Can 14-Year-Old Rapper Brian Bradley Win 'X Factor'?

PopNews Wire 2011/09/30 11:58:28
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We should have known that Simon Cowell would fit right in in New Jersey.

At the Newark auditions, Simon is all about the "Jersey spirit" and East Coast confidence -- especially when it comes to 14-year-old Brian Bradley of Brooklyn, N.Y., who already sees himself as a formidable rival to Jay-Z and Kanye West. So why doesn't he have a record deal already? "It's politics, man," Brian explains.

Just when he's winning everyone over with his adorableness, Brian suddenly seems to start picking a fight with Simon. But really, he's just transitioning into his song, which appears to be called, "Stop Lookin' at My Mom." With this, he's forgiven, and Simon calls him "arrogant, obnoxious, argumentative but one of the most talented young people in a long, long time." Which pretty much sums it up. And he's cute, too.

Andy Silikovitz, however, is memorable for all the wrong reasons. At 43, he's been single all his life, and is pretty much using the show as a platform to get a girlfriend (oh, and to be able to afford a house that's nice enough to appear on MTV's "Cribs"). His performance of Mariah Carey's "Hero" is too awful to kindly describe, but the judges think he's sweet -- so sweet, in fact, that they want to set him up with Paula.

The next batch of contestants have no redeeming qualities whatsoever -- until we get to 17-year-old Carrie Fletcher. Fletcher is truly the girl next door, and she happens to sing one of our favorite songs, "Alone" by Heart, which scores her a point in our book. Simon is a little "bored" by her, but even he sees potential once she gains a little more self-confidence. Yeses all around.

The next act is literally Ausem. Austin and Emily are 15-year-olds who have been singing together for years. Combined, they are Ausem. Are they great? Not really, but they are "passionate" -- and Simon thinks their audience (hyperemotional teens) will understand them perfectly. Only problem? Everyone likes Austin more than Emily. After Nicole takes a looooong time to cast her vote, it's four yeses.

The only act more awesome than Ausem? Tora Woloshin, who just might be the "hottest mechanic in the world." Tora likes cars and tattoos and happens to look a bit like Lady Gaga. Oh yeah, she's a decent singer too. Add it all up and she has the X Factor, Simon says.

While a certain type of guy may swoon over Tora (think Jesse James), pretty much all the ladies are going to go for Brennin Hunt -- if you can get past the fact that he's in love with himself. But hey, even L.A. Reid thinks he's hot, so it's official: this guy is hot. Brennin, 26, believes he has "the look, the voice, the total package," and his "ultimate goal is to rule the world." So we want to hate him, but he's actually really great -- even a potential winner (and he writes his own songs). Four yeses.

Later, we spend about five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes listening to Devon Talley's unbearable performance of "Seasons of Love" from "Rent," but at least he makes us laugh (as in at him, not really with him).

But once again, they saved the best for last with 16-year-old Jazzlyn Little. Jazzyln is insecure and very nervous, but she gives perhaps the best performance of the night singing Mary J. Blige's "I'm Going Down." The judges rave, and Jazzlyn says that for the first time in her life, she felt "truly accepted." We bet she got a lot more than 500 hits on her YouTube page tonight.

--Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman, PopNews Wire
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  • rahsmoov 2013/08/06 02:20:01
    No, he's just too young and inexperienced.
    He has talent but he needs to control his emotions.
  • doc moto 2011/12/10 03:14:28
    Yes, he's got amazing talent.
    doc moto
    Sure Why not?
  • journey 2011/11/03 14:06:52
    No, he's just too young and inexperienced.
    Meant to check yes...he's cute and has the drive that it takes to be a success. You never know what can happen...
  • Natasha Mupenzi 2011/10/15 20:28:07
    Yes, he's got amazing talent.
    Natasha Mupenzi
  • DreO.O.5006 2011/10/06 01:01:24
    No, he's just too young and inexperienced.
    he's just one in the million black teens in NYC that want to be a rapper too cocky thinks he"ll be better than jay z in 5 years hate his personality and after today's performance bye!
  • elena 2011/10/05 00:44:19
    Yes, he's got amazing talent.
    I don´t know about his "amazing talent": I don´t see that show, but I don´t know why the age has to be a problem:the talent is the talent, and if a boy sings better than all adults, he must be the winner.
  • Chris H... elena 2011/10/07 01:48:36
    Chris Hoskin
    He has no singing ability at all. He sat on stage and rapped. No range, no emotion, just rap.
  • elena Chris H... 2011/10/08 00:20:32
    I talked in general terms, but if that is the case...maybe I should go for a ride in YouTube
  • elena Chris H... 2011/10/08 00:40:26
    Well, maybe it depends what you think about rap. I like certain rappers, and believe Eminem´s "Lose yourself" is one of the most deserved Best Song Oscar I remember. For instance. And only to see the disagreeably surprised and offended Simon Cadwell´s face, I would give him a prize!.
  • Natasha... Chris H... 2011/10/15 20:15:12
    Natasha Mupenzi
    I dont' agreeeeeeeee at all this boy has serious talent...are u deaf
  • Natasha... Chris H... 2011/10/15 20:16:07
  • rahsmoov Chris H... 2013/06/13 16:50:22
    If rapping so easy you do it.
  • Odinsown 2011/10/03 08:36:37
    Yes, he's got amazing talent.
    He can win, but whether he will or nor is yet to be seen.
  • RhettDempsey-Taylor 2011/10/03 06:17:50
    No, he's just too young and inexperienced.
    That's just what we need, more singers. Music standards sure have crumbled over the past few years..
  • Mechelle 2011/10/03 03:30:47
    No, he's just too young and inexperienced.
    He is talented but there are a lot of one trick poney rappers out there. He was kind of a pain in the azz. The way he spoke to Simon even to lead into his song was disrespectfull.
  • pies_Guy 2011/10/03 03:04:27
    No, he's just too young and inexperienced.
  • rahsmoov pies_Guy 2013/06/13 16:51:33
  • pies_Guy rahsmoov 2013/07/25 06:49:34
    why would I be mad bout some unknown lil wannabe?
  • rahsmoov pies_Guy 2013/08/06 02:09:35
    You're mad because you have no talent and he's a kid. Hi hater
  • pies_Guy rahsmoov 2013/08/07 00:03:31
  • rahsmoov pies_Guy 2013/08/07 22:21:16
    I don't know if your agreeing or disagreeing.
  • pies_Guy rahsmoov 2013/09/24 08:21:10
    im agreeing that I have no talent...but I already knew that
  • TMan 2011/10/03 02:41:25
  • Poopkitten(: 2011/10/03 01:33:49
    No, he's just too young and inexperienced.
    this kid annoys me.. -_-
  • no1ymfan 2011/10/03 00:51:40
    Yes, he's got amazing talent.
    12 years ago... weezy baby! present time... brian bradley!
  • lizzy 2011/10/03 00:11:27
    No, he's just too young and inexperienced.
    first of all hes rapping and the competition is about singing not rapping and thats what the judges will start to realize second of all he used that rap before on another show so that proves he cant come up with new raps and he would have to sing in order to stay in the show and you dont know if he can sing and i dont think hes gonna go to the top. Brian Bradley Stop looking at my mom
  • Natasha... lizzy 2011/10/15 20:19:51
    Natasha Mupenzi
    I dis agree because Rapping is a form of singing and the judges aren't lookin for just singers....they are lookin for vocal and lyrical talent...and soo what if he used the same song!!! no body givez a damn
  • lizzy Natasha... 2011/10/17 00:40:27
    but its not fair to other people out there in the world that can rap better than him didnt know that they can rap on x factor which is for singing.
  • rahsmoov lizzy 2013/08/06 02:11:48
    What's your point?
  • p18711 2011/10/02 21:01:46
    Yes, he's got amazing talent.
    everyone can win if they are the most talented and jury and public judge fair
  • Shark 2011/10/02 19:59:51
    No, he's just too young and inexperienced.
  • Natasha... Shark 2011/10/15 20:20:14
    Natasha Mupenzi
    ur stupid!!
  • rahsmoov Shark 2013/08/06 02:12:35
  • Jasmine 2011/10/02 19:13:20
    Yes, he's got amazing talent.
    Y not? :o
    But I dont really watch X factor XS
  • allthegoodnamesaretaken 2011/10/02 19:05:31
    No, he's just too young and inexperienced.
    I think hes a toolbox
  • Natasha... alltheg... 2011/10/15 20:21:34
    Natasha Mupenzi
    i think ur stupid because how u gunna sit with ur grown ass callin kids toolboxes get a life atleast he is doing something with his life!
  • alltheg... Natasha... 2011/10/16 06:21:32
    really because I'm younger than him.
  • rahsmoov alltheg... 2013/06/13 16:53:43
  • Tokio Hotel Forever <3 2011/10/02 19:04:36
    No, he's just too young and inexperienced.
    Tokio Hotel Forever <3
    He got on my nerves A LOT and he needs to get some respect.
  • Natasha... Tokio H... 2011/10/15 20:22:11
    Natasha Mupenzi
    i agree he is a little cocky but u have to admit this little boy has talent!

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