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‘X-Factor’ Debuts on Fox – The Good, Bad and Ugly Auditions

Judges of X-Factor
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Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul return to the judge’s panel on the new Fox talent search competition ‘The X-Factor.’ Combining concepts from ‘American Idol’ and ‘The Voice,’ ‘X-Factor’ will award a $5 million record contract at the end of the season. The hefty prize brought out some serious competitors. Unlike ‘Idol’ there is no solo sing before the judges: first impressions come with music accompaniment and in front of an arena audience. Below are my choices for the best and worst of the debut episode.

Rachael Crow



X-Factor has a younger age limit. Rachael, at just 13, wouldn’t have been allowed to compete on ‘Idol.” Her singing and personality win over the judges.


Stacy Francis



Stacy Francis suffered through an abusive relationship that severely damaged her self-esteem. Her emotional performance and support from the judging panel make her story one of the best of the show so far.


Geo Godly



Geo gives an un-Godly performance and judging by Paula’s wretching sickness upon seeing the act, it’s no surprise the judges sent Geo packing.


Marcus Canty



My vote for favorite performance of the night comes from Marcus Canty. Marcus is two years out of high school and just about up on a time frame set by his family to pursue his musical dreams before he has to face real life, college or a 9-5 job. Marcus slays his chosen Stevie Wonder song and judging by the reaction from the crowd, this won’t be the last time he’ll be awash in applause.


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