Now that the Top 32 “X Factor” U.S. contestants have been revealed (in an episode that Fox televised on October 6, 2011), the reactions from people on the Internet have been very opinionated about who they like on the show and who they don’t like.
(Click here for a recap of the episode.)
Many people fully expected YouTube sensation Chris Rene to make it to the Top 32, so when it happened, it was no real surprise. But as popular as Rene is with viewers, Rachel Crow (the sassy 13-year-old who sang Duffy’s “Mercy” in her audition) has had an upswing in positive feedback on the Internet, thanks to her great performance of Beyoncé’s “If I Were a Boy” in the October 6 episode.
Meanwhile, another precocious teen in the Top 32 has been getting very different reactions on the Internet than the kind that Crow is getting. Brian Bradley, the 15-year old rapper who says that he’ll be “better than Jay-Z” in five years, is experiencing a major backlash from viewers who say they don’t like Bradley’s arrogance. Many people also expressed outrage that Bradley was chosen over what they believe are more talented contestants, and they think that Bradley’s outspoken personality is the main reason why he has made it this far in the competition. (Bradley was 14 years old when he auditioned for “The X Factor,” but he is now 15.)
Crow and Rene have their share of fans, but so does Josh Krajcik, the 30-year-old Joe Cocker sound-alike who said in the October 6 episode he does not want to go back to his day job as a burrito maker. Krajcik continues to be one of the more popular contestants, according to comments made on the Internet.
Other contestants who have had an increase in positive comments on the Internet are 26-year-old graphic designer/part-time model Brennin Hunt and 20-year-old Marcus Canty, who was compared to a young Bobby Brown in his audition.
It was also announced on the October 6 episode which categories the judges will mentor in 2011. They are as follows:
- Simon Cowell will mentor female solo singers under age 30.
- L.A. Reid will mentor male solo singers under age 30.
- Nicole Scherzinger will mentor solo singers ages 30 and older.
- Paula Abdul will mentor groups.
Many people on the Internet expressed surprise that former Pussycat Dolls singer Scherzinger was given the “Over 30s” category, since they think she is the least qualified of the four judges to mentor this category. (Scherzinger, 33, is the youngest of the four judges.) Scherzinger has generally been getting a lot of negative comments from viewers who say they don’t like her. But other than people feeling that Scherzinger is a mismatch for the “Over 30s,” the general consensus is that Cowell and Reid have the two strongest categories. In the battle of the mentors to mentor the act that will end up as the show’s first winner, people are already predicting it will come down to Cowell and Reid.
The pattern of “The X Factor” winners in the U.K. (where the show originated in 2004) seems to bear out the notion that it is very difficult for solo singers older than 30 and groups to win on the show (only one winner from the U.K. show was older than 30 at the time of the victory), although solo singers older than 30 and groups have won on “The X Factor” in other countries.
Here is a sampling of comments on “The X Factor” U.S. official Facebook page:
“That little girl Rachel is AMAZING! I absolutely love her what a cutie too such a great little personality! And seriously takes guts to take on a Beyonce song like she did!”
“Congratulations Josh you sung the hell out of “Up to the Mountain” so proud! Not sure of Nicole??? really! I wanted L.A. to get the over 30. Keep true to yourself and style of music and you will do great. Regardless of what happens from this point on, you are already a star!
“I don’t think a rapper should ever win this show, if that happened I would never watch it again. It takes no talent to learn some words and then just talk quickly during a song. I really dislike that 14 year old kid with his cockiness like he knows it all and has all the talent in the world. He needs a reality check, he can’t even compare to the other people that really deserve to be on that show.”
“Reina is a rapper but a musical rapper. She had every right to be pissed when she got eliminated. I loved everything about this show but bottom line is, they chose ratings over talent by putting that kid through, so I have no respect. They F’d up BIG TIME with that move and I will not promote the show while I was at once point ready to say I liked the show more than Idol!”
“[Nicole Scherzinger] suks big time singing live, don’t know if she got better now, but its the truth, she was surprised that she got over 30 of course…she knows they are better than her.. so she needs to work hard !!”
“Ppl are underestimating Nicole, she can sing her butt off and dance, I think she has an upper hand, she is just as qualified as the Paula.”
“And I agree with all that don’t like Nicole. I don’t feel like Pussycat Dolls qualifies someone to put 8 careers on the line.”
“Still scratching my head over why they keep putting that talentless little rap kid through while sending Reina Williams, that Emma girl that tried out for AI last season and, oh, like 100 other contestants. I love this show but it pisses me off beyond belief that they put that conceited brat through.”
“Thank goodness Josh made it through , though they need to get it together , the show was a big mess until the last 30 minutes !”
“My throat is all scratchy from screaming so loud from happiness that Josh made it through. Can’t wait until next week.”
“Love the other judges ….DO NOT like Nicole….she seems biased & not as qualified…not to be mean but she just seems like a poser.”
“Rachel Crow and Chris Rene! Man those guys are my fav.”
“What did the “overs” do to the producers of this show. Pussycat Doll is going to teach them what? Too many female musicians could have been gotten with arms as long as L.A’s and Simons’. These two chicks aren’t ready for that kind of battle.”
“Wish LA would have got over 30…thats a talented group!! Paula should have got girls, Nicole groups (previous experience with groups) and simon the boys…just seems thats how it should have went if they are supposed to be mentors!! Seems logical in my head anyways…”
“Brennin Hunt is the most talented performer on the show and they edited out his standing ovation! What that all about????”
“I predict Josh or Rachel as the winner such amazing talent.”
“Josh keep up the good work two thumbs up.”
“Brennin Hunt Is Amazing!!!! He Is Definetly My Favorite Guy!!!!”
“Chris Rene gives me chills when he sings, he is so “real”. Makes me tear up!”
LOVE….LOVE….LOVE THE SHOW!!! I love that Nicole is a judge and not the other woman!! Thank you Simon for bringing this show to the US! Can’t wait for next week!
“LeRoy Bell is the XFactor. He is the whole package singer songwriter. I have 3 of his CDs. He puts on a great concert…he was the opener for Train and Paulo Natini here in the NW.”
“Chris, Josh, Stacey, Jazzlyn. One of them. Bank on it, baby. This show is SO MUCH BETTER than American Idol. I am betting hubby a crock pot of coq au vin on California boyee Chris Rene.”
“Brennin Hunt, he has an amazing voice! looks and stage presence! I also like Josh,and Marcus!”
“We’ll be hearing about Brian Bradley for the next fifty years.”
“Josh Krajcik!! I want his CD like… yesterday!”
“Wow is that Josh Kracjik overrated!”
“Brennin Hunt is great! He should end up in at least the top 10!”
“Josh has great vocals and magnetism !!!!!!!!!!!”
“Brennin Hunt is awesome.”
“Voting for Chris Rene all the way!!”
“I love Simon. He seems to have found his heart for this show. Hope the voting is different than Idols. Too many teens with cell phones-repeat voting too many times.”
“This is BETTER than IDOL!!!!! The talent is amazing… I LIKE THIS SHOW!”
“The X Factor” U.S. ratings have consistently been between 11 million to 12.5 milion U.S. viewers per episode, and the ratings for the October 6 episode were on par with that trend. “The X Factor” U.S. got 11.2 million U.S. viewers, and once again was surpassed in the ratings by the CBS shows “The Big Bang Theory” (which got 13.6 million U.S. viewers) and “Person of Interest” (which got 11.5 million U.S. viewers).