‘X Factor’ Recap: Skyelor Anderson, Josh Krajcik, 4Shore Impress the Judges
The Chicago and Seattle audition rounds of 'X Factor' aired Wednesday evening and more of the cream rose to the top. As the judges sifted through the talent, they have begun to bicker a little bit more, with former 'American Idol' cohorts Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul going head to head and even pulling a contestant into the middle of their bickering. Overall, though, talents like Skyelor Anderson, Josh Krajcik and 4Shore impressed the judges.
Makenna and Brock: They did a duet of Zac Brown Band's 'Colder Weather' and made L.A. Reid's day. They made our night with their blond-haired, wholesome harmonizing. They're not dating, but they could be. Their vocal chemistry was off the chain.
Watch Them Perform 'Cold Weather'
Skyelor Anderson: The 16-year-old wants to be successful at music so his mother can quit working so hard. It was his first audition ever and the music cut out when he attempted Billy Currington's 'Must Be Doin' Something Right' but he improvised and went a capella. The judges want to see more.
Watch Him Perform 'Must Be Doin' Something Right'
J. Mark Inman: After rattling off mathematical equations about why he should win $5 million, Mark, or J. Mark as he likes to go by, attempted a synth pop version of Radiohead's 'Creep,' complete with moonwalking-type dancing. It wasn't hideous, but Thom Yorke and co. are usually untouchable. It was odd enough to buy him another week. "It sounded so bad, but it felt so good," said L.A. Reid.
Watch Him Perform 'Creep'
Josh Krajcik: This Columbus, Ohio-based burrito slinger offered his gimmick-free, all-heart take on Etta James' classic 'At Last.' His smoky, blue-eyed soul version had this 30-year-old's showbiz mom losing her cool backstage and the judge's panel smiling and standing on their feet. He reminded us of Nakia, one of our faves from last season's 'The Voice.'
Watch Him Perform 'At Last'
The Good Girls: This other-daughter combo wrote a screenplay about Cowell but that failed to earn them any bonus points from the judges. They tried to sing Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' and it didn't move the judges an inch.
Drew Ryniewicz: This 14-year-old Belieber reworked Justin Bieber's 'Baby' into a soulful ballad. It was unique, unexpected and pretty damn terrific. It was one of the night's best performances. Nicole Scherzinger said she preferred Drew's version to The Biebs'. That might be blasphemy in the Bieberverse, but not on the 'X Factor' stage.
Watch Her Perform 'Baby'
Peet Montzingo: He is the only average-sized member of his dwarf-sized family and wants to be a teen heartthrob. He improvised Bruno Mars' song 'Millionaire' and charmed the judges who thought he was star but not a singer. He was sent packing, but not before making us grin!
4Shore: These four singers are on their way to becoming the next big boy band. When they harmonized Boyz II Men's 'End of the Road,' they had the judges and the crowd eating out of the palm of their hands.
Watch Them Perform 'End of the Road'
Phillip Lomax: With his Bruno Mars-inspired attire and his throwbacky, Rat Pack singing style, the confident singer had charisma and a decent voice. It was enough to push him forward. He had star quality and the 'X Factor.'
Watch Him Perform ‘Fly Me to the Moon’
Tiah Tolliver: This 19-year-old deli clerk looked like a "killer" and Simon was convinced she had something! She was smack dab in the middle of a Simon vs. Paula battle, but she won in the end, since she managed to get Scherzinger to change her vote.
Watch Her Perform ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)’