded like you were dying,” Simon says. “Mercy” was no better.

At the 50 minute point, we go to San Francisco to see a bunch more of bad singers. “A raving lunatic,” Simon says of one of them. “You sang like a dog trying to lay an egg,” he told another.

- Quatrelle, a man dressed as a wedding dress, looks like a joke. (Hey, Britney. Nice glasses!)  He works his Lady Gaga and  is … not bad. He’s hardly a $5 million act but perfectly fun at the local gay bar. “You were off key a little bit but for the most part, you’re really entertaining,” Britney says. Spot on. Demi loves his lipstick. “If you imagine Madonna, Bobby Brown and Dracula had a child, it would be you,” Simon says. “I quite liked it.” They all put him through. “Sometimes, I have to embrace the madness,” Simon says.

- Emblem3, a trio of teen “brothers,” meet Vincent Thomas, a youthful looking 22 year old. I sense a combo coming, don’t you?  He gives Emblem3 advice as the “vet.” Vincent looks appealing but he’s just okay, no great shakes, no emotional resonance. So clearly, the editors wanted to show Emblem3 didn’t need the advice from Vincent. The teen girls are hot for them before they utter a note. They opt for an original song “Sunset Boulevard.” It has a passable pop/rock feel (if not much of a hook) and gets the audience on their feet. Demi is smitten. L.A. vibes. “Can’t wait to hear you on the radio,’ Demi says. They’re through, of course.

- Don Philip. The saddest story of the day. He’s 32 and looking worse for wear, trying to break through in the business. He even dueted with Britney ten years ago. (Back story!) He tries Halo and he’s not even remotely good. Britney looks deeply pained. Simon tells him his voice isn’t good. Britney echoes him. Afterwards, he says he felt he disappointed Britney. It’s a truly sad moment for him. Poor guy.

- Janelle Garcia. This lady has some rock moxie. Vocally, she’s good, if not great. She has potential and a fearlessness the judges (especially L.A.) love. “I’m so feeling you,” L.A. says. “That was absolutely incredible,” Britney says. “You have such a cute face. You’re really likable then all of a sudden, you’re on fire,” Demi says. “I literally wrote on my notes, ‘Popped!’ ” Simon says the pop charts needs a young Pat Benatar.

- At the 1:42 point, we hear a gratuitous bad singer, then Jillian Jensen, who was bullied in high school and is a Demi fan. She gets tearful backstage talking about it. She brings her emotional weight behind her singing, an interesting grittiness even if she is no Adele. She cries on stage. Demi embraces her – literally. “You are so strong,” she tells Jillian. It’s a great TV moment. Does this have anything to do with finding the next great vocal talent? Not really. But does it matter? The editors really stretch this baby out a bit too long, though.

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64 comments Add your comment

Jubie

September 13th, 2012
8:33 am

What a mess. That is all I have to say.

Woodpappy

September 13th, 2012
8:38 am

I didn’t watch it and really dont care about his show. Come on IDOL ….!

David Puddy

September 13th, 2012
8:39 am

Watched about a half hour. Spears is a ragged mess. Lavato and the black judge were the only coherent participants. Spears and Simon were useless.

[...] It’s Britney, X Factor fans. [...]

DanJ

September 13th, 2012
9:08 am

I actually like it. Liked it a lot! It felt much different than last years show, maybe it was not having a host. Maybe it was the camera angles or mic placement. The show seemed like it was more from an audience point of view. Again I wasn’t blown away by a contestant but I was impressed with both Britney and Demi. Especially Demi!!!

Since I admit I enjoy XF over Idol I realize I’m biased but at least I admit it. I also watch Idol so I can at least base my opinion having seen both. Of course it had dramatic moments but that seems to be the norm now.

Deirdre

September 13th, 2012
9:33 am

Keith Urban has officially resigned from Australia’s version of The Voice. I think we can count on hearing his name in our ever changing list of judges.

Harriett

September 13th, 2012
9:50 am

Good morning! Just stopping in to say hello. I will be gone most of the day at an event for work.

I was in a quandary last night. I actually watched most of The Voice and all of XF by recording and toggling back and forth. What an exercise! Then, once The Voice was over, I went to AGT, which was featuring the finals acts, with winner announced tonight. I did not miss any of that, and watched XF via the same toggling as before. Add to that, they had Revenge’s last episode (I think) from last year on at 10 PM, and I got to watch that one, too! Whew! And, now they are moving Revenge to Sunday nights, in direct competition with Mad Men, which I have watched since it began. What’s a person to do? I hate having to wait to watch Revenge until the next day, so I guess it will be Mad Men that gets pushed to the side.

