The X Factor Final 17: Revealed!

Yes, 17. Following a debate over Melanie Amaro that led Simon Cowell to actually fly down to Florida and reveal to this contestant that she had advanced to The X Factor 's live performance stage, the Fox competition settled its finalist figure at 17 instead of the previously-announced plan for 16. Did your favorite make the cut? Females Simone Battle (Pictured) Drew Ryniewicz Tiah Tolliver Melanie Amaro Rachel Crow Over 30s Josh Krajcik Dexter Haygood Leroy Bell Stacy Francis Groups The Brewer Boys Lakota Rayne Intensity Stereo Hogzz Males Brian Bradley Phillip Lomax Chris Rene Marcus Canty

'The X Factor' Sneak Peek: Rihanna Brings Smiles to the Guys' Faces (Video)

Rihanna  joins L.A. Reid as a guest mentor on Thursday's episode of Fox’s  The X Factor . Not only does the singer bring her experience, hit making success, and beauty to the group of very happy male singers, but she also knows what they’re going through. “I know this is a very big day for you guys,” Rihanna, 23, says. “I know you must be crazy nervous, because you have to audition for this scary guy right here. I know what that’s like.” Reid discovered the singer six years ago when she auditioned for Def Jam Recordings. Since then, she has released six albums and several chart-topping singles including “SOS,” “Umbrella,” and “Disturbia.” Nominated for a Grammy nine times, Rihanna won for Best Rap/Song Collaboration for "Umbrella." Read More...