Now that the Giants have won the World Series, it’s time to get back to focusing on who will win this season’s X Factor crown. Will it be the young 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar? Or father of two Tate Stevens? The contestants have been working closely with respective mentors on what might be the most important performance of their life! So make sure to tune into FOX on Thursday, November 1 to watch the Top 16 perform in the first LIVE show! Until then, here’s a quick rundown of the contestants and how we think they’ll fair during this X Factor season.
Meet the teams (Team members are ranked in order from best to worst):
Team Britney (Teens)
Advantages: Her contestants are young, adorable and cute as kittens. And just like a fluffy teddy bear you can’t help but want to squeeze ‘em.
Disadvantages: Teens are hormonally non-sound to begin with. Add pressure and the chance to win 5-million dollars and we’re bound to see some tears.
Prediction: Britney will have more team members in the Top 10 than any other judge.
Team Demi (Young Adults)
Advantages: Demi seems like fun and is much more approachable than any of the other judges. The Young Adults can also relate to her crazy style and attention-seeking ways.
Disadvantages: Although she’s a sharper tool than her Ms. Spears, her criticism can be vague and bland. Like so, “That was totally cool you guys.”
Prediction: Her team will beat L.A. Reid’s team but not Britney’s. It’ll be a head to head competition with Simon’s Groups.
Willie Jones (Team Captain)
Sounds Like: Your dad’s funny impression of a country singer but actually decent.
Secret Weapon: His charisma and Fresh Prince of Bel Air-esque style.
Prediction: One of the few men to make Top Ten.
Sounds like: An inexperienced Katie Perry
Secret Weapon: Sass and determination
Prediction: Now worried about America not liking her, she has a lot to prove. However, as long as the producers play nice (and stop trying to turn her into a villain) she’ll be just fine.
Team L.A. (Over25s)
Advantages: They have more life experience than most other contestants.
Disadvantages: They’re just not as marketable as those super cute Teens.
Prediction: This team might be the first to vanish.
Jason Brock (Team Captain)
Sounds like: A sassier Elton John
Secret Weapon: Confidence
Prediction: It won’t matter how he does on the show because gay bars across the country will snatch him up for booking ASAP.
Team Simon (Groups)
Advantages: Having the mentor that created the show and won last season. Wink. Wink.
Disadvantages: Most of these groups came into the competition as solo artist and so are adjusting to sharing the stage with others.
Prediction: One of these groups will make it big time, regardless of their placement in the show.
Sounds like: Modern day Wilson Phillips
Secret Weapon: They have been performing together for years.
Prediction: For reasons unknown, they’ll be voted out before they’re time (and right after David Correy).
Who are your favorite X Factor contestants? And how do you think the mentors will impact the performances?