'The X Factor' Axes 5 Acts Down to the Final 12


Culminating 150 minutes of an intense, live broadcast, The X Factor whittled a massive pool of talent down to the final 12 of the competition last night.

With three acts a piece, Simon, Nicole, L.A. Reid and Paula expressed great satisfaction with their group, although they couldn't help but mourn the great talent they left behind.

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"There were contestants along the way that we wished that we'd kept," said L.A. Reid. "I wish we could have kept Jasmine Little. I didn't like losing Phillip Lomax, that didn't feel great. But yes, we're in good shape."

L.A. Reid will take on the task of mentoring the boys: Astro (15), Marcus Canty (20), Chris Rene (28), while Simon Cowell will oversee the girls: Melanie Amaro (19), Rachel Crow (13), Drew (14).

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Nicole Scherzinger has the following over 30's: LeRoy Bell (60), Stacy Francis (42), Josh Krajcik (30), and Paula Abdul will mentor the groups: InTENsity, Lakoda Rayne, The Stereo Hogzz.

The final 12 will perform for America's vote on another live show Wednesday, November 2 on FOX.