'X Factor': Top 12 Sing Their Mentors' Praises (Video)

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When you’re a contestant on a television talent show, there’s nothing quite like your first red carpet experience. We saw that wide-eyed excitement on Monday night, as X Factor’s Top 12 (Diamond White had yet to return) were paraded for the press at Beverly Hills’ SLS Hotel.

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Following a few dozen interviews, the finalists were allowed a little time off, most of which was taken up by fellow party guests and fans looking to snap, tweet or simply brag the next morning.

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That wasn’t the case with the contestants, however, each of whom humbly sang the praises of their mentor while providing an honest assessment of their strengths.

Click below for THR’s video gallery.

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