September 30th, 2011
10:36 AM ET
Four hours of Fox's "X Factor" in one week at times seems like overkill, but at others doesn't feel like it's enough.
Thursday night brought out the best and the worst once again as thousands headed to Newark, New Jersey to try out. Not everyone was memorable as expected, so we've narrowed down those that left indelible impressions on the crowd and the judges.
He had me at "hello." The way this little kid owned the stage reminded me of Run DMC with a pinch of the Beastie Boys. Truly entertaining to say the least. Let's see if this young hip-hop artist can withstand boot camp next week!
Walking on stage in a gray T-Shirt with curly hair, Kelly automatically reminded me of a young Jennifer Beals back in the "Flashdance" days. And then she opened her mouth and sang from the bottom of her soul. As you can guess, every judge gave her a "Yes." Nothing like seeing someone who is humble and nice and beyond talented advance to the next level.
Liliana Rose Andreano
I could tell the judges didn't quite know what to make of Liliana until she opened her mouth and belted out some notes. She sang "You Are My Sunshine," and boy were the judges impressed. If Reba McEntire were a teenager today, she might sound like this girl. Four "yes" votes and deservedly so!
Cari chose Heart's "Alone," and when she began singing everyone sat up and paid attention. We all wanted to know if she could truly hit those high notes that the duo Heart often hit when they sang. She not only nailed them, she also shocked us with her spectacular vocal range. I'm going to go out on a ledge and say she has a lot more than just potential. I believe she will no doubt be in the final roundup of talent who edges closer to having that "X Factor."
I like this girl. She exudes confidence, but not in a cocky way. Her song choice was The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back." She had the voice and the funky dance stops down to a science. I mean she was surprisingly GOOD. "X Factor" viewers will be seeing LOTS more of her, I'm sure.
He's got a face like someone who belongs on a Calvin Klein underwear billboard....AND HE KNOWS IT. He decided to sing a song he wrote called "How We Make It." I think it would have been easy to dismiss him but the truth is that he is good....I mean, really good. He sounds like a pop rock star that could be played on any Top 40 radio station. He got four "Yes" votes, and I'm sure this pleases the entire female viewing audience.
Out of all the contestants, she seemed to have the least amount of confidence in her skills. She also tackled a big song right out of the gate, choosing Mary J. Blige's "I'm Goin' Down." Halfway through, she had the whole arena shocked with her extraordinary vocal talent. Blige would have been proud of her for sure. Unanimous "yes" votes all around.
Next week is boot camp and that is where the work begins for those who were chosen to move on to the next round. Will you watch?
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