Without further adieu, let's take a lot at the judges' tough task...
Britney Spears' Teens
Diamond White was the first one on the chopping block. No matter who was staying or going Britney gave each of her Teens a note on what was good about their performance and what wasn't so great. For Diamond, Britney was worried about her nerves and needs to be reassured she "can go the distance," but gave her the first yes of the show. "This is definitely a dream come true for me," said Diamond.
Carly Rose Sonenclar was up next and before getting the news, she said, "I don't want to go back to the 8th grade. It just sounds awful just thinking about it." Well, she doesn't have to as it's off to the Live Shows she goes. Britney told the 13-year-old that she was "very, very shocked" about how much vocal control she possessed and loved her technique but isn't sure she can handle the pressure. (A running fear for Brit with these Teens!) After getting the big yes, Carly and Diamond White literally jumped for joy and starting chanting, "We are going to the Live Shows! We are going to the Live Shows!" Super cute!
Arin Ray seemed to really think he was NOT making it through as Britney went on about how he's charming and confident, but wasn't sure he's good enough to stand out onstage. When Brit said, "I've made my decision," Arin bowed his head bracing for some BAD news, but psych! It was a yes. It was actually torturous to watch. Britney's a good little actress with these fake-outs! "Right now, my mind's like going, ahhh. It's going bananas. I'm doing a crazy dance right now," he said.
James Tanner was the first no of the night. It seemed harder on Britney than on the Teen. She told him that she loved his "persona," but he's not quite there vocally yet. Someone asked her if she was okay, and she said, "That's horrible." Poor James had to head down the walk of shame past the Yes group. "This is so hard. I hate saying no to people," said Britney.
Beatrice Miller and Reed Deming were the last to go. Beatrice was super-nervous leading up to the big moment. "It's just all real now," she said before crying. Britney sent Reed home because of the lack of vocal training in his voice. "Life has crazy ways of working," said Reed in parting. Britney made Beatrice squirm big time after telling her that she thought she was better at her audition and that she's not sure she can handle the pressure either. But, alas, little B got the one word she hoped for: yes!
What do you think of Britney's Teens? Let us know on Twitter at #britneyteens.
L.A. Reid's Over 25s
David Correy was up first at L.A. Reid's house and before his sit-down in the sun with the music maestro, David said that if he didn't get a yes, "Part of me is gonna die." Well, no funeral to plan for this guy as L.A. dug his "great energy" and "really good voice." The judge, however, is concerned where he might fit into the pop culture landscape. In a cute show of support, L.A. screamed out to the singer as he walked away, "DAVID!" Nice to see L.A. excited about his Overs!
Daryl Black was "devastated" by his bad news. "I really, really respect L.A., but today he made a mistake." L.A. said that despite his great voice and the fact that he really likes him, he just didn't see the fire and stardom in the singer. "My wife, she'll be crushed and the kids will too," said Daryl.
Jason Brock admitted to being "nervous as hell" before his judgment came in. Adding to the pressure is the fact that he got fired from his tech support job this very same day. Did L.A fire him from the Over 25s? Nope! Though, the yes, came with caution. The judge said that he clearly has a strong voice, but questioned if he can become a "massive star" well soon find out! At the end, Jason asked L.A., "Can I give you a hug?" "You better," said L.A. "I love you," said Jason. Who knew L.A. was such a softy? Awww.
Tate Stevens had a tearful judgment day. I mean, how great were the judges at faking out their acts? Pretty dang great! "You have a lovability about you," L.A. said to Tate. But he thought he lacked confidence. Convinced he was heading home, a tearful Tate looked completely defeated before L.A. let him off the hook with a "congratulations!" "You're gonna see confidence you ain't never seen before, sir," Tate said to L.A.
When we last saw Tara Simon, she boasted, "I feel like I will win the whole thing. I'm gonna say it." She also said of her last performance, "It was a near perfect performance." And, "It'll be shock and awe if I didn't make it." Well, it's shock and awe time because L.A. sent her packing. "I'm sort of in disbelief. He just got rid of someone who could be a Kelly Clarkson or a Carrie Underwood or a Christina Aguilera. That's his decision to live with."
Vino Alan was squirming big time as well as L.A. explained to him that his voice is there, but he just can't see "how it works." With that, Vino nearly pleaded with the judge, saying, "Come on L.A. Please, man. Give me a chance, man. You know I did lay my heart and soul out there." He certainly did and for that he got a big fat yes!
