The X Factor: 15 Best Auditions of Season 2!

Brace yourselves for sobbing pretty things, so many forgotten lyrics and Simon Cowell’s raw, sneering disdain. Yes folks, The X Factor heads to Miami for Season 2 Boot Camp this Wednesday (8/7c on Fox).

In case you’re having a hard time separating the 40-plus contestants shown surviving the auditions, I’ve counted down the 15 best — with handy links to each of their tryouts.

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So click through the photo gallery below, then hit the comments to tell me who I’ve egregiously snubbed, who I’ve regrettably overrated, and which rankings I got exactly right.

And for all my X Factor news, interviews, and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!



Comments (19)

  • Where is Willie Jones?

    Comment by Louise – October 2, 2012 12:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Paigeee!! How did she not make your list?! She was amazing.

    Comment by Kate Regier – October 2, 2012 12:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sister C was good but I wouldnt even put them in my top 10. Love Carly Rose and Jannell and Tate Stevens the best!

    Comment by JeniLee – October 2, 2012 12:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Sister C is exactly the kind of thing that Michael will always find one of in a season. Something that you only hear 20 seconds of, with an indy vibe, that he will love forever (especially if we don’t hear them again). He has a particular leaning in that direction. I personally would agree that we don’t have enough evidence to put them in the top 10 yet. Based on their 20 seconds I thought they could go deep, or could be too thin… its hard to tell.

      Comment by ben – October 2, 2012 01:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WELL, I WAS GONNA FORWARD THIS, BUT DON’T SEE MY GUY IN HERE, 8-}~~

    Comment by DALE SULLIVAN (@DALESULLIVAN) – October 2, 2012 12:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WHERE DID WILL CHAMPLIN PLACE IN YOUR LINEUP?

    Comment by DALE SULLIVAN (@DALESULLIVAN) – October 2, 2012 12:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You got Nick waaaaaaayyyy too down on your list. And for you to put that fake-me-out boy band in front of him is just plain ol’ wrong. But I do agree with your #1.

    Comment by Vivi – October 2, 2012 01:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Panda, Jeffre A. and Jennel were the best by far (my opinion!)

    Comment by Omar – October 2, 2012 01:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ummm. in my humble opinion, Trevor Stevens was absolutely one of the best auditions, however i am a big country music lover.

    Comment by Colleen – October 2, 2012 01:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i am not a big country lover and i completely agree.

      Comment by murley – October 2, 2012 01:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Tate not Trevor.

      Comment by Chicago Guy – October 3, 2012 02:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I completely agree!! Tate Stevens has a great country voice and a personality to match!

      Comment by Mary – October 4, 2012 06:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • X factor is still on? That’s adorable.

    Comment by Jo – October 2, 2012 01:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh. thank God (or just Slezak) for this. I can’t keep track of everyone on both the X Factor and the Voice. Too many!

    Comment by Tiff – October 2, 2012 01:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michael, I like your list with the 3 following exceptions; Sister C, Jillian Jensen and Jeffrey Gutt. IMHO Jeffrey’s song choice carried him, I cried with Jullian, but her voice was weak and Sister C has 3 pretty faces, but I didn’t hear enough to make me a fan.

    Comment by Jenjene – October 2, 2012 04:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Daryl Black! Jennel Garcia! And Jessie Espinoza! Love.

    Comment by JudyVee – October 2, 2012 04:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • carly rose was amazing.

    Comment by rebecca – October 2, 2012 04:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Still love Carly–so much voice in such a young girl. Daryl has a voice like melted chocolate–love it.

    Comment by Kathy V. – October 2, 2012 05:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • carly rose is amazing.. for me she is no1 :))

    Comment by Aimniel m – October 15, 2012 12:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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