The X Factor Finalists Speak on Achievement, Pose for Promo Pics

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They've made it. They can take a breath, at least for a brief moment before the live performance begin.

But 17 acts were named to The X Factor finals last night, many of whom have given official statements on the achievement and posed for fun new promotional photos for Fox...

Rachel Crow Promo Pic
  • Josh Krajcik Promo Pic
  • Phillip Lomax Promo Pic
  • Tiah Tolliver Promo Pic
  • Drew Ryniewicz Promo Pic
  • LeRoy Bell Picture
  • Simone Battle Pic
  • Melanie Amaro Promi Pic
  • Dexter Haygood Picture
  • Stacy Francis Photo

Melanie Amaro: "The whole process is just mind boggling. It’s so amazing.”

Simone Battle: “I am blown away by how much talent there is in the girls’ category. At this point, it’s not about impressing the judges, it’s about impressing the world and everyone who is watching.”  

Drew Ryniewicz: “The girls in my category are nothing but amazing, every single one. From the start I have loved them all.  We are almost like a big family."

Tiah Tolliver: “I am extremely happy to have him [Simon Cowell] as my mentor because he fought for me. I feel like he is going to lead me in the right direction and I sincerely believe him when he tells me stuff.”

Marcus Canty: “I think this experience has nurtured me and made me realize that life is too short and to live through the moment. These are once-in-a-lifetime experiences you can’t get back. I am going to keep having fun and bringing who I am.”

Phillip Lomax: "The thing that has resonated the most with me is that it is important to find my own voice and to be true within my music. I don’t want to be anyone but me.”

Chris Rene: "The way I prepare is to stay in the moment, relax and practice as much as I can. Staying in the here-and-now is what is best for me.”

LeRoy Bell: “The experience has been wild and exciting, at the same time a little bit scary... One of the things I’ve learned is you can teach an old dog new tricks. I can still learn something.

Stacy Francis: “Being a part of the show so far has been an emotional rollercoaster.  Every feeling I could feel, I have felt during this journey."

Dexter Haygood: “It is going to be exciting; I’m gonna set the place on fire, but not literally... I have never experienced anything like this.”

Josh Krajcik: "It has been a serious challenge and any time you challenge yourself it is a good thing. The experience on The X Factor has given me a lot of insight into who I am and a lot of things that I didn’t know.”

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I hope Leroy Bell makes it to the final.
What a voice!

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Josh is an amazing singer. The heart and soul he puts into his songs gives me goosebumps. I told my husband, "as soon as he puts out a cd, we are buying it". He agrees. I hope he wins.

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Josh Krajcik is an amazing singer and I hope the judges don't pass him over for some sweet little thing with a great body and looks but doesn't have the voice Josh does.

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Tia all the way!

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I love the XFactor. My two favorites are Rachel and Tia. I don't know why Paula and Nicole gave her such a hard time at the auditions. Tia and Rachel have great stage presences. I like Paula but it looks like a little jealousy, because Tia can really sing, Just sayin.

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As soon as you respond I shall send you my CD.
Take care
Sahira Mughal

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I love your show I never miss one episode, I have a talent for singing and I would like to send you my CD of my singing .Could you please let me know what address I can mail my Cd to.I am certain that all of you will not be disappointed.
Thank you
Sahira Mughal