"The X Factor" USA 2013 continued Oct. 29 on FOX as the top 16 sang for their competition lives. By evening's end, four hopefuls had been sent packing, with just three acts remaining in each category and the newly minted top 12 ready to sing for America's votes.
First to get the boot was teen Danie Geimer, whose rendition of "Wrecking Ball" wasn't enough to keep a spot on Demi Lovato's girls' squad. Advancing to the top 12 were Ellona Santiago, who wowed all four mentors with the production value of her show-opening rendition of "Till the World Ends"; Rion Paige, who earned Simon Cowell's hearty praise for her decision to sing Lovato's "Skyscraper"; and Khaya Cohen, who showed off a new polished look while crooning "Mercy."
Former stand-out Josh Levi was next to get the boot as Paulina Rubio's boys took to the stage. Surviving to sing again were Carlito Olivero, Carlos Guevara, and Tim Olstad, whose elimination during the four-chair challenge prompted such outrage from the live audience that Rubio reinstated him as a team member.
In Kelly Rowland's over 25s category, aspiring country singer Rachel Potter and repeat contestant Jeff Gutt were declared safe to sing again, leaving Lillie McCloud, who sang "When a Man Loves a Woman," and James Kenney, who delivered "Red," as the two in danger of elimination. Inevitably, Rowland opted to keep McCloud around longer, which booted Kenney from contention.
Finally, in Cowell's groups category, the folksy Alex and Sierra passed safely to the top 12 thanks to their iteration of "Blurred Lines," while "Roar" bought manufactured boy band Restless Road a ticket to the next round. When it came down to the final spot on Cowell's team, RoXxy Montana's version of "Royals" fell short, and they were eliminated in favor of show-created girl band Sweet Suspense.
With the top 12 set, "The X Factor" USA 2013 will resume Nov. 6 on FOX as the acts perform for America's votes for the very first time.