This is the phase where the lucky 24 who made it through Boot Camp are assigned a judge to be mentored by and have to sing in front of their assigned judge to fight for a place in the Live Shows.
Here's how this week's shows break down: On WEDNESDAY at 8/7c on FOX, the two-hour show will feature the remaining Boot Camp contestants learning their fate. 60 acts are cut down to the 24 who move onto the next round: Judges' Homes. On this show, the producers also inform Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Britney Spears, and Demi Lovato which category each of them will mentor. They will then begin working with their six respective acts hoping that among the ones they choose will be the eventual winner of the $5 million dollar prize!
On THURSDAY's one-hour show (8/7c on FOX), Judges' Homes continues as the semifinalists must convince their mentor that they have the X factor to move onto the Live Shows, which begin Nov. 1. The final cuts at Judges' Homes will be made the following Wednesday, Oct. 17, during a two-hour episode at 8/7c on FOX.
And, let's not forget to welcome our guest mentors: Justin Bieber and talent manager Scooter Braun (L.A. Reid), Jonas Brothers' Nick Jonas (Demi Lovato), the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am (Britney Spears), and Marc Anthony (Simon Cowell) are all on hand during the next three episodes to help the judges make some difficult decisions. Yep, those rumors were right.