• SLIDESHOW: X Factor Top 12 Sing for America


    Last night, 12 finalists on The X Factor not only had to face the music – they had to face America.

    And tonight, fans will discover how the nation feels about The X Factor's contenders, as results from the first viewer voting session will be revealed.

    Here's a brief rundown of Wednesday night's performances:


    Chris Rene finally ditched his backward baseball cap and wowed judges with Luther Vandross' "Superstar/Until You Come Back to Me." Judge Paula Abdul said he "owned" the song.

    Brian "Astro" Bradley did his own thing with "Hip Hop Hooray" and Missy Elliott's "Get Your Freak On," using the originals' tracks and his own lyrics and raps. Judges Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger definitely seemed impressed, with Scherzinger begging Bradley to take her "to the club."

    Marcus Canty sang a song penned by judge L.A. Reid. Kissing up? Maybe. But did it work? Yes. All four judges were impressed. Abdul said Canty was "the total package."


    Rachel Crow did a mash up of "Walking on Sunshine" and "You're My Sunshine." Judges, however, seemed to be more impressed with the 13-year-old's charisma rather than vocals.

    Drew brought out huge flower petals for her rendition of Nelly's "Just a Dream." The four judges were quick to complement her performance.

    Melanie Amaro belted out an Eagles' classic with the confidence of a true dive. Cowell was impressed, telling her she's "the one to beat."


    The Stereo Hogzz went 90s retro with their version of Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation" and matching jackets. Cowell's reactions? "I don't think there's a band in the world right now as good as you."

    Lakoda Rayne channeled Stevie Nicks by performing "Landslide." Most judges agreed the girl group was much improved, but needed to decide if they were country or pop.

    InTENSity was intense in their party-starting performance of "Kids in America," and the un-avoidable "Party Rock Anthem." Reid called their show, "fun, fun, fun!"

    THE OVER-30s

    Leroy Bell got mixed reviews from judges with his version of Lonestar's "I'm Already There." Cowell said Bell had a "confidence issue."

    Josh Krajik also got mixed reviews with his version of Christina Perry's "Jar of Hearts." Despite criticism, mentor Scherzinger was moved to tears.

    Stacy Francis went gospel with Patty Griffin's "Up the Mountain." Reid said, "You stir souls when you sing."

    Viewers can sound off about last night's performances and vote five ways:

    1. Via Twitter at twitter.thexfactorusa.com
    2. Using the Xtra Factor App, available on Verizon Android devices
    3. Toll-free calling (each performer has their own number)
    4. Text messaging for Verizon Wireless customers (each performer has their own code)
    5. Online at TheXFactorUSA.com or via   Facebook.com/TheXFactorUSA.

    Tune in a 9 p.m. EST tonight to see how America voted!


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