The X Factor: Season 2, Episode 7:: Bootcamp #1
This week on The X Factor the contestants that made it through auditions head to bootcamp and perform again for the judges, and even more nerve-wracking, for the other contestants! Find out more in the Kidzworld Recap of Episode 7, Bootcamp #1.
Welcome to Miami
At the start of the episode we get a little glimpse at the hometowns of some of countests, like 17-year-old Willie Jones saying goodbye to his dad in Shreveport, Louisiana and the boys of Emblem3 catching one last wave on Huntington Beach before heading to Miami. The bootcampers are shocked at the beauty of the hotel and everyone swears they won't be going home, but once they start taking the stage and each get a better look at the competition it's a different story, and nerves get the best of some of the most promising performers. As Simon states at the beginning of the show, bootcamp will be the hardest thing the contestants have ever done, and he promises that at least half will be cut by the end of the day.
This week the late great diva Whitney Houston served as inspiration for many of the contestants looking to show off their chops to the competition. The first to perform in the youth category was 13-year-old Diamond White who set the bar high by doing a pitch perfect rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing," followed by 16-year-old Austin Corini performing "Make You Feel My Love."
Jessica Espinoza performed the Prince of Egypt Balled "When You Believe," but the judges all agreed that she didn't live up to the promise of her initial audition. Rocking the stage once more sweetheart 18-year-old Jennel Garcia impressed the judges once more by doing what L.A. Reid called a "spicy" version of Gavin DeGraw's "Sweeter," complete with hairflips and sassy moves. Emblem 3 made fun of all the boy bands off stage, and once they got on stage they performed a fresh take on The Good Goo Dolls "Iris".
The Sing Off
There's no shortage of divas that made it through to bootcamp, for example 27-year-old vocal coach Tara Simons who sang Queen's "Somebody to Love" on her knees decked out in a tight leopard print dress - Simon warned her afterward that she had shown the judges more than she intended to - oops!
The competition really heated up when it turned out that contestants Paige Thomas and CeCe Fray had both chosen Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," and were singing one after the other. Simon announced at the end that one of them had nailed it, but didn't say who, however both singers made it though to the next round.
Have Your Say
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