X FACTOR RECAP: Top 24 Revealed!
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The X Factor has entered the final stretch before its live shows, and there was plenty of drama do go around on the road to get here. Whether you missed the show or just want to re-live a performance, read on for a full recap of tonight's episode!
They lead off the show by telling us "only" 120 made it to boot camp. Luckily, things were cut down very quickly - and will be down to just sixteen by tomorrow - so it's probably possible for The X Factor to show all of them instead of just flicking through faces and hoping you can guess who made it and who didn't.
There will be four groups of six singers each - Teens, mentored by Britney (she's ecstatic when she finds out what group she'll be coaching); Young Adults, coached by Demi (she's excited); Over 25s, coached by LA (who slams his phone and acts like he's been given a group from a senior home to work with); and Groups, couched by Simon (he's underwhelmed but thinks, of course, that he has the Midas touch). Each act in judge will then cut two singers.
The young adults are up first. Cece Frey is the first to be chosen (I spend her whole segment wondering how long it takes Cece to draw those leopard spots on her forehead - and her whole leg! What?!? I hadn't noticed that before). Country crooner Willie Jones and 18-year-old Jennel Garcia will be joined by Nick Youngerman, Paige Thomas and Jillian Jensen to complete the team, seeing the elimination of Sophie Tweed-Simmons, Ally Brooke and more.
The Over 25s team will consist of Jason Brock, Daryl Black, David Correy, Tara Simon, Tate Stevens and Vino Alan; Freddie Combs, Jeffrey Gutt and more are sent home. This group is a little heartwrenching - with the kids and teens, you don't feel that they want it quite so badly.
For the teens, it'll be Beatrice Miller, James Tanner, Carly Rose Sonenclar, Diamond White, Reed Deming and Arin Ray. I'm happy with these choices, though I have to admit I'm biased - Carly was a definite standout to me in Frank Wildhorn's short-lived Wonderland on Broadway last year so I have to root for her - but Diamond and Beatrice were standouts throughout the competition in their own right, too.