The Top 24 “X Factor” U.S. contestants of 2012 were revealed in the episode that Fox televised on October 10, 2012. These 24 acts advanced from boot camp to the “judges’ homes’ phase of the competition, with the judges and guest mentors evaluating the contestants.
Teens (solo singers ages 12 to 16) – mentored by judge Britney Spears; guest mentor is Will.i.am
Judges’ houses location: Los Angeles, California
- Reed Deming, 13
- Beatrice Miller, 13
- Arin Ray, 16
- Carly Rose Sonenclar, 13
- James Tanner, 15
- Diamond White, 13
Young Adults (solo singers ages 17 to 24) – mentored by judge Demi Lovato; guest mentor is Nick Jonas
Judges’ houses location: Malibu, California
- CeCe Frey, 21
- Jennel Garcia, 18
- Jillian Jensen, 19
- Willie Jones, 17
- Paige Thomas, 21
- Nick Youngerman, 21
Over 25s (solo singers ages 25 and over) – mentored by judge L.A. Reid; guest mentor is Justin Bieber
Judges’ houses location: Beverly Hills, California
- Vino Alan, 40
- Daryl Black, 37
- Jason Brock, 34
- David Correy, 26
- Tara Simon, 27
- Tate Stevens, 37
Groups – mentored by judge Simon Cowell; guest mentor is Marc Anthony
Judges’ houses location: Miami
- Dope Crisis, a male due ages 25 and 30
- Emblem3, a male trio whose members are ages 16 to 19
- Lyric 145. Lyric Da Queen, a rapper who originally auditioned as a solo artist, was added to the One4Five lineup, and the group is now known as Lyric 145. The group’s members are ages 19 to 23.
- Lylas. A group created by “The X Factor.” The group’s five members, who originally auditioned as solo singers, are Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello, Normani Hamilton, Dinah Jane Hansen and Lauren Jauregui. They are ages 16 to 19.
- Playback. A group created by “The X Factor.” The group’s members, who originally auditioned as solo singers, are Austin Corini, Brandon Hassan, Josh Metzler, Johnny Maxwell and Aaron Stuart. They are ages 16 to 17.
In this episode, the Top 24 were chosen from the 60 remaining acts at boot camp. Several contestants who were featured in previous episodes were eliminated at boot camp in this episode.
Here is a partial list of those who were eliminated in this episode:
- Jeffrey Gutt
- Freddie Combs
- Jessie Bryant
- LaTasha Robinson
- Sophie Tweed-Simmons
- Briana White
- Julia Bullock
Click here to watch these contestants get the news at boot camp:
- Young Adults
- Over 25s
- “The X Factor”-created groups
The judges then found out which catgeories they have been assigned to mentor. Only Lovato and Spears got their first choices. Cowell said the groups wasn’t the easiest cateory but he would “make the most of them.” Reid was very upset about getting the Over 25s.
(Click here to watch the judges get their category assignments.)
Here is footage of the contestant categories finding out who are their judges/mentors and guest mentors.
- Young Adults
- Over 25s
“Judges’ Houses” Performances, Part 1
The judges and guest mentors made their comments while the contestants were out of the room.
Jennel Garcia – Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl”
Lovato thought that Garcia lost some of her confidence because of constructive criticism that Lovato gave to her before the performance.
(Click here to watch Jennel Garcia’s performance.)
Willie Jones – Tony Rich’s “Nobody Knows” (also made famous by Kevin Sharp)
At boot camp, Jones forgot the words when he performed this song, but at “judges’ houses,” he redeemed himself. Jonas raved about Jones, “He’s a star.” Lovato agreed.
(Click here to watch Willie Jones’ performance.)
Jillian Jensen – Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity”
Jonas said, “She’s kind of sexy.” Lovato commented, “My only concern with her is I think she took out advice a little too much [about her facial expressions when performing].”
(Click here to watch Jillian Jensen’s performance.)
