Who knew Simon Cowell would be responsible for the next big thing in country music?
On the "X Factor" Wednesday evening (Oct. 9), judge and mentor Simon Cowell again showed the world why he's put together a music and television empire worth a few hundreds of millions of dollars. For the first time, the world got to hear Restless Road, a trio of country singers that auditioned separately but Simon felt would sound good together, so, when they were cut from the competition, he asked them to come back as a group. Singing Keith Urban's "Somebody Like You," they not only showed off their individual talents but also proved that Simon was ultimately correct in that they would sound great as a group.
After performing "Somebody Like You" as part of the "Four Chair Challenge" (where contestants sing for the opportunity to gain a place -- a "chair" -- in the final four in their category before going into the live shows), the judges gave Restless Road a standing ovation (as did the audience), then showered them with praise.
Kelly Rowland was the lead-off: “Wow. Wow, guys, ” she said. “You know, you guys are such an incredible country trio. This was a brilliant idea.”
Paulina Rubio told the trio, “I completely love you three. You’re so different between each other. Your different vocals blend so well. You guys are amazing.”
Even Demi Lovato, who has made it her mission to take jabs at Simon, couldn't wait to laud the group and pay a bit of tribute to her boss (Simon Cowell also produces the "X Factor"). “I am so excited right now," she said. "When I heard you all singing in the beginning, I just got chills all over my body because it’s so great." She added, “Simon, I hate to admit it, is a genius for putting you all together.”
Simon said he was ”so sure” that the group was going to work well together. He noted that “for it to work you’ve gotta have talent and you’ve gotta have friendship. I saw both things tonight." He continued: "I’m really impressed.”
The judge then added, “The room has spoken… go and take a seat.”
Restless Road would go on to become one of the final four in Simon Cowell's Groups category and make it to the live shows. Adding a bit more icing to the cake, another one of Simon's amalgams, Sweet Suspense, would join Restless Road in the live shows.
Simon Cowell has always been quick to remind us that he isn't a musician or a singer. However, as has been noted in the past by the straightforward Brit and others, he is adept at spotting talent. A few years ago, he unleashed upon the world the operatic quartet Il Divo, a group that has gone on to international fame and sold millions of albums. He's also shown a knack for putting together talent, having been responsible for the formation of One Direction, the boy band from the British "X Factor" that have amassed a worldwide following, sold millions of albums and singles, and starred in a hit rockumentary.
And now he just might be responsible for the next big country music group...
"X Factor" airs on Fox Television on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. (EST).