The moment you have all been waiting for has arrived- the finalists have been revealed! After surviving the auditions, boot camp, and now the judges' home round, the toughest competitors are singled out to go head-to-head. This is the last installment of the three part judges' homes round, which means that the judges have each made their decisions of which four contestants from their group have what it takes to compete in the live finals. We are now left with the final 16 contestants that will be fighting to the finish!
Tonight began with a recap of the long journey that the contestants have been on. We are reminded of how far everyone has come and that tonight is the big night. The judges' deliberations are shown and we are well aware that the decisions have been made.
The first to learn of their fates were Tora Woloshin, Simone Battle, and Drew Ryniewicz. Simon addressed each of them one-on-one and revealed his decision. Tora was first on the chopping block and Simon decided that her performance was not good enough to earn her a spot in the finals. Simon addressed Simone's issue of forgetting lyrics, but in the end felt that she has what it takes to move on. Simon told Drew that her performance improved and said she was the "best teenager." He went on to assure her that she was also "the best contestant of the whole day" and made it through to the finals. Simon had chosen half of his four contestants that would move on and both are very deserving.
Josh Krajcik, Christa Collins, James Kenney, and Dexter Haygood were the first of the over 30s category to hear Nicole's decision. She liked Josh's performance but questioned if he was a star. In the end, his talent won her over and she put him through to the finals. Christa didn't have a solid enough performance, and she did not make it through. Nicole complimented James' vulnerability, but was unsure if he was an artist she wanted to put through. She decided that he would not be in the final four. Nicole was very torn when making her decision about Dexter. She told him "You have this energy and this light about you. You have a good voice. With you its like a hit or miss. My heart says one thing and my head says another." Nicole's heart won the battle and she put Dexter through to the finals. Dexter appropriately celebrated by jumping in the pool!
The first of the groups to learn if they would make it to the finals were 2squar'd, Illusion/Confusion, The Brewer Boys, and 4Shore. Paula liked 2squar'd's performance, but not enough to put them in her final four. Illusion/Confusion also didn't have what it takes to go through to the finals. Paula felt that they "lacked showmanship." The Brewer Boys were the first of the groups to make it to the finals. Paula enjoyed 4Shore's performance and told them, "I'm in awe of your vocal ability." In the end, she felt that they didn't have unity as a group and decided they would not be in the final four.
Brian "Astro" Bradley, Nick Voss, Skyelor Anderson, Brennin Hunt, and Phillip Lomax were first up for the boys to hear their fate. L.A. called Brian "a champion" and decided to put him through to the finals (A good decision- this kid is going to be a star!). Nick's performance was not good enough to earn him a spot in the finals. L.A. felt that Skyelor's country style limits him and did not put him through. Brennin also did not make the final cut (The cries of teenage girls can be heard around the country!). L.A. warned Phillip, "I can't have you give me Sinatra every time," but felt that he deserved to be in the finals and put him through
Next in the girls category to find out Simon's decision was Jazzlyn Little. Simon liked her, but did not feel she was good enough to receive a spot in his final four.
Tiger Budbill and LeRoy Bell were the next of the over 30s to learn if they would move on. Nicole praised Tiger's performance, but wanted more from him and did not put him through to the finals. Nicole told LeRoy that he has "a beautiful voice," but questioned if he wants to win enough. She decided that he should be in the finals.
Chris Rene was the third of the boys to make it to the finals. L.A. said he "liked him from the beginning."