“The X Factor” U.S.’s “Meet the Final 12” episode that Fox aired on Oct. 31, 2013, was essentially a recap episode with some footage that hadn’t been previously televised.
Here are the Top 12 “X Factor” U.S. contestants of 2013 who were chosen in the episode that aired on Oct. 29:
Girls (female solo singers ages 12 to 24), mentored by Demi Lovato
- Khaya Cohen
- Rion Paige
- Ellona Santiago
Boys (male solo singers ages 12 to 24), mentored by Paulina Rubio
- Carlos Guevara
- Carlito Olivero
- Tim Olstad
Over 25s (solo singers ages 25 and over), mentored by Kelly Rowland
- Jeff Gutt
- Lillie McCloud
- Rachel Potter
Groups, mentored by Simon Cowell
- Alex & Sierra
- Restless Road
- Sweet Suspense
This recap episode showed highlights from these contestants’ previous performances. As for the previously unaired footage, it was mostly back story content, such as interviews with the contestants and the judges/mentors, as well as footage of the contestants at home with their families. Something that stood out was that all of the contestants’ families are supportive of these contestants’ showbiz aspirations.
Here’s what was mentioned in this previously unaired footage:
Ellona Santiago was born in the Philippines. When she and her family first moved to the United States, they lived “in a relative’s garage,” according to Santiago. She added, “Growing up, I didn’t see my parents a lot because they were always working. Double jobs, triple jobs.” Her father is a mailman; her mother works at a copy center.
Rion Paige has a 4-year-old brother named Colton. Her father is a construction worker; her mother is a waitress.
Khaya Cohen has a 20-year-old brother. Her father works for the New York City Department of Education; her mother is a midwife.
Carlito Olivero works as a barista in Los Angeles. His father is a construction worker; his mother works in an office.
Carlos Guevara was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder when he was 12. His father is a minister; his mother is a paralegal.
Tim Olstad used to sing at weddings with his mother. Both of his parents are music teachers. Adele is favorite artist and celebrity crush.
Rachel Potter says performed on Broadway before she relocated from New York to Nashville to pursue a career in country music. (This background was finally mentioned on the show.) Both of her parents used to be in a country-rock band in the 1970s.
Jeff Gutt, a single father, sings in cover bands for a living. After being rejected at “X Factor” boot camp in 2012, Gutt says he auditioned for “The X Factor” in 2013 because of his son.
Lillie McCloud has three children and seven grandchildren. She has a twin brother named Billie, who is a truck driver. She grew up as a preacher’s daughter. Her previous experience in the music business was vaguely mentioned but the specifics (for example, she had hits on the dance charts) were not mentioned.
Alex & Sierra have been dating since 2009. Alex’s parent are teachers. Sierra’s father is Navy pilot, and her mother is a banker.
Sweet Suspense was formed when “The X Factor” put together three solo contestants who were rejected as solo singers. Celine Polenghi’s father is a banker; her mother is an interior designer. Millie Thrasher’s parents are accountants. Summer Reign’s father is a computer technician; her mother is a computer technician.
Restless Road was formed when “The X Factor” put together three solo contestants who were rejected as solo singers. Zach Beeken’s parents are teachers. Andrew Scholz’s father is a government contractor; his mother is a homemaker. Colton Pack said he auditioned for “The X Factor” because “my mother forced me to.” (The occupations of Pack’s parents were not mentioned.) Beeken and Pack’s favorite movie is “The Notebook.”
This was mostly a “feel good” episode. But for people who have not been following “The X Factor” U.S. this season, this episode probably came across as very boring. And that’s not going to help this show’s rapid decline in ratings.
Nov. 1, 2013 update: This episode of “The X Factor” U.S. sunk to a new low in the show’s ratings. Only 3.25 million U.S. viewers watched the episode, according to the Nielsen Company. “The X Factor” finished in fifth place in its time slot and 15th place overall for U.S. prime-time network shows that night.
Here are the rankings of the U.S. prime-time network shows on Oct. 31, 2013:
- “The Big Bang Theory” — 8 p.m. repeat (CBS) — 11.6 million U.S. viewers
- “The Millers” (CBS) — 9.67 million U.S. viewers
- “Elementary” (CBS) — 9.47 million U.S. viewers
- “Scandal” (ABC) — 9.18 million U.S. viewers
- “Elementary” (CBS) — 9.06 million U.S. viewers
- “Scandal” (ABC) — 9.01 million U.S. viewers
- “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) — 8.94 million U.S. viewers
- “The Big Bang Theory” — 9:30 p.m. repeat (CBS) — 8.48 million U.S. viewers
- “The Crazy Ones” (CBS) — 8.06 million U.S. viewers
- “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” — repeat (ABC) — 6.98 million U.S. viewers
- “Saturday Night Live Halloween” (NBC) — 5.32 million U.S. viewers
- “Sean Saves the World” (NBC) — 3.72 million U.S. viewers
- “Parenthood” (NBC) — 3.67 million U.S. viewers
- “The Michael J. Fox Show” (NBC) — 3.34 million U.S. viewers
- “The X Factor” — clip show (Fox) — 3.25 million U.S. viewers
- “The Vampire Diaries” (CW) — 2.07 million U.S. viewers
- “Glee” — repeat (Fox) — 1.89 million U.S. viewers
- “Reign” (CW) — 1.57 million U.S. viewers