Hope y’all have a good day.

nitin

September 13th, 2012
9:57 am

I watched it, never have seen the show before. I have to say I only tuned in because Britney Spears was on it. It blows my mind how big of a star she really is. For a while I thought I was watching the Britney Show. I can’t stand Idol… I’ve been watching The Voice but the X Factor seems more exciting. Simon scored with Britney. Good show, watch it if you ain’t got nothing to do, and let’s face it if you’re 30 something and single, like me, what else do you have to do.

Deirdre

September 13th, 2012
10:03 am

Not exactly a glowing review, nitin, but definitely interesting.

Sam-A

September 13th, 2012
10:09 am

Harriett: That episode of “Revenge” was in the middle I believe – it wasn’t the last one, unless I fell asleep and missed the plane crash! I started into the series late, and saw only the last 4 episodes, and don’t remember that one being one I saw.

Flipped during a commercial, to see some poor, terribly untalented soul, who apparently had something to do with Britney a long time ago (boyfriend maybe??) be turned away (justifiably so) and collapse and whine about “hurting Britney” etc. Lordy – wish there’d be a show without all this sob story drama with virtually every contestant!

Didn’t bother to go back again.

One Night Stand

September 13th, 2012
10:20 am

I watched for the first time last night to see Demi and Brittany. I watched for the last time last night.

Mercedes S.

September 13th, 2012
10:29 am

Sam-A

September 13th, 2012
10:36 am

Mercedes: While you’re here: Have you seen the Richard Gere movie (odd name ??) starting this weekend? If so, what can you say about it? I like “mystery/thrillers” if they’re well done.

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September 13th, 2012
11:02 am

[...] It’s Britney, X Factor fans. [...]

Deirdre

September 13th, 2012
11:04 am

Early ratings are showing that The Voice beat XF the first hour.

Rodney Ho

September 13th, 2012
11:32 am

Simon is going to be peeved if that’s the case with the ratings. (I usually get the early ratings around 11:50 a.m. or 20 minutes from now) Honestly, the first episode of “X Factor’ was a great show. Not great talent but a great show.

JTesla

September 13th, 2012
11:39 am

I haven’t watched it yet, will probably catch up over the weekend, but if it lost out on ratings to The Voice… that is funny.

Deirdre

September 13th, 2012
11:43 am

mj is reporting the preliminary ratings. I think that many people thought they could watch TVoice the first hour and XF the second and get the “benefit” of seeing both shows.

Deirdre

September 13th, 2012
11:45 am

From TVLine:

For the night, both singing shows averaged a 3.3 demo rating. But in their shared hour at 8 o’clock, The Voice scored a 3.3 to X Factor‘s 2.7. And in total audience, NBC outdrew Fox 10.7 million viewers to 7.5 mil. That said, The Voice was down 6 and 17 percent from Night 2 of its three-part premiere week.

Deirdre

September 13th, 2012
11:46 am

And btw, AGT got hammered by XF

Dum-Bass

September 13th, 2012
12:00 pm

Now I know why I only watched snippets of it last year, and turned it after about 5 mins. last night. I got “lucky” and tuned in just in time to see the “wimpy, tearjerker” segment with the obviously gay guy, who I think knew BS(yep, perfect!) in the past. If “Honey Boo Boo didn’t nauseate me enough already, this guy surely did! Once again I find this show more about the judges than the contestants, which is so wrong in so many ways. Will not watch those that do this. In just the 5 mins. or so I watched, all I could see was melodrama, over-editing, music scored for drama like a movie, and embellished stories about so and so. Some of the judges’ reactions(facial shots) were very obviously edited in for effect, and looked totally misplaced at times. This show is nothing more than slick programming, and viewers are naive and gullible if they accept it this way. Looks like I will be stuck with American Idol again, as at least it is somewhat down to earth, and believable. The Voice? Well, I can take it or leave it. It too is more about the judges, usually.

Dum-Bass

September 13th, 2012
12:09 pm

BTW, what I wouldn’t give for a new talent show based on the old “Ted Mack Amateur Hour” format!
(now I’m dating myself, but that’s OK) Surprised it has not been done. (Wayne Newton, among others, was discovered on his show.)

