The time has come once again for The X Factor to grace our lives when it premieres on September 11 with the first auditions episodes. Thus, it is the perfect timing for our favorite X Factor Spoiler Queen MJ to release the names of the Top 16 contestants for 2013.
Here’s what she’s got so far. We will update with any changes, should anything come up. And be sure to come back to Wetpaint for all of the background info on your favorite frontrunners (in bold) and underdogs.
4) Tim (last name unknown) MJ notes that Tim was originally sent home by Paulina, but after the crowd booed her for a long time, he got switched back into the top 16. This sounds similar to what happened with Diamond White on X Factor 2012, when Britney Spears sent her home — only to bring her back the following week.
GIRLS (Coach: Demi Lovato) 1) Danielle Geimer 2) Ellona Rano Santiago — Repeat. Ellona auditioned in 2011 and was put into the 10-person manufactured group, inTENsity.
2) Restless Road — Manufactured Country Boyband made up of Andrew Scholz, Colton Pack, and Zach Beeken. MJ notes that the boys have “good harmonies” and “sounded like Rascal Flatts.” 3) RoXxy Montana 4) Sweet Suspense — Manufactured Girl Group made up of Celine Polenghi, Millie Thrasher, and Summer Reign. Sound like “young Fifth Harmony” and sang Rose Royce’s “Wishing on a Star.”
OVER 25s (Coach: Kelly Rowland) 1) James Kenney — Repeat. Made it to the Judges’ Houses round in 2011, but was cut before live shows.
2) Jeffrey Adam Gutt — Sang Radiohead's “Creep,” but only after the judges stopped his first performance of “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing" midway through because it didn't work with his voice at all. Luckily, his take on "Creep" was phenomenally better. Last year, JAG sang “Hallelujah” at auditions, and fans were super mad when he was cut.
3) Lillie McCloud — You may have seen her from the preview: A 54-year-old who “looked 24,” she sings gospel music and was “amazing,” according to MJ’s sources. 4) Rachel Potter — Sang a country version of “Irreplaceable,” and though the source said she was “amazing,” it was also mentioned that Demi didn’t “seem too impressed.”
Based on MJ’s info, it sounds like the Over 25s will be the category to beat. Last year’s winner, Tate Stevens, was also a standout within the show overall — and he came from the same category. Will the eldest be the best again? Tune in on September 11 at 8 p.m. to find out.