There’s no denying Ally Brooke Hernandez and Camila Cabello could form part of the next Spice Girls or Pussycat Dolls, especially after advancing to the live shows on The X Factor.
Despite failing to make it to the Judges’ Houses round as individual artists on Fox’s reality singing competition, the 19-year-old San Antonio, Texas native and 15-year-old Miami native advanced to the next round after being partnered with Normani Hamilton, Dinah–Jane Hansen and Lauren Jauregui by Simon Cowell.
During their audition for Cowell – this year’s group’s mentor – and his guest judge Marc Anthony, the manufactured all-girl group, called LYLAS, managed to steal the spotlight from the other acts with their rendition of Shontelle’s heart-wrenching ballad “Impossible.”
“We have worked so well together in these past few days,” said Brooke before the ladies met with Cowell to find out their fate. “And we have bonded as not only performers and artists, but as friends.”
During Tuesday night’s episode, Cowell left two of his manufactured groups for last with only one spot left: the LYLAS and the boy band Playback.
“I was very, very impressed with your vocals,” said Cowell to the girls. “But you do understand that when I put someone into the live shows, I have to have total, utter confidence that they can deliver under an awful lot of pressure.”
But in the end, Cowell picked the LYLAS to advance to the live shows, telling the girls, “I I was seriously blown away, as was Marc.”
After dropping to the ground and embracing each other, the ladies rushed to Cowell to give him a hug.