It was a dramatic night of saves, bottom twos, save me performances and eliminations on last night’s (November 1) X Factor USA live results show. All so judges Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato could revealed the final 12 contestants heading into the live shows that will now be voted on by the public.
After the dust settled, four hopefuls received their walking papers and some of the picks for saves and cuts were rather shocking.
First up was Demi Lovato’s young adults. The “Give Your Heart A Break” singer decided to immediately send Paige Thomas and Jennel Garcia into the next round of live performances. Having to sweat it out and sing for their lives were a less Ke$ha-looking CeCe Frey and country/sometimes r&b singer Willie Jones. CeCe dished out an emotional performance of ”Out Here On My Own,” winning praise from the judges. Willie’s performance of “You Don’t Know Me“–especially the last note– was not enough to move Demi as she sent the Shreveport, LA-native home.
Next up to hear results were L.A. Reid’s over 25s. The industry exec picked country singer Tate Stevens and soul rocker Vino Alan to move on, leaving favorites David Correy and Jason Brock to duel. David stripped down Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” while Jason delivered pure cheese on ”One Moment in Time.” Perhaps making up for the fact that his song choice for Jason on the performance show was a total flop (L.A. admits he “failed” by choosing Jennifer Lopez’s “Dance Again“), L.A. advances Brock.
Britney Spears’ teens elimination was surely the least dramatic of the night. Spears made all the right decisions by picking Carly Rose Sonenclar and Beatrice Miller as her top two singers and then giving returning singer Arin Ray a save to the next round. Eliminated hopeful Diamond White still had nothing but great things to say about Brit as she was leaving. “I’m happy I made it this far and I’m still going to keep smiling and I still love you Britney,” she said.
Finally, it was time for Simon Cowell to make his decision on the groups making it to the next round. He quickly chose Emblem3, followed by rap group Lyric145. Battling it out was sibling trio Sister C, who performed a weak version of Miley Cyrus’ “When I Look At You,” against 1432 (formerly known as Lylas) singing “Skyscraper” by judge Demi Lovato. Simon opted to save 1432, although admitting he could not live with the new name and asking fans to help name them on the X Factor USA website, sending Sister C packing.
The top 12 are:
Teens – Mentored by Britney Spears
- Carly Rose Sonenclar
- Beatrice Miller
- Arin Ray
Young Adults – Mentored by Demi Lovato
- Jennel Garcia
- Paige Thomas
- CeCe Frey
Over 25s – Mentored by L.A. Reid
- Jason Brock
- Vino Alan
- Tate Stevens
Groups – Mentored by Simon Cowell