Recap: 'The X Factor' - 'Auditions #4' Live-Blog

I have to acknowledge that that thing where I suggested that last Thursday's really awful episode of "The X Factor" might kill the show? I was wrong. I assumed that as a new show, its ratings might be vulnerable, but it turns out that just because "X Factor" had fewer initial viewers than "Idol" didn't necessarily mean that they were just dropping in to sample the show and might just as easily bail. Apparently not.

Anyway... Let's get down to business on the final Audition Night of the season...

8:02 p.m. ET. We're starting in New York City, or rather in Newark. And that can only mean one thing: Bon Jovi sample. As always, the local FOX affiliate is very excited.

8:03 p.m. We're out of Cheryl Cole cities, so that means we're going to be treated to the judicial stylings of Simon, Paula, L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger. The judges are all optimistic. "Ever since I watched 'Jersey Shore,' I had to go to New Jersey," Simon insists.

8:05 p.m. Who will be our first New Jersey representative? That would be 14-year-old Brian Bradley, who looks like he would have been in Another Bad Creation back in the day. He's got "an insane love for music."  He aspires to be bigger than Jay-Z and Kanye West, figuring he only needs another five years to achieve that goal. He's certainly got confidence. Brian reckons that only politics have prevented him from getting a record deal in the past. Brian's got a strange shtick in which he picks a fight with Simon and launches into a little hip-hop joint in which he encourages people to stop looking at his mom. He's really fun and Simon has no clue at all what he's watching. He's got pretty solid flow and great stage presence, but isn't this a singing competition? It doesn't matter. The crowd loves him. "I am scared of you and I am not gonna look at your mom," Nicole says. "You are arrogant, obnoxious and argumentative, but you are one of the most talented young people I've heard in a long, long time," Simon says. "You are very, very unique," Paula says, perhaps forgetting that people like Brian were fairly common back in the early '90s. L.A. Reid says he spent years at Def Jam looking for somebody like Brian. It's four "Yes" votes. "I've never seen anything like that in my life," Simon says.  Read More...


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