October 15, 2011

Podcast: The X-Factor Season 1 – Judges’ Houses Week 1

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We only had one episode of the judges’ houses portion of the competition this week as a rain-delayed baseball game preempted The X-Factor, pushing the second episode to Sunday. Not wanting to delay our X-Factor podcast, we decided to just go ahead and do a recording covering the single episode from Thursday. The episode presented the full auditions for the majority of the sixteen featured contestants, giving us plenty to think about and discuss. Having tangible arcs for all the contestants as we move into the live shows works and keeps us interested in their journeys.

Unlike the auditions, here the contestants were given a song to practice and present to their mentor and a guest judge to prove their talents. The song choices didn’t work in some cases, as we saw with Tora Woloshin and Dexter Haygood. Tora wasn’t identifying with the song, producing a muted energy and Dexter is in desperate need of direction. We don’t know what Nicole was thinking by turning him loose on a Beyonce song. In other cases, the songs provided excellent performances such as Brian Bradley’s aggressive hip-hop attack and Stacy Francis’s all-enveloping vocals. The quirk and twang in Drew Ryniewicz’s voice continues to engage us and we hope that Simon sees the live show as a wonderful opportunity to further explore her tone and style.

Our expectations were low with the group category and this episode didn’t do much to change that. The Anser had some blending issues, 4Shore’s tenor continues to grate our ears and Lakota Rayne, while producing quality harmonies, tripped its way through amateur Coyote Ugly choreography. The Brewer Boys gave the most stable performance. There are four more groups to go, but at the moment we’re convinced a group will not win this competition.

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Episode Length: 31:39

Time Stamps
0:00 – Introduction: Baseball preempts the show and our thoughts on the judges’ houses format.
7:11 – Girls category: Simone Battle, Caitlin Koch, Tora Woloshin and Drew Ryniewicz
12:51 – Boys category: Brian “Astro” Bradley, Skyelor Anderson, Phillip Lomax and Nick Voss
18:14 – Over 30s category: Dexter Haygood, Elaine Gibbs, Stacy Francis and James Kenney
23:25 – Groups category: The Anser, Brewer Boys, Lakota Rayne and 4Shore
29:54 – Wrap-up