The X Factor – Good Voices At The Auditions
Seriously is it in The X Factor manual that each season the judges must say “this is the best audition I have ever seen on this show”? Ronan Keating and Guy Sebastian both said this to first auditioner Bella. She indeed had a lovely voice, but I am not sure it was the best audition ever.
Also not sure quitting school because you hate it with eight months to go is a good enough reason. As Bella said she has no other plans maybe she needs a job in retail to reinforce to her she may need a plan b if singing doesn’t work out.
Next up were a young boy band who put themselves together over YouTube they were kind of cute and good, and the young girls will love them. Yes of course they are One Direction clones.
Jason Owen was next from a town called Albert with only eleven people in the town. He is a truck driver, if he had been a farmer, Channel NINE would have been dialling. There something very sweet and captivating about him, unfortunately his voice was not that great. He warbled out a John Denver song. His back story got him through however it will be good to see him on screen again. Though the judges loved him no one really mentioned his voice except Ronan who said he sang from the heart and he was sick of people singing doing voice gymnastics.
Ronan apparently struggle with names and he even mangled an Irish name, Adil. Adil was a 17 year old from Ipswich who was a life guard, he played guitar and sang a John Mayer song. He was OK I don’t see him getting through to the live shows. It should be noted he has a six pack.
Nathaniel a wedding singer was described as boring by Mel B and I have to agree, however Guy and Natalie Bassingthwaite loved him and Ronan gave him the casting vote to get him into boot camp.
Samantha Gibbs was a 25 year old who had been signed to a US record label. The record was never released. Maybe Samantha at boot camp needs to have a talk to Bella as she ended up working in a factory when things fell over.
Guy Sebastian declared his conflict of interest with her and said she was a good friend of his. Joel Madden was probably watching this in the US and is peeved the good looking girl went on The X Factor other than The Voice. She could sing and Ronan got over his dislike of vocal tricks to give her a rave review.
I can see a scandal like the Delta/Glenn Cunningham one occurring here if Guy gets the over 25 group. He wept after she walked off stage.
Jasmine Kennedy-MacDonald was a 16 year old from Brisbane who sang Whitney Houston badly. Did they hint to her that she was one of the dud singers to be brought on stage to be laughed at? I don’t think so. Not nice X Factor guys nor necessary. She is a kid.
Last was Josh who was passed over for Johnny Ruffo. Have to be honest at the time I had thought it had been the wrong decision, but Johnny was one of the success stories from last year’s series.
This time he was ticking all the boxes, he has a YouTube following and he dedicated the song to his mum who had lost a child at birth. He sang Heaven by Bryan Adams, which seem the antithesis of his cool hip hop clothes he was wearing including head phones draped around his neck. He does have a stronger voice than Ruffo. He was through to boot camp.
It was an interesting bunch of contestants tonight and if the range of talent continues it should be a good season.
The X Factor Australia continues on Tuesday and Wednesday night at 7.30pm