Is 'X Factor' Better Than 'American Idol'?

PopNews Wire 2011/09/23 05:43:58
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Other than a homeless rocker, a gorgeous female rugby coach and a rare male soprano, the second night of “The X Factor” left us wondering if all the talent has already been scooped up by the other “American Idol” copycat shows.

The Miami auditions start out on a low note with 29-year-old Ashley Sansone, whose email address is supposedly “unstoppable talent.” Dear unstoppable.talent@whatever -- please shut up already! Paula actually speaks for everyone when she says she’s “exhausted” after listening to Ashley ramble on, and her performance of Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart” makes L.A. Reid want to “slit his wrists.”

But everyone feels a little sorry for 16-year-old Caitlynne Curtis, whose performance of Katy Perry’s “Firework” was almost good but not quite. Paula actually walks on stage to hug the tearful Caitlynne, and L.A. Reid urges her to keep trying as Taylor Swift sings sadly in the background.

Just as Simon is ready to give up on Miami, along comes 21-year-old Nick Voss singing Elvis Presley’s “Trouble.” Nick lives in a 3-bedroom house with seven people, and his boss fired him for taking two days off to try out for the show. In other words, everyone’s rooting for him to be good, and he is. The judges agree that he’s an exciting performer, even if he has to work on his vocals and lose the Michael Jackson dance moves. He’s in.

But here’s where things get a little bit spooky. Contestant Ashley Deckard, 14, insists that she can see ghosts, but that’s not really the scary part. Paula says she can see them too. How and why this confession was glossed over, we’re not sure -- but it could explain a lot about her time on “American Idol.”

The judges do seem a little possessed as they send through an ex-music teacher who sounds like “wolves mating in the forest.” Girl group 2squar’d also makes the cut, as does soulful 32-year-old Kendra Williams and handsome Brendan O’Hara (cue Nicole getting her flirt on).

But male soprano Jeremiah Pagan -- one of only seven male sopranos in the world, apparently -- is a standout. So is 18-year-old Melanie Amaro, who belts out Beyonce’s “Listen” like a seasoned Broadway performer. Melanie brings Nicole to tears, and Simon says he launched “The X Factor” in America in order to find someone like her. So Miami ends on a high note.

Off to Dallas, where 17-year-old Jonny Rogers feels like a “Justin Bieber doll gone wrong in a Chinese factory,” according to Simon. Yep, that pretty much sums it up.

But it gets much, much worse. Dylan Lawson, 18, sold his truck to get to Dallas from Kentucky -- in order to curse and writhe on the floor on national TV. Street vendor Curtis Lawson, 19, also sounds Satanic, and Simon urges him to learn to speak “human.”

Which is why we’re relieved to meet Dexter Haygood, a 49-year-old musician who toured with Hall and Oates, but has fallen on hard times. He lost his house in foreclosure and he’s pretty much couch-surfing and living out of his car, but his performance of “Sex Machine” shows promise. Simon asks for another song, and Dexter “turns the place out” with “It's a Man's Man's Man's World.” The judges want less James Brown and more Dexter, but they decide to give him a chance. Was anyone else thinking Homeless Man With the Golden Voice 2.0?

There is still one more standout to be found in Dallas. Caitlin Koch, 21, is probably the prettiest rugby coach anyone has ever seen, and her slowed-down rendition of The Supremes’ “Stop! In the Name of Love” is just plain cool. Caitlin gets a “big old fat juicy delicious yes” … “with mustard, lettuce and pickles on top.”

We don’t really want to waste too much on 27-year-old Xander Alexander, who is by far the most annoying contestant in the show’s two-day history. Xander manages to insult everyone from Whitney Houston to Mariah Carey to Martha Stewart to Jay-Z to Bruno Mars … and he saves the worst for Simon, actually threatening to go outside and fight him! Turns out, Xander’s singing isn’t awful, but he’s just too obnoxious. In fact, he’s officially more obnoxious than Simon. Who knew it was possible?

--PopNews Wire, Jennifer D’Angelo Friedman
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  • Mia Arevalo 2013/07/19 01:22:22
    Mia Arevalo
    Are u kidding me... yes!!
  • leslie 2011/09/26 18:44:11
    NO IT'S ALL THE SAME............................ CRAP
  • Sarina 2011/09/26 18:27:03
    Any talent show without a judge as interesting as Mr. Steven Tyler is not as good as American idol. Also, its a total rip off of Idol- 2 of the same original judges too. Pfft.
  • asdfghjkl 2011/09/26 17:09:01
    Word's cannot express how much I hate that USA has to copy UK show's. America's got talent?! WHAT?! WE WANT SIMON BACK!
  • Gurney asdfghjkl 2011/09/26 17:58:52
    'Back' are you kidding Kitty... lets export them all
  • Elmo~WAWU~Bn-2~ 2011/09/26 16:41:13
    Maybe it's because I'm a Brit, or maybe it's because Kelly Rowlands is extremely fit, but I'm in love with that show <3

    x factor
  • troy 2011/09/26 16:34:32
    Its the same show just a different title
  • Lanikai 2011/09/26 15:54:59
    And the judges are irritating.

