Josh Krajcik, the beloved burrito chef and runner-up of “The X Factor USA’s” first season, teased fans late last year with a self-titled EP and a live performance on “The X Factor” Season 2. But now he has finally released his first full-length album since competing on the show, Blindly, Lonely, Lovely, out this week via BMG. The album certainly isn’t typical reality TV fare–but that’s just perfect, since Josh was never a typical contestant to begin with. Blindly, Lonely, Lovely is a nuanced, soulful, quietly sophisticated singer-songwriter masterwork, evoking artists like David Gray, Van Morrison, and Procol Harum, and it features collaborations from credible heavyweights like Eg White (Adele, Florence + The Machine, Kris Allen, Alex Clare) and Chris Seefried (Fitz & The Tantrums, Haley Reinhart, Gemma Hayes). And it has been worth the wait.
Josh recently stopped by Yahoo! to play some acoustic versions of tracks from Blindly, Lonely, Lovely, and even stripped-down, the songs sounded, well, just lovely. This guy never needed all those bells and whistles and fiery cage-dancers that often crowded his stage space on “The X Factor.” He’s simply the real deal.
Josh also sat down with Reality Rocks to talk in-depth about his new album and his whole rollercoaster-ride reality experience. And he was likable as ever. Check our our chat below to see why this burrito king still has the X factor.
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