The elimination process kicked off right off the bat with Demi Lovato immediately saving two of her Young Adult acts - rock chick Jennel Garcia and the gigantic hat wearing Paige Thomas - and putting them through the Top 12. The two remaining, Willie Jones and CeCe Frey had to sing for survival for the final spot in the Young Adult's Top 12.
"I am so happy for myself but you know my two best friends are out there still," said Jennel immediately after getting through. "It means everything," said Paige of making it to the Top 12.
CeCe Frey gave an emotional performance of Irene Cara's "Out Here on My Own." She broke down in tears after finishing the song. L.A. Reid said "you just saved yourself." Britney Spears said it was a very powerful performance. Simon dug in deeper, saying "You looked like a clown," about last night's makeup.
Next up was Willie Jones, who sang from the heart in his version of Ray Charles' "You Don't Know Me." L.A. said he was really unique. Britney said he definitely stands out. Simon if he could only recapture what he had in his first audition.
Demi decided she would send home Willie. CeCe broke down in tears and hugged him. Willie's parting words were: "If you got a dream, get it out, be different." Demi told him he was really on to something but it just wasn't his time right now.
Next, L.A. declared that he would save Over 25s Vino Alan and Tate Stevens, leaving David Correy and Jason Brock to sing for survival. David Correy did a very passionate version of Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone." Britney said she felt he blew everyone away while Demi didn't like the rendition of the song. Simon said it was melodramatic and theatrical. Fans screamed out, "We love you, David!"
Then Jason tried to make Whitney Houston's "One Moment in Time" come alive. His rendition was warm and heartfelt and he hit all the huge notes. Britney said he turned her into a fan today. Demi said there was something very genuine about Jason; he was so likeable. Simon said it was a million times better than last night but "Here's my slight problem and I don't mean this to be rude, but you're asking me to judge two horses who are coming last in a race, which one do I want to go?" Simon Cowell said to Jason Brock that his performance was a million times better than on Wednesday night. "I thought that was really mean," L.A. said to Simon about his horse analogy.
L.A. said Jason was Mr. Entertainment but he also loved what David did; he was a star. But L.A. had made his decision; he sent David home and Simon looked completely shocked. David promised his fans in parting: "I promise you this is not gonna be the last time you see my face."Then it was time for Britney's Teens to get their verdicts. Britney quickly saved Beatrice and Carly, meaning that Diamond White and Arin Ray would be singing for their X FACTOR lives. Seeing her fellow saved teen backstage, Beatrice told Mario Lopez, "I'm really happy that Carly's here, too!" The two lucky girls hugged backstage. Arin's survival song was Whitney Houston's "I Look to You" and he nailed it, seeming to directly serenade his teen girl fans in the crowd. All the judges loved it.
Diamond then took on Elton John's "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," giving everyone chills with every moving note. L.A. said she gave him chill bumps and she has a real future in the biz. Demi saw the "soul and fire" behind her eyes. Simon said Diamond HAD to go through, not Arin. Britney's choice? She decided she'd eliminate Diamond, shocking Arin, whose jaw dropped open. "I still love you, Britney," Diamond graciously said in leaving.
Next, Simon would have to kick one of his Groups off the show. But first, he told two acts they were staying: Emblem3 and Lyric145. Meanwhile, Sister C and 1432 would be singing for their futures.
The three girls of Sister C put their sweet harmonies to Miley Cyrus' "When I Look At You." L.A. said that they got it right with their song choice while Britney was pleasantly surprised: they had "the eye of the tiger." Demi said their voices sounded phenomenal.
1432, the band Simon put together from X FACTOR soloists, followed with Demi's song, "Skyscraper." All five ladies gave the tune pathos, both in their individual parts and in the group harmonies. L.A. was proud; they made Britney a believer and Demi joked, "I don't know who that song is by but regardless, you did better than the original singer." Which group would stick around for next week? Simon said Sister C would be going home and 1432 would sing again. "We're just going to keep going in the country world," one of the Sister C gals said in departing the show.
So, what do you guys think of the judges' choices? It's your turn next week when you get to vote for the first time! The Top 12 performs on WED NOV 7 and 8/7c on FOX and one goes home on THUR NOV 8.