First up was 49-year-old Maryland native, Melanie Wright. Melanie is a paralegal but she hopes to walk in the footsteps of the great, 30-year-old Carrie Underwood. Personally, by 49 I hope to be emulating someone on the level of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, but to each their own. Melanie did look the part, wearing a sparkly blue dress from 1985 and a pair of velvet gloves. Rock it, girl. Melanie emotionally tells the judges that she's been preparing for this moment since she was 3. Basically, that's 46 years she's been preparing. Here's a note, Melanie: 46 years wasn't long enough in your case. Give it 46 more. Her rendition of “Titanium” by David Guetta sounded as Simon said, “Was like finding out Cinderella works at the Playboy mansion.” ‘Nuff said.
We move on to Oksana Mamchur, a dentist. Oksana butchered Celine Dion's “The Power Love” to such a degree that Simon felt he was in the dentist's “chair for 3 hours with no anesthetic.” Ouch. Moving on to 55-year-old Rob Zarro, who pranced around the stage trying to sing “Born To Be Wild.” The audition was so bad that Simon thought it resembled a routine from an Austin Powers movie and then suggested he try to become a movie star. Maya Lehman couldn't rouse the support of our judges either. Her rendition of “The Final Countdown” prompted Simon to say, “Did you ever watch Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind? If that ever happened and if they ever sang it would sound like that. It just didn't sound human.” To round out the bad, we saw Ruben Gloria who dressed as a tiger and sang “Like A Virgin." It was epic.
Could 15-year-old Emery Kelly provide light to an otherwise dismal day? The ladies waiting to audition with him were enamored, asking if he was single. His response: “Single Pringle.” Eat it up, ladies. Eat it up. Wouldn't you know it? Our resident cougars Paulina and Kelly asked him that same question when he sauntered onto the stage. He gave a hip performance of “I Won't Give Up” by Jason Mraz. Demi loved it. “I think that you're so cute and you have a great voice,” she gushed. “I think you're what we're looking for.” And with four easy yeses, Emery was on his way.
15-year-old Khaya Cohen knew she was going up against some stiff competition in the Girls category. She started on one song, but Simon quickly stopped her audition saying, “that song is just not working.” Khaya took the request with ease and nailed a unique rendition of Nina Simone's “I Put A Spell On You.” Her performance was so good that Simon said, “That's what we've been waiting for.” Demi was thrilled exclaiming, “I'm so excited to hear a voice like yours.”
The teens were taking over! Maybe 19-year-old Joseph Tolve would keep the trend going? Perhaps not when you have a super high-pitched voice that sounds like a cartoon character. Simon hoped Joseph was simply hoarse and offered him water. No deal, Simon. Joseph's rendition of Demi Lovato's “Skyscraper” may not have been technically bad, but it was bizarre. The judges passed, but gave some great words of advice. “I think that you would be great on a Sesame Street type show,” Kelly offered. And Simon made a promise, “Joseph, I promise you this. You're going to get calls after this audition.” Here's hopin' we hear Joseph again.
James Kenney, a 35-year-old apartment manager who auditioned in Season 1 is back! He gave a soulful performance of “Summertime” that prompted Paulina to say, “Wow! I was just delighted by your talent.” James Kenney got four easy yeses. Perhaps Season 3 is his season! Former football player Isaac Tauaefa also got four easy yeses and a great response from Demi who said, “Maybe football wasn't your calling, maybe music is.” Rounding out this great quartet of hopefuls was Chase Goehring who blew the judges away with an original song and melodic voice.
The good was going strong on X FACTOR! Allison Davis, Isabel Requena and Isaiah Alston all got easy yeses and were on their way to the next round.
Then came David “I'm here to compete” Grey, who was admittedly auditioning for his girlfriend. The judges weren't impressed by that, but loved his response: “Have you ever done something out of your element for love?” It's clear that David is smitten for life with his gal Lauren Waguespack. David gets a fast no after his goofy performance of Usher's “Nice And Slow.” Lauren is up next and she starts belting out Katy Perry's “Teenage Dream.” When Simon stops the audition David took his shot and proposed to Lauren on THE X FACTOR stage! These two might have both gotten the axe from our judges, but they earned the ultimate yes in life. Congratulations, David and Lauren!
Soft-spoken Tim Olstad had to follow that act. Simon was late so it was just the ladies judging. Demi started the audition asking Tim, “Do you ever get in trouble? Tell me something crazy about you.” Tim struggled with a response. I just remember a multitude of “ums.” The judges whispered to each other that Tim was kind of “boring,” but once they heard his glorious voice they hopped on board the Tim train. “I feel like your voice just came over me like a blanket of love,” said Kelly Rowland. Demi was in love with the performance as well saying, “I get it. You don't have to be edgy. You're so cute the way you are.” Go, Tim!
Cutie-Patootie Wesley Mountain was up next and boy would this guy move mountains to get nearer to Kelly Rowland. He just loves her so much, in that creepy stalker way. Wesley started to sweat and he began to pant when he got close to her. He is now forever that guy. It was so bad Simon said, “You've got to stop panting.” But you know what? This little Casanova actually nailed his performance of “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes. Demi loved it so much she said, “At first I thought you were so creepy, but you actually have a really good voice. So you went from creepy to cute.” That's the infamous talented equals cute equation. Watch out, Demi. Don't go down that road. Wesley got through, but I'm not sure the judges were completely sold. Also, he could still be a stalker.
Next up, some fabulous girls took the stage to prove the guys still hadn't gotten the best of them! Celine Polenghi, Bree Randall, Primrose Martin, and Summer Reign all got easy yeses to the next round and prompted a bit of a fight between the judges over who would get the coveted Girls category. Perhaps 19-year-old Ricky Clark could get the team back on track! He had a super cool style and some even cooler shades. That's how you show you are a star! You wear sunglasses inside. Everyone knows that! Ricky gave his all during his performance of “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder, but it didn't wow our judges. Simon's response said it all, “I like you. I don't like your voice.” Ricky took his rejection so hard that Kelly was prompted to run backstage and hug him. Take heart, Ricky. It could still happen! As Kelly said, “Not everything comes to us overnight.”
If Ricky wasn't every thing the judges had hoped him to be, then Lorie Moore was more! This professional women's football player, who just happened to be on the 2012 championship team, was ready to conquer the stage. This strong lady gave a soul-stirring performance of Whitney Houston's “I Have Nothing.” Simon loved it saying, “It was more than an audition, it was a performance!” Congratulations, Lorie!
The last act of the night was the dynamic duo known as Second Hand High. This formerly engaged pair was sure their original song was going to blow the socks off our judges and become a “hit for a really long time.” There song was inexplicable and included lines like “You better ask me to dance” and “Why buy the cow when you get the leche for free?” Kelly really got into it dancing all around and even rubbing up on Simon. Simon wasn't having any of it. His response was epic: “I think you should change the name of the group to Deluded.” Second Hand High didn't make it through, but it did prompt an amazing music video featuring all of our judges.
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