“The X Factor” U.K. began showing its first “boot camp” episodes for 2011, in an episode that ITV televised on September 24. This is the part of the competition when the contestants have to perform side-by-side. And naturally, some contestants clash with each other.
Two of the contestants who had a tense rivalry were Kitty Brucknell and Honey Shazad. Brucknell (who works as a Britney Spears/Lady Gaga impersonator) has been getting a lot of press in the British tabloids because of her reported emotional meltdowns on “The X Factor.” Brucknell and Shazad had a conflict because they both wanted to sing the same part of the Florence + the Machine song “You Got the Love,” which they sang in a grooup that included fellow contestants Terry Winstanley and Lascel Wood.
(Click here to watch Kitty Brucknell and Honey Shazad at boot camp.)
Meanwhile, a rivalry on a lesser scale could be seen brewing between Frankie Cocozza and Eskimo Smile, who sang the Script’s “Breakeven” as part of their “boot camp” group. Cocozza’s “X Factor” claim to fame is that he dropped his pants during his audition to show the names of women that he had tattooed on his butt. While performing “Breakeven” with the group, Cocozza clearly did not like sharing the spotlight, especially with Eskimo Smile, whose husky voice gives Cocozza some serious competition.
(Click here to watch Frankie Cocozza and Eskimo Smile at boot camp.)
Speaking of standing out from a crowd, loony Goldie Cheung (who is best known for grinding her hips on “X Factor” U.K. judge Gary Barlow during her audition) was the center of attention in her group during her boot camp performance, even when she wasn’t singing. While performing Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” with the group, Cheung made sure that she got noticed with her bump-and-grind stage moves, writhing on the floor, and changing the song’s lyrics by singing in a foreign language.
(Click here to watch Goldie Cheung at boot camp.)
Adele sound-alike Jade Richards has been predicted to go all the way to the “X Factor” U.K. finals, and it is easy to see why, based on her stellar performance at boot camp. Richards made headlines for her “X Factor” audition, when she brought “X Factor” U.K. judges Kelly Rowland and Louis Walsh to tears with her version of Adele’s “Someone Like You.” Richards was clearly the best singer in her “boot camp” group, which performed “You Got the Love.” The Keys, Nicole Simpson and Joe Cox were also part of the group.
(Click here to watch Jade Richards at boot camp.)
Meanwhile, two of the standouts from the 2011 audition episodes faltered during boot camp: Luke Lucas (who has been described by many in the media as potentially the British version of Justin Bieber) and Johnny Robinson (who surprised the judges with feminine singing voice during his audition performance of Etta James’ “At Last”). At boot camp, Lucas gave a sub-par performance of Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You,” while Robinson forgot the lyrics when he performed Katy Perry’s “Firework.”
(Click here to watch Luke Lucas and Johnny Robinson at boot camp.)
Despite flubbing his performance at boot camp, Lucas was given another chance based on the strength of his audition, when he performed the Jackson 5’s “Who’s Loving You.”
(Click here to watch Luke Lucas get saved from elimination at boot camp.)
Derry Mensah, the ex-con who shamelessly flirted with Rowland during his audition, was among several contestants who were about the be eliminated from the show but were given a second chance when they agreed to give up being solo singers and be a part of singing groups for the rest of the competition.
(Click here to watch Derry Mensah and other get saved from elimination at boot camp.)
Mewanwhile, 16-year-olds Janet Devlin (who auditioned with Elton John’s “Your Song”) and Amelia Lily (who auditioned with Big Brother and the Holding Company’s “Piece of My Heart”) did very well at boot camp, and many viewers are predicting that they will make it to the finals