Oh man, I LOVE Kelly Clarkson. Ever since she sang “Stuff like that there” on American Idol ten years ago. And her new album stronger showcases her voice beautifully. So, here is a little treat for Kelly lovers, two songs from her Unplugged special that will be airing on November 17. One of the songs, “I know you won’t” was originally recorder by another Idol champ, Carrie Underwood. Her voice soars on that song, so great. The second song is what has been said to be Kelly’s new single from her new album, “Stronger’, the title track “What doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)”.
I Know You Won’t – Kelly Clarkson
What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)
On last night’s show the judges finally selected the top 16, but after eliminating one of the early favorites, Melanie Amaro, Simon couldn’t live with himself and made it a Top 17, flying to Florida to give her the news himself. I am glad, since she has been one of my favorites.
The top 17 have apparently already started the mentoring process, which comes with an improved and more focused image as you will be able to see on the photos below. Here is one more thing to differentiate the X Factor from Idol, these contestants look like stars, it shows that there was some effort put into them as artists, and I like that a lot. (there’s one pic missing on the site, from Astro, the kid rapper)
Next week will be the 1st live performances show and I can’t wait to see it. You will notice that the production on the X Factor is bigger and flashier. The performances sometimes have dancers and the judges help the contestants choose songs, which usually is a big help.
The Girls - Simon Cowell
The Boys - L.A. Reid
The Over 30s – Nicole Scherzinger
The Groups – Paula Abdul
Just a few months ago Scotty McCreery was crowned the American Idol. Today his first album, Clear as Day, was released and fans of Scotty will not be disappointed. Ever since his days on Idol I thought Scotty had the potential to be one of the strongest winners to come out of the show. His voice is unique, for an Idol winner, girls will find him cute and he seems like a down to earth humble kid. I even bought some of his songs while he was still on the show and I am not a country fan.
After the show, Scotty’s debut was the highest for a new artist on the Country charts in the SoundScan era, which can be a very good thing. His collection of hits from the show, sold only at Walmart, sold very well. Many people don’t like country music, but let’s not forget that one of the highest selling artists over the past few years has been Taylor Swift, a country darling. And one of American Idol’s biggest stars happens to be one of the most successful country acts, Carrie Underwood. So, country may keep shining on with Scotty.
Will Scotty be able to break the curse? For the past few years American Idol has crowned a guy as a winner, and sadly they have not been wildly successful. David Cook did well on sales, but Kris Allen and Lee Dewyze were outshined by their season’s finalists. Personally, I don’t see that happening here, since I believe Scotty has a greater appeal than Lauren Alaina. Her album will be coming out next week.
Scotty’s album, Clear as Day, it’s a country album, it’s fun, has a lot of twang and is currently showing well on iTunes. Not only does it have two of the most prominent promo spots on the iTunes store, it has propelled to number one on the albums chart.
Will Scotty be the next country superstar? Time will tell.
We are done with the audition rounds. Yay! Next week we will see one of my favorite parts of The X Factor, Boot Camp, where contestants show their skills to a deeper degree, adding some dancing and performing to the mix.
But let’s talk about last night. As I mentioned in a previous post, the show was boring me a little, but this week managed to keep me entertained. They showed less disasters and more of the good auditions. But I still haven’t seen someone that has blown me away.
Some of the most memorable moments from last night show were the little Kanye wannabe brat, sorry, he annoyed me, I know it was part of his performance but meh. And then there was Ausem, two kids attempting to bring Glee to the show, the boy was alright, the girl was very bad. The judges knew this, and I know they wanted to just put him through, but they gave the duo a chance. There was also Cari Fletcher who sang Alone, and did it well, but in my book that song still belongs to Carrie Underwood. Another memorable one was Brennin Hunt, this guy has the whole package, he can sing alright, and definitely has the looks to make it, some people on my twitter timeline were flailing over him and rightfully so (See pic above).
Another cool spot was Tora Woloshin, girl is a mechanic, and has an interesting look, needs some polishing and cleaning up but has a good voice. She actually audition for Idol a few years back.
But my favorite performance of the night goes to Jazzlyn Little. I believe she won me over because of her immense lack of confidence, I wanted to shake her up and tell her to stop putting herself down. And then she sang, and everything was alright. She transformed into a beast while singing, her whole demure changed and Bam!
Well, ther first week of The X Factor is officially over. As in Idol, too much time is being given to the crazy ones, while talented people take the backseat. Actually, it’s even worse here. However, there were some shining lights on last night’s show. I was particularly happy to see the Dallas auditions since I was able to be in one of the tapings, the rugby girl that made it and Dexter, were two of the ones I got to see live. How did it compare from TV? Well, their performances live were pretty electrifying, the crowd was loving it. There are some others that made it through who were great but weren’t shown, I guess we’ll be seeing more from them later.
I enjoyed a few of the performances. Nick Voss, has something that I like and I don’t really know what it is yet. Caitlin, the rugby girl, was very good as well. And I am so glad of what happened with Xander Alexander, he didn’t have a horrible voice but he had such a horrible attitude, I am glad that Simon said he liked him(giving him some hope) and then squashing those hopes by sending him home. Reality check.
My favorite performance of the night was Melanie Amaro who sang a great version of Listen by Beyoncé. But let’s be honest, anyone remotely good would shine on this show at this moment since they have been showing such little talent. Also, her sister is so cute and supportive. Watch below!
Here we are, after much wait The X Factor USA has started. Overall, the show wasn’t as exciting as I expected it to be. But based on my experience, it’s around the middle of the competition when it starts getting exciting, when the contestants are split into groups and start being mentored in bootcamp. There were some good auditions, nothing really blew me away. As always there were some touching stories and my favorite performance of the night was a very emotional one.
Chris Rene closed the night. He has been clean and sober for 70 days and wants to do this for his kid. Having experienced heavy addiction in my family I could empathize with him and I know that many will also. Not only his story was good, but he wrote, composed and sung an original song which was really good as well. Watch him sing Lil’ Homie below.