Friday: That's right, for everyone at THE X FACTOR the week starts Friday after the results show. Contestants go straight into vocals to try to find a song and sing LOTS along the way that don't make the cut. Wardrobe is off shopping, starting to get ideas of things for the week ahead, which of course will depend on the song and then the stage. For any of those still in school, there is also school time put aside, because to be cool, you have to stay in school! There are also interviews for all the cool stuff you see online in between vocals!
Saturday: This is when it starts to get busier because a song is chosen (that hopefully doesn't change). There are more vocals, dancers start dancing, wardrobe starts sewing and designing, while sets are created and starting to be built! Mentors are around talking about all of this and it's decision time.
Sunday: Very similar to Saturday, except contestants are usually dancing too and trying on clothes and singing and, of course, in school if they need to be. Hey, this is THE X FACTOR, there's no time for messing around. Except, of course, every now and then when I'm around. Hehe!
Monday: This is full stage rehearsal with blocking and lighting and dancing, oh my! All the judges are there to watch their acts, and their acts only! Cool fact: They won't let the judges or contestants watch each other's performances. I've even seen one judge try and get kicked out! Who? I'm not telling! This is where everyone is on edge because there's a chance their song will change. If it does, it's back to square one and time to start over. Wardrobe is making alterations, changes and magic, dancers are grooving and vocal coaches are kicking butt as usual. Sets are adjusted, lighting schemes are changed, and all kinds of camera batteries are changed as well.
Tuesday: This is it! Last day of rehearsals, last day for the judges to make changes to the songs, and the pressure is really on if they do! Contestants go between vocals, stage, choreography, wardrobe, hair and school, so I don't get to hang with them as much, but I follow them around and try not to disturb the process.
Wednesday: IT'S FINALLY HERE! Show time people! Contestants get in early for hair, makeup, and wardrobe, because they have dress rehearsal! Everybody is in go mode from contestants to the stylists to the hair and makeup team, even the moms are getting their game faces on! After dress rehearsal, all the final details are happening, contestants are singing in any place they can and in what seems like the blink of an eye, it's GO time!
Thursday: I like to call this day Gloomsday because everyone is now on edge. Who will stay? Who will go? The contestants are still singing everywhere, but now they're practicing their song for survival just in case. There's more of the same from Wednesday, except the energy shifts from excited and amped, to nervous and dreary. Even I find it hard to have a pep in my step because I don't want Thursday night to happen! And this time, it seems like an eternity goes by until the moment of truth, gulp, the results of YOUR votes!
Tune into THE X FACTOR on WED and THU at 8/7c on FOX.