THE X FACTOR 2010 UK ''Bootcamp: Stage 1'' Review

THE X FACTOR bootcamp auditions, episode 7 of the seventh season, found some going home, some remaining. Simon compares it to an episode of Star Trek. It's time to cut 211 acts down to 100.

The contestants are first split into their four categories: Girls, Boys, Groups, Overs. The Group are set to sing Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now. Really guys? Can you imagine the Pussycat Dolls singing such drivel?

First up, its the Overs with a collectively horrific rendition of Lady Gaga's Poker Face. The Boys and Groups perform, I think. They were so quick I'm not sure.

It's the girls who get the screen time, singing Beyonce's If I Were A Boy. Simon was right: Chloe would be a nightmare to work with. But she's super entertaining to watch.

Day two of bootcamp found the contestants are taught how to dance. It is not a judged section of the show, but it's up to Brian and his dance goons to teach them all to dance, to let go, to o give themselves stage presence.

Mary Byrne's knees are giving way because dancing and arthritis do not go well together. Zain Malick does not feel like dancing (Scissor Sisters!) so Simon goes and has a chit chat with him. It's hard to feel sympathy for him, unless of course this is all scripted, especially with Mary Byrne. Ultimately the dancing is pretty pointless and dull to watch.

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