X Factor Struck A Deal With Dexter Haygood by The Associated Press New York Daily News
The judges are great," he said, including Cowell, whom he called "a very nice guy.
'X Factor' Castoffs Dexter Haygood, Phillip Lomax by MTV-NEWS SHOWS
On Tuesday night, it was time to face the music. And for five "X Factor" contestants, the music said, "Thanks, but no thanks."
Throughout the epic live "X Factor" debut, the judges axed five hopefuls they had been personally grooming, turning a top 17 into a top 12. MTV News was granted exclusive press access backstage to speak with the first batch of eliminated finalists just minutes after they were dropped from the show.
I killed it tonight. That's what I feel, man!" said Memphis rocker Dexter Haygood, who delivered an over-the-top cover of Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" under Nicole Scherzinger's tutelage. During the early audition episodes, America fell in love with Haygood's infectious energy and emotional life story, which included everything from living on the streets to fronting Xavion, the first African-American rock band to be featured on MTV.
I'm just happy to be moving on, somewhat," said Haygood, who chalked up his onstage confusion during elimination to feeling overwhelming pressure. "Let me tell you something: Being in a competition is a lot of stress. I'm not happy to be off, but it's a good feeling knowing that the competition [has ended]," Haygood said before rocking a sports metaphor: "If you don't win the Super Bowl, you're glad the damn season is over."
A downtrodden Phillip Lomax aimed to focus on the good things about his time on "X Factor." "I'm obviously disappointed, but I have to look at this in a positive light and realize that I've accomplished what not many people have," the crooner said as the sound of a cheering studio audience echoed the halls of CBS Studios.
Earlier in the show, Phillip's swinging "I'm a Believer" raised some questions about song selection among the judging panel, but Lomax insisted he was happy with what L.A. Reid picked for him. "I definitely played a hand in [picking that song] as well," said Lomax, who got as far as he did in the competition due to his dead-on Frank Sinatra impersonation, which he abandoned for the poppier Monkees hit Tuesday night. "I thought it was a good song. Definitely out of my comfort zone, but I decided to go with what my mentor told me to do and I had faith. I still have faith. I'm still a believer," he chuckled before censoring himself. "Sorry, that's way too corny."
Meanwhile, teen sibling duo the Brewer Boys, who both sport Bieber hairdos, were at peace with their elimination, courtesy of teary mentor Paula Abdul — or, as they insist on calling her, "Miss Paula." They'll never forget Miss Paula's "hands-on" mentoring, as well as her gaggle of Chihuahuas they befriended during the judges' home episodes. Keep your eyes peeled for the duo — who performed a bizarre mash-up of Hall & Oates' "Rich Girl" and George Michael's "Faith" on Tuesday — as they hope to hit the road, but in the short term, the only thing on Justin Brewer's schedule is chilling in bed and playing a ton of "Call of Duty."
Lomax, likewise, has no beef with mentor L.A. for letting him go. "I think he's an outstanding guy. I wish that he made a different decision, obviously, but he could only take three, and those three guys are outstanding as well. It's a shame he didn't pick me," the aspiring actor shrugged before wandering the halls of CBS Studios to say his goodbyes and hopefully bump into Kim Kardashian, who was spotted nearby at the "Dancing With the Stars" stage.
There was no time to chat with Simon Cowell's eliminated girls, Tiah Tolliver and Simone Battle, who were favorites of the Brit but were never well-liked by his fellow judges. Minutes after the show went off the air, they briskly grabbed their belongings and jumped into a production van to take them back to their hotel.
X Factor Unintentional Reuniter of Sweaty 80s Band by
Unintentional Reuniter of
Sweaty '80s Glam Band
He lost out on $5 mil ... but "X Factor" reject Dexter Haygood got one hell of a parting gift from the show ... a chance at a reunion with his old band -- the first all black rock group ever featured on MTV.
Haygood was the frontman of the funk/rock sextet known as Xavion -- they were huge in the '80s ... for a minute ... even briefly touring with Hall & Oates.
But the guys went their separate ways ... and completely lost touch with Haygood ... unaware that he struggled with substance abuse and wound up on the streets.
So, when Haygood appeared on the show as a contestant ... the other band members were shocked -- and most of the guys instantly reached out to their old friend.
Now, TMZ has learned ... the guys are hoping to get the whole band back together in an effort to put together some reunion shows ... or even perform on "X Factor" ... if producers are up for it.
TMZ spoke with Dexter ... who tell us, "I'm really excited to work with my old band," adding "I'm more than hopeful that 'The X Factor' will invite us to perform on the finale.
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Dexter Haygood thanks the judges on THE X FACTOR t by
I'm confused. I don't know why I'm confused," said Haygood, 49, after the Pussycat Dolls singer selected burrito-slinging soul man Josh Krajcik to be the third member of the over-30 group. "Right now I'm in the boggle zone. That's the 21st century twilight zone.
Simon Cowell Says XFactor Dexter Haygood can sing by Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images
Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images
Dexter Haygood‘s act/persona was instantly obvious. He is a self-styled rock ‘n’ roll soul man — Mick Jagger and James Brown all rolled into one, mixed into a single package, complete with his vintage disco dude heels. He had to show the judges the “Dex” factor, though, rather than portray himself as a copycat act, on ‘X Factor.’
Haygood, who was the lead singer of a group called Xavion that toured with Hall and Oates, has been through the music business ups and downs, and the personal ringer. “As long as I’m living, I’m going to keep trying,” he proclaimed. He currently lives couch-to-couch right now, after losing his home to foreclosure.
When onstage, he wasted no time getting the crowd into it. He performed ‘Sex Machine’ by James Brown and Cowell was not impressed, because there were no surprises. Haygood sounded exactly like Cowell expected him to sound.
Haygood was quickly labeled a tribute act who needed more originality. But rather than simply dismissing him, Cowell issued a challenge and said, “Forget the craziness. I’d like to hear something else: 15 seconds of you, a capella.”
Haygood offered up a soulful, passionate minute that served as a lifeline that earned him his second chance. Cowell said that he can sing and has soul, and the rousing screams of the audience spoke volumes. We’ll be hearing from Dexter Haygood again.
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