'The X Factor' eliminates Restless Road, leaving Jeff Gutt, Carlito Olivero and Alex & Sierra to compete in finale
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/13/2013
The X Factor cut Restless Road and determined the third season's Top 3 finale acts during Thursday night's Fox broadcast of the reality singing competition.
Restless Road was ousted from the competition after The X Factor host Mario Lopez revealed the group had received the least home viewer votes cast immediately following Wednesday night's Top 4 performance show.
Restless Road is a country trio the judges put together at the conclusion of the season's audition rounds when they selected three male country singers who had failed to make the cut as individuals. It is comprised of Colton Pack, an 18-year-old from Danese, WV; Zach Beeken, an 18-year-old from Indiana, PA; and Andrew Scholz, a 19-year-old from Summerville, SC.
"We just want to say thank you to everyone who got us this far. Without you guys, we wouldn't even be here. We're so blessed to have this opportunity and I promise you, this is not the end of the road for us. You'll be seeing us in the future!" Colton said following his group's ouster.
Restless Road, who were in the "Groups" category mentored by Simon Cowell, finished as the last-place act based on America's vote and therefore did not have to "sing for survival."
The three acts who will compete in next week's finale performance show are as follows: Carlito Olivero, a 24-year-old from Chicago, IL; Jeff Gutt, a 37-year-old from Detroit, MI; and Alex & Sierra -- a boyfriend/girlfriend duo featuring Alex Kinsey, a 22-year-old from New Smyrna Beach, FL, and Sierra Deaton, a 22-year-old from Orlando, FL.
Carlito represents judge Paulina Rubio's "Boys" category. Jeff is in Kelly Rowland's "Over 25s" category. Alex & Sierra are in Simon's "Groups" category. Demi Lovato has no acts remaining in the competition.