- Published on Wednesday, October 31 2012
- Written by RJ Williams
The second season of “The X Factor” has turned out to be a real smash, easily eclipsing the first season, thanks in part to the inclusion of superstar judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, but you also have to give credit to the amazingly talented singers who have come their way.
We’ve made it past all the major rounds – auditions, boot camp, and judges’ houses – and Simon Cowell & Company have whittled down the finalists to just 4 acts in 4 categories. Brit was put in charge of the Teen singers, of course, consisting of Beatrice Miller, Arin Ray, Carly Rose Soneclar, and Diamond White; Demi has been mentoring the Young Adults (again, fittingly), which include CeCe Fret, Jennel Garcia, Willie Jones, and Paige Thomas; L.A. Reid was chosen to mentor the Over 25s (which he wasn’t really happy about) consisting of Vino Alan, Jason Brock, David Correy, and Tate Stevens.
And then there are Simon’s Groups, 2 out of the 4 of which are a mash-up of former auditionees who got the boot earlier but were then brought back to team up together. One of the groups, LYLAS, is made of up 5 girls who originally auditioned as soloists but then came back as a group and blew Simon away. However, there is another girl group out there with the same name (chosen by the girls themselves), so they will have to come up with something different before the live shows. Another group, LYRIC 145, is made up of a duo that auditioned as One4Five and soloist Lyric-Bianca Barnes. Sister C is one of the groups who made it through in tact, as did Emblem3, the charismatic trio who has been a heavy favorite throughout the competition, not just among the viewers but with us here at YH as well!
The contestants have already worked so hard during the course of this season, but now, the pressure is REALLY on! Tonight is first of the all-important live shows, where the competition really heats up and the top 16 finalists need to give everything they’ve got to prove to the judges and America that they have the X Factor and deserve that coveted recording contract with Syco Music! In this first round of live shows, the judges will pick one of their own to eliminate to get the number down to 12. After that, it’s up to the audience to decide who stays and who goes. The stakes couldn’t be any higher now!
Who do you think will join Season 1 winner Melanie Amaro in the ranks of American “X Factor” champs?