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Do Rachel Crow a favor: ignore her outfit in the following video.

Heck, ignore the random dancers flitting about around her, as well as the fact that she appears glued to her raised spot on the stage. None of Simon Cowell's choices for this protege worked well last night.

But Crow still deserves her spot in the final 12 for her personality and her vocals, showing off clear potential with this mash-up of "Baby" by Justin Bieber and "Where Did Our Love Go" by The Supremes. Yes, Simon, she can pull off top 40 and retro, but couldn't you have found another way to prove that?

Which performance by a young finalist did you like best last night: Crow's, or this one by Brian "Astro" Bradley?

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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.”

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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.

Simon loved the crooner's deep tone and referred to the performance as simply "unbelievable." Does this mean Rachel is through to the next round? We'll find out tomorrow night. For now, just sit back and marvel at the 13-year old sensation:

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So... did your favorite make the cut?

The X Factor unveiled its top 32 contestants last night, throwing in the one twist that really does make this competition different from American Idol: There are four groups of eight, each to be mentored by one of the judges.

Before we get to the remaining hopefuls, though, it's worth taking a moment to watch Stacy Francis audition during Bootcamp, announcing that her father has just passed away before going into a rendition of "Summertime."

Powerful stuff. Now, on to the groups and the judge assigned to each:

THE GIRLS (Simon Cowell)
Caitlin Koch
Tora Woloshin
Simone Battle
Drew Ryniewicz
Rachel Crow
Jazlyn Little
Melanie Amaro
Tiah Tolliver

THE BOYS (L.A. Reid)
Brennin Hunt
Brian Bradley
Skyelor Anderson
Nick Voss
Tim Cifers
Phillip Lomax
Marcus Canty
Chris Rene

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Have we already found the first-ever X Factor champion?!?

Just kidding. Sort of.

But 13-year old Rachel Crow, a contestant who would have been too young to compete on American Idol, opened the premiere with a rendition of "Mercy" that practically left Simon Cowell himself speechless. She showed confidence, poise, attitude and talent far beyond her age.

Watch the impressive audition now, compare it to that of Stacy Francis and decide: Who is your (very) early X Factor favorite?