MIke

September 13th, 2012
12:11 pm

Rodney I appreciate this review today and your comment “Honestly, the first episode of “X Factor’ was a great show. Not great talent but a great show.” Is exactly the right assessment. This show is much more about entertainment that signing, however pop music is a large part of it thus the name X Factor. No Rihanna can’t sigh great but she’s a proven hit maker and if people can understand that they will stop the comparisons to AI which is clearly why people don’t give X Factor a chance.

DanJ

September 13th, 2012
12:23 pm

Well I agree with Rodney 100% about it being a great show. SHOW being the key word. DumBass is right about editing and melodrama but it is a entertainment show and some people like dramatic background stories. I do think Paige and Janelle were the best two singers. Janelle reminds me a little of Jazzlyn Little from last year.

Mercedes S.

September 13th, 2012
12:28 pm

Sam-A, “Arbitrage” is my favorite movie so far this year. Can’t wait to see it again. Brilliant cast. Richard Gere has never been better.

DanJ

September 13th, 2012
12:46 pm

One other comment since I failed to mention it before. I LOVED NOT HAVING A HOST!!!! I like just the camera filming the contestants before and after their audition. When the live shows start I could see the need for one but I thought the pre/post camera work was great at capturing the moment.

Will

September 13th, 2012
12:50 pm

I thought the show was a hot mess. First of all, a judge should be someone who has had YEARS of storied success, not storied failure. AND a judge should be someone over 21 years old, come on, that’s a no-brainer. Most Americans could not pick Demi Lovato out of a lineup, that’s how new to the scene she is. Britney could not make a complete sentence, much less a complete idea. Simon Cowell is reeling from past failures of the American installment of the X-Factor, and judging from what I saw last night, he will be reeling some more.

Rickster

September 13th, 2012
1:09 pm

RoHo: “Besides One Direction, he has Cher Lloyd and Leona Lewis under his belt.”

That explains the “casting couch” scene from last year’s show. 8-O

Rodney Ho

September 13th, 2012
1:10 pm

@Rickster. That “under the belt” reference was purely incidental. Honest! Question: will Simon start “hitting on” Demi Lovato?

Jean Deriso

September 13th, 2012
1:28 pm

Enjoyed the show. Love Simon. Hate the ‘pity party”.

JTesla

September 13th, 2012
1:44 pm

We’ll probably have to wait a few years to find out how many of them were under his belt.

Rodney, we saw enough of Simon’s form of flirting with Paula. It starts out looking like what he and Demi have been doing in the ads and then moves on from there. He’s moved from relatively normal and stable women to having two unstable women to prey on.

seth mcconnell

September 13th, 2012
1:48 pm

APPARENTLY, BRITNEY IS DESPRATE.HER SINGING CAREER WENT DOWN THE TOILET.
SHE SHOULDN’T BE JUDGING ANYONES TALENT,SINCE SHE DOESN’T HAVE ANY HERSELF!!!

Sam-A

September 13th, 2012
2:13 pm

Mercedes: YEAH! You’ve made me very happy – a good mystery movie starting in 1 day – yahoo! Know what I’ll be doing this weekend. It’s been a pretty dry run for me this summer – a small handful of ok to mediocre films, and the lovely “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Brave” to sustain my love of movies. I dearly wish there was a new Harry Potter film coming out this fall – alas that won’t ever happen again.

The Truth

September 13th, 2012
2:43 pm

Why do callers to “talk shows” say…”thanks for giving me the chance to talk”…hey, thats their job to take your calls…duh.

Dum-Bass

September 13th, 2012
2:48 pm

RoHo, I was disappointed in your selections for the poll at the top of the article. I could not click on any of those 3 as they did not express my honest opinion. If it makes you feel better, I see this a lot in various polls. There never seems to be the “None of the Above” or “It basically stinks” option. How about this one: “Did not like it. Will not watch again”. #2 is not strong enough.

DanJ

September 13th, 2012
2:56 pm

@The Truth quote:

[ Why do callers to “talk shows” say…”thanks for giving me the chance to talk”…hey, thats their job to take your calls…duh.]

Talk Show hosts rely on calls…yes! But they don’t have to take just any call. They have someone who screens calls to those who want to talk about a particular subject that the host wants to talk about and of course to make sure no TROLLS get on air. It’s also my humble opinion that there’s nothing wrong with being polite. It seems that manners have gone the way of the Delorean……

taylor

September 13th, 2012
4:07 pm

Something is mentally wrong with Brittany, seriously wrong

CJ

September 13th, 2012
4:13 pm

Harriett, I am in love with your clicking multi-tasking skills! We are just a like. But, no Revenge for me.

