Only 24 acts remain on “THE X FACTOR”

Cowell mentors groups, Lovato mentors Young Adults, Reid mentors Over 25s and Spears mentors Teens.

Friday, October 12, 2012 - 9:55pm

Judges make final category selections Wed., Oct. 17

First LIVE performance show airs Thur., Nov. 1, followed by a second LIVE episode on Sun., Nov. 4

Learn more about the top 24 at

LOS ANGELES — The “Boot Camp” round of THE X FACTOR came to a dramatic conclusion tonight when the top 24 acts were revealed.

Then, the show’s producers informed the judges of the categories they will be mentoring for the rest of the season and which superstar guest would join each judge during the “Judges’ Homes” round of the competition.

Simon Cowell, who will mentor Groups, was joined by Marc Anthony. Demi Lovato, set to mentor Young Adults (17-24), was paired up with Nick Jonas. L.A. Reid, who will mentor Over 25s (25 & up), was accompanied by Justin Bieber and talent manager Scooter Braun. Britney Spears, mentoring Teens (16 & under), was joined by

GROUPS - mentored by Simon Cowell

  • Dope Crisis
    • Eli Brown, 30, from Philadelphia, Pa.
    • Jesse Stearn, 26, from Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Emblem3
    • Drew Chadwick, 20, from Huntington Beach, Calif. 
    • Wesley Stromberg, 18, from Huntington Beach, Calif. 
    • Keaton Stromberg, 16, from Huntington Beach, Calif.
    • Ally Brooke, 19, from Santa Ana, Calif.
    • Camila Cabello, 15, from San Antonio, Texas
    • Normani Hamilton, 16, from Miami, Fla.
    • Dinah Jane Hansen, 15, from Miami, Fla.
    • Lauren Jauregui, 16, from Court Pearland, Texas
  • Lyric 145 (One4Five & Lyric Da Queen)
    • Jemelle Joseph, 23, from Bay Shore, N. Y.
    • Julien Joseph, 19, from Bay Shore, N. Y.
    • Lyric-Bianca Barnes, 23, from Atlanta, Ga.
  • Playback
    • Austin Corini, 17, from Gilroy, Calif.
    • Brandon Hassan, 16, from Irving, Texas
    • Johnny Maxwell, 16, from Castro Valley, Calif.
    • Josh Metzler, 16, from Gilbert, Ariz.
    • Owen Stuart, 17, from Charlotte, N.C.
  • Sister C
    • Carli Rayne Manchaca, 21, from Cove, Texas
    • Celbi Manchaca, 19, from Cove, Texas
    • Cirby Ryan Manchaca, 18, from Cove, Texas


YOUNG ADULTS (17-24) - mentored by Demi Lovato

  • Cece Frey, 21, from Decatur, Ill.
  • Jennel Garcia, 18, from Rochester, Mass.
  • Jillian Jensen, 20, from Rochester, Mass.
  • Willie Jones, 18, from Shreveport, La.
  • Paige Thomas, 22, from San Antonio, Texas
  • Nick Youngerman, 21, from Tipp City, Ohio


OVER 25s (25 & Up) - mentored by L.A. Reid

  • Vino Alan, 40, from Laquey, Mo.
  • Daryl Black, 38, from Elk Grove, Calif.
  • Jason Brock, 35, from San Francisco, Calif.
  • David Correy, 27, from Riva, Md.
  • Tara Simon, 28, from Smyrna, Ga.
  • Tate Stevens, 37, from Raymore, Mo.


TEENS (16 & under) - mentored by Britney Spears

  • Reed Deming, 13, from San Antonio, Texas
  • Beatrice Miller, 13, from Maplewood, N. J.
  • Arin Ray, 17, from Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Carly Rose Sonenclar, 13, from Mamaroneck, N. Y.
  • James Tanner, 15, from Columbus, Ohio
  • Diamond White, 13, from Los Angeles, Calif. 


To learn more about each of the top 24 acts, please visit for interviews, photos and additional information.

After the “Judges’ Homes” round, The X Factor returns with special LIVE episodes Thursday, Nov. 1 (7:00-9:00 p.m. live) and on a special night Sunday, Nov. 4 (8:00-9:00

The X Factor was created by Syco Television and is produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America. Rob Wade and Nigel Hall are executive producers for Syco Television. Trish Kinane, Richard Holloway and Andrew Llinares serve as executive producers for FremantleMedia North America. “Like” The X Factor on Facebook Follow the series on Twitter @TheXFactorUSA and join the discussion at #xfactor.                                       

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