'The X Factor' reveals Top 24 second-season acts and begins Judges' Homes round
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/11/2012
The X Factor revealed its Top 24 acts during Wednesday night's Fox broadcast of the reality singing competition's second season.
The X Factor broadcast picked up where last Thursday night's episode had left off with the completion of the show's Boot Camp phase and The X Factor judges Simon Cowell, LA Reid, Britney Spears, and Demi Lovato narrowing their Top 60 acts down to 24 -- ultimately determining which artists should either advance to the Judges' Homes final round of auditions or get sent home.
Prior to the 60 acts learning whether they had made the cut, the judges deliberated and decided who would be the show's Top 24 acts -- six of which would be placed in each of the new "Teens" (16 and under), "Young Adults" (17-24), "Over 25s" (25 and up), and "Groups" categories.
However after revealing the competition's six acts for the "Teens," "Young Adults" and "Over 25s" categories, the judges only selected three group acts and decided to form three additional groups comprised of 13 contestants who had failed to make the cut in the "Teens" and "Young Adults," "Groups" categories.
"We've got you back [to the stage] because you are the ones out of all the people we've had to say 'no' to, we've genuinely, genuinely cared about. You all, as you are [in new groups], invited to the Judges' Homes audition," Cowell told the three new "Groups" acts.
Once the 24 acts were determined, The X Factor's producers decided which judge would mentor each of the four categories of contestants and then phoned each judge with the news.
"Are you serious?! Oh my God! That is amazing. To be able to work with [the teens] like that on such a close basis is really going to be fun. I'm excited!" Spears told a producer once she learned the news of her category placement.
Spears had hoped she would receive the "Teens" category because it featured so much talent, so she was more than pleased.
"Um, I've been given the 'Groups.' It's not the easiest category. Doesn't matter. I'm happy for them," an indifferent Cowell explained upon receiving his category.
"No way! Are you serious?! Oh my God! I'm so excited right now. I definitely got the best group. I'm so stoked. I'm 20 and I'm right in the middle of that age group. I know how to work with them. I have the winning team," Lovato said with a big smile after getting her phone call.
But Reid had a more dramatic reaction than his fellow judges. He was clearly disappointed and frustrated to have been given the "Over 25s."
"The what?!" Reid asked the producers before hanging up the phone and banging it. "Everybody's gotta leave. I don't want to talk to ya'll. Everything else I would've been happy with."
After each judge was assigned one category of hopefuls, last night's broadcast concluded with the acts performing for their given mentor and mentor's assistant at one of the four judges' homes. Cowell was joined by Latin singer Marc Anthony, Lovato was working alongside singer Nick Jonas, Reid was accompanied by pop star Justin Bieber, and Spears' coaching assistant was Will.I.Am.
Tonight's 8PM ET/PT The X Factor broadcast will continue on with those performances at the judges' homes, which will serve as each act's final audition. The judges will then make their final category selections next Wednesday, October 17 at 8PM ET/PT in which four of their six acts will advance to the live shows.
The X Factor's first second-season live performance show will then air Thursday, November 1 at 8PM ET/PT and be followed by another special live episode airing on Sunday, November 4 in the same time slot on Fox.