Melanie Amaro can be forgiven for a lack of originality.

The X Factor finalist - she advanced to the top 12 on the first-ever live performance show - covered a Whitney Houston classic last night, belting out her take on "I Have Nothing," a song with which any loyal singing competition viewer is familiar.

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On its first live performance show of the season, all 17 remaining contestants on The X Factor took to the last night.

It was a long, at times painful evening that featured a handful of contenders, but just as many pretenders. It also featured the shortening of Drew Ryniewicz''s name to just Drew because apparently Simon Cowell doesn't have confidence we can pronounce the full thing.

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The finalists have been announced. The live performances kick off on Tuesday. And the bets are being placed.

On which X Factor contestant should you lay your money? Bodog, one of the Web's leading gambling destinations, has released the following odds, ranking each remaining act. Who has been installed as the favorite? The answer should come as no surprise to any loyal viewer...

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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...

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Might the strongest challenge to Melanie Amaro, our presumed X Factor favorite through one month, be a 13-year old girl from Boulder, Colorado?

Rachel Crow continued to display poise and talent far beyond her age last night, auditioning for Simon Cowell with a cover of "I Want It That Way," one of The Backstreet Boys' most popular tracks.

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Melanie Amaro covered a Michael Jackson classic on The X Factor last night, a track whose title asks a simple question: Will You Be There?

Following another sterling audition, this 18-year old from Sunrise, Florida has certainly made one thing clear: yes, she'll be there. In the next round of the singing competition, that is.

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I want to be the biggest superstar on the planet. I want to be bigger than Lady Gaga.

Yes, it's safe to say 26-year old Brennin Hunt is a confident young man. The Nashville native, who auditioned for The X Factor with an original song and told viewers at the time he believed he was the total package, sang for LA Reid and Rihanna on last night's edition of this Fox competition.

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Stacy Francis set a very high bar for herself on The X Factor last night: in front of Nicole Scherzinger and Enrique Iglesias, the single mother of two covered one of Prince's all-time classics, "Purple Rain."

Did this talented, emotional hopeful do enough to move on? Decide for yourself:

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Give Phillip Lomax this: the 21-year old from Seattle has unique style. And a large set of testicles.

This X Factor contestant didn't merely audition last night with Rihanna's hit "Please Don't Stop the Music." He did so in front of Rihanna herself, who was a guest on the show and at LA Reid's house.

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