Roxxy Montana, a female three-piece from Wayne, made it to the top 16 on Thursday’s episode of “The X Factor.”
Tenija, Tiara and Temperance Moton won Simon Cowell’s approval, and will be one of the four groups he mentors during the show. They made it through to the next round with their version of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.”
“Girls, I was really impressed,” Cowell told the trio, who grew up singing in church, where both of their parents are pastors. “Here’s what’s exciting about you three: For whatever reason, you haven’t quite worked out who you want to be, what you should be doing. Let me tell you: We could make you incredible. I have a feeling about you three. Because you have the talent, you really really do.”
Cowell’s fellow judges agreed; Kelly Rowland told the trio, “I can see y’all did not come here to play no games,” and Demi Lovato said, “I look around and everyone was on their feet, and that doesn’t happen very often.”
Roxxy Montana will share a spot in the competition with three other groups: boyfriend-girlfriend duo Alex & Sierra, male country trio Restless Road and female three-piece Sweet Suspense. Both Restless Road and Sweet Suspense were put together by the judges from artists who auditioned as solo acts.
The group joins one other Detroit act in the finals: 37-year-old single dad Jeff Gutt is also in the competition, in the Over 25s category.
Roxxy Montana has been the subject of a small online brouhaha over whether the group members are related to Marvin Gaye. Gaye’s family has denied it, and there has been no mention of Gaye on the show.
“The X Factor’s” live rounds begin Oct. 29.