'X Factor' Season 2, Episode 11 Recap: Simon Cowell Group Choices Revealed

X Factor contestants Emblem3 get the good news from judge Simon Cowell

Last week’s season 2, episode 11 of The X Factor – the one in which we all expected to find out who the lucky Top 16 would be – was pre-empted by a rain delayed baseball game. Since parts of that episode did air here in the United States, and all but ten minutes were broadcast on Canada’s CTV, most fans already knew who judges L.A. Reid, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato picked to move on to the live shows. Last night in a re-edited version of episode 11 (cut from two hours to one), we finally got to see all four groups Simon Cowell chose for his team.

The episode began with a quick replay of the segments with Britney and L.A.

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

For the Over 25s L.A. kept David Correy, Jason Brock, Tate Stevens and Vino Alan. Tara Simon and Daryl Black were sent home.

Then the show moved to Demi’s loft in Los Angeles, CA, and started at the beginning of her previously interrupted (in the US) segment. For her Young Adult category Demi chose Jennel Garcia, Willie Jones, Paige Thomas and CeCe Frey. Of course the judges have to drag out the results for dramatic impact, but Demi has a way of doing it that, to use one of her phrases, “borderlines unlikeable”. It was mean to let Paige get so upset before she was told she made it through, but at least she still looked great - she’s a pretty crier. Rapper Nick Youngerman was sent home, and in the most heartbreaking cut of the season so far, so was soulful, husky-voiced Jillian Jensen.

Next we head to Miami, FL for the Groups category results and Simon states, “Today, very simply for these contestants, is the moment of truth.” Simon selects lovely Lyric and her new trio, Lyric 145, cool Cali dudes Emblem3, Texas trio Sister C, and one of the bands put together during X Factor Boot Camp, the girl group LYLAS. Another Boot Camp mash up - the boy band called Playback - was sent home, as was the Philly duo Dope Crisis.

For the first time in our experience watching televised talent competitions, we can honestly say we like all of the contestants who moved forward. We have our favorites, of course, but all of the acts are talented, and The X Factor live shows have the potential to be great entertainment. The only one missing is Jillian Jensen.

Jillian Jensen on X Factor
The X Factor live shows are scheduled to begin on Thursday, Nov. 1,  8/7c on FOX, but there is a chance the show could be pre-empted again if the World Series goes to game #7.  There is also a live show scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 4 at 8/7c. Stay tuned for updates.

[SCHEDULE UPDATE: Since The World Series is over, The X Factor is moving back to its regularly scheduled Wednesday and Thursday time slots at 8 PM, and the first the live show will air on Wednesday, October 31.]

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Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 2:55 PM