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'The X Factor' U.S. 2012 Episode 11: Willie Jones, Lylas, Vino Alan in Top 16

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Welcome to "The X Factor" USA: the show that makes a bunch of underage kiddie contestants cry. In the episode that was televised on October 17, 2012, there were tears of joy and tears of sadness as the Top 16 contestants of the year were revealed in the "judges' houses" phase of the competition. It was dragged out in a two-hour episode that had no performances but consisted of the contestants finding out if they were among the Top 16 chosen to perform in the live episodes that begin in Los Angeles on November 1, 2012.***

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However, in the U.S., a good deal of the episode wasn't shown. An announcement was made that Fox will televise the entire "X Factor" episode on October 23, 2012, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time.* (See update at the end of this article.) "The X Factor" executive producer Simon Cowell tweeted on October 17, 2012: "Have no idea what is happening to the schedule tonight. Have heard the whole episode will be shown next Tuesday. Sorry. It what's known as a total f up."

Due to a rain delay for Game 3 of this year's National League Championship Series for baseball, the Fox network interrupted the episode for about 40 minutes in the first hour and then again 10 minutes before the end of the second hour in the Eastern and Central time zones. Fox showed some of the baseball game during these interruptions, but also inexplicably showed random partial episodes of "Ben and Kate" and "The Mindy Project" during these interruptions. In other time zones in the U.S., a rerun of an "X Factor" episode was shown. Fox will no doubt get a lot of complaints about these interruptions.

Therefore, the only "X Factor" categories that were shown in the U.S. were the Teens (solo singers ages 12 to 16), the Over 25s (solo singers ages 25 and over) and some of the Young Adults (solo singers ages 17 to 24).

However, since the entire episode has aired in other countries outside of the U.S., it's not really spoiler information anymore to reveal the Top 16. (This episode was filmed at at various times from late August to mid-September 2012.)

The spoiler information that was leaked in advance was correct. Look away now if you want to wait until to watch the entire episode when it is televised in the U.S. on October 23, 2012.

Here are the Top 16:

Teens (solo singers ages 12 to 16) - mentored by judge Britney Spears

  • Beatrice Miller, 13
  • Arin Ray, 16**
  • Diamond White, 13

Young Adults (solo singers ages 17 to 24) - mentored by judge Demi Lovato

  • CeCe Frey, 21
  • Jennel Garcia, 18
  • Paige Thomas, 21

Over 25s (solo singers ages 25 and over) - mentored by judge L.A. Reid

  • Jason Brock, 35
  • David Correy, 26**
  • Tate Stevens, 37

Groups - mentored by judge Simon Cowell

  • Emblem3, a male trio whose members are ages 16 to 19.
  • Lryic 145, a trio consisting of two males and one female, ages 19 to 23. The act was originally a male duo called One4Five, but the female member, Lyric Da Queen (who originally auditioned for "The X Factor" as a solo artist), was added to the group at the end of "X Factor" boot camp. The act's name was then changed to Lyric 145.
  • Lylas. The group's members, who originally auditioned as solo singers, are Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello, Normani Hamilton, Dinah-Jane Hansen and Lauren Jauregui. They are ages 16 to 19.
  • Sister C, a trio of sisters ages 17 to 21.

The rejected contestants were:

  • Reed Deming, 13
  • James Tanner (also known as JT), 15
  • Jillian Jensen, 19**
  • Nick Youngerman, 21
  • Daryl Black, 37**
  • Tara Simon, 27
  • Dope Crisis, a male duo ages 26 and 30
  • Playback. The group's members, who originally auditioned as solo singers, are Austin Corini, Brandon Hassan, Josh Metzler, Johnny Maxwell and Aaron Stuart. They are all 16 to 17 years old.

The rejected older contestants in the Over 25s category took the news better than the rejected younger contestants. There were plenty of uncomfortable moments in this episode, as the cameras lingered on the heartbroken, tearful underage kids who didn't make it through to the next round. "The X Factor" U.S. has a minimum age requirement of 12 years old for contestants, and some people think that this minimum age is too young.

The ability to cope with rejection depends on the individual, not someone's age, because plenty of rejected adults have meltdowns on talent shows too. Any parent or guardian who lets their underage kid enter a competition like "The X Factor" has to really make sure the child is psychologically able to deal with rejection, because there can only be one winner, which means the odds are stacked against almost everyone who enters this type of contest. In many ways, it's harder for the older contestants to be rejected because the music business, just like sports, is tougher to break into if you are talent over the age of 30.

As previously reported, the live episodes for Season 2 of "The X Factor" U.S. begin on November 1, 2012, and continue with a special Sunday episode on November 4, 2012. "The X Factor" returns to its regular schedule on Wednesdays and Thursdays on November 7, 2012.

Major League Baseball's World Series will pre-empt "The X Factor," so the show will not have episodes on October 18, October 24, October 25 and October 31, 2012.

There also won't be a new episode on November 22, 2012, due to the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., so the new episodes that week will likely be on Tuesday, November 20 and Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

*October 19, 2012 update: Fox has rescheduled this judges' houses episode again and reduced the episode from two hours to one hour. Fox will televise the episode on October 23, 2012, from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time. Click here for more details.

**The judges' houses episodes were filmed from late August to mid-September 2012. Some of the contestants have since had a birthday, so the ages listed are the ages they were at the end of the "judges' houses" phase of the competition.

October 23, 2012 update: Fox has now posted online the clips from this episode. Click here to watch these contestants get the news about whether or not they made it to the Top 16:

Teens (solo singers ages 12 to 16) - mentored by judge Britney Spears

Over 25s (solo singers ages 25 and over) - mentored by judge L.A. Reid

Young Adults (solo singers ages 17 to 24) - mentored by judge Demi Lovato

Groups - mentored by judge Simon Cowell

(Click here to watch what the judges think of the contestants they chose for the live episodes.)

***October 29, 2012 update: Due to Major League Baseball's World Series of 2012 ending earlier than expected, the first live "X Factor" U.S. episode of 2012 has been rescheduled for October 31, 2012, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time. Fox says the episode will be two hours and seven minutes. Click here for more details.

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