It was the end of the road for five contestants on The X- Factor Tuesday night as only 12 were chosen to continue on to the next round of the Live shows.
The first singer voted off the competition was Philip Lomax, who sang his rendition of The Monkees 1966 classic “I’m a Believer.” Although Reid was happy that Lomax challenged himself with something out of his comfort zone, it was not good enough to go up against the performances of Brian “Astro” Bradley, Chris Rene and Marcus Canty.
Reid nonetheless eliminated Lomax from the competition.
The Brewer Boys were next to get canned, this time by Abdul, who was mentoring the "groups." All was going well for the brothers when performing a mix of Hall & Oates’ 1977 “Rich Girl” and George Michael’s 1987 song “Faith.
Things took a turn for the worse when the two decided to remix the song into a folkloric beat which neither Reid or Cowell liked.
On the other hand The Stereo Hogzz, impressed the judges with their smooth dance routine , while Cowell thought InTENsity is “"the equivalent of a music miracle." Lakoda Rayne was also safe.
On to the "over 30’s" with Pussycat Doll extraordinaire Nicole Scherzinger, who was arguing with Cowell back and forth the entire show.
The homeless Dexter Haygood was sent home after performing Britney Spear’s “Womanizer” and Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl.”
The Robert Palmer “Addicted to Love” look-alike backup dancers did not convince Cowell and Reid who both said the song choices were off. LeRoy Bell performed a rendition of Pink’s ballad “Nobody Knows” while Stacy Francis sang George Michaels’ 1987 tune “One More Try.”
Simone Battle and Tiah Tolliver were the girls regretfully sent home by Cowell.
Reid confronts Cowell in front of everyone questioning what he saw in Battle to begin with. The rest of the judges agree. Her performance to S.O.S’s “Just Be Good to Me” did not make the cut.
Tolliver’s lady Gaga-esque goth performance to Eurythmics’ 1980’s “Sweet Dreams” did her no good either. Abdul warns Tolliver about her pitch if she wants to make it in the industry.
Singing a mix of Justin Bieber’s “Baby” and The Supremes 1964 smash hit “Where Did the Love Go?” Rachel Crow wowed the crowd and the judges.
Reid thinks Crow will also make a great actress, while Abdul, Scherzinger and Cowell congratulate Crow on her excellent performance.
Ryniewcz sings Irene Cara’s 1983 tune “What a Feeling” and left the judges speechless, while Melanie Amaro was told by the judges that she is simply “special” and she deserved to be brought back to the competiton.
Next week voting opens up to the public in the hopes of getting closer to choosing the contestant who has “The X Factor.”