October 06, 2011 11:26pm PT by Jethro Nededog
'The X Factor' Redux: Simon Cowell and the Other Judges Pick 32 to Mentor (Video)
The X Factor can really shove a lot of content into one episode. Anyone else exhausted after watching Wednesday’s episode? Really, all we wanted to know was which 32 people and groups would move on to be mentored by Simon Cowell and the other judges.
Before we got there, three more groups of performers hit the stage for ensemble numbers before a third of them were cut. There were some surprise eliminations at this point, including Siameze Floyd and butchy Tatiana “Reina” Williams, who took it awfully. I love a good tantrum. The remaining performers were given their pick of 35 songs and a night to practice it in order to prove they should make it to the top 32.
Some highlights from this next round of performances included Rachel Crow who dialed down her usual bouncy energy and sang an emotional version of Beyonce’s “If I Were A Boy.” Stacie Francis, a favorite of mine, revealed that her father passed away on Day 1 of boot camp and then proceeded to pour that pain into her performance. Simone Battle came out with lots of attitude, claims of fierceness, while wearing sunglasses inside. Her ego was taken down a notch when she forgot most of the words from Elton John’s “Your Song.”
The performances came to a screeching halt after that. Simon grew tired of the performers trying way too hard to make songs their own with gimmicks and overly complicated arrangements. Things picked up again when 59-year-old LeRoy Bell delivered a smooth performance and Bieber fan, Drew Ryniewicz, who constantly surprises me with her range, delivered a dynamic number.
Finally, it was time to name the 32 performers or groups who would be split into four groups and mentored by the judges. I was confused for a few minutes, because only six groups were named. Then, the judges called in some solo artists who had been eliminated and basically formed two new groups out of them – a twist I haven’t seen before on these shows.
Here are the final 32 who will move on to be mentored at the judges’ homes on next week’s episode:
Girls, mentored by Simon Cowell: Caitlin Koch, Tora Woloshin, Simone Battle, Drew Winowicz, Rachel Crow, Jaslyn Little, Melanie Amaro, and Tiah Tolliver
Boys, mentored by L.A. Reid: Brennin Hunt, Bryan Bradley, Skyelor Anderson, Nick Voss, Tim Cifers, Phillip Lomax, Marcus Canty, and Chris Rene.
Groups, mentored by Paula Abdul: The Stereo Hogzz, 2Squar’d, 4Shore, The Brewer Boys, Illusion / Confusion The Anser, and two groups created from eliminated solo singers.
Over 30s, mentored by Nicole Scherzinger: Elaine Gibbs, Tiger Budbill, LeRoy Bell, James Kenney, Josh Krajick, Christa Collins, Dexter Haygood, and Stacy Francis.
Watch as the judges find out which groups they'll be mentoring below.
Next week, the battle continues when half of these people will be eliminated. Are you happy with the final 32 performers and groups? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.
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