The X Factor: The Contestants Perform for Their Mentors

October 14th, 2011 - 4:01 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Oct 14 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Only thirty two acts remain, and last week each judge found out which group they would mentor. Simon Cowell has the girls, LA Reid has the boys, Paula Abdul has the groups, and Nicole Scherzinger has the Over 30s. Last night, the acts traveled to the judges homes to find out where they would place. Thirty two must become sixteen before this week ends. Last night it was time to face the music on ‘The X Factor’.

Simon tells the girls, “This is absolutely the category that I wanted, because I know the winner is in this category,” Paula says she is thrilled to have the groups. She says that her whole career has been based on choreography, and such, and groups is where she is at her best. She shared with them how much she loves working with groups, and that she worked with the Jacksons, ZZ Top and Duran Duran, and is excited to be working with them. Nicole loves having the over 30s because they have a story to tell, they have lived their lives. LA Reid feels that he has the most talented category, and said that he plans to give them a lot of attention and mentoring.

Pharrel is going to be the guest mentor for Paula Abdul. Rihanna will be working with LA Reid. Enrique Iglesias and Mariah Carey will also be guest mentors. The songs that each act will perform were chosen by the judges themselves. Simone sang ‘Help Me’ as Simon sat on a couch outside by the pool, all casual in blue jeans and barefoot. She was wonderful. Simon said that she was fantastic. Her voice cracked a bit, but he felt that it added to the emotion, and he didn’t mind it.

A few of the acts really stood out, and so many of them were good that judging them is bound to be difficult. Skylar’s version of ‘Nobody Knows it But Me’ was very good, and Tora blew the song ‘Satisfaction’ away. Simon feels that she could be a rock star. Stacy Francis was amazing with her version of ‘Purple Rain’, and The Brewer Boys were quite good with ‘Only Girl in the World’. The confidence which Elaine Gibbs portrayed while singing ‘Stop Crying Your Heart Out’ made Enrique Iglesias say she could be a superstar.

Caitlin was indeed a star with her tender and beautiful rendition of ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’, but it was fourteen year old Drew who gave me chills. Sitting barefoot in a director’s chair wearing a green dress by Simon’s pool, Drew sang, “It Must Have Been Love” in a version that was absolutely mind-blowing. There was no sign of straining at all in her voice as she easily reached the highest notes of the song, and her own version seemed ever more pure than the original. Simon called it amazing, but wondered if she was too young. One has to wonder, if such an amazing singer could be denied for simply being “too young,” then why allow them on the show at all?

The judges now have their work cut out for them. They will have to choose which acts they wish to continue to mentor, and which acts they will send home. By then time next week’s show begins, the thirty two acts which performed tonight will be whittled away to sixteen. It is sure to be an emotional show.

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