X Factor Top 16 Revealed, Almost: Simon Cowell Calls Botched Broadcast 'A Total F Up'

Judge Simon Cowell called the botched X Factor broadcast 'A total f up'

Last night’s X Factor viewers expected to see the most important episode of the singing competition to date: the one in which the judges would reveal the Top 16 contestants for season 2. Instead of being the X Factor cliffhanger episode it was intended to be (the live shows don’t begin until November), it was, as Simon Cowell Tweeted, “A total f up.”

First The X Factor was pre-empted by National League Baseball (due to a rain delay), then an episode of Ben & Kate, then X Factor started 40 minutes late, then in the middle of judge Demi Lovato's segment there was a commercial break and the show never came back. This time, FOX showed The Mindy Project. Then the game came back on, and there was a crawl that said the entire episode of X Factor would be shown next Tuesday (Oct 23) at 8:00 PM.This will put X Factor directly opposite another singing contest, NBC's The Voice. The shows had previously gone head-to-head during their premiere weeks.

To further add to the confusion, while American viewers were learning they’d have to wait a week to watch X Factor’s Top 16 show, Canada’s CTV was running the episode. Then with ten minutes to go, that broadcast was shut down and an X Factor repeat (the storm episode) popped up in its place. In the end we saw 14 of the Top 16 make it through. We will recap the full episode when it airs in the U.S. next week, but for now, here are the results we saw so far.

SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t want to know who made it through, do not read any further. Below we name 14 of the Top 16 contestants.

X Factor Judges: L.A. Reid, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears and Simon Cowell

In the Teen category, Britney Spears chose the following four contestants: Diamond White, Carly Rose Sonenclar, Arin Ray and Beatrice Miller. James Tanner and Reed Deming were sent home.

For the Over 25 category, L.A. Reid kept David Correy, Jason Brock, Tate Stevens and Vino Alan. Tara Simon and Daryl Black were cut.

In the Young Adults category Demi Lovato picked Jennel Garcia, Willie Jones, CeCe Frey and Paige Thomas. This category had a big upset – we think it was a HUGE mistake that Jillian Jensen was cut. Rapper Nick Youngerman was let go too.

The Groups category was cut short when the Canadian broadcast of X Factor was shut down, but we did see that Simon Cowell chose Lyric 145 and Emblem3 as part of his live show crew, and Dope Crisis was cut. We won’t know the fate of the girl group LYLAS, the boy band Playback (both groups put together by X Factor) or the Sister C trio until next week.

After the Top 16 episode of X Factor airs next Tuesday, the show will be on hiatus for two weeks while Fox airs The World Series. When X Factor returns in November they’ll be airing the live shows with new co-hosts Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian.

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Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2012 11:00 AM