X Factor USA: Cece Frey’s sultry take on Sexy And I Know It
Someone get Cece Frey help fast! That leopard print birthmark on her face has spread to her legs!
Seriously though, it looks like Cece will be ditching the face paint gimmick after her appearance at Demi Lovato’s judges houses session. Demi had some harsh home truths for the X Factor USA hopeful, mostly about her unlikeable stage persona.
Cece countered by saying that the leopard print was a mask for her inner vulnerability, then proceeded to cry with eerily tearless eyes. It’s funny, but what I see when I look at Cece is an incredibly confident, ambitious young girl. She’s stunningly beautiful, she has an incredibly good singing voice. Seriously, I listened to her boot camp version of I Will Always Love You last night, and she blew Paige Thomas out of the water.
Unfortunately, Cece does have a lot of work to do to build an audience. If she’s unlikeable, no-one will vote for her, and despite her crazier moments, I really do believe she’s got The X Factor. And I don’t say that about a lot of contestants. She’s memorable. She’s striking. She’s funny.
But on to that version of Sexy And I Know It. Despite the talk from Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, she opted for this song? It could have been a disaster, but Cece gave it a brilliant, unique take, changing up the melody and making it a fun and sultry number rather than the electro-pop awesomeness of the original. And by and large, it worked. If I were Lovato, I’d be imagining what fun Cece Frey could be having on stage at the live shows.
After the audition performance, Cece went backstage and ‘emotionally’ spoke about how she’s ‘tired of holding it together’. I’m not buying it. I think she’s unconvincingly trying to show vulnerability, but it just doesn’t track with what we’ve seen so far. Nick and Demi seemed to think their pep talk had done the trick in making Cece less ‘overconfident’, but seriously: how does that explain the Sexy And I Know It song choice?
What did you think of Cece Frey’s judges’ houses performance? And check out her first audition for X Factor here!