Rickster

September 13th, 2012
4:17 pm

That’s why they have call screeners. They find out what they caller wants to talk about, and judge whether or not the caller can make a cogent, literate argument, if the toopic would be something that would keep listeners from changing the station, or if the host can have some fun/entertatinment.

Ruch Limbaugh says “the purpose of the caller is to make the host look good.”

The same could be said about singers and the judges on the voice.

Rickster

September 13th, 2012
4:26 pm

Or “Rush” Limbaugh, even.

kathy

September 13th, 2012
4:44 pm

Britney needs to do something with her makeup she looks so old and shes too young to look old, she very much needs a makeover!!!!!

Seth T

September 13th, 2012
4:44 pm

To draw 7 million households is not too bad, with 2 other talent show competitions on the same night and at least 50 other viewing choices on cable TV, outdoor activites, league nights, 2nd shift workers, etc.

It will be October before we see whether both The Voice and X-Factor. can hold or gain footing as competitors in the same week. American Idol gets a tremendous amount of press in major newspapers and talk shows, etc., so how the shows get treated in major media will be a “factor”

Tim Jacobs

September 13th, 2012
4:54 pm

I’m curious Rodney, why devote so much press to this show? There are more entertaining shows on TV to cover. It’s like being force fed food no one wants to eat. You column would not suffer by admitting the truth – Simon blew this show. It’s a pain to watch.

Rickster

September 13th, 2012
4:54 pm

Have a good evening, everyone!

Mercedes S.

September 13th, 2012
5:08 pm

As for Britney make-over – just some eyebrows would help.

JTesla

September 13th, 2012
5:11 pm

And maybe a little less crazy around the eyes.

Deirdre

September 13th, 2012
5:54 pm

@ Tim There are more entertaining shows on TV to cover.

Says who? What’s entertaining to you and what’s entertaining to others may be totally different things. Maybe you should just give Rodney a list of the shows you deem “entertaining” and he can decide whether he’s writing this blog for your sensitivities or for his.

Highlander

September 13th, 2012
6:08 pm

D. (from the last thread), I get it. Kind of like hearing anything about that Honey Boo Boo crap and realizing (immediately) that gene pool needs some chlorine!

Actually, The Voice does hold open auditions and they’ve held them the past two times in Atlanta.

Saw the first 30 minutes of so of XF and (like Dan J) kinda liked the no host format. But I also agree it wouldn’t work during live shows where they need someone to keep things rolling if a judge gets too long winded.

I’ll catch up on the rest of XF and on The Voice on DVR.

Seth T

September 13th, 2012
6:25 pm

I agree with those who found the “entertainment value”, so to speak, to be better than last year on the first edition of X-Factor. The Simon – Paula thing did not add anything special last year, and Nicole was pretty but not real interesting as a Judge/Mentor/TV personality.

At least Britney brings a different, new look to the show, although she does not appear real comfortable yet in the role, — but will likely get settled-in as the show goes on ———- and I thought Demi did a good job – it was fun to watch her reactions, and she does not tend to ramble-on about nothing, as some Judges on these type of shows tend to do.

I wish they would shorten the side-stories on all of these talent shows, and show more singers. But, if wishes were fishes, they’d swim in the sea.

Mercedes S.

September 13th, 2012
6:41 pm

New “Glee” starts tonight!

Deirdre

September 13th, 2012
7:56 pm

Taping Glee! I know…what do I actually watch since I seem to be taping everything? Hubby and I have been watching Lilihammer, Netflix’s first original show. My kid(who is a dad and probably shouldn’t be called a kid anymore but heck, I gave birth to him so I can call him anything I want) has been working on making the original programs more computer/blueray/playstation compatible. Enjoying Lilihammer very much and yes, that is a shameless plug for my kid’s company. Plus, my husband is Sicilian and seems to have an affinity for this kind of programming…and yes, I did have wine with dinner!

Megan

September 13th, 2012
9:08 pm

I much prefer The Voice to The X-Factor. I watched both last night thanks to my Hopper’s Prime Time Anytime feature (it records everything during prime time on all four major networks automatically) and I felt so much less uncomfortable watching The Voice. The singers are just better and I don’t feel like the show is trying to manipulate my emotions nearly as much. One of my Dish co-workers is obsessed with The X-Factor but I’m going to have to tell her unless she also watches The Voice, we aren’t going to be able to discuss any singing shows this fall. I only have room for one in my schedule, and I’m picking NBC this time.

