What a night on X Factor! Season 2′s Top 16 contestants were reduced to a surprising Top 12 during a 2-hour epic episode that aired on Thursday night. Unlike future evictions, tonight the judges each had to pick one act to send home from his or her 4-person/group teams. How did this work? The judges each first announced the two acts that would immediately move on to the next round, leaving the other two contestants/groups to sing for survival. Once the sing for survival battle was over, the team’s mentor listened to the other three judges criticism before finally making the final cut. Was this eviction process fair? Not really. There were many contestants on L.A. Reids Over25 Team that should have gone home before Britney Spears Teens but rules are rules… unless of course you’re Simon Cowell. Something tells me he might find a way to bring some of his favorite contestants back into the game. He can do that since he’s the boss, you know. For now, we’ll just have to wait and sit with tonight’s results, which were:
Team Demi Lavato/ Young Adults
Immediately Moved Forward: Jennel Garcia & Paige Thomas (plus the ridiculously large hat)
Left To Battle: CeCe Frey & Willie Jones
Contestant Sent Home: Willie Jones
Reaction: Stunned. Demi ran up to the stage to wish Willie well and apologize for having to make such a decision and he didn’t even look at her, which was awkward and a little childish. CeCe Frey, just as stunned, cried tears of relief.
Team L.A. Reid/ Over 25s
Immediately Moved Forward: Vino Alan & Tate Stevens
Left To Battle: David Correy & Jason Brock
Contestant Sent Home: David Correy
Reaction: Bitterness. Simon thought neither contestants were worthy of saving. “You’re asking me to judge two horses that are coming in dead last in a race,” the Groups mentor bluntly stated. After it was announced David Correy was to be sent home, he grabbed the mic and announced to the audience, “I promise you this is not the last time you’ll see my face.” Sorry David, I think it may be. I could only hope it will be. Good luck to you though.
Team Britney Spears/ Teens
Immediately Moved Forward: Beatrice Miller & Carly Rose Sonenclar
Left To Battle: Arin Ray & Diamond White
Contestant Sent Home: Diamond White
Reaction: Total shock. Britney had the most difficult decision of the night. Upon learning she was going home, Diamond’s mouth dropped to the floor in surprise. Once composed, she still gave that million dollar smile and said, “I still love you Britney.” My guess is she’ll be back in the game somehow. The days of Diamond White have only just begun.
Team Simon Cowell/ Groups
Immediately Moved Forward: Emblem 3 & Lyric 145
Left To Battle: Sister C & 1432
Contestants Sent Home: Sister C
Reaction: Some what expected. The group 1432 seemed more surprised to make it to the next round than Sister C seemed disappointed to be headed home. Now knowing that 1432 (supposedly meaning I Love You 2) will be around for awhile, Simon has challenged America to come up with a new name. Anyone can vote via the X Factor USA website.
Compared to my predictions, I didn’t do so bad picking the LIVE show outcome. Though I picked Jason Brock to go home based on his glittery performance Wednesday night, I’ve reported since episode 1 that David Correy would be one of the first to go. And he was. I also correctly picked Willie Jones, though I didn’t want him to go home, and Sister C. But Diamond White? I didn’t see that one coming at all. No offense to Jason Brock or Vino Alan or the entire L.A. Reid team, but I’m sad to see her go while these older, ordinary dudes stayed. Diamond White can out sing any of them, any time, any day. She also seems to be a little bit more marketable, aka more adorable, than the others. Eh well. I wish you well D Dubs.
Were you just as surprised to see Diamond White go home? Tune into FOX next week on Wednesday, November 7 at 8pm EST to watch the Top 12 go at it again. This time America has a vote–so grab a tub of popcorn and prepare for the show. Cutting contestants isn’t going to get any easier as we move along to find the next King or Queen of X Factor.