'X Factor' Judges Choose the Top 12 Finalists

It was the end of the road for five performers on the first live show.

The top 17 finalists performed on Tuesday’s episode of The X Factor and the judges whittled that down to 12 performers.

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The X Factor is proving to be a tough competition to predict. First 16 finalists turned into 17 when Simon Cowell decided that Melanie Amaro should move on.

Then, as America wondered if it would finally get a crack at voting on the performers, the show announced that the judges would cut another five performers on Tuesday’s live show.

And now, the lucky top 12 finalists have been revealed. They will perform for a live audience on Wednesday, Nov. 2 and America will finally get to vote on their favorites. On Thursday, Nov. 3, we’ll learn who advances during the first live results show.

Here are your top 12 results, America:

Boys moving on (L.A. Reid): Astro, Marcus Canty, and Chris Renee

Eliminated: Phillip Lomax. He sang “I’m a Believer” by the Monkees, which seemed like L.A.’s attempt at getting him to move outside his comfort zone. While Nicole and Paula both seemed enamored by him, Simon felt the performance was a big mistake. L.A. defended Philip for stepping out of his comfort zone.

Groups moving on (Paula Abdul): Lakoda Rayne, InTENsity, and The Stereo Hogzz

Eliminated: The Brewer Boys. The brothers with the perfect shag hairdos sang a medley, which included Hall and Oates' “Rich Girl” and George Michael’s “Faith.” Both L.A. and Simon were underwhelmed with the latter judge saying they didn’t prove that they were worth the $5 million grand prize. Nicole said they would have been her crushes if she was still a teenager and Paula was just bowled over by them.

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Over 30s moving on (Nicole Scherzinger): Josh Krajcik, LeRoy Bell, and Stacy Francis

Eliminated: Dexter Haygood. He sang Britney Spears’ “Womanizer” with a dash of Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” thrown in. L.A. was complimentary about the performance, but didn’t think the song choices were appropriate. Simon thought the song choices were off, too. Nicole was happy thought he rocked out.

Girls moving on (Simon Cowell): Drew Ryniewicz, Melanie Amaro, and Rachel Crow

Eliminated: Simone Battle and Tiah Tolliver. Simone sang the S.O.S. Band's “Just Be Good To Me.” L.A. expresses that he hasn’t been of fan of hers and wonders how she got this far. Nicole felt Simone could’ve stepped outside of her comfort zone. Paula complimented her on how beautiful she looked, but felt she didn't need so many dancers. And Simon backed his choice up by saying they others were just trying to make her feel bad, because they never liked her.

Do you think the judges made the right choices? If not, who do you think should have stayed and who should have gone? Tell us in the comments section below.

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