The episode picked up from where Wednesday’s left off. We met back up with Trevor Moran, a 13-year-old YouTube junkie who is very proud of his dancing abilities. He held court in the holding room, shooting videos and dancing with another young contender.
But before we were able to see Trevor hit the stage, it was lights out. And the next thing we knew he went from dancing fool to sleeping beauty.
So, just how did Trevor turn the beat around?
Oh, the resilience of youth! After paramedics were called to the scene, it was determined that he was suffering from exhaustion and dehydration. He had literally worked himself up into a fit. But, he was determined to make his mark on The X Factor.
So despite his parents’ and the crew’s pleas for him to take it easy instead, Trevor hit the stage. Boy, did he.
Simon told him that he only had one chance to get the pass to boot camp and Trevor took to earning it with restless abandon. Singing, rapping and dancing to LMFAO’s “Sexy And I Know It,” the kid wiggled into the hearts of the audience and had judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato giggling with joy. Britney (in her sometimes robotic talking voice) said, “I. like. You. A lot.” In the end, he earned all four judges’ votes into boot camp.
Watch his performance again above.
He wasn’t the only young person who brought the theatrics. There was 12-year-old Jordyn Foley. A precocious Punky Brewster-type of girl who declared her favorite colors are pink and sparkles (I guess that can be a color!)
Simon has seen a lot of auditions as evidenced by his sarcastic guess that Jordyn would be singing something from the musical, Annie. Awk-ward. Jordyn paused before acknowledging he was right. No matter. She was going to sing the hell out of that song no matter what. Luckily for her, Simon was the only one who was turned off by the choice and performance. Britney, Demi and L.A. handed in their yeses.
Now, here’s something that hasn’t happened much in the competition. Sixteen-year-old Owen Stuart had Britney on the outs with the other judges. She said that she wasn’t really moved by the performance. But, Owen – who was seriously pining for his girlfriend who he left back in New York after moving to North Carolina – impressed the other three judges with his singing and rapping on B.o.B.’s “Airplanes.” Eh, we guess not all women melt for a love story.
Most of Thursday’s auditions were somewhat gimmicky, but thankfully 16-year-old Lauren Jauregui proved that you didn’t need funky dance moves, sparkles or a lovesick story to move on in this competition. She killed it on Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You,” surprising the judges with a deep, soulful voice beyond her years.
Watch Lauren’s performance again below.