The first audition episode of season 3 of X Factor USA is complete. Kudos to the show for keeping things moving and relatively free of the forced drama that marred the audition episodes of last season. As usual, there were heart wrenching stories, but for me, the stand out act of the night was dating couple Alex and Sierra. They delivered a version of Britney Spears' "Toxic" that was both artful and sexy while being completely enthralling. Their quirky personalities and intoxication with each other shown through. Sierra's ability to stay on target with the music while delivering a myriad of humorous expressions was charming. After they finished performing, I simply wanted to see and hear more. Check out more of the duo courtesy YouTube through the links below.
13 year old Rion Paige and 54 year old Lillie McCloud were both inspiring. Rion Paige proved that children can be powerfully resilient and not let adversity stand in their way as she sang a thoroughly gutsy version of Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away." Lillie McCloud proved it's never too late for a chance at a place in the spotlight. She chose a contemporary Christian song "Alabaster Box" that was unfamiliar to most of the audience but had everyone entranced by the time her performance came to an end. As is usual for an audition episode, there was a trail of failed efforts, but it was the best performances that are left in the memory after this appealing, efficient opening to X Factor USA Season 3.
Video still courtesy Alex Kinsey