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The X Factor: Jason Brock, “I did the best that I possibly could”

5 years ago by Reg Seeton

Jason Brock sings to be saved during The X-Factor oh Thursday, November 8, 2012. Photo: Ray Mickshaw / FOX

This week on The X Factor, Jason Brock was eliminated from competition ahead of the top 12 after falling into the bottom two with fellow singer CeCe Frey.

It was a wild and entertaining run for Jason Brock on The X Factor this season after the L.A. Reid singer became known for his flamboyant stage presence, Las Vegas style, and his nickname as “Mr. Entertainment.”

Although Jason gave fans a scaled back version of the Bonnie Tyler hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart” before a last ditch “save me” attempt with R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly,” Brock couldn’t hang on for another week and was eliminated.

Throughout The X Factor season, Jason had a not and cold relationship with judge Simon Cowell (mostly cold), who thought Brock looked more like a singer in an Italian restaurant than a contender this week.

How did Jason feel a day later?

“I think that Simon had some valid points,” Brock admitted to reporters on a call after his elimination from The X Factor, “like the jacket I was wearing. But the other things were just mean, like implying I’m too fat to fly. He never really focused on my voice, which is really strong. He never said your voice was great.”

But Brock was also quick to correct himself about Simon’s feedback despite the criticisms.

“Well, that’s not true,” Jason confessed, “On the save me song, he did acknowledge that.”

Although Jason was grateful for his time on The X Factor and the exposure he received on a nationally televised show, Brock was also reflective about why he didn’t connect with Simon.

“I guess he just wasn’t feeling me,” Jason added to reporters. “I think he just wasn’t feeling me as a performer.”

Still, despite a lack of connection with Simon, Brock did connect with many fans across the country because of his upbeat personality and flamboyant style.

So, had he remained on The X Factor, what did Jason want to do from a production standpoint?

“I was thinking, appearance wise,” said Brock, “just totally going absolutely crazy with my styles, closer to Lady Gaga, Elton John. Then doing a song maybe like a Lady Gaga cover or something like that, or Rihanna.”

Although Jason tried his best with the song choices, he still felt they didn’t reflect his own identity as a singer.

“I felt like my first shows and live shows,” Jason continued, “when I was in the top 16, weren’t really so representative of me. I did the best that I possibly could. I don’t think it was quite me. The song that I did think was me was ‘I Believe I Can Fly.'”

Now that his journey on The X Factor is over, which contestant does Jason have his eye on to win?

“The one that I still think of as the frontrunner is Carly,” admitted Brock. “I think she is really, really talented. She so young and so talented. I always thought of her as my biggest competition.”

How did you feel about Jason Brock on The X Factor this season?

What do you think?

Reg Seeton

Reg Seeton created The Deadbolt in 2005 after working for the pioneering movie news website, Coming Attractions. Reg has over 15 years experience as a top online entertainment journalist and interviewer, has worked with several award winning actors, musicians and writers, and has managed entertainment networks in New York and Los Angeles. And he's done it all with one eye!
  • bencanard

    I thought Brock was great but felt he was mishandled in the live shows. It was like that movie “Reality Bites,” when the media producer/executive (Stiller) screws up the film made by Wynnona Ryder’s character .

  • I think Brock had 10 times the voice or even more than CeCe Frey..that’s for sure!

  • Jason you got railroaded you were fantastic the I believe I can fly wasn’t the right song choice it was a ok song but you could of cooked a different song … So So sorry you were sent home I hope that what ever choice’s you make in life know that you already left a hell of an impact for many stay strong cause there is something out there jus for you … Take Care & God Bless You

  • Di

    Jason, you were great. I think you got the short end of the stick on this. Take care and I wish you luck. You would be perfect in Vegas!!!!!!

  • Jason, your audition is one of a handful of best performances I have ever seen on X-F and AGT. Unfortunately, as so often happens on these shows, you were led in completely the wrong direction from there on. I think Simon was right, and I see his criticism being just as much directed at L.A. Reid as you. Don’t try to change like that, and don’t let anybody try to change you – stay true to who you are as an artist, as you did in your audition.