    Simon, I love, the rest are just annoying and the grade of "talent" they get isn't all that special.
  • YESSIE 2011/09/26 15:38:10
    I only watch X-Factor because Puala Abdul is on it. Other than that, American Idol is the one for me.
  • todd 2011/09/26 14:53:29
    ...however, that is only based on the first two episodes.
  • hi 2011/09/26 14:45:50
    i just say yes cuz the winner wont always be a boy
  • F*ckTheSystem 2011/09/26 14:43:43
    I hate both of them so I don`t really know.
  • Kat 2011/09/26 14:38:26
    well i said no, but i am kinda neutral bou this one.. both will eventually get boring to usall along with everthing else new that comes along.. it's just the new thing to rave about is all...
  • dee 2011/09/26 14:31:19
    i wont be watch sour puss simon.
  • jmc07806-PWCM-JLA 2011/09/26 14:15:16
    I really don't know I never watched either of them.
  • Siefimn 2011/09/26 14:13:44
    much better
  • UNCLESAYSAY 2011/09/26 14:11:33
  • Maci 2011/09/26 13:38:17
  • DeLosDosOsos 2011/09/26 09:18:45
    They're about the same. Both have too many sob stories.
  • Rebecca Ells 2011/09/26 01:21:08
    Rebecca Ells
    but i dont really watch idol because i never see it when it is on
  • Lilymoon 2011/09/26 01:07:56
    So far of what I have seen I only liked 5 people. My favorite was the last guy on the first night we sang is own song, Homey What Ya Tripping On? He was really good. They put through a lot of people who had no business getting through.
  • All American 2011/09/25 23:45:23
    All American
    So far, no. I think some of the crazier acts are staged. But, they did have some really good singers, though.
  • yellowcindy 2011/09/25 23:23:53
    They are both lame, boring and repetitive. I don't see where the winners go after they win.
  • lizzy 2011/09/25 18:35:34 (edited)
    Yes because it has Simon and Paula from American idol all they missing is randy.And X factor is more funnier than American idol. american idol and x factor
  • Nikki 2011/09/25 16:12:43
    This show was funny as hell to watch because of LA Reid comments and funny faces he makes when people suck.... I'd much rather watch this show than American Snoozer Idol....Whatever happened to that boring winner of American Idol anyway????????
  • émilie✿ 2011/09/25 15:26:56
    God no.
  • Sister Jean 2011/09/25 15:21:20
    Sister Jean
    not so far
  • MustangSally 2011/09/25 15:00:02
    It's the same freaking thing
  • max 2011/09/25 14:16:27
    How could you think that ?!?!?!?!!?
  • L K 2011/09/25 14:07:44
    L K
    Talent wise Idol wins, but Paula and Simon together are magic!!! They are really fun to watch so I will probably tune in now and then.
  • Augusta Melbourne 2011/09/25 11:27:15 (edited)
    Augusta Melbourne
    They both suck anyway. The judges suck, they're too nice and play 'pretend' with the contestants, both shows are obviously rigged and they're only there to make loads of money. The shows are all overrated, and people just watch it for the sake of entertainment which equates to some person barking into a microphone for a few minutes and then told how it went. Basically, a complete waste of my frickin' time.
  • Sattesh 2011/09/25 07:20:24
    Both of them are equally good(I choose yes to even up the bar)
    X factor is all about the ENTERTAINMENT
    American Idol is all about the SINGING
    SO yes I will be watching both shows ans I will be enjoying them...
    american idol judges 2011
    x factor usa
  • Luver 2011/09/25 04:11:44
    X Factor has the past American Idol judges that no one liked. While Simon was a good critic and had a good ear, he was mean, and Paula is just a drunken mess.
  • nat75 Luver 2011/09/25 15:02:48
    wrong lots of people like simon, he was realistic and funny. i do agree about paula but that did make her funny sometimes lol
  • rusty 2011/09/25 03:42:23
    It will be
  • R ~In Harry Potter I Trust~ 2011/09/25 03:19:48
    R ~In Harry Potter I Trust~
    I don't watch singing shows but it certainly looks better than American Idol. I'm more of a America's Got Talent girl.
  • sally 2011/09/25 02:42:17
    Of course it has Simon Cowell :)
  • Resp 2011/09/25 02:19:52
    Seen it. When it was X-actly like Star Search.
  • Rocky 2011/09/24 23:37:14
    It is sort of the same thing reinvented. The jury is still out on this show.
  • Adam Julian 2011/09/24 23:28:38
    Adam Julian
    They are too nice in the X factor.

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