'X Factor' fave Astro (born Brian Bradley) took some heat for his bratty, attitudinal reaction to being in the bottom two last week. He was criticized by his mentor L.A. Reid, by Simon Cowell and fellow contestants. It almost cost him his time on the show as no one was impressed by his 'tood. Still, even though Astro apologized, he said wouldn't amend his behavior in hindsight.
On 'X Factor' tonight, teenager rapper Brian "Astro" Bradley proved that age is nothing but a number when it comes to talent. The Brooklyn native raps over popular hip-hop tracks with his own original rhymes, and he had the crowd and the judges grooving to the beat as he spit pretty impressive lyrics over Naughty by Nature's 'Hip Hop Hooray' and Missy Elliott's 'Get Your Freak On.'
Who knew rapping would make its way into a singing competition? Tonight on 'X Factor,' one of the groups that was formed during the first boot camp round performed Jay-Z's 'Wishing on a Star.' Some performances outshone others, with singing and rapping portions of the Jay-Z tune sounding great at times and falling flat at certain points.
Brian Bradley certainly won the judges over on 'X Factor' with his swagger and braggadocio. In fact, former IDJ head L.A. Reid said he was hopping for someone like Double B, 14, to walk into his office during his time there. Bradley was like the male Willow Smith, a pint-sized firecracker brimming with grown up talent. His video for 'Stop Looking at My Mom,' the original song her performed last night, is online and expect the views to increase exponentially.
The final days of 'X Factor' auditions took place in Newark, N.J. and in Texas, and were dispersed over last night's episode. There were less freaks and more serious contenders on this episode, such as rapper Brian Bradley, pop singer and automotive-technician-in-training Tora Woloshin and soulful 16-year-old Jazzlyn Little. With a healthy crop of talented hopefuls on their way to the next phase of the competition known as "Boot Camp," the divide between the good and the great will start to develop.