Nick Youngerman – Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok”
Youngerman shouted an off-key hip-hop version of the song. Lovato and Jonas seemed amused more than entertained. Jonas said, “I thoroughly enjoyed that performance.” Lovato added, “I couldn’t tell if I was loving it or super-annoyed by it.”
(Click here to watch Nick Youngerman’s performance.)
Paige Thomas – Chris Brown’s “Turn Up the Music”
Lovato told Jonas that although Thomas had an outstanding audition, her later performances weren’t as strong. Lovato expressed concern that Thomas’ insecurities were showing in her performances.
(Click here to watch Paige Thomas’ performance.)
CeCe Frey – LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It”
Before the performance, Lovato told Frey although she had the “rock star attitude” nailed, Frey can come across as “a little unlikable.” Frey started crying when she got that criticism and said that her biggest fear was that she would come across as unlikable. Too late. After Frey did an acoustic guitar version of the song, Jonas said about Frey, “She took direction really well.”
(Click here to watch CeCe Frey’s performance.)
Playback – Hall & Oates’ “Rich Girl”
Cowell liked the Playback’s hip-hop version of the song, but Anthony said he wasn’t feeling it. Cowell remarked about Playback, “There’s something kind of naïve and fun and likable about them.” Anthony said, “I just can’t agree with you.”
(Click here to watch Playback’s performance.)
Emblem3 – The Police’s “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”
One of the members of the group flubbed the lines when he missed his cue. “You lost you way a little bit there, didn’t you?” Cowell remarked. Anthony also commented on the mistake, but he said about Emblem 3: “I like them.” The mistake won’t matter in the long run since Cowell has made it obvious that Emblem3 has been his favorite group in the competition this year. Emblem3 is also getting more screen time than all of the other groups combined, so don’t be surprised if Cowell ends up giving them a record deal, regardless of how far Emblem3 goes in the competition.
(Click here to watch Emblem3’s performance.)
Sister C – Shelby Lynne’s “Leavin'”
Before the performance, Cowell told Sister C (a trio of sisters) that they come across as “standoffish,” and the group members admitted that it takes a while for people to get to know them. Cowell remarked after the performance that “they’re contenders for the real world.”
(Click here to watch Sister C’s performance.)
Lyric 145 – Miley Cryus’ “Party in the U.S.A.”
Cowell and Anthony both loved Lyric 145’s hip-hop version of this song. Anthony raved about Lyric Da Queen: “She is a superstar!”
(Click here to watch Lyric 145’s performance.)
Dope Crisis – Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass”
Anthony said, “They had a good audition, but then you have to think about how much farther can you push them.”
(Click here to watch Dope Crisis’ performance.)
Lylas – Shontelle’s “Impossible”
Cowell and Anthony raved that the performance was “unbelievable.”
(Click here to watch Lylas’ performance.)
Fox will televise the remaining judges’ houses episodes of the year on October 11 and October 17, 2012. At the end of the “judges’ houses” episodes, 16 of the 24 acts will be chosen to perform in the live episodes, which begin on November 1, 2012. Click here for a spoiler article about who are rumored to be the chosen contestants.
October 11, 2012 update: Ratings for “The X Factor” U.S. continue to be stronger for the Wednesday episodes, compared to the Thursday episodes. However, the ratings are still averaging less than 10 million U.S. viewers per episode, and that means “The X Factor” U.S. is still at risk for being cancelled, because the show is expensive to produce and it’s not getting big ratings to justify the expenses. ABC’s “Modern Family” and CBS’s “Criminal Minds” continue to be the ratings leaders on Wednesday nights. “The X Factor” U.S. also continues to trail behind CBS’s’ “Survivor: Philippines” but gets higher ratings than ABC’s “The Middle.”
Here are the stats for the Top 5 U.S. broadcast TV shows that were in the same time slot (8 p.m to 10 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time), according to Nielsen Media Research.
- “Modern Family” – 12 million U.S. viewers
- “Criminal Minds” – 11.49 million U.S. viewers
- “Survivor: Philippines” – 9.82 million U.S. viewer
- “The X Factor” – 9.56 million U.S. viewers
- “The Middle” – 7.9 million U.S. viewers