Fox’s highly anticipated singing competition, The X Factor, debuted last night after months of hype. Hosted by Welshman Steve Jones and “judged” by L.A. Reid, Paula Abdul, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowel, the show’s premiere has lived up to everyone’s expectations. And what follows are the very first impressions of The X Factor Debut.
There was so much to see in the two-hour show. Steve Jones served as rather anonymous host and he quickly cut to the chase explaining the premise: Contestants can be as young as 12 and groups are allowed. Judges will serve as mentors later in the run, hoping to push their contestants to the finals.
Steve didn’t have to mention it cause it was too obvious – the audition shows are held in arenas packed with crowds who tend to over-react to everything. A good singer will get a huge ovation and a lousy one will be met with hoots and catcalls. This brought a spirit to the show.
And now finally the most impressive contestants of the debut were the 13-year-old Rachel Crow and 42-year-old Stacy Francis.
Rachel Crow sang a full-throated version of Duffy‘s Mercy and managed to be sassy but not insufferable. The well-spoken kid’s family needs the $5 million prize money because she said there were six people living in a two-bedroom house.
Watch video: Rachel Crow’s X Factor’ Audition 1
The single mom, Stacy Francis, told judges before offering a heartbreaking and vulnerable version of the warhorse (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, that’s one of those horribly overdone songs, but she sang the heck out of it. She will definitely be seen again, as will the show. It may be familiar, but The X Factor offered enough fresh twists to make you want to tune in again.
Watch video: Stacy Francis’s X Factor Audition 1