‘X Factor’ Auditions, Episode 5: You Betta Ask Me to Sing
It took 15 minutes for "The X Factor's" Wednesday episode to even air a single decent audition, and probably the most memorable moment of the night came courtesy of a reject rap duo called Second Hand High, whose naggingly catchy "Ask Me to Dance" was basically "The X Factor's" answer to "American Idol" Season 9's "Pants on the Ground." Sadly, the truly stellar contestants were few and far between, and many of the successful auditions were inexplicably montaged, even though it was a two-hour show.
But thankfully, there were a couple auditioners on Wednesday (James Kenney, Lorie Moore) who seemed to have a shot of actually winning this season, and they redeemed the night.
Here are the standout singers who made it through on "The X Factor" this Wednesday:
Emery Kelly – This 15-year-old cutie didn't seem quite ready for prime time (I would have advised him to come back in a couple years), but Kelly Rowland fell instantly in love with him, and Demi Lovato told him, "I think that you're so cute and you have a great voice; I think you're what we're looking for." Simon Cowell didn't like Emery's song choice (I didn't either; Jason Mraz's "I Won't Give Up" was too dreary and in too low a key for this kid), but he called Emery a "little unpolished diamond." I do think Emery has potential...but I have a strong feeling that Simon is going to stick him in a manufactured boy band.
Khaya Cohen – Khaya, also cute and also 15, also showed promise, but her old-fashioned song choices were all wrong. First she did "Love You I Do" from Dreamgirls, and when that performance got shouty and shrill, the judges stopped her and asked her to try a different song. So she went with "I Put a Spell on You." Okay, then. I liked the raspy tone to Khaya's voice (however, if she keeps shouting like that, she'll have nothing left but a Patty-&-Selma-style rasp by the time she's 18), but I wish she'd done something more youthful and current, and maybe a bit more rock 'n' roll. The judges were apparently thrilled to hear her sing anything, though. "That's what we've been waiting for," declared Simon. "I am so excited to hear a voice like yours…I predict we will see you in the finals," said Demi. "You blew the roof off this place," raved Kelly. I don't question this girl's talent, but I do wonder if, like Emery, she isn't ready for this cutthroat competition. Maybe I'll change my mind about Khaya if/when I hear her sing some more contemporary material.