The X Factor Names Top 17

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There were a few surprises (no Brennin Hunt?!? No Caitlin Koch?!?) and a few scripted moments of drama (Simon flying to Florida to invite Melanie Amaro), but The X Factor named its final 17 last night.

The following hopefuls, categorized according to the show's groups, will soon perform live for your votes...

Females
Simone Battle
Drew Ryniewicz
Tiah Tolliver
Melanie Amaro (Below)
Rachel Crow

Over 30
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

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Hmm rock week and 2 are rappin.... wtf THAT DOES NOT MEAN TAKE A ROCK SONG AND RAP IT. FUC THAT SH*T GODDAMNIT . THAT LIL NIGGA NEEDS TO GO. NOT A BIT OF TALENT!! AND IF YOU WATCH HIM AT THE START HE DONT EVEN SING, LITTLE FUKA JUS STANS THER LOOKIN DUMB. GOOOOOOO HOOOOMMMMEEEE ASTRO!!! OH AN DONT BE HATTIN IF I WAS RACEST I WOULD HATE WHITES -_-

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i say la is both racist and bias cause the singers that are left are black, dont get me wrong cause im black.

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I'm sorry to see Tia go home. Paula and Nicole didn't like her from the start. They took this on a personal level, by Paula saying " i don't like her". Tia had barely started singing, and they came with an attitude. Paula just like Jennfer Lopez should not be judging anyone on their singing. Look at some of these other so called singers, Ciara, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson,Brittany Spears, and Jessica Simpson among others that really can't sing, but made it on looks alone. Tia will out sing all of them. Yeah, I said it. Don't give up Tia. Melanie is good, but boring.

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Is LA Reid racist? I doubt it, but he certainly appears to be biased in favor of the artists that suit his style of music (and label). I mean, realy he cut the talented black country singer, too, and it is not like his final four are all black! Some of you people need to stop dragging race into everything. To me it's about music genre and taste. I think that Reid's decisions were extremely biased and that they were really rooted in his personal music preferences rather than basing it on talent or potential. I just feel bad for all the men who got the shaft just because LA doesn't like their kind of music. And Philip Lomax. How in god's name any music professional have thought that was a good song choice is beyond me. Or maybe Reid legitimately doesn't know better, but I just don't think he's that stupid; whether it was by design or by accident, I feel Lomax was set up to fail.

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If someone hands Chris Rene $5M after only 70 days clean for the nth time, will he be able to leave the junk behind? Not sure. Let's see Chris Rene or the rapper kid actually be made to sing instead of rap, after all we want multi dimensional performers. Rapper kid refused to dance in boot camp...sat that out. Give Melanie an obscure arrangement she hasn't been practicing her whole life and see if she can do more than imitate. Let Rachel sing something meatier than she has so far. The whole thing smacks of stupidity and manipulation and I'm not a fan. Btw Rhianna didn't add anything as a judge imo. Stacy is IRRITATING, crying, screaming, asking for pity...yuck.

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What a disappointment, no Jazzlyn or Caitlin and it should be the 16 best. I think Simon and LA have their own agenda and I am not sure if LA is a racist but he is an idiot, the 2 guys who sang country music got the boot and he kept little snoop dog. I guess Scotty was lucky to be on the real talent show cuz LA does not like country and neither does Simon. I can now cancel my DVR recording X factor and I will stick with American Idol. I am sure this show will crash and burn since they got rid of 3 of the most talented. I also want to say that cuz white people dont like little rapper does not make them racist it means we dont like rap music. I dont like eminem either and if you check he is white.

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Why all the racist comments?--racism on both sides--('cuz it goes both ways, Folks). This is a talent contest not a boxing ring. Geeze! Anyway, I'm pretty happy with the picks, except for Brennin getting the boot. That sucked big time. Other than that, I think the judges made the best possible choices.

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@ Jane, I love how when white people say anything against a black person they are racist. If we don't like the President, it couldn't be due to his job performance it must be racist. But when a black person makes fun or a white person it's ok. I do not like racism in any form & I have had racist comments made to me from black people. I will never know what black people went through but the people today were not there, I was not there & I had nothing to do with it. My grandmother is Native American & many things were done to her family & she doesn't treat anyone any differently or think she should be given special treatment. The comments I made about LA Reid were not racist in anyway. My comments were about him telling 1 singer they are only country but then putting through the little brat who only raps. That is not racist.

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Oh, I am so over the top happy that Drew Ryniewicz is recogized. And Simon Cowell does not lavish praise like he did with her - for no reason. She is my choice for winner - because of talent and authenticity. She is very, very good - and she doesn't even know it - yet.

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I know the 12 year old in the Group Intensity. Her father is my teacher. He told us that X Factor put his daughter on TV without his permission. They did Prof. wrong. He is a good guy. The show messed d over him bad by putting his daughter on tv like that without his permission. I wld b pissed! She is only 12. The details of this story is gonna break one day.