'X Factor' contestants head to boot camp
October 6th, 2011
10:15 AM ET

'X Factor' contestants head to boot camp

Fox's "X Factor" is finally getting down to business. Over 100 musicians hit up boot camp for what the show calls "the toughest week of their lives."

One by one, we saw all the singers from the first two weeks of auditions pack up and head to Los Angeles to perform once again for judges L.A. Reid, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell.

I thought the judges had their work cut out for them narrowing down the thousands who auditioned, but I truly believe it's going to be very hard for them to pick 32 finalists out of 162 pretty great artists.

A celebrity stylist, a vocal coach and a choreographer joined the show this week to help the judges make their decisions. First up was the choreographer, who works with all 162 contestants to teach them a dance as the judges take note of their skills.

Initially I thought that if you can truly sing, you wouldn't need a choreographer. But then I remembered that this is Hollywood, and in order to succeed you must be a triple threat.

Before the judges could get into their first round of cuts, there were dozens of singers taking the stage every few minutes to belt out tunes for the judges once again. Interestingly, the singers who blew us away last week with their memorable auditions actually didn't do so well this week, while the people who were lukewarm in their performances last week stepped up their game.

After the first round of cuts, the competition dropped to 100 artists from 162, and that remaining 100 were quickly organized into groups. Of the people who made it, there was 53-year-old Audrey Turner. If her last name is familiar to you, that would be because she is the widow of late singer Ike Turner (perhaps better known for being married to Tina Turner).

The judges weren't all loving her, but the group they did love was the second one, which consisted of about 10 acts. They performed U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," and they killed it.

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Group three, which performed "Desperado," baffled me. Individually, they're all good singers, but together as a group it simply didn't flow. It will be interesting to see who moves to the next round out of this group.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPQ-JGiCQzM&w=560&h=315%5D

One of my favorite contestants, Brooklyn rapper Brian Bradley, was completely at home in group four, which performed Jay-Z's "Wishing On A Star." Bradley does the majority of the rapping while others provide the vocals behind him, but the judges simply weren't feeling this at all. Reid even admitted he thought Bradley was just too young for this.

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Group seven, which included 13-year-old Rachel Crowe, sang Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing." I felt for them because it's hard to live up to Houston's voice, and sadly, I think Crowe wasn't nearly as stellar as she was when she first auditioned.

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The judges were also split over the last group, which included Siameze and Stereo Hogzz. The judges thought Siameze was okay, but Emily was the standout.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bCJSL7OEUA&w=560&h=315%5D

Tonight, 32 will be chosen to stay while the others are sent packing.

What do you think of Wednesday's performances? How do you think the judges are going to be able to whittle down the 100 singers they have?

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  3. Malone

    I don't want to take anything away from the others, but I do feel like XF is pushing a set of performers on us. Christa is unique and from what I can see, a great performer–why are they keeping her in the background? Why did we not see her until the final 32 were identified?? It makes no sense. Hopefully we can learn more about Christa as part of the 32; she's interesting and talented.

    October 11, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Duke

    I agree with nela, cris homie is no role model, very mediocre talent and if we are going to be real....he acts like a wana be gangster or is it gangsta! He's very unlikable and I don't think he cares! Bigger Q is why does XF keep pushing this loser on us, along with others that made their own choices. I, and my Kids would prefer to see truly inspirational stories and talent like people like this Christa girl. Need to know and hear more, I assume she talented, top 32.

    October 11, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tina

    bottoms line we need to hear and know about this Christa gal, she sounds interesting, unique and apparently can perform since she's in the top 32. and if her story is true....wow! now that is inspirational and we should know more, much more. 25M unemplyd right now, most of us that go thru hard times don't end up or make choices like cris, dexter and that stacy. but in the christa story she had no choice and apparently pulled herself out of some despair, just want to know more, the details. sounds like a potentially true American story. come on XF/Fox give us variety, we're not that naive. thx

    October 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. nela

    Chris Rene is completely over exposed and over rated. To make a role model out of a drug addict is the wrong choice for a show like X Factor with so many young viewers! After reading this I looked into Christa Collins and she truly has an inspirational story! Why do so many online publications use HER image but don't name her? Cause she's the ONLY one with real style but she is the underdog at this point. America will probably catch on to her during 'Judges House'.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Chris Carlton

    Thank you Judges for letting Chris Rene through to the next round. We are all sure he is going to go the full way; what a story it would be if he did, from collecting trash, to mulitmillionaire in 6 months. Wow. Time to check out the Chris Rene Fan page http://www.chrisrenefansite.com

