The X Factor Night 4: Who Was the Best Act?

Say what you want about the first three audition episodes of The X Factor‘s inaugural season, but Thursday night’s fourth and final installment certainly didn’t skimp on good auditions. By my count, we saw a total of 14 acts score trips to the Boot Camp round after performing at least 10 seconds of music. Would I have said “No” to “arrogant, obnoxious, argumentative” Brian Bradley, blond-haired Bieber wannabe Nick Dean, and underwhelming boy band Stereo Hogzz? Yeah, maybe. And would it have been nice if Simon Cowell & Co. spared us the extended 43-year-old virgin bit and the dude with the hula hoop? Absolutely. But I can’t complain too, too bitterly about the talent-to-trash ratio of an episode that brought us potential winners in the saucy auto mechanic, the quirky gal who sang “You Are My Sunshine,” the male model with a decent original track, or the insecure high-school student who blossomed into a powerhouse diva once the music began to play.

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