Rylie Brown’s audition for X Factor might have convinced TV viewers that Simon Cowell has a heart.
In her audition, the Lee’s Summit’s native stumbled during the taped segment in Denver, forgetting the words to Clarity, then regained her composure and sang away.
“You messed up...” said Cowell, judge and executive producer of the show. “But who cares, when you’ve got a voice like that... I absolutely love you.”
That honeymoon audition from months ago turned sour in the episode broadcast natonally last week, Oct. 2 . Although Rylie had made the Top 10 girls, she was sent home in the Four-Chair Challenge.
This month live shows start where fans votes determine who continues in the competition. A movement to bring Rylie back on the show as a “wild card” is underway on social media.
Cowell, during the broadcast, said he didn’t like the song choice, “Angels” or Rylie’s clothes, commenting that it seemed like her mother had picked all of them.
“I didn’t buy it,” Cowell said.
The decision was up to girls mentor Demi Lovato, who decided Rylie would be going home, after commenting she was beautiful.
Rylie, 16, said she was choosing songs suggested by the show’s producers.
“I depend on them, I trust their opinion over mine,” she said in an interview Oct. 2. Rylie and her mother, because of rules of the show, could not speak about show results before the broadcast.
Rylie was upbeat and still excited about her singing career and appearing on the show.
This try to make it to final rounds of X-Factor was her second. She was one of the performers invited to the “boot camp” for a previous season, but just four days before it was to start, she was cut. During her first audition for X-Factor, she said, she didn’t go with high notes or riffs and runs. This year during the crisis, she let go.
“I got carried away, because I did forget the words, I felt a lot of pressure to raise the bar,” Rylie said. “I didn’t want it to slip away, luckily it was four yes.”
A lifelong Lee’s Summit resident, Rylie attended Blue Springs South High School, but now is taking classes online. That’s more practical with all of the traveling.
In Los Angeles, while she taped X-Factor, they also visited her 21-year-old brother, Colby.
She said her peers on the show were supportive, all having the same goals, and there was a lot of preparation for the show. She said they became friends and watching them inspired her.
“It’s kind of hard to explain, but to see some one touched by one of them (performing), I’m motivated to touch people in the same way,” Rylie said.
Aside from the X-Factor, she auditioned for The Voice, is nominated for two LA Music Awards, single of the year for Perfect 10 and the Christopher P. Ellis Country Artist of the Year, in voting for that ends Oct. 20.
Last year, she was a finalist in the 2012 KIDZ Star USA contest, where the winner got a recording contract with RCA.
In between, she has been going to Nashville to take voice lessons and work on her own music. She plays piano, ukulele and guitar.
She said she was surprised at the outpouring of fans after the audition.
An excerpt from the show on YouTube has gotten more than 1 million hits and she now has about 63,000 followers on Twitter.
She said that will be valuable for marketing an album of original songs she’s finishing. She’s been writing songs since she was 13.
“It’s a lot of pressure now, because I have a fan base to impress,” Rylie said. “It will be very different style from what you expect from me.”
Lori Brown said it was “heart-stopping” when her daughter struggled during the audition. She’s glad her daughter was on the show, even if it means weeks away from home and husband as she acts as Rylie’s chaperone.
“I’m glad she’s getting to have her dream, we’re so excited and happy for her,” Lori Brown said.
While working her way through the many auditions, Rylie said, she’s learned she has to give her all to every performance, no matter what.
“It’s been crazy, but in a good way,” Rylie said.