Simone Battle Takes On Pussycat Dolls and La Roux to Advance on ‘X Factor’
"I want to have millions of screaming fans who ask me to sign their babies," said Battle prior to her performance. She also said she considered herself 'fierce' like Tyra Banks, Beyonce and Britney Spears.
Dressed in shiny red hot pants and a striped top, Battle took the stage and told the judges, "I like to describe my sound as a threesome between a cheerleader, a hipster and a drag queen."
She performed the Pussycat Dolls' 'When I Grow Up,' showing off her precise dance moves and solid but not terrific voice. Things didn't look good for Battle when Simon Cowell cut her off less than a minute into the song.
However, Cowell said the brief performance convinced him that she was fearless and ambitious. Fellow judge L.A. Reid completely disagreed, saying he was underwhelmed.
Cowell then had her perform another song to showcase her voice. Battle proceeded to sing an a cappella verse from La Roux's 'Bulletproof,' showing a better vocal range than she did on the Pussycat Dolls tune.
Reid was still unconvinced, but all three of the other judges praised her performance, enabling Battle to move on to the next round of 'X Factor.'
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