Do you think L.A. made the right decisions? Tweet us about it at #laover25s.
Demi Lovato's Young Adults
Jennel Garcia got her good news first. Demi loved her "incredible voice" but had a few concerns about her performance and how she entertains people. On getting through to the Live Shows, she said, "That was like the highlight of my life...I'm still dreaming like I'm waiting to wake up but I haven't."
Willie Jones got kudos for being "completely unique," but Demi needs him to sort out whether he's country or R&B and felt like he flip-flopped between the genres during his performances. He did an endearing little happy dance at the end and ran to Jennel, picking her up and twirling her around in pure joy. "I feel like I'm in a dream!" he said.
Last week Demi wasn't sure if she was entertained or annoyed by Nick Youngerman. Guess we know the answer now as Nick got a big ol' no. "It hurts. It's like a bad breakup," he said in tears. Those tears would soon be wiped away and our All Access Pass host Laura has just broken the news that Nick Youngerman and Jillian Jensen are a couple! Read all about it HERE.
Paige Thomas let the waterworks flow almost more than any other contestant tonight (until Jillian Jensen, up next!). As Demi told her that she's "a beautiful, gorgeous person who has that star quality," she wept and wept and wept. Demi even went so far as to take her hands and tell her that no matter what, she's still a good mother. Oh, the torture of it all! Demi, you little devil! When she finally got a yes, even more tears streamed down Paige's face. Hard to watch the torture, but oh so fun!
Jillian Jensen soon had Paige's tears beat by a landslide! In the hardest good-bye of the night, Demi took a sweeter approach to delivering her bad news and told her, "I'm so sorry." In the other room, BFF Jennel was convinced her tears were of joy until she stepped out and hugged her in agony. "You did everything you could, okay?" she told Jillian, who was later consoled by new BF Nick Youngerman. Demi wiped the tears off her face (her own!) and said, "It sucks." Totally!
CeCe Frey made good on her promise last week of losing her leopard spots. No catty marks on this gal's face. Do you like her better with the spots or without? We like! After a little speech about finding the balance between being fierce and being likable, it seemed CeCe thought she might have to go back to selling stamps. When the happy news came, she broke down in tears. "Go celebrate!" Demi ordered her.
What do you think of Demi Lovato's Young Adults? Speak your mind on Twitter at #demiyoungadults
Simon Cowell's Groups
Simon teased that putting LYRIC 145 together from ONE4FIVE and Lyric Da Queen was either a good decision or a bad one. Guess what? It was a goodie and they too are keepers! "I left my voice on the stage, literally," said Lyric Da Queen in a hoarse voice. The rap group is ready to keep going and keep stepping, as Jemmel Joseph said. "We're just hungry, hungry, hungry." We'll feed your LYRIC 145 appetite at Live Shows in November!
Dope Crisis' X FACTOR journey comes to an end. But you can't say they didn't give it their all. Unfortunately, that was exactly the problem. Simon thought they did their best, but just didn't think their best was strong enough to stack up to the talent at the Live Shows. "Our best wasn't enough," said the group's Elijah Brown.
Emblem3's Wes Stromberg said it best: "To go home now would just blow." Well, the band's not blowing tonight! On through to the Live Shows they go! They clearly thought they were going home for messing up last week and Simon in turn messed with them in that classic Simon style. "We did our best," said Drew Chadwick. "No I don't think you did your best," snapped Simon. Cue the pleading: "I know yesterday may not have been top, but dude, we're ready to do this, like, for real," says Wes. Through, they go! Drew celebrated by jumping into the pool and taking off his shirt...again!
Sister C took Simon's "likeability" comment to heart and assured us all that if they made it to the Live Shows, America will see what "goofy and normal girls" they are. So, will they get to see it? You betcha! Simon told the sisters that he could picture them on the radio already and thinks they have "very, very distinct voices." Though he wasn't sure if they'd be voted for, tonight, he changed his tune. "I think America [is] gonna love you."
LYLAS and Playback were the last two groups up to bat. Would the newly formed boy band or girl group take the last spot? It was ladies' night and it went to LYLAS, which, by the way, stands for Love You Like a Sister. Awww. "I was seriously, seriously blown away as was Marc [Anthony]," Simon told the girls. To Playback, Simon said he liked their energy and felt their chemistry, but it just wasn't their night.
Do you like the Groups Simon chose? Let him know on Twitter at #simongroups.
That's it for Judges' Homes! For more on our Top 16, click HERE. THE X FACTOR will return in early November for the Live Shows.