Since the last Judges’ Houses episode on October 17, 2012 October 23, 2012, The X Factor Season 2 went on a short hiatus. Now it's time to get down to the real business of watching talented peoples’ hopes and dreams get dashed in real time. But when does this live heart-wrenching begin?

On Wednesday, October 31, 2012 we’ll rejoin all our remaining contestants and our beloved panel of judges for live shows! We can’t decide if we’re more excited to see what the contestants or the judges will do when X Factor goes live. (Or if the most exciting part of all is our Halloween plans that have now been moved to the back-burner.)

According to FOX, "The “Judges Homes” round has come to an end, and judges Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid have selected the Top 16 acts that will continue in the competition. Find out which acts will wow the audience and which ones will crack under pressure in an all-new special two-hour-and-seven-minute LIVE episode of THE X FACTOR airing Wednesday, Oct. 31 (8:00-10:07 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX."

It'll also be the first episode with new hosts Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez, so that's exciting...

Either way, we’ll be watching!

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Credit: YouTube Photo: Watch X Factor 2012 Judge Demi Lovato Pick CeCe Frey, Eliminate Jillian Jensen on October 23, 2012 (VIDEO)
Credit: YouTube Photo: Watch X Factor 2012 Judge Demi Lovato Pick Paige Thomas, Cut Nick Youngerman on October 23, 2012 (VIDEO)
Credit: YouTube Photo: Watch X Factor 2012 Judge Demi Lovato Pick Jennel Garcia and Willie Jones on October 23, 2012 (VIDEO)