Amyk

September 14th, 2012
12:24 am

Britney needs a new makeup artist ASAP. She looks so old!

Big Tex

September 14th, 2012
12:41 am

I decided that Britney would still get it.

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September 14th, 2012
9:49 am

To those of you bashing Britney…I hope you never have to experience a mental breakdown or illness. It’s hard enough to make it through as a normal, unrecognizable person – and she had every single second of it splashed on the internet and in tabloids. Go back and watch the YouTube videos the night she went to the hospital or read the 2008 Rolling Stone story about her downfall – and then compare those images to X-Factor Britney. It is amazing to see the progress she has made.

No wonder Britney is still camera shy and hesitant in interviews. She had all of America watching her at her most volatile moments, and now that she is back on top, she also knows that one wrong step or word could start rumors beyond her control. Personally, I’m glad to see her looking so happy and healthy, and I hope that even bigger and better things are in store for her.

Sam-A

September 14th, 2012
10:20 am

Wow: I’m also glad to see Britney doing so well after the disasterous life she was leading not so long ago. Never been her fan, but certainly wish her well, and hope she stays on this track forever.

However, I don’t think she’s suited to judge other singers, as she’s always been a nasaly, “little girl” voiced singer – not good enough to come down on anyone else, in my opinion. Nor was JLo – another “not so much a true singer” gal. And I hope the pressure of the whole gig doesn’t throw her back into that black hole she was in. She has seemed very robotic and nervous on “Ellen” and the few mins I watched that show Wed. night. Not good for someone with her recent history.

G

September 14th, 2012
11:17 am

I like the start of the seasons for The Voice and XF much better than Idol. It’s really more entertaining. All shows have the good, bad, and ugly but The Voice and XF both have a more entertaining package.

JMO, but Britney is not aging gracefully.

DanJ

September 14th, 2012
11:25 am

Sam-A, Several of the judges on singing and talent shows aren’t great singers however it doesn’t make them a bad judge of talent. Howie Mandel, Simon Cowell even Randy Jackson aren’t singers.
And from what I’ve seen both Britney and Demi have been pretty good at judging talent. I’m actually surprised by that, like others I wondered if Britney would have a meltdown. I’m glad to see that she’s handling herself well.

While I’m in the minority I think X-Factor has been very good so far.Carly Rose Sonenclar was great and while I’m against allowing young kids try out she stole the show last night. At 13 she’s not ready for the pressure she’ll face but she has talent. I also thought Jason Blake was good. While I enjoy The Voice I think X-Factor is the better show. Regardless of ratings.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

September 14th, 2012
11:40 am

Hi y’all,

Well, I’ve watched both episodes of XF so far, and I have to say, I’m quite enjoying it. Simon is Mr. Over the Top and it shows. The whole point of X Factor is to find a POP star. I think it’s obvious that few current pop stars are amazing singers, which I think is part of the reason why Britney works so well. She’s been a performer since she was 8 years old, so while she’s not a strong singer, she knows what it takes to be a star.

So far I’ve liked the dynamic of the judges. And I’m most surprised by Demi. I didn’t know much about her, but she seems quite capable of handling herself around Simon. As far as Britney, she has improved, and maybe once her nerves fade, she’ll be better.

As far as Don Philip (Britney’s former duet partner), it was obvious that he’s had a rough time since he last saw Britney. Apparently, he was anxious about coming out to Britney and that’s why he was so upset. And also why he made that weird comment about “letting Britney down.” The guy clearly has issues that run deeper than that. Hopefully, he’ll get the help he needs.

I have watched The Voice, but frankly, it feels like more of the same. XF might not have had the big ratings, but they do feel fresh. And I’m okay with not having a host now.

Sam-A

September 14th, 2012
12:23 pm

I didn’t get so much that Britney’s former friend was “gay”, as just whiney and nervous, and a bit overly infatuated with Britney, and maybe a Mama’s boy. He must have been a better singer as a boy – I saw a clip of Britney on that “Star” show, and back then she could actually sing, in a nice, deepish, woman’s voice instead of the whine she’s affected in later years.

Deirdre

September 14th, 2012
12:33 pm

Hey gang…some of us are over on the Keith Urban thread.

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September 15th, 2012
10:59 pm

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September 16th, 2012
4:30 pm

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