It seems as if feisty 14-year-old rapper Brian Bradley, who mouthed off to Simon Cowell during his “X Factor” U.S. audition, is quite the brash attention seeker, because Cowell says that Bradley is disruptive to his fellow contestants during the show’s “boot camp” episodes.
Fox will televise the “boot camp” episodes on October 5 and October 6, 2011, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time.
Cowell and fellow “X Factor” U.S. judge L.A. Reid did an interview with E! Entertainment Television that aired on October 4, 2011. In the interview, Cowell said about Bradley: “At boot camp, you’ll actually see that he disrupts the other contestants intentionally. He’s absolutely ruined it for the others, because he wanted to be the one to shine … He is a mini L.A. [Reid].”
(Click here to watch Brian Bradley’s audition.)
In the interview, Reid and Cowell also gave their early predictions on which contestants are most likely to be the first winner of “The X Factor” U.S.
Reid said, “Chris Rene, but to be fair, there are many. There’s Tiah [Tolliver]. Obviously, Brian [Bradley].”
Cowell added, “And remember where you heard this: Drew [Ryniewicz].”
Rene has become a YouTube sensation for his “X Factor” audition, during which he performed an original song that he wrote called “Young Homie.” The audition video received millions of views within two weeks that it was posted on You Tube. And so far, Rene’s audition video has gotten more YouTube views than any other audition video from an “X Factor” U.S. contestant.
(Click here to watch Chris Rene’s audition.)
Tolliver divided the four “X Factor” judges during her audition performing Shontelle’s “Impossible” and the jazz classic “It Don’t Mean a Thing.” Cowell and Reid gave her “yes” votes, while Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger initially said “no.” Scherzinger later changed her vote to “yes.”
(Click here to watch Tiah Tolliver’s audition.)
Ryniewicz got “yes” votes from all the judges. She auditioned by doing a ballad version of Justin Bieber’s “Baby.”
(Click here to watch Drew Ryniewicz’s audition.)
After boot camp, 32 acts move on to the “judges’ homes” stage of the competition, during which the “X Factor” judges, with the help of a guest mentor, decide which acts will become finalists. The finalists perform in live episodes, and the winner is chosen through the public’s voting. “The X Factor” U.S. grand prize consists of $5 million and a record deal with Sony Music.
Each “X Factor” judge acts as a mentor to contestants in the following categories: female solo singers under 30 years old; male solo singers under 30 years old; solo singers ages 30 and older; and vocal groups.
It has not yet been announced which judge has which mentor category.
As previously reported, Cowell has already confirmed that Rihanna is a guest mentor who will assist one of “The X Factor” U.S. judges in 2011. The other guest mentors for the show in 2011 have not yet been announced. Cowell also said that Mariah Carey was going to be a guest mentor in the “judges’ homes” part of the competition, but she could not do it because her travel plans were canceled due to Hurricane Irene.