The X Factor – Auditions Melbourne and Sydney
It was a good start to season two of The X Factor. Mel B certainly does what she is paid for – entertain and be forthright in her opinion, and Natalie Bassingthwaite seemed a little be cautious but as she gains more confidence she will be flying.
And of course Ronan Keating and Guy Sebastian are old hands at it now. I don’t think we saw the winner of this year’s X Factor tonight, however there was some talent.
For those who don’t know the format, people are competing in four different categories, under 25 girls, under 25 guys, groups and over 25 singers. If they get through the audition stage they are off to boot camp, where they will be whittled down further until there is a top 12 for the live shows.
First up was Andrew Wishart a 40 year old sales manager. The best thing about his audition was his kids looking on and they looked so proud. He sang Adele which I am sure there will be more versions of that song later in the week.
Guy thought “nothing about it was daggy”, and Ronan thought he could record his voice and put it on the radio tomorrow. So he was through. Will he make the live shows? I am not sure.
Tyla Bertoli 19 – was previously offered a recording contract with a independent record label. It was unclear whether she did sign up for it. Her mother thought she was going to be famous. Personally I thought she was a bit screechy.
I agree with Ronan who said it was a “messy audition”. Mel B thought differently from the rest and thought she could be “the next X Factor”. Maybe the leopard print worked sublimely on her. Her backing her in probably got her Guy and Natalie’s vote to get her into the bootcamp rounds. If she gets through she may want to lose a little bit of the attitude. Voters will pick up on it.
Young Men Society were one of the few groups that were shown tonight. They were really good they even had the dance moves down pat and were easily through to bootcamp.
March Petzle a 23 year old entrepeneur showed his pecs but his voice didn’t live up to his abdomen potential.
Malachy was also asked to take his shirt off by Mel B and Natalie, but that did not get him through to bootcamp.
I do agree with Mel B – this competition does need a six pack. However it was a bit sexist, however every time Mel B was in shot her boobs did fill the camera. So guys you can’t complain.
Thankfully they did not ask 16 year old Reece to take his t-shirt off as that would have been pushing the boundaries of good taste and legality.
Reece is going to be this year’s heartthrob in the under 25 guys. He was good looking with a post-Bieber hair cut, and just gave off the cool vibe. And he could sing.
Mitchell Callaway 25 a concretor would be ok looking if he had not mutilated his body with all those tatts. The judges loved him but singing that Keith Urban song would not get me to pick up the phone and vote. Natalie thought Australia was going to go wild for him. I’ll pass.
Christina Parie who was 15 sang Taylor Swift. If this had been The Voice she would not have gotten through she was a pitchy as all get out. And if I was the asian girl in the hello Kitty shirt who bounced around on stage and did not get through, I be bitter and twisted. She had the better voice.
The judges loved Christina’s look and put her through to boot camp. Early prediction – a romance between her and Reece.
Upfront which were made up of two sisters were hilarious with their tongue in cheek banter. At first I thought they could not sing, but they did get stronger as the song went on. I would vote for them just for the entertainment value.
Emmanuel Kelly who everyone was waiting to see, therefore put in the end of the show, was inspiring. I am presuming his and his brother birth defects were due to the chemical warfare that occurred at the time in Iraq. His mother Moira Kelly who adopted them both is obviously an amazing woman.
Of course the judges loved him and he did do a lovely rendition of Imagine. It will be interesting to see if he gets to the live shows. I must say I thought his brother was a good looking chap as well.
I don’t think Emmanuel appreciated being lifted up by his mum when he got off stage. It was like mum I am on camera and I am going to be a rock star put me down.
There were highlights tonight and it appears The X Factor is going to gain momentum this season which is a good thing for Seven and reality TV fans. Channel Seven have put a lot of money into this show and viewers need to show that high production values will be rewarded with people watching.