The X Factor Episodes

2011, TV Show

The X Factor Episode: "Boot Camp #1"

Season 1, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: Hopefuls travel to Los Angeles for boot camp, where they'll be judged on their singing, dancing and performance style.
Original Air Date: Oct 5, 2011

The X Factor Recap: Boot Camp 1 Season 1, Episode 5

Auditions are over, and tonight... it's boot camp. But not boot camp in the tire-flipping, wall-climbing sense. This is like, way more intense than that (they only had five minutes to get ready!) Over the next two days, 162 acts will give it their all to survive. After cuts, the final 32 will be segregated into boys, girls, groups, and old people, and each will be assigned to a mentor. Which basically means Simon's group will win, Paula's group will cut practice to drink wine, and Nicole will abandon her group to go to the mall and get her hair extensions adjusted. No word yet on the fate of LA Reid's group.

Right off the bat, we cut 62 acts with the help of experts like vocal coaches, stylists, and choreographers.

Brian Bradley, a 14-year-old from Brooklyn, is too good for all of this tryout/performance s---. "That's not what I'm here for," he says. Which begs the question: what are you here for, Brian?

The judges organize the performers into large groups to tell some they've made it and send others home. One guy curses and screams, "I DON'T HAVE A LIFE! I DON'T HAVE A LIFE!" and seems to be on the verge of a psychotic breakdown. (Don't worry -- producers later sent him to an institution). While this is happening, the background music subconsciously transports us back to the year 2000, when O-Town's "All or Nothing" had prepubescent horny teenagers making out at school dances nationwide.

The evening's standouts:

- Little blonde Drew Ryniewicz from Arizona who sings a soulful-beyond-her-years version of Radiohead's "Creep"

- Ike Turner's unemployed ex-wife Madison Turner, who is not Tina, but happens to sound and look an awful lot like her

- Stay-at-home-Stacy Francis who succeeded at toning it down...until she wore a shirt as a dress on stage

- Lenny Kravitz lookalike Leroy Bill. He's a songwriter with a killer voice and great style: the triple threat

- Brian "I'm better than Jay-Z" Bradley, the spunky rapper from Brooklyn

- Reina Williams, the dreadlocked wo(man)? from Baltimore. She's so androgynous it's hard to tell whether she'll be in the "boys" or "girls" group, but it doesn't matter...she's amazing

- The burly burrito-maker, Josh Krajcik, who'd put Springsteen to shame in a "Born to Run" karaoke showdown

- Hoagie-makin' Tia Tolliver (she's a deli clerk) who gave me the chills and made me forget she had the audacity to wear Uggs on stage

- Phillip Lomax, the adorable Seattle-based crooner that will write songs about making love, and then make love to them

Tomorrow, the final 32 are revealed. And by the looks of it, there will. be. tears.

Which of the performers on tonight's episode were your favorites? Sound off in the comments below!

 

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Auditions are over, and tonight... it's boot camp. But not boot camp in the tire-flipping, wall-climbing sense. This is like, way more intense than that (they only had five minutes to get ready!) Over the next two days, 162 acts will give it their all to survive. After cuts, the final 32 will be segregated into boys, girls, groups, and old people, and each will be assigned to a mentor. Which basically means Simon's group will win, Paula's group will cut practice to drink wine, and Nicole will abandon her group to go to the mall and get her hair extensions adjusted. No word yet on the fate of LA Reid's group.

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