Oct. 26, 2011 at 8:48 AM ET
In a special event designed to accommodate the World Series and torture fans with itchy remote control trigger fingers and short attention spans, “X Factor” cut the field from 17 acts to 12 over a gargantuan 2½ hour episode Tuesday.
One by one, the four judges heard their mentees sing and then decided which three in each category would make it to next week. For those who couldn’t resist the opportunity to change the channel, or who didn’t have 150 minutes to devote to a singing competition, here’s what happened.
You know the acts who made you wonder what in the heck the judges were thinking when they picked them for the live shows?
They got the boot.
L.A. Reid sent home crooner Phillip Lomax, a nice-sounding young man who’s a much better for for “American Idol,” or a jazz retrospective at the local senior center, or some other competition that is not this one.
Nicole Scherzinger said a tearful goodbye to Dexter Haygood, perhaps because his constant screaming was giving her and everyone else watching a migraine.
Paula Abdul agonized and agonized and then kicked off The Brewer Boys, a very entertaining duo with a bright future somewhere, but not in the same commercial class as the three acts she kept.
And after sniping at his fellow judges for criticizing his picks, Simon Cowell did the conventional thing and let go of his strange love for Tiah Tolliver and Simone Battle.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t some polarizing acts remaining. Rachel Crow can be annoyingly cloying. Stacy Francis always seems to be one comment away from a meltdown – L.A. channeled the audience when he told her “You know what I’m most proud of? You’re not crying. So don’t start.” The judge-created groups InTENsity and Lakoda Rayne could get old quickly.
But all in all, there wasn’t a lot of controversy. The acts picked were the ones most would have expected.
We also learned on Wednesday that:
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