'X Factor' Last-Minute Twist Reveals the 17th Finalist

October 19, 2011 04:59:45 GMT

Initially receiving a 'no' from Simon Cowell, Melanie Amaro is later invited by his mentor to join 16 other finalists for the live shows.

'X Factor' Last-Minute Twist Reveals the 17th Finalist
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The outcome of "The X Factor (US)" judges' houses stage has been announced on Tuesday, October 18. While the show was initially expected to trim the 32 contestants to 16 before the live shows, an extra singer is added to the pile in a last-minute twist.

Melanie Amaro, who was in "Girls" category, was initially rejected by her mentor Simon Cowell. The judge, however, later visited her home in Florida to ask her back in the competition after getting approval from the other judges.

Amaro joins Simone Battle who was given a warning by Cowell about forgetting lyrics, Drew Ryniewicz who impressed judges with a better rendition of Justin Bieber's "Baby", Tiah Tolliver who has been getting a support from Cowell, and Rachel Crow who has a dream to buy a bigger home if she wins the grand prize.

From "Over 30s" category, there are Josh Krajcik, Dexter Haygood, Leroy Bell and Stacy Francis who will appear in the live shows. The Brewer Boys, Lakoda Rayne, InTENsity and Stereo Hogzz beat out other contenders in "Groups" category, while Brian "Astro" Bradley, Phillip Lomax, Chris Rene and Marcus Canty come out as the bests in "Boys" category.

The "X Factor" live shows will start airing next week. While the competition is gearing up for the finals, there is rumor swirling around that producers are looking for a co-host to accompany Steve Jones or a replacement for the Welsh presenter because the 34-year-old failed to charm American audience.


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posted by Randy on Oct 21, 2011
Bring Tim Cifers Back !!
posted by Toni Maroni on Oct 20, 2011
When they kept that little punk of a kid that only did rap and didn't participate with others I stopped watching. Rap is so going out and the kid couldn't sing. Just like all the other realty shows, favorites instead of talent.
posted by emily on Oct 19, 2011
I am dissapointed on some of the judges picks. oh well, let's see their picks bite them in the end.
posted by zindegi on Oct 19, 2011
Watching the US X Factor on Tuesday Oct. 18 it proved to me that even the richest people on earth are sensitive and do have a genuine heart a point well taken and proven by Simon Cowell. He admitted on national TV that he made a mistake not choosing one of the contestants to make his group of four for the live show. He showed his true human nature by apologizing to the contestant and inviting her back making his group of five instead of four. All the judges are human and no doubt in their own mind and being the mentor for the future contestants that they wished they could also add one more contestant that was let go. I feel in a broad sense all the remainder judges should be reprieved so they too can add one more contestant making it five instead of four. X Factor is Simon Cowell show so he can make changes necessary to please everyone equally and uniformly. Letís face it five million dollars go well with five contestants in each group.
posted by Oliver on Oct 19, 2011
Unbelieveable that Simon let Simone and Tiah went through. Caithlin was way over the top. It is so wrong. How about Dexter, seriously kidding? Like a joke choosing him over Tiger and Elaine.
posted by Randall on Oct 19, 2011
You can't be serious that Dexter was one of the over 30?
posted by goodkrazy on Oct 19, 2011
I am so disappointed, all of the judges but Simone said one thing and did another, like Nicole saying you have to have a lot of confidence, then choosing Stacy. They all did it. I give Simon props for saying he thought he made a mistake and then fixed it. But letting Dexter through? really?! Very disappointing.
posted by michaelina on Oct 19, 2011
What was Nicole thinking keeping Dexter? OMG! She let Tiger or Elaine go and kept him.

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