Garcia’s “X Factor” Journey Continues…

The road to stardom continues for Jennel Garcia on The X Factor

The 18-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer from Rochester, Massachusetts, who impressed the judges during the audition round with her rendition of Grace Potter & The Nocturnal’s “Paris (Ooh La La),” was one of the 120 singing contestants hoping to sing their way into the next round on Fox’s reality singing competition. Their first task at boot camp: preparing a new song to perform in front of the judges and their competition.

Jennel Garcia on The X Factor

During Wednesday night’s first boot camp episode — which took place in Miami — Garcia wowed onlookers with her oh-so-sexy rendition of Gavin DeGraw’s “Sweeter.”

“Crazy sex appeal,” declared X Factor judge Demi Lovato.

Meanwhile, fellow judge L.A. Reid was overheard calling Garcia’s performance “very spicy.”

But the reaction wasn’t so positive for another Latina who wowed the judges with her initial audition…

San Antonio’s Jessica Espinoza, who had previously performed Pink’s “Nobody Knows” to rave reviews from the judges, was cut from the competition after a less than stellar cover of “When You Believe” by Whitney Houston.
“Not as good as I remember,” said Lovato, who had earlier proclaimed that Espinoza was one of the only contestants whose first and last names she remembered.  “I’m pretty disappointed.”

The X Factor’s Boot Camp continues this Thursday, October 4 at 8:00 pm on Fox.

Espinoza Gives Heart-Wrenching “X Factor” Audition

Talk about saving the best for last…

In the final audition of Fox’s The X Factor on Wednesday night, Jessica Espinoza managed to get a tough-to-impress Simon Cowell to declare his love for her on national television.

Jessica Espinoza

“I didn’t like it… I loved it,” declared Cowell after Espinoza’s emotionally charged rendition of Pink’s “Nobody Knows.” “I love you. I love everything about you… Favorite audition of the day.”

Prior to taking the stage, the 22-year-old Mexican-American singer talked about her family’s hardships growing up on the south side of San Antonio.

“Growing up I didn’t have much, I’ve always done what I could with what I have,” admitted Espinoza in her pre-audition interview. “I know I look well-fed, but trust me: It’s a dollar menu.”

But Espinoza explained before her audition, “Everything that ever hurt me, made me happy, it comes out on stage.” And boy was that evident from the first note.

“Wow, you are really special,” professed judge L.A. Reid. “Really, really special.”

“You have a sparkle in your eye that you only see in people that have the X factor,” professed new judge Demi Lovato. “And, I really believe that you’re amazing.”

Following her rave reviews, Espinoza was visibly humbled.

“This is such a dream. You don’t know… Coming from such strong women and admirable men, thank you!”