‘The X Factor USA’ Recap: Final Night Of Auditions and Top 40 Reveal

Written by Lauren Laffer
‘The X Factor USA’ Recap: Final Night Of Auditions and Top 40 Reveal

The X Factor USA - 2013

Last Thursday (9/26), “The X Factor USA” aired its last group of auditions. Many stood out and made it through to the next round of competition.

17-year-old Zach Beeken was one to stand out in a montage of clips that aired. The Pittsburgh, PA native took on Chris Young’s “Gettin You Home.” His unexpectedly deep voice was well received by the judges and audience alike. Judge Paulina Rubio said “I didn’t expect you to sing that well.” Beeken moved on following the announcement of “four yeses” from Simon in a mimicking deep voice attempt.

Following the first half hour, the judges went shown picking through the 218 acts they put through the auditions. They announced to the contestants that this season would be different from any other – no boot camp. Instead, once the top 40 were chosen, they’d move on to a new round, the Four Chair Challenge.

In the girls category, Rion Paige was chosen as a Top 10 girl (Re-live her audition HERE). Brandie Love was eliminated from the competition (See her audition HERE).

In the boys category, Colton Pack, Andrew Scholz and Zach Beeken were eliminated. See Colton and Andrew’s auditions HERE. See Zach’s audition at 1:46 HERE.

In the groups category, duo Yellow House Canyon were included in the top 10 group (Re-live their Gretchen Wilson inspired audition HERE)

In the over 25 category, Nashville bartender Rachel Potter was included in the top 10 (Watch her audition HERE).

After the categories were announced, several group spots remained open. The judges formed new groups with people from the boys and girls categories. All three formally eliminated country boys, Colton Pack, Andrew Scholz and Zach Beeken, were combined to form an all boys Country group, named Restless Road.

The Top 40 have been revealed and the judges are finally assigned to their categories. Simon Cowell will mentor the Groups, Kelly Rowland will mentor the Over 25s, Demi Lovato will mentor the Girls, and Paulina Rubio will mentor the Boys.

“The X Factor USA” is just getting underway. Next week will narrow down the top 10 in each category to a top 4. Tune in to FOX this Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. EST to see Part 1 of The Four Chair Challenge.