The X Factor Episodes

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The X Factor Episode: "Judges' Homes #3"

Season 1, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: The Top 16 are revealed as the mentoring at the judges' homes draws to an end.
Original Air Date: Oct 18, 2011

The X Factor Recap: The Fauxlimination Heard Round the World Season 1, Episode 9

Tonight, we'll be cutting down our beloved 32 to just 16 acts. (Or so we think!) I don't know about you, but I'm really looking forward to actually getting to know these people, now that we're narrowing it down to a reasonable amount of talent.

Unfortunately, this two-hour event was kind of a throw away. We didn't find out anything new about the contestants, but rather were forced to endure drawn-out, melodramatic elimination scenes when a simple "yes" or "no" would have been sufficient. Also, wouldn't this all have been a lot faster if we just wiped out Paula's eight acts right off the bat? It's going to happen anyway.

As for Simon's "fauxlimination," it seemed totally predictable, right? I mean, Melanie Amaro deserved to be there, and it's hard to believe he actually would have sent her home while keeping some of the others he did. I guess shows just need that drama.

But Simon wasn't the only one agonizing over his decisions. When all the smoke cleared, these were the singers left with us:

Girls (Simon's Group)
Simone Battle
Drew Ryniewicz
Tiah Tolliver
Rachel Crow
Melanie Amaro*

Groups (Paula's Group)
The Brewer Boys
Lakoda Rayne
InTENsity
The Stereo Hogzz*

Over 30s (Nicole's Group)
Josh Krajcik
Dexter Haygood
LeRoy Bell
Stacy Francis*

Boys (L.A.'s Group)
Brian Bradley
Phillip Lomax*
Chris Rene
Marcus Canty

* denotes the group's strongest competitor, in my opinion. But then again, what do I know?

Since this episode was so uneventful, I've decided to chronicle the technique each judge used to crush their respective team members' dreams. Ugh, I'm such a masochist. But really, can you imagine having to sit in front of these contestants and send them home after they've just beat out hundreds of thousands of competitors? Forcing them to go back to waitressing, or making sandwiches or doing whatever normal person job it is they do? That's heavy stuff!

Simon Rejection Quotes: The "Band-Aid Rip-Off" Method
"It's bad news."
"You didn't make it."
"It's bad news, and you didn't make it."

Nicole Rejection Quotes: The "Inauthentic Apologetic" Method
"I'm sorry, but you're not going through."
"There's only so many people that I can take with me, but you're not going through."

LA Rejection Quotes: The "Red Means Stop" Method
"This is where it stops. I have to send you home."
"I'm afraid this is where it stops."

Paula Rejection Quotes: The "Sorry I'm Not Sorry" Method
"I'm very sorry, but I can't take you through."
"I'm sorry to say you won't be moving through to the live shows."
"I'm not able to take you through to the live show. And I'm so sorry."
"Guys, I'm sorry. I can't take you any further."

Other things of note from this episode:
-- Both losers and winners alike called their moms.
-- Chris Rene's first day of being sober was 4/20. Oh, the irony.
-- Dexter Haygood and The Stereo Hogzz jumped into Nicole and Paula's respective pools after receiving the good news. With their clothes on. OH EM GEE!
-- Nicole looked like a long lost Kardashian sister more than ever before.
-- Two people I called front-runners were sent home (Tora Woloshin and Brennin Hunt).

Let's talk! What did you think about tonight's eliminations? Who was the biggest snub? And most importantly — do we think Melanie's fauxlimination was fo' real? Ready, set, go...!

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Tonight, we'll be cutting down our beloved 32 to just 16 acts. (Or so we think!) I don't know about you, but I'm really looking forward to actually getting to know these people, now that we're narrowing it down to a reasonable amount of talent.
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