The X Factor: Meet The Top 17

By Kelly West 2011-10-19 08:17:04 discussion comments
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If you’ve been keeping up with The X Factor then you know that last night, the final seventeen acts were revealed as the remaining contestants learned their fate, for better or worse. Take a look at the names and photos of the people who will perform during the first live episode of the series next week.

There were apparently only supposed to be sixteen final acts, however, (surprise!) Simon decided to bring back Melanie Amaro, which means we’ll have seventeen acts to choose from once the Fox singing competition really gets going. The two-and-a-half-hour live episode premieres Tuesday, Oct. 25 (8:00-10:30 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed). Here’s the list of talent that will be performing:



Melanie Amaro - Age: 19
Hometown: Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Currently Resides: Coral Springs, FL/Sunrise, FL
Twitter: @ItsMelanieAmaro
Facebook

“It was really big, as well as shocking, because the many years I’ve watched Simon, he has never done something like that. I feel very honored that he came to my home to ask me to come back on the show. The whole process is just mind boggling. It’s so amazing.” – Melanie Amaro



Simone Battle - Age: 22
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Currently Resides: Los Angeles, CA
Twitter: @simonebattle
Facebook

“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.” – Simone Battle   



Rachel Crow - Age: 13
Hometown:  Longmont, CO/Mead, CO
Currently Resides: Burbank, CA
Twitter: @IamRachelCrow
Facebook

“This whole experience has been a dream come true and I can’t believe I made it this far because I went into the competition with no expectations. I can’t believe this is happening to me. I think what I am really trying to work on is finding out who I am as a singer. I am trying to find my style and my edge.” – Rachel Crow



Drew Ryniewicz - Age: 14
Hometown: Chino Valley, AZ
Currently Resides: Chino Valley, AZ
Twitter: @drewryniewicz1
Facebook

“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. I mean, we are competing, but we spend so much time with each other and it is nice to be around so many people you can relate to.” – Drew Ryniewicz



Tiah Tolliver - Age: 20
Hometown: Chula Vista, CA
Currently Resides: Bremerton, WA
Twitter: @TiahTolliver
Facebook

“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.” – Tiah Tolliver



Astro - Age: 15
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Currently Resides: Brooklyn, NY
@Astronomicalkid
Facebook

“So far THE X FACTOR experience has been amazing and pretty fun. It definitely makes me feel like a star. Coming here and being the only MC in this competition, I believe in myself and that is going to bring me through.” – Astro



Marcus Canty - Age: 20 Hometown: Bowie, MD
Currently Resides: Bowie, MD
Twitter: @iammarcuscanty
Facebook

“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.” – Marcus Canty



Phillip Lomax - Age: 22
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Currently Resides: Seattle, WA
Twitter: @philliplomax
Facebook

“THE X FACTOR experience has been incredible. 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.” – Phillip Lomax



Chris Rene - Age: 28
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
Currently Resides: Santa Cruz, CA
Twitter: @mrchrisrene
Facebook

“The advice I have been getting is to stay original, stay yourself and do my thing and also go out of the box and do things that are difficult. 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.” – Chris Rene



LeRoy Bell - Age: 60
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Currently Resides: Edmonds, WA/Seattle, WA
Twitter: @LeRoyBell Facebook

“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. The show has taught me that I am more flexible than I thought I was.” – LeRoy Bell



Stacy Francis - Age: 42
Hometown:  Brooklyn, NY
Currently Resides: Los Angeles, CA
Twitter: @StacyFrancis
Facebook

“Being a part of the show so far has been an emotional rollercoaster.  Every feeling I could feel, I have felt during this journey…I am happy and so excited. The momentum is just incredible.  It’s like I’m a 10-year-old and it’s Christmas and I’m so excited.” - Stacy Francis



Dexter Haygood - Age: 49
Hometown:  Memphis, TN
Currently Resides: Chicago, IL
Twitter: @dexterhaygood
Facebook

“It is going to be exciting; I’m gonna set the place on fire, but not literally. There is nothing like THE X FACTOR.  I have never experienced anything like this.” – Dexter Haygood



Josh Krajcik - Age: 30
Hometown: Wooster, OH
Currently Resides: Columbus, OH
Twitter: @theJoshKrajcik
Facebook

“THE X FACTOR experience has been really great. 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.” – Josh Krajcik



 The Brewer Boys
Justin Brewer - Age: 17 - Hometown: Temecula, CA
Nathan Brewer - Age: 14 - Hometown: Temecula, CA
Twitter: @theBrewerBoys
Facebook

“We never really thought about going this far. It has been pretty shocking. This has been an incredible experience. I’ve learned a lot about the industry. I love it.” – Nathan Brewer  



InTENsity
Nick Dean - Age: 15 - Hometown: Rochester, NY
Francesca Duncan - Age: 17 - Hometown: Orange Co., NY - Resides: Brockport, NY
John Lindahl - Age: 15 - Hometown: Travuco Canyon, CA
Emily Michalak - Age: 13 - Hometown: Pine Brook, NJ
Austin Percario - Age: 15 - Hometown: Warren, NJ
Arin Ray - Age: 16 - Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Lauren Ashley Redmond - Age: 17 - Hometown: Houston, TX - Resides: DeSoto, TX
Ellona Santiago - Age: 15 - Hometown: San Lorenzo, CA
Ma’at Bingham Shango - Age: 12 - Hometown: Houston, TX
Emily Wilson - Age: 15 - Hometown: Warren, NJ
Twitter: @its_inTENsity
Facebook

“Being in a group is amazing. When you are a solo artist, you only have yourself to rely on. But when you are in a group you have however many other people who have your back. So it is better to be in a group of ten, plus it is more fun and we have more people to hang out with and it’s just not as stressful.” – John Lindahl



Lakoda Rayne
Cari Fletcher - Age: 17 - Hometown: Wall Township, NJ
Dani Knights - Age: 22 - Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA
Paige Ogle - Age: 18 - Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Hayley Orrantia - Age: 17 - Hometown: Highland Village, TX
Twitter: @lakoda_rayne
Facebook

“Starting out as four solo artists, it was a shocker that we were going to be in the group category together but it has been an incredible experience. They’ve taken four strong solo artists and made this super group.” – Hayley Orrantia    



The Stereo Hogzz
Kregg Gibson (aka KG) - Age: 25 - Hometown: Houston, TX
Jonathan Glenn (aka Jon Glenn) - Age: 25 - Hometown: Houston, TX
George Jenkins III (aka Trae Badd) - Age: 25 - Hometown: Houston, TX
Leeland Stephenson (aka Trace Kennedy) - Age: 24 - Hometown: Houston, TX
Justin Williams (aka Just’n) - Age: 25 - Hometown: Houston, TX
Twitter: @thestereohogzz
Facebook

“This X FACTOR experience has been something that we have been dreaming of for a long time. You can’t ask for more, and they provided this platform for us and we are running with it, taking it all the way.” – Trace Kennedy
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