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Southern Talent Rocks the X-Factor

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The talent was brewing in the South tonight on the third night of X-Factor Auditions.  The powerful, soulful voices mesmerized judges L. A. Reid, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears, Simon Cowell, and judge Louis Walsh (subbing for Simon while he was ill).  Here are the names you need to know:

Kicking of the show is teenage rapper Orlando.  The look of apprehension on the judges’ faces quickly evaporated when he stormed the stage with an original freestyle and sick flow. Britney called him a young Vanilla Ice sending Orlando on his way to the next round.

Another standout performance comes from sensitive thug Vino Alan.  His rugged voice and kind eyes won over the judges with his rendition of “Trouble.”

Missouri native Tate Stevens wowed the judges when he sang “Anything Goes.”  This country star charmed us with his dad jokes and powerful voice.

Next to impress was five piece, citizen.  With their grooming and cheesy dance moves, Simon was not impressed, but their charming smiles and voices won over the other three judges.  Boybands are making a comeback!

Thirteen-year old Diamond White put a stop to all of Simon’s eye-rolling with her performance of “It’s a Man’s World.”  A standing ovation and four yeses earned this young cutie an invitation to bootcamp.

Ally Brooke, a student from San Antonio, Texas, proved herself a superstar with her sweet and emotional performance of “On My Knees.”

And finally show-stopper, Jessica Espinoza melts the audience’s hearts with her rendition of Pink’s “Nobody Knows.”  Simon sums up the sentiment by declaring that it was the easiest yes he said that night.

Honorable mentions also went out to sixteen-year old Brandon Hassan, country trio Sister C, and duo Josh and Jeremiah.

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