    October 10, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chris Carlton

    Thank you Judges for letting Chris Rene through to the next round. We are all sure he is going to go the full way; what a story it would be if he did, from collecting trash, to mulitmillionaire in 6 months. Wow. Time to check out the Chris Rene Fan page //http://www.chrisrenefansite.com

    October 10, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mando

    Wow, was a child Disney singing star. I think we remember her she was on tv several times, was an up-an-coming big deal back then. Sang the NA at an Angel game I attended. Wonder why XF has not aired her singing more, and her unusual and tragic backstory. That's sounds like a classic America story.We need to see more variety on XF. Same ole hilited contestants, gettg tired of them!! And those 'poor me' stories being consistantly pushed in our face, enough already we got it! Lots of folks hit hard times, but we don't all turn to drugs-booze or start welching & squatting. Can not believe that woman couldn't leave 'bootCamp' for a few hours for Dad's funeral, she LIVES IN LA! Someone doesn't look good here. Need to see variety, XF certainly has alot of others they could view more. Enough!

    October 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nadine

    I saw her live once – she has a really strong voice! I'm surprised that they don't show a solo from her. She has total star quality!

    October 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sarah003

    Oh wow she did all the Minie'n Me songs? I loooove those songs. She is still so cute ! I had no idea she lost her mom when she was 10 and on a promo tour for her record. How tragic. What a story! That is really odd how they haven't told her background story yet! I got a bunch of info about her from her website http://www.christacollins.net

    October 6, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Claire

    Girl in blue is Christa Larson Collins, about time we see something of her. Saw her in Pasa, very moving performance. Was a Disney pre-teen singing star. I used her 'Minnie n Me' album to teach my girls dance routines back in the 90's. I think Disney dropped her when mother was tragically killed on tour in Australia. Q; was good enough for Disney but not XF? Great Lady Gaga type talent. Wake up Fox, wide ur scope!

    October 6, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rico

    Saw her at May 9th aud in LA, amazing, sang 'boots made for walkg', got standg ovation. Came off stage & sang in front & behind judges. Got 4Ys, Cheryle said best performance of night, Simon agreed, said people would pay $ to see performce again! So why have we not been treated to seeing her perform!?!? Come on producers show us something good & different!

    October 6, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allison Sayne

      I meant to say JUST VOTE FOR CHRISTA COLLINS! she hasnt been shown much on the X FACTOR yet she is amazing! one of the most talented people!!!!! VOTE CHRISTA COLLINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      October 6, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    If you watch X Factor tonight, you may want to check out Judge It Live online (if you watch the show live and not on DVR). You can rate each act in real time and compare to everyone else's.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lara Bolder

      I saw her audition on Pasadena, Los Angeles. I was in the audience and she got a standing O ! It was late and we were all tired but she woke us up alright!! She got 4 yes's from the judges. I believe Simon said: I know a lot of people would pay good money to see that again! She sang 'Boots are made for walking" and even climbed up on the rafters! I hope they finally show her tonight. Why wouldn't they show her audition? It was one of the BEST auditions that night!!

      October 6, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lara Bolder

      Ups I didn't mean to post that as a reply to you – I meant to ask what "Judge It Live online" is. Do you have a website?

      October 6, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LukeDe

    Who is that good looking girl with the cool blue outfit in the first picture?
    I watched all X Factor USA and have never seen her before!

    October 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sassyy

      I want to know too – that is for ONCE a unique look!! I dig SyFy! Kinda Gaga but HOT!

      October 6, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • kristin

      Finally someone different & unique looking! Instead of same dang people!

      October 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allison Sayne

      Her Name is CHRISTA COLLINS and she's a AMAZING VOCALIST who has not been shown on the X-Factor? why? ask them!!!!! she's in a band called the WOOLLY BANDITS. Check her out! Vote to keep her in as a wild card!

      October 6, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Momma

      That girl is my friend Christa Collins and she is very talented. I just don't know why the X-Factor has not put her on TV.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Anomic Office Drone

    Why is the chick in the picture dressed up like she's auditioning for a SyFy original?

    October 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  17. @Mr. Ed

    Can't tell you wrote the B.V. comment! She'd never say that about you. Just saying!

    October 6, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  18. Beautiful Vixen

    No way Mr. ED. You are HOT HOT HOT ! And funny too.

    October 6, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  19. Mr. Ed

    Alright im out of here. i guess i am making it bad 4 her being an a$$. Sorry vixen.

    October 6, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  20. Missy

    I guess CNN took off your comment. Even they don't like the things you say!

    October 6, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  21. Missy

    Oh, Mr. Ed. Again! You really have to be more creative than that! I like all people. Not a racist bone in my body. As far as my body parts, no complaints on that part, either. Keep trying!

    October 6, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  22. Beautiful Vixen

    Im firsty and im boooootiful.

    October 6, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |

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