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[10/25/11 - 10:38 PM]
"The X Factor" Judges Name Top 12 Finalists
FOX details the results from tonight's extended two-and-a-half-hour episode.

[via press release from FOX]

HOT FROM FOX...

"THE X FACTOR" JUDGES NAME TOP 12 FINALISTS

Finalists Perform Live for America's Votes Wednesday, November 2; First Live Results Show Airs Thursday, November 3

Tonight, after the remaining 17 acts performed, the judges eliminated five acts, revealing THE X FACTOR Top 12 Finalists: Girls - Melanie Amaro, Rachel Crow and Drew; Boys - Astro, Marcus Canty and Chris Rene; Over 30s - LeRoy Bell, Stacy Francis and Josh Krajcik; Groups - InTENsity, Lakoda Rayne and The Stereo Hogzz.

During the extended two-and-a-half-hour episode, Simon Cowell eliminated both Simone Battle and Tiah Tolliver from the Girls; Paula Abdul eliminated The Brewer Boys from the Groups; Nicole Scherzinger eliminated Dexter Haygood from the Over 30s; and L.A. Reid eliminated Phillip Lomax from the Boys.

Next week, the Top 12 Finalists, with the help of their mentors, Simon, Paula, Nicole and L.A., will battle it out for America's votes, THE X FACTOR title and a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music. The finalists will work with industry experts including vocal coaches, choreographers and style teams to take their LIVE performances to the next level. Don't miss the Top 12 Finalists LIVE performance show Wednesday, Nov. 2 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed).

Immediately after the performance show, fans will be able to vote via 1) Twitter at twitter.thexfactorusa.com; 2) Verizon Touch Voting on The Xtra Factor App on Verizon Android devices; 3) toll-free calling; 4) text messaging for Verizon Wireless customers; and 5) online at TheXFactorUSA.com. Fans with valid Facebook accounts can also vote at Facebook.com/TheXFactorUSA.

Then, on Thursday, Nov. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) tune in to the first LIVE results show of the season as Steve Jones reveals the results of America's votes and one finalist is eliminated from the competition.

The Top 12 Finalists Are:

The Girls whom Simon Cowell is mentoring:

Melanie Amaro Age: 19 Hometown: Tortola, British Virgin Islands Currently Resides: Coral Springs, FL/Sunrise, FL www.twitter.com/itsmelanieamaro (@ItsMelanieAmaro) www.facebook.com/pages/Melanie-Amaro/117865004985741 Rachel Crow Age: 13 Hometown: Longmont, CO/Mead, CO Currently Resides: Burbank, CA www.twitter.com/IamRachelCrow (@IamRachelCrow) www.facebook.com/pages/Rachel-Crow/233766853338529

Drew Age: 14 Hometown: Chino Valley, AZ Currently Resides: Chino Valley, AZ www.twitter.com/drewryniewicz (@drewryniewicz) www.facebook.com/pages/Drew-Ryniewicz/251573518221876

The Boys whom L.A. Reid is mentoring:

Astro Age: 15 Hometown: Brooklyn, NY Currently Resides: Brooklyn, NY www.twitter.com/Astronomicalkid (@Astronomicalkid) www.facebook.com/theastronomicalkid

Marcus Canty Age: 20 Hometown: Bowie, MD Currently Resides: Bowie, MD www.twitter.com/IamMarcusCanty (@iammarcuscanty) www.facebook.com/officialmarcuscanty

Chris Rene Age: 28 Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA Currently Resides: Santa Cruz, CA www.twitter.com/MrChrisRene (@mrchrisrene) www.facebook.com/ChrisReneMusic831

The Over 30s whom Nicole Scherzinger is mentoring:

LeRoy Bell Age: 60 Hometown: Tacoma, WA Currently Resides: Edmonds, WA/Seattle, WA www.twitter.com/LeRoyBell (@LeRoyBell) www.facebook.com/LeRoyBellMusic

Stacy Francis Age: 42 Hometown: Brooklyn, NY Currently Resides: Los Angeles, CA www.twitter.com/StacyFrancis (@StacyFrancis) www.facebook.com/officialStacyFrancis

Josh Krajcik Age: 30 Hometown: Wooster, OH Currently Resides: Columbus, OH www.twitter.com/JoshKrajcik (@JoshKrajcik) www.facebook.com/joshkrajcikmusic

The Groups that Paula Abdul is mentoring:

InTENsity Nick Dean Age: 15 Hometown: Rochester, NY Francesca Duncan Age: 17 Hometown: Orange Co., NY Resides: Brockport, NY John Lindahl Age: 15 Hometown: Travuco Canyon, CA Emily Michalak Age: 13 Hometown: Pine Brook, NJ Austin Percario Age: 15 Hometown: Warren, NJ Arin Ray Age: 16 Hometown: Cincinnati, OH Lauren Ashley Redmond Age: 17 Hometown: Houston, TX Resides: DeSoto, TX Ellona Santiago Age: 15 Hometown: San Lorenzo, CA Ma'at Bingham Shango Age: 12 Hometown: Houston, TX Emily Wilson Age: 15 Hometown: Warren, NJ www.twitter.com/its_inTENsity (@its_inTENsity) www.facebook.com/itsInTENsity

Lakoda Rayne Cari Fletcher Age: 17 Hometown: Wall Township, NJ Dani Knights Age: 22 Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA Paige Ogle Age: 18 Hometown: Baltimore, MD Hayley Orrantia Age: 17 Hometown: Highland Village, TX www.twitter.com/LakodaRayne (@lakodarayne) www.facebook.com/lakodarayne

The Stereo Hogzz Kregg Gibson (aka KG) Age: 25 Hometown: Houston, TX Jonathan Glenn (aka Jon Glenn) Age: 25 Hometown: Houston, TX George Jenkins III (aka Trae Badd) Age: 25 Hometown: Houston, TX Leeland Stephenson Age: 24 Hometown: Houston, TX (aka Trace Kennedy) Justin Williams (aka Just'n) Age: 25 Hometown: Houston, TX www.twitter.com/theStereoHogzz (@thestereohogzz) www.facebook.com/thestereohogzz

Visit www.TheXFactorusa.com for up-to-the-minute news, videos and information. Become a fan of THE X FACTOR on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheXFactorUSA and follow the series on Twitter @TheXFactorUSA and join the discussion at #XFactor.

THE X FACTOR was created by Syco Television and is produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America. Rob Wade and Siobhan Greene are executive producers for Syco Television. Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Richard Holloway and Andrew Llinares serve as executive producers for FremantleMedia North America.





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