Hey, remember that time I went to Dallas, TX?

Posted on | June 7, 2011 | 2 Comments

Me too!

I know it’s been forever (a whole week!) since this all went down– in fact, I’ve even played a Durham show and a Wilmington show since– but I promised you a blog post and you’re in for a doozy. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera (OF ALL THE THINGS I WAS BRINGING IN THAT STUPID VLOG HOW DID I FORGET MY CAMERA?!) so the pictures that you’ll see aren’t the best– but I broke my cellphone taking them so just pretend to be pleased.

Dallas and the X Factor auditions were nuts. I spent four days in a sleepless haze of excitement and dread and nerves and shaky knees and platform boots. On Wednesday, we left RDU around eight in the morning. Let me tell you a little something about my private self. I am not a morning person. Southwest does this thing (how I had not flown Southwest yet, I don’t know. I’ve traveled more in the past year than ever and somehow this was new to me?) where there is no assigned seating. So no matter what, you’re going to sit by yourself and next to:
A.) Snoring Man
B.) Screaming Baby
C.) Someone/Something That Stinks

We got letter B. We were lucky enough to find two seats next to each other, my Dallas buddy and I, but it was next to a big ol’ letter B. So there will be no obligatory “I’m on the flight! I’m so excited” pictures– because I was trying for the first hour and a half to keep it together. I will tell you that the baby, when not howling, was beautiful and super cute and loved to wave, but she toyed with my emotions only long enough to make me forgive her before she started screaming again.

But then there was a transfer and things were fine. I was given a record number of FIVE bags of peanuts.

And then we were in DALLAS!

That massive square quartz crystal cluster is our hotel. We didn’t know what to expect, really, but it was MASSIVE. 28 floors, four restaurants, massive. Here’s a deceptive (also read as bad) view of the inside:

I’m not even going to show you a picture of our hotel room because it just looks like a normal room but realistically it also was massive and had funny shaped pillows that we made phallic references about and boy, was it funny!! (…because we were exhausted.)

We didn’t do any exploring that day because we knew Thursday was going to be a big event so we got some dinner and basically went to sleep. I made a vlog, you know the rest.

So Thursday morning. AUDITION DAY!!
We got up at three thirty in the morning which was crazy because coffee isn’t even available at this time of day/night and so you have to brew it in the hotel room and that’s always a disaster. But I did. And I survived. Our hotel was a five minute walk from the Dallas Convention Center where the auditions were being held… so we left and got there around six am. Because I was a Fox affiliate winner I didn’t have to stand in the ‘general public’ line (<--- smug face) so I trekked over to the contest winners line, which was only a few hundred people thick. No one really knew what to expect from this point on but there were cameras everywhere and people were already singing, trying to get other people to pay attention to them. I just did a little duck and cover, like so:

I stayed down in platform high heels land for a good while and then once they started filming scenes for the show I realized that I was now surrounded by ELEVEN THOUSAND PEOPLE. Eleven thousand people came to Dallas, from all over the country, to audition for X Factor. It was insane.

Look! Important people arriving! (Take a guess at who it is!)

We wrapped up filming by nine thirty in the morning and then, in shifts, we were lead into the Dallas Convention Center. You won’t see any more X Factor pics because they were very strict in prohibiting you from taking any. Because I was in the special line I was lead in first and we were sort of roped off into this huge room where we waited our turn to sing for a number of producers for the show. This was NOT the televised audition you see.

I can’t really tell you a lot of details (because I signed a confidentiality agreement about the process of the show) but it went a little something like this: I was filed into a little curtained room (there were 24 of these little partitioned areas and so you could hear people singing around you at any given time) and you meet, talk to and sing for a producer of the show. This went very well. We laughed, I was nervous, I almost fell down, I made it.

If you pass that round you return the next morning and do the whole thing over again, with the others who made it. So once I was done with my first audition, I left the Dallas Convention Center skipping (in platforms, not easy) and saying, “HOLY MOLY!” over and over again and then we celebrated by fine dining at Subway.

Afterwards we promptly passed the eff out.

The next morning the whole process repeated itself. I got up at four in the morning, filed down to the Convention Center at 5:45 and got in a line with the others. In ONE DAY, ya’ll, they had cut down 11,000 people to 1,500. At this point, I imagine, they are looking for extremes. They are looking for extremely good, bad, beautiful, ugly, exciting, boring… whatever they can find to make an interesting TV show.

This second audition happened much quicker and, as most of you know by now, didn’t go as well as the first one. The auditionees, once cut, aren’t given reasons why– it’s against the protocol for the show. You are simply given a yes or a no. And so that’s really all I can tell you!

One thing I would like to address is once I posted on facebook that I had been axed from X Factor I said this:

“Hey guys. I made it farther than I ever thought I would…but today the producers sent me home. I wasn’t given a reason why and I can’t quite figure it out… I’ll blog about it in detail soon… But I’m really sorry to let you down. I definitely gave it my all.”

Looking back on this, I can understand why it seemed as though I was apologizing for personally letting you down. But this wasn’t what I meant. I’m sorry that I won’t be on X Factor. That’s really it. I don’t think that by going to the audition, taking the support of tons of people with me, being myself and getting as far as I did on that alone is anything to be let down by. It was a great time. I have met a lot of people, connecting to a whole new set of ears than I would’ve otherwise and made some (hopefully) huge connections. When the producers sent me home it was only because I wasn’t what they wanted for THIS season of THIS tv show. It doesn’t invalidate what I do or how good I am at it. It just wasn’t the right fit.

Anyway, I just wanted to clear that up because I thought it was important for you to know. This whole experience has been life changing. The amount of love and support has been life changing. Good things are happening. They’re just not being televised.

So that sums up my X Factor audition. If that’s all you wanted to read about then there you have it.


We only had an afternoon to peruse Dallas but we made the most of it. Near our hotel was the Sixth Floor Museum, dedicated to the John F. Kennedy assassination and the mystery of it all. It was super spooky but fascinating. As we left we were rounded up (we must’ve looked like tourists) by this fella who decided to tell us what REALLY happened to JFK. He took us around the grassy knoll and showed us where the snipers were hiding and even made me do some reenactments. This is me pointing to where the actual sniper was on that fateful day! (The other hand in this picture is the only picture I have, sadly, of our guide:)

Unofficial assassination X spot:

Then we meandered around. Here I am being caught taking a picture:

Of this:

Hey, remember that thing you heard about big hair in Texas? It’s true.

We celebrated our last night in Texas with a FORREAL Tex-Mex dinner:

And then, for dessert, we found a magic rainbow tunnel:


So you can imagine that we were partying hard from this point on.
And that pretty much sums it up! One last time, I want to thank everyone over at Fox 50 for being so ridiculously sweet and accommodating. We had a great time, it was all thanks to you and I can’t imagine being taken better care of. So take a look at the calendar, come and see a show this summer and we’ll just do it the old fashioned way.


2 Responses to “Hey, remember that time I went to Dallas, TX?”

  1. jeff battle
    June 7th, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

    this is amazing Bibis… I laughed a lot reading this because I can hear your tone. too funny. hope to see you soon!

  2. Bibis Diana
    August 4th, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

    Hello ! My name is Bibis Diana Georgiana and I live in Bucharest, Romania (in S-E Europe). Sorry, I don’t speak English verry good… :D . Did you wanna talk to my? I have 16 years, not old, Ilike music, gymnastic and… school.

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Bibis Ellison is a North Carolina based singer/songwriter. She has performed both covers and original music all over the US, Japan and in Mexico.

“Soulful, Spine Tingling. Local favorite” – Wilmington Star News

"2013 Shore Pick" - Wilmington Star News

“2010 - 2012 Performer of the Year” – Encore Magazine

“Perfect” - Southern Gothic Productions

“A Powerhouse Singer” – Triangle Arts and Entertainment