‘X Factor’ Recap: Girl Group LYLAS Stands Out From the Crowd (VIDEO)

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The pool of contenders is getting very small on FOX’s The X Factor.

From thousands at open call auditions, only 120 moved on to Boot Camp. And on Wednesday’s episode, only 24 of them got the chance to impress the judges and their superstar mentors at their, cough, “homes.”

Split into four categories/groups of six, there will yet be another two people cut from each category this week before moving on to the next phase of the competition. Yes, you have to work for the $5 million, people!

Who made the most of their time in the spotlight? And who went dark at the judges’ homes?

The final day of Boot Camp was decision time. Here are the people who moved on:

Demi Lovato (with Nick Jonas) got the Young Adults:CeCe Frey, Willie Jones, Jennel Garcia, Nick Youngerman, Paige Thomas, and Jillian Jensen.

A very annoyed L.A. Reid (with Justin Bieber and manager Scooter Braun) got Over 25s: Jason Brock, Daryl Black, David Correy, Tara Simon, Tate Stevens and Vino Alan.

Simon Cowell (with Marc Anthony) got Groups: Sister C, Dope Crisis, Emblem3. Then, like last season, the judges combined soloists to make three more groups: boy band Playback, girl group Lylas and hip hop group Lyric 145.

Britney Spears (with Will.I.Am) got Teens:Beatrice Miller, James Tanner, Carly Rose Sonenclar, Diamond White, Reed Deming and Arin Ray.

First up, Demi and Nick watched the Young Adults perform. Clearly, the judges couldn’t give up the drama of pitting CeCe Frey against Paige Thomas. The thing is CeCe, with all her bravado, seems to not only want this more than Paige, but seems more resilient as well. Both have tricks up their sleeves with the hair and the outfits, but CeCe seems to have the actual magic here. If only – as Demi pointed out – CeCe could drop some of that act and come off more likeable.

I loved that Willie Jones made it through despite forgetting his lyrics during his Boot Camp performance. Best of all, he performed the same song, “Nobody Knows,” for Demi and Nick. He may have really hit it out of the park this time around, but Nick had a hard time with Willie switching between country and R&B styles and thinks he needs to pick a lane.

It was also great to see Jillian Jensen make it through. But, her performance lacked her usual emoting. And that may be due to a little chat Demi had with her before performing. She basically told the singer that she should be more mindful of her facial and body movements while performing. Demi even thought that may have made her performance feel less genuine. Hey, if John Mayer and Alanis Morissette can make it big with their often awkward facial and body movements, why can’t Jillian?

The second hour had Simon and Marc evaluating the groups. Clearly, these groups seem stronger than last year’s batch. Regardless, when you throw people together and give them four days to become one entity, you’re clearly putting them at a disadvantage. That was the case for boy group Playback, who just felt all over the place. Marc commented that he was just not into them while Simon disagreed.

But, sometimes these little experiments work. For example, LYLAS is made up of some very good female soloists. And together, they’re pretty amazing. They were the clear group to beat.

The other exception to the rule was Emblem3. Clearly a tight threesome, their confidence may have just gotten the better of them when one missed his cue in the song.

I don’t think we were really properly introduced to female rapper, Lyric Da Queen, during the course of the show so far. But, she’s always catching my eye in a group. So, when she and duo One4Fivewere combined by the judges, the guys really didn’t stand a chance. She’s a superstar (to reiterate what Marc said after the performance) and she’s probably not going to stick around in a group setting for long.

What was your take on the Judges’ Home performances? Tell us in the comments section below.

Watch more scenes from the Judges’ Homes below.

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