The 32 contestants are excited when they visit the judges' homes and learn who their mentors are, but some will shed tears.
The competition moves on with Judges' Houses stage when "The X Factor (US)" returns next week. The 32 remaining contestants, who are divided into 4 groups, travel to Simon Cowell's, L.A. Reid's, Paula Abdul's and Nicole Scherzinger's pads, and are thrilled to find out who their mentors are.
To prepare them to be pop stars, Cowell tells the girl team to keep rehearsing. Reid pumps up the boys' spirit by declaring that one of them will bring home the prize, while Abdul's session with the non-solo artists will make her say, "Oh my God." The episode also promises a lot of dramas as some contestants are seen shedding tears.
The Judges' Houses stage will be seen in two episodes airing October 12 and 13. A week afterward, 4 of each team will be sent home while the rest will go through the live shows. Rihanna and Mariah Carey are reported to be guest mentors, teaming up with Reid and Cowell respectively.