X Factor USA: Was Josh Krajcik's gimmick his scruffy appearance?
There’s a couple of very entertaining moments as Josh and his mother Lisa wait for auditions. He’s nervous, but trying to be cool, and she’s fussing and fidgeting and singing his praises to the camera. While at the same time fretting that Simon’s trademark put-downs might damage her fragile 30-year-old.
She obviously doesn’t realise that Simon Cowell hasn’t traumatised anyone properly in more then three years…
Anyway, Josh has the outward appearance of a total slob. A self-confessed “burrito slinger”, the guy walks out on stage, having made no effort whatsoever to tidy up his appearance. You’d think somebody auditioning on TV (and a $5 Million prize) would take a shower and wear something stage-y, right?
When Josh launches into a cover of Etta James’ At Last (officially the most overused audition song of the last few years), he blows everyone away with a seriously powerful soul vocal. We’re thinking Joe Cocker powerful here. It’s that kind of growly, satisfying delivery and it’s brilliant.
However, when Simon Cowell praises anyone’s ‘honesty’, alarm bells start ringing. Really, Simon? Could it be that Josh has pulled the same trick that Paul Potts, Susan Boyle and a host of others have done to wow audiences? Turn up looking dowdy, then showcase a remarkable voice. Make the audience think you’re a joke audition, then surprise them by being amazing.
You’ve got to admit, it works!
Even LA Reid saw through the ruse – he told a laughing Josh “you’re not fooling me for a second”. So while Simon said Josh didn’t have any gimmicks, isn’t it fair to say the old “scruffy singer” routine is a gimmick? Watch for an impressive X Factor makeover if Josh progresses any further!
Not that we’re complaining. Josh Krajcik has a seriously impressive voice, and we’d be interested to hear what his songwriting skills are really like. And we think his mother needs to be a star in her own right – she’s awesome and bonkers all at the same time! We know you’re reading this, Lisa – don’t forget to say hello!
Update: I’d like to thank all the Josh supporters out there who took the time to back him up. I’ve watched a few of his videos online now, and it’s definitely a case of “what you see is what you get”. And can I say, there are videos out there that prove with Josh Krajcik, we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg!
What the judges said about Josh:
- Simon Cowell: I’ve got to say, Josh…I always thought after a few auditions over the years I wouldn’t be surprised again. And then you started singing and it just blew me away. What I love about you, Josh, is that you’re honest. You didn’t come out here with any gimmicks. Good for you.
- LA Reid: I know why you’re dressed like that. You’re not fooling me for a second. This is your before, because the after’s gonna be…you’re not foolin’ me. You’re too good. You’re way too good.
- Cheryl Cole: The room’s electric right now. You just killed it.
- Paula Abdul: You feel good. There are just certain voices that the second you open up your mouth to sing, it gets into our skin and that energy…it’s incredible. What a treat.
Result: Josh got a fantastic four yeses from the judges. Oh, and I dug out this video of one of his other performances for you. Check it out: