"The X Factor" U.K. final boot camp episode that aired on Sept. 29, 2013, revealed the rest of the Top 24 contestant acts who were chosen to advance to the next round.
In the previous episode, the Top 6 contestants in the Girls category were revealed. In this episode, the remaining contestants in the other categories were chosen.
Here is the list if the Top 24 "X Factor" U.K. contestants of 2013, along with the "X Factor" U.K. judges who are mentoring each category
Girls (female solo singers ages 16 to 24), mentored by Nicole Scherzinger
- Abi Alton
- Hannah Barrett
- Relley Clarke
- Tamera Foster
- Melanie McCabe
- Jade Richards
Boys (male solo singers ages 16 to 24), mentored by Louis Walsh
- Paul Akister
- Sam Callahan
- Luke Friend
- Ryan Mathie
- Nicholas McDonald
- Giles Potter
Overs (solo singers ages 25 and over), mentored by Sharon Osbourne
- Sam Bailey
- Andrea Magee
- Zoe Devlin
- Shelley Smith
- Lorna Simpson
- Joseph Whelan
Groups, mentored by Gary Barlow
- Brick City
- Code 4
- Kingsland Road
- Rough Copy
- A female trio whose name is to be announced
The Top 24 "X Factor" (six contestants from each category) who are chosen from boot camp go on to the "judges' houses" phase of the competition, where the Top 12 contestants (three contestants from each category) are selected by judges and guest mentors. The "judges' houses" episodes are previously recorded. The show's Top 12 contestants are the ones who perform in the live episodes.
At judges' houses in 2013, Scherzinger was joined by guest mentor Mary J. Blige in Antigua. Barlow was paired with guest mentor Olly Murs in New York City. Osbourne teamed up with guest mentor Robbie Williams in Los Angeles. Walsh received help from guest mentors Sinitta, Nicole Appleton and former Westlife singer Shane Filan in St. Tropez, France.
The "judges' houses" episodes are scheduled to be televised on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6, 2013.
Here's a summary of the "boot camp" performances that were televised on Sept. 30, 2013.
Paul Akister, 24, did a passionate version of Etta James' "I’d Rather go Blind." (This is the third "X Factor" boot camp contestant whose performance of "I'd Rather Go Blind" was shown on TV. Osbourne raved, “Your tone in your voice is really soulful. It’s like hot chocolate.” Barlow added: “Your voice is absolutely fantastic. It really is. You are a brilliant singer.” Walsh had some reservations about Akister but in the end selected him for final six contestants in this year's Boys category. Walsh told Akister: You have definitely got the voice but am I looking at someone who is going to sell records?”
Sam Callahan, 19, got mixed feedback from the judges for his version of Goo Go Dolls "Iris." Barlow commented, “Sam, the vocals weren’t great and usually I am all about the vocals, but for some reason with you, you are so likeable.” Walsh added. “I like your passion and the fact that you came out fighting and you want this."
Luke Friend, 17, impressed all of the judges except Osbourne with his acoustic-guitar performance of Heart's "Alone." Osbourne told Friend: “I don’t think that was your best performance to date." In the end, it was Walsh's decision, and he chose to put Friend in the Top 24.
Ryan Mathie, 18, was praised for his acoustic-guitar performance of Avicii's "Wake Me Up." Walsh declared, “Ryan you’re not going home! Take that seat!”
Nicholas McDonald, 19, got a standing ovation for his emotionally rousing performance of Jason Mraz's "I Won't Give Up." Walsh raved, “That was my favorite audition of the entire night!"
Unfortunately for 17-year-old Alejandro Fernandez Holt (whose earlier performance of One Direction's "Little Things" had earned him a spot in the Top 24), McDonald's stellar performance meant that Walsh decided to replace Holt with McDonald in the competition.
Giles Potter, 18, impressed the judges and audience with his rendition of Jason Mraz's "I Won't Give Up." Walsh said to Potter: “It was the perfect song for you and it’s hard to believe you’re only 16. Are you good enough for the live shows?”
Tom Mann, 19, got mixed reactions from the judges for his version of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Gave Fun." He was ultimately eliminated. Nicole Scherzinger said to Mann, “I really appreciate what you do however I just couldn’t connect the lyrics to you. You’re a boy. This is fighting time, you know?” Walsh added: "I am looking over there and there are six people and I’m asking, are you better than any of those six? I have made my decision, Tom I am sorry, this is the end of the road. I couldn’t justify it, those six are better.”
Barclay Beales, 17, flopped when he tried to incorporate yodeling into Aretha Franklin's "Respect." Osbourne declared, "I have never in my entire career heard yodeling in 'Respect.' It was like a joke.” Beales was promptly eliminated Walsh.
Brick City, a quartet of three males and one female ages 23 to 28, got positive feedback for an urban version of Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer."
Code 4, a male quartet ages 17 to 25, has better dancing skills than singing skills. It's a characteristic that has not gone unnoticed by Barlow, who was willing to over look this shortcoming to place Code 4 in the Top 24, based on te group' performance of Avicii's "Wake Me Up." Barlow said to Code 4: “There is work to do vocally but what a way to fight for your place in this competition.
Kingsland Road, a male quartet ages 19 to 22, made the cut after performing Stevie Wonder's "For Once in My Life."
Rough Copy, at male duo ages 27 and 28, wowed the judges with a soulful interpretation of Oasis' 'Stop Crying Your Eyes Out." Rough Copy was originally a trio, but one of the members (Kazeem Ajobe) temporarily left the group due to visa issues. These visa issues disqualified Rough Copy from "The X Factor" U.K. in 2012, when Rough Copy was unable to go to judges' houses in Las Vegas that year. In 2013, the same problem resurfaced, since the Boys category was set to got to judges' houses in St. Tropez, France, with judge/mentor Louis Walsh. Ajobe gracefully bowed out of the group so as not to get Rough Copy disqualified again.
An unnamed female trio (ages 16 to 23) was formed on "The X Factor" U.K. by putting together contestants who originally auditioned for "The X Factor" under other circumstances. (At the time of this boot camp performance, the newly formed trio did not have a name.) Group member SeeSee was part of another trio named Dynamix, but the judges suggested that she dump the other two members of Dynamix. At first she refused but then she changed her mind. The other two members of the trio (Jeanette Akua and Rielle Carrington) originally auditioned as solo singers. Although the trio's performance of Rihanna's "We Found Love" was not perfect, it was good enough for Barlow, who said: “You look amazing together. I think you have a real opportunity here." That meant Barlow decided to eliminate Tenors of Rock and keep the female trio for the Top 24. Tenors of Rock (a male sextet ages 26 to 35) had earlier performed Queen's "Who Wants to Live Forever." The ouster of Tenors of Rock was also controversial decision by Barlow, who is getting a lot of criticism for also eliminating Next of Kin.
Next of Kin, a trio of brothers ages 27 to 32, had probably the most shocking elimination of the episode, since many viewers considered Next of Kin a shoo-in for the Top 24. Next of Kin took a big risk by performing Take That's "Rule the World," a song written by Barlow. In the end, that risk did not pay off, as Barlow chose to dump Next of Kin from "The X Factor." Osbourne made this comment about Next of Kin's performance: “I think it’s very, very dated. I thought I was back in Bee Gees world, you needed the mirror ball, the stage lighting up, I just don’t see a place for it.” Barlow: “I loved your first audition. I haven’t completely loved every performance since and, for me, this is a big decision, because who do you replace in my final six? Guys, I am sorry, it’s home time. I’ll see you again and good luck ... Everything that could have been done has been done.”
Xyra, a female quartet ages 17 to 24, won over Barlow with a melodic performance of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean," which helped put the group through to judges' houses. Barlow commented after the performance: "Out of all the bands you were probably the one I was least looking forward to tonight. How wrong was I?"
Andrea Magee, 28, has been singled out as one of the more unique singers on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2013. Her impressive version of Ike and Tina Turner's "River Deep Mountain High" easily earned a place in the Top 24.
Zoe Devlin, 28, earned praise for her version of Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful." Her performance was strong enough for Osbourne, with advice from Walsh, to decide that Devlin replace Katie Markham in the competition. Barlow had suggested that Whelan be eliminated to make room for Devlin, but Osbourne vehemently disagreed and ultimately decided that it was Markham's time to go. Markham had earlier been placed in the Top 24 based on her boot camp performance of Emeli Sandé's "Clown."
Lorna Simpson, 26, got great feedback for her performance of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." It was impressive enough for Osbourne to dump 28-year-old Sabrina Ramikie from the competition and replace Ramikie with Simpson. Ramikie's boot camp performance of Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind" was shown in the previous episode.
Shelley Smith, 34, wowed the judges and audience with her standout performance of Aretha Franklin's "Respect." She earned a standing ovation and a secure spot in the Top 24. Barlow gushed, “What an amazing voice you have, the lows the highs. Your tone is incredible.”
The boot camp performances of Overs Top 24 contestants Whelan and Bailey were shown in the previous episode.
"The X Factor" might want to ditch the "Six-Chair Challenge" format in the future, since most viewers on the Internet are saying they don't like this format at boot camp, because it cruelly misleads some contestants into thinking they've made it into the Top 24, only to be replaced by another contestant.