X Factor Week 1: Carly Rose, Johnny Maxwell and Jannel Garcia Video Performance Video
"X Factor" has returned with new judges, new talent and possibly some front-running competitors.
Beyond those entertaining moments with the guy that accused Demi Lovato of using auto-tune; the girl with the super inflated ego that producers chopped down over an hour long build up; and the Britney fan that just couldn't take the word "no;" there are three voices that truly stood out.
First up is Carly Rose Sonenclar (let's just say Carly Rose). The 13-year-old with a big voice and "old soul" tops the list thanks to a performance on Thursday's round of auditions.
While she didn't quite say who inspired her, it is clear Carly Rose has been listening to R&B and Soul. That would explain her choosing and literally belting out Nina Simone's "Feeling Good." Even Simon Cowell couldn't dismiss her talent saying "A star has just walked out on that stage."
Most "X Factor" acts shy away from original songs, in fact L.A. Reid has said that it's a risk to perform something people aren't familiar with. That being said, you truly have a gift when you can perform an original song (that has never been heard before) and get the audience and judges to sing along.
Sixteen year old Johnny Maxwell proved he could write, sing, and rap, making him a triple threat and an easy "yes" to move forward with. Plus, he had L.A. Reid shouting out the hook "All Of These People, All Of These People" on Thursday's show.
Last but not least, Jannel Garcia appeared as the sweet girl next store, but raised the bar with stage presence, strong vocals and a Pat Benatar reference on the season premiere Wednesday.
Making Demi Lovato write "hot" down in her notes, followed by Britney Spears deeming her "incredible," Garcia is one to watch.
While these three picks are not guaranteed to make it into the finals (following boot camp), I think they are front runners in comparison to other voices. Yes, there were about four to five others that could make it there too, but you never know what is going to happen when the pressure is on. As Demi Lovato told one contestant this week, "A lot of people work really, really hard for their dream but it's not meant for everybody."
The "X Factor" returns next Wednesday at 8 p.m. on FOX.