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Welcome back to the X Factor! It’s a shorter episode, and I’m a lot less nervous to recap than I was last week, so, YAY! Let’s dive right into the episode. We’re back at the Judges’ Homes, where the contestants are performing to earn a spot at the live shows. This hour is going to focus on Britney Spears with the Teens at her home in Malibu and LA Reid with the Over 25s at his home in Beverly Hills.
The first category to go will be the Over 25 category. All 6 contestants are gathered in their waiting area as LA gives them his version of a pep talk. LA Reid reiterates rather dickishly that he does not like hanging out with talented people his own age, and that he prefers the company of young artists like Justin Bieber.
Up first is Jason Brock, whom LA actually gave a standing ovation at the audition. He wasn’t too old then, was he LA? Huh? HUH?! Asswipe. Anyway, Jason goes before LA, Justin Bieber and Biebs’ manager Scooter Braun and sings Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” It’s awesome. He sounds to me—and this is gonna be weird—like he grew up listening to the heavyset black lady that taught Journey’s Steve Perry how to sing. It’s pretty damn cool. LA & Co. agree that Jason is incredibly talented vocally, but they’re worried about the whole package. It’s unfortunate, but I have to say I understand the concerns they raise. Because while I love hearing his covers, I can’t imagine purchasing a song written and produced specifically for him to sing. But then again, I don’t purchase music at all, so maybe that’s a different conversation.
Next up is David Correy, the dude who wants to sing himself into his birth mother’s arms. David gives a beautiful, if over choreographed, performance of Jessie J’s “Domino.” LA says that some of David’s notes gave him “chill bumps” and Bieber believes that David Correy could be a solid packaged artist. I agree. LA is concerned that David wouldn’t be viable in the market. Does he mean that there are a bunch of artists he resembles? I suppose that’s true. But the dude can sang.
Then we have Darryl Black, our chocolate dude who just happens to be the most vanilla person on the show. He turns out a pretty solid rendition of Hall & Oates’ “She’s Gone,” but he’s so goddamn boring, I don’t care. I don’t think the producers care either, and they don’t even give his performance the same amount of screen time as the other contestants have been given.
Scooter and Justin find some nice things to say about Darryl’s singing ability, but LA thinks there is nothing unique about Darryl’s voice. Yup.