The X Factor Episodes

2011, TV Show

The X Factor Episode: "Judges' Homes #1"

Season 1, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: The remaining 32 acts visit the homes of the judges for mentoring.
Original Air Date: Oct 13, 2011

The X Factor Episode Recap: It's Mansion Time! Season 1, Episode 7

We're down to only 32 acts, divided into four groups. You know this by now (because they mention it every episode!), but in case you've contracted temporary amnesia, the groups are: boys, girls, old folks and groups.

Paula's "groups" will meet at her mansion in Santa Barbara, the boys head to LA's mansion in the Hamptons, the oldies find themselves at Nicole's Malibu mansion, and Simon's girls? Oh, they're just headed to Paris. Because Simon's in charge, and he can do things like that.

Here's the catch: the acts don't know who their mentor is yet, which will make for some very dramatic montage scenes.


The girls all fawn over Simon and hug him while yelling things like "wooo!" In his unbuttoned dress shirt and dark sunglasses, I can't help but think that Simon truly looks like a pimp, and the under 30 ladies his hos. So from here on out this group will now be referred to as "Simon's Harem."

The excitement over Paula seems a little forced. We can safely say this crew is disappointed.

And the old peeps? They're all hoping for Simon or LA Reid, because back when they listened to music it was on records, and Nicole Scherzinger wasn't even a fetus. Upon being let down with Nicole, they feign excitement.

The bros are pumped about LA — one guy even calls himself "blessed."

Not to be outdone by The Voice, the judges have each wrangled a "special guest" to help them mentor.

Nicole: Enrique Iglesias
Paula: Pharrell
Simon: himself (Mariah Carey got stuck on a plane)
LA: Rihanna

First up is Brian "Astro" Bradley from Brooklyn. His performance of P.Diddy's "Can't Hold Me Down" is very reminiscent of the Will Smith/Jazzy Jeff days. Or maybe he's like a rapping Justin Bieber? Either way, I dig. And Rihanna looks like she wants to make out with him. LA's not convinced America will think a rapper has the X factor.

Simone Battle from Los Angeles is nearly naked, and Simon tells her she looks great. Interesting. She sings a unique rendition of "Help" by The Beatles, which Simon likes despite her voice cracking.

Next, we have a group who lacks spelling skills: The Anser, from Salt Lake City. I really thought they each sounded fantastic individually, but as a group something was totally off. Do you agree? Paula and Pharrell say they are "tight" because I guess they're not in the business of criticizing just yet.

Dexter Haygood, 42, comes out rocking a seriously '80s jean jacket. That thing is bada-- and would be perfect for my Halloween costume this year. But OMG I got so distracted by the jacket I almost didn't realize he was wearing 4-inch heels and singing Beyonce's "Crazy in Love." Unfortunately, Nicole and Enrique weren't sold on the performance.

We're back on LA Reid's sprawling deck, and student Skylor Anderson gives a soulful performance of "Nobody Knows It But Me." He's got the heart, but he could definitely use some voice coaching. Rihanna and LA think he has material to work with that needs to be polished. Which means he won't win.

In Paris, my personal favorite Tora Woloshin performs "Satisfaction," which I don't necessarily think was the right song choice for her. It's also important to note that she is sort of dressed like a hooker (this is appropriate for Simon's Harem) so it's fine by me. Simon thinks she sounds like a rock star.

Lakoda Rayne (is that the name of their group?) sings Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" next. Considering that performing as a group is more challenging  than going solo, these girls are pretty damn good. No sense of Paula and Pharrell's opinion here.

Stay-at-home mom Stacy Francis does "Purple Rain," hitting a few high notes that bring Enrique and Nicole to tears. Hands down, the most emotional performance of the night. This chick has depth and passion that is undeniable, but Enrique and Nicole worry about her confidence and staying power.

The Bieber Brothers — oh wait, I mean The Brewer Boys -- do synchronized hair flips while singing their own interpretation of Rihanna's "Only Girl in the World." They're just OK — good enough to win a high school talent show, but don't stand a chance in this competition. Pharrell and Paula are underwhelmed by their harmonies.

The Rihanna theme of tonight continues with Phillip Lomax, the adorable crooner from Seattle. He sings what LA calls a "Sinatra version of 'Please Don't Stop the Music,'" and to me, that means it's wonderful.

Elaine Gibbs, the wedding singer, is way better than Adam Sandler. She performs "Stop Crying Your Heart Out," and Enrique thinks her confidence can make her a superstar.

The next lady of Simon's Harem, 22-year-old Caitlin Koch, gives a raspy rendition of "Will You Love Me Tomorrow." Simon says her pitch and tone are fantastic. She'll be here to stay for a while.

Token rocker Nick Voss is up next with "Everybody Wants to Rule the World." He definitely has a unique sound (not to mention a unique eyebrow/sideburn situation), but LA says he's seen Nick do better.

The boy band 4Shore from Virginia Beach heads back to the '90s with Brownstone's "If You Love Me." Unfortunately, the weaker voices in the group (the dude with the dreads, for one) seem to bring the overall quality of the performance down. Paula and Pharrell think they need to "dirty up their style a little bit." Whatever that means.

Let me first start by saying that James Kenney looks eerily similar to Perez Hilton. Am I right? Also he's from West Hollywood... Anyway, he sings Rihanna just like a bunch of other people! Enrique says he would work in a Maroon 5 type of environment and that he has rock star potential.

Drew Ryniewicz is the grand finale for tonight, and grand she was. Her voice is spooky and mature beyond her 14 years. Drew's "It Must Have Been Love" brought me right back to that limo scene in Pretty Woman. Simon calls her "amazing."

And that's all folks! Wow this just flew by — it didn't at all seem like the seven hours and 16 acts that it actually was. How excited are you for Sunday?

Who are your favorites? Who doesn't deserve to live another X Factor day? Please, we're begging — tell us in the comments below!

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We're down to only 32 acts, divided into four groups. You know this by now (because they mention it every episode!), but in case you've contracted temporary amnesia, the groups are: boys, girls, old folks and groups.

Paula's "groups" will meet at her mansion in Santa Barbara, the boys head to LA's mansion in the Hamptons, the oldies find themselves at Nicole's Malibu mansion, and Simon's girls? Oh, they're just headed to Paris. Because Simon's in charge, and he can do things like that.

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