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The X-Factor Goes Country [VIDEOS]

The X-Factor went a little country.  Simon Cowell’s new reality show continued auditions in Seattle on FOX last night.  And if you’ve watched American Idol in the past, you know Simon Cowell isn’t a big fan of country music.  He did predict Carrie Underwood would sell more albums than any other Idol winner, but Carrie is an expection.  So what did he think of last night’s country crooners?

Technical Difficulties Don’t Stop Skyelor Anderson

16 year old Skyelor Anderson drove all the way from Mississippi to impress the judges with Billy Currington’s ‘Must Be Doin’ Something Right.’  But his music cut out two lines into his song.  Without missing a beat, Skyelor sang the rest a cappella, and it was good enough to impress the judges, including Simon Cowell.  I thought he was better without the music.  Keep an eye on this kid.  He could be the next Charlie Pride or Darius Rucker. 

Brock & Makenna’s ‘Colder Weather’ Duet

The audience was on their feet after Brock & Makenna showed off their harmonies with Zac Brown’s ‘Colder Weather.’  The judges were impressed as well and moved the cute couple onto the next round.  Although they sound and look good together, the two are just friends, to the disappointment of Brock who claims he loves Makenna.  She just doesn’t know it yet.  She will once she watches this.

Move over Bieber, Here Comes Drew

Drew Ryniewicz is a huge Justin Bieber fan.  So it was no surprise when she sang his hit ‘Baby.’  But she put her own unique twist on it and blew the judges away, including LA Reid who signed Bieber to his record deal.  Oh, and she’s only 14 years old.  I see a Bieber/Ryniewicz duet in the future.

Looks Can Be Deceiving

Josh Krajcik isn’t what he appears.  At first glance, you’d think there is no way this guy could be any good.  Then he announces his song choice of Etta James’ ‘At Last.’  Seriously?!  Even Simon looked skeptical.  But you’ve heard the saying ‘never judge a book by it’s cover.’   Simon admitted after years in the business he thought he couldn’t be surprised anymore, until Josh sang.

Harmonies At It’s Best

4Shore from Virginia Beach are a group of 4 men who have beautiful harmonies.  And they brought their A game for Boys II Men’s ‘End of the Road,’ which judge LA Reid wrote.  They brought the audience and Reid to their feet.

The Strangest Audition Goes To

J Mark Inman doesn’t want to be a cookie cutter superstar.  He wants to be unique.  And that he is.  He adds his interesting dance moves to Radiohead’s ‘Creep.’  His audition reminded me of a train wreck.  You know you shouldn’t watch but you can’t help it.  Weird

The last round of auditions continue tonight on FOX at 8.  Are you watching The X-Factor?  What do you think?  Is it as good as American Idol?

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