'The X Factor' Redux: Chicago and Seattle Land on Planet Paula (Video)

Whatever shade I threw at Fox’s The X Factor last week, Wednesday’s auditions were a game changer for me. I felt it was really appropriate that Simon Cowell said that the auditions reminded him of Planet Paula, which refers to Paula Abdul's knack for being in her own world. I took it as a good theme for the evening as Chicago and Seattle presented lots of originality – more good than bad.

Chicago began with an unrequited love story. Makenna and Brock, a guy and girl who met while doing musical theatre, began the show with a heartwarming rendition of the Zac Brown Band’s"Colder Weather." What was most touching about the duo was that Brock, an awkwardly tall boy whose voice cracks when he speaks, is in love with Makenna. She doesn’t feel the same way. Thankfully for them, the judges didn’t play hard to get and voted them through. Read More...



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