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The X Factor announced its trio of Season 3 finalists tonight…

… with a twist!

Following a performance show that saw the contestants sing three songs apiece, each of the artists who advanced to next week’s finale immediately kicked off what Mario Lopez dubbed their “campaigns to win.”

Yes, they were deemed safe and then asked to sing a song and essentially get the finals underway a week early.

It was a fun, unexpected move – but which singer(s) did not take part?


Carlito Olivero was the first act sent through to the concluding round, belting out a version of “Suavamente” in the process.

Then it was Alex & Sierra (“Let Her Go”), followed by… Jeff Gutt (“Open Arms”). That left Restless Road as the semifinalist sent home.

Did America get it right? Did Restless Road deserve to be eliminated from The X Factor?