The X Factor Elimination Shocker: Who Made It to the Top 12?

The X Factor had its first live performance elimination show Thursday night, with each judge choosing one of their protégés to send home, narrowing the field down to 12.

The setup for the evening was that each judge designated two of their four contestants "safe," requiring the remaining pair to each perform live to stay in the competition. Unfortunately, the sing-offs were an overall snoozefest, with nearly all the contestants choosing to perform ballads (or at least ballad-ish versions of more upbeat songs) as they faced elimination, so as to truly show off their vocal talents. (For viewers who couldn't experience the excitement of live performances, that meant two hours of adult contemporary shlock.)

Read on to find out which frontrunner was shockingly eliminated.


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