“The X Factor” U.S. has shortened its first live episode of 2012 and moved it up to Halloween night, according to an announcement made by Fox. The episode was originally supposed to be a two-and-a-half-hour episode on November 1, but since Major League Baseball’s World Series of 2012 ended earlier than expected, the show’s first live episode will now be a two-hour-and-seven-minute episode on October 31, 2012, starting at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time.
(“The X Factor” U.S. live episodes are actually live only in the Eastern and Central time zones. The episodes are tape delayed in all other time zones.)
In addition, Fox announced that the two-hour episode revealing the Top 16 finalists will be repeated in its entirety on October 29, 2012, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time. This announcement came less than four hours before the scheduled air time in the Eastern and Central time zones. However, due to news coverage of Hurricane Sandy, many Fox affiliates may not show this episode at the scheduled time.
As previously reported, this “Top 16 finalists revealed” episode was badly mishandled by Fox, which was originally supposed to televise the episode on October 17, 2012, but Fox interrupted the episode with reruns of Fox sitcoms in some time zones, or did not show the episode at all in other time zones, which had a repeat of an “X Factor” episode instead. Fox then yanked the episode around the schedule by announcing a new air date and time on October 23, 2012, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time, and then changed the scheduling again and reduced the episode to one hour and showed it instead on October 23, 2012, from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Eastern/Time. This programming fiasco resulted in the lowest-ever U.S. ratings for a new “X Factor” U.S. episode: only 5.71 million U.S. viewers.
Viewers who did not see the entire two-hour episode on TV can now watch it on October 29, 2012, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time, even though Fox gave short notice to the public. Fox TV stations in areas that are most affected by Hurricane Sandy will probably not show the episode at that time due to news coverage of the hurricane.
Since the Top 16 finalists have already been revealed, where is who will be performing in the first live episode of 2012 on October 31, which will have a Halloween theme:
Teens (solo singers ages 12 to 16) – mentored by judge Britney Spears
- Beatrice Miller, 13
- Arin Ray, 17
- Carly Rose Sonenclar, 13
- Diamond White, 13
Young Adults (solo singers ages 17 to 24) – mentored by judge Demi Lovato
- CeCe Frey, 21
- Jennel Garcia, 18
- Willie Jones, 17
- Paige Thomas, 21
Over 25s (solo singers ages 25 and over) – mentored by judge L.A. Reid
- Vino Alan, 40
- Jason Brock, 35
- David Correy, 27
- Tate Stevens, 37
Groups – mentored by judge Simon Cowell
- Emblem3, a male trio, two of whom are brothers: 18-year-old Wesley Stromberg,16-year-old Keaton Stromberg and 20-year-old Drew Chadwick.
- Lryic 145, a trio consisting of one female and two males: 23-year-old Lyric Da Queen, 19-year-old Julien Joseph and 23-year-old Jemelle Joseph. Lyric Da Queen originally auditioned as a solo artist, but “The X Factor” added her to the lineup of hip-hop duo One4Five. When the act became a trio, the name was changed to Lyric 145.
- Lylas, a girl group whose members originally auditioned as solo singers: 19-year-old Ally Brooke, 15-year-old Camila Cabello, 16-year-old Normani Hamilton, 15-year-old Dinah-Jane Hansen and 16-year-old Lauren Jauregui.*
- Sister C, a trio of sisters: 19-year-old Carli Rayne Manchaca, 18-year-old Celbi Manchaca and 21-year-old Cirby Ryan Manchaca.
*As previously reported, Lylas are in a dispute with another girl group that has the same name. The “X Factor” Lylas are expected to change their name, since the other Lylas had the name first. Click here for more details.