The X-Factor: Boot Camp Week Podcast

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This week The X-Factor shifted gears and moved into the boot camp episodes where the judges whittled down the field to 32 contestants evenly split into four categories: the girls, the guys, the over 30s and the groups. The original field included over 150 people and two sets of cuts brought us down to 32, filling the episodes with plenty of drama, emotion and genuine surprises. The X-Factor serves itself well by continuing to focus on the people we got to know during the audition episodes and keeping the pacing at a comfortable level. We were also introduced to new talent, such as Tim Ciphers who surprised us with his strong range and clear tone.

We didn’t see anyone cut that upset us and are quite happy with the majority of the field left at the end of the week. We disagree with some choices, such as putting through Simone Battle and The Stereo Hogzz, but these are small nitpicks compared with an overall strong field. In the podcast we spend time talking about the top 32 contestants, sorting out who we like and who we don’t as well as discussing their prospects for making it through the judges’ houses round. Our top favorites are Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik and Leroy Bell.

The judges’ houses round sounds intriguing although we don’t know much about how this portion of the show will run. Will it be a drill session to push people to their limits and center around the selection process or will it be a more laid back mentoring session where the judges dispense one-on-one advice? Either possibility should prove to be good television. We have reservations about Nicole’s ability to mentor the over 30s category and it’s a toss-up whether Paula will find success in leading the groups. Simon and L.A. are both strong choices for their respective categories. We’re excited to see who makes it through and who goes home!

Let us know what you think after listening to the podcast! Leave us a comment here, on Pure X-Factor or tweet us. We love feedback and will respond either with a comment or in our next published show.

Episode Length: 41:47

Time Stamps
0:00 – Introduction and general thoughts on the boot camp episodes
8:25 – Top 8 Girls: Caitlin Koch, Tora Woloshin, Rachel Crow, Melanie Amaro, Simone Battle, Drew Ryniewicz, Jazzlyn Little and Tiah Tolliver
15:34 – Top 8 Boys: Brennin Hunt, Skyelor Anderson, Tim Ciphers, Marcus Canty, Brian Bradley, Nick Voss, Phillip Lomax and Chris Rene
22:49 – Top 8 Over 30s: Elaine Gibbs, Leroy Bell, Josh Krajcik, Dexter Haygood, Tiger Budbill, James Kenney, Christa Collins and Stacy Francis
29:55 – Top 8 Groups: Stereo Hogzz, 2Squared, 4Shore, Brewer Boys, Illusion Confusion, Anser and the two judge-created groups
34:13 – Thoughts on the judges and their mentoring categories: Paula Abdul – Groups, Nicole Scherzinger – Over 30s, Simon Cowell – Girls, L.A. Reid – Boys
36:30 – Odds and Ends
39:31 – Wrap-up

  1. John P
    October 10, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    group”Illusion Confusion” my friend and i were at their Miami audition,where they stole the show,they got 2 standing ovations and i remember Simon saying they were the best group in the competition by far,we’ve been following them but they have never been shown singing on any episode for more than 2 sec.even their audition they rocked was not shown,found cell vid on youtube of it,i think not shown as not to overshadow 2 groups slapped together by Simon?

    • October 15, 2011 at 8:58 PM

      Hi John, that’s interesting to hear that Illusion/Confusion was well received during their audition and by the judges. You’d think that because the group category has been weak overall that they’d push any ensemble that was well liked. I wish a good quality video of their audition was available on Youtube.

      As for why they’re not being shown, it’s tough to say. My guess would be that they may not make it to the live shows, so they didn’t want to spend airtime on a group that didn’t go all the way. It is possible too that, as you said, production didn’t want to overshadow the two Simon-created groups if one (or both) make it to the live shows.

      I’m hoping to see what they have to offer on the second judges’ houses episode.

      Thanks for the comment!

  2. krazy
    October 20, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    I really wish people will stop saying that Rachel is too young. If that’s the case, then Simon should not have lowered the age limit. Rachel is a real contender. The industry know there’s restrictions on minors, and why take that chance. LA Reid said the same thing about that Rapper Astro, and it’s not fair. Good luck to all of them.

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