June 16, 2011

Spookiness, Standing Ovations, Tears, and More On Day 2 Of The X Factor Audition Tapings In Miami

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According to X Factor’s Official Twitter, the audience had “amazing energy” for the 2nd day and night of audition tapings at the BankCenter in Coral Gables, Florida. Some of the auditions must have been amazing. It’s said one of the auditions brought Nicole Scherzinger to tears. Simon is said to have said “Genius” too to one of them. There were also two standing ovations and the judges were brought to their feet. One of them was also described as being “spooky”.

Overall, TV Guide is calling this week’s tapings as being a showcase of the judges personalities. Paula Abdul remarked Simon has got a little softer. In fact, when the judges introduced themselves at the beginning of the auditions (Tuesday), Abdul sat on Cowell’s lap and said, “I’m in love with Simon.” Read more below on all of the judges and how they interacted.

But Cowell showed few signs of being a softie as contestants faced him at the BankUnited Center. It’s becoming apparent that music producer Reid joins Cowell as the harsh critics, while Scherzinger and Abdul are the kinder, gentler judges. Cowell and Reid were especially blunt to a young guy whose dream is to appear on Glee; they also likened one duo to karaoke singers.

Cowell also playfully poked fun at Scherzinger, who has easily stepped into the judge’s chair vacated by Cheryl Cole. During the performance of a female quartet, the judges were trying to figure out who was the star of the foursome. Cowell explained that there has to be a star, and pointed to Scherzinger and her role in The Pussycat Dolls as an example.

“There has to be someone greedy in the group,” he said. “I wasn’t greedy,” Scherzinger responded. “It wasn’t about that.” Then Abdul broke in and mended fences: “She stole the limelight and that’s why she’s here on this panel.”

Below is a video of the judges entering the BankCenter last night. The energy of the audience is ‘indeed’ amazing.

And here is a sneak peek into one of the auditions.

So, now the judging panel travels to Dallas, Texas on June 21st and 22nd for the next audition tapings. If you live or are in the area, be sure to get your free tickets HERE.


June 15, 2011

L.A. Reid Said To Be Meanest Judge At The Miami X Factor Auditions And More Coverage

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WSVN in Miami is reporting how two people rocked the house last night at the Miami auditions….a 16 year-old and a 22 year-old. The live audience had a specific job to do. Read on it below as well as their thoughts on L.A. Reid who they are saying is “the meanest judge”. Wow, I’ve got to see this! 😯 Be sure to view a video at the link covering yesterday’s X factor auditions in full.

Nicole Scherzinger expects contestants put all of their energy and originality into their performances. “I’m hoping that they flipping bring it,” she said. “We only have a couple of cities left and I really want to be inspired.”

The X-Factor taped the first two of four audition rounds Tuesday, with selected contestants ranging from 12 years old and up. Male, female, groups and seniors all auditioned in front of a live audience.

People who attended auditions said South Florida represented. “There’s two people who rocked the house tonight,” said Denise Henay, “Jasmine, 16-year-old, and there was a 22-year-old, his name is Jeremiah.”

Another attendee agreed with Henay’s opinion. “I saw that little girl and I said, ‘This girl can sing,'” said Elvis Monge. “She opened that mouth, her name is Jasmine. People remember her name, Jasmine from Miami, she rocked the house.”

Before taping the auditions, some audience members suffered from heat exhaustion, thanks to record highs outside.

The live audience is considered the fifth judge, as audience members are encouraged to react to the auditions. “My God, it’s like the Roman Coliseum in there. They’re down, they’re up and they do it to us as well,” said Cowell. “I mean we get a hard time as well, if they disagree with us. They can turn on you, in other words my life is in danger.”

Audience members said that music mogul judge L.A. Reid is the meanest judge. “L.A. Reid was the meanest to me,” said Henay.

He disagrees. “No, I’m not mean at all. I’m a marshmallow. I don’t know, I’m far from mean.”

The Sun Sentinelalso reported on yesterday’s events at the BankCenter in Miami. Here is a take of what they said of some of the contestants and the judging. Much more at the link.

First up was a girl group in their twenties. Next came a 67-year-old condo performer from Parkland. A 13-year-old, whose goal is to be on “Glee,” followed.

(“The X Factor” requested no spoilers on names, who won the judges’ favor, and the songs that were sung, since the auditions will become a show in September.)

Simon is still Simon. “You sucked,” he told one delusional wannabe.

Another, who didn’t score well, asked what he could do to improve. “Sing in tune,” Simon retorted.

It looks like it’s going to be tough season to be a contestant. Reid, a successful record producer, can be just as caustic as Simon. A young man who said he was going to sing, “My Girl” was stopped short by Reid asking, “Anything from this century?”

He piled on after the performance. “I like you … I just don’t like your voice.”

Even Paula had her sharp moments. “You’re not at all at the level we’re looking for,” she told a deflated hopeful.

Scherzinger, a Pussycat Doll, seems to be fitting into the niche Paula used to occupy, the reassuring voice even when she’s not crazy about a performance.

View more pictures of yesterdays arrivals HERE!!!


June 14, 2011

The Judges Arrive For The Miami X Factor Auditions And Tapings Round One (Photos)

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Above is a picture of Nicole, La Reid, Paula, and Simon arriving at the BankUnited Center in Miami, Florida today (June 14th) for the first US X Factor tapings. At the time of this post, round one has finished. According to the X Factor Official twitter, Simon “has seen loads of people that he would like to work with.” At one point in the show, there was a dance battle between two girls in the audience who were said to be good. It’s also being reported Simon and the crowd absolutely loved one contestant and the crowd gave them a standing ovation….the first of the day!!

Stay tuned! We hope to know more soon! The second round is being held this evening.

Sources for the pics above: X Factor Official Twitter , Celebrity Gossip


June 11, 2011

USA X Factor 1 – Score Free Tickets For The X Factor Miami Tapings

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Gear up All! Next week our Judging panel and auditioning contestants will travel to Miami, Florida. If you live and/or are going to be in the area, you can attend the LIVE tapings. What’s more, you can do so for FREE!! Below is the information regarding the X-Factor Auditions and Tapings for June 14th & 15th in Miami, Florida from Wherevernow.:

Get a Free Ticket to be seated in the studio audience for The X Factor taping. Tickets are being given out by OCATV in California.

Get there early to get a good seat. Everyone with tickets should be able to be seated. If you are to the front of the line, the closer that you can see Paula and Simon.

The taping is approximately 4 to 5 hours. There are 4 Tapings:

June 14th – 1pm
June 14th – 6pm
June 15th – 1pm
June 15th – 6pm

Click HERE for where you can get tickets for any of the X Factor Tapings coming up. You can also write to tickets@ocatv.com or call 1-818-295-2700.