"X Factor" fans were thrown for a loop last Wednesday night when the hit show was postponed due to a rain delayed baseball game between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers. While east coast viewers were able to catch the first half of the singing competition, the rest of the nation was forced to wait until Tuesday night to learn the fate of his or her favorite contestants.
With room for only 16 of the finalists to move on to the live shows, this was their last chance to really wow their mentors.
Britney Spears, Teens
Up first was Team Britney Spears. The six teens awaited the "I Wanna Go" singer's decision from her beachside mansion in Malibu.
"I don't want to have to go back to the eighth grade," Carly Rose Sonenclar said before hearing from Brit Brit. "It just sounds awful thinking about it." Luckily for the middle schooler, Spears' final four included her as well as Diamond White, Arin Ray and Beatrice Miller.
L.A. Reid, 25 and Ups
There was no question L.A. Reid was disappointed when learning his category was the 25 and ups. But since watching their performances from the comfort of his own home, Reid is now singing a different tune after realizing the batch had an immense amount of talent.
In the end, Reid's final choices resembled last season's all-boy team. His picks? David Correy, Jason Brock, Tate Stevens and Vino Alan.
The decision to compete with an all-male group was one that left Tara Simon, the only female in the over 25s, feeling a tad discouraged.
"He just got rid of somebody who could be a Kelly Clarkson or a Carrie Underwood," Simon explained. "That's his decision to live with."
Demi Lovato, Young Adults
Demi Lovato may have had one of the toughest decisions of all the judges. Not only because the young adults are extremely talented but also because, in a sense, the Disney diva is mentoring a group of her peers, all ranging between the ages of 17 and 21.
Before hearing from the "Skyscraper" singer, Nick Youngerman said nothing would stand in his way from winning the competition. He would soon discover, however, something that would: a "no" from Miss Lovato.
Youngerman was sent packing alongside Jillian Jensen, whose dramatic exit even left Lovato in tears. "It sucks," she explained after saying goodbye to both finalists. But tears of sadness for Youngerman and Jensen meant tears of joy for CeCe Frey, Jennel Garcia, Paige Thomas and Willie Jones, who will be moving on to the finals.
Simon Cowell, Groups
Last but never least was Simon Cowell and the groups. The British music exec praised Dope Crisis for their performance of Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" from the night before, saying they "couldn't have put anything more into that performance." Unfortunately for the duo, their best was not enough as Cowell eliminated them and boy band Playback from the competition. Which leaves Emblem3, LYLAS, LYRIC 145 and Sister C to compete in next week's live shows.
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