The X Factor recap: You Get to Live

Britney Spears and L.A. Reid narrow their categories from six to four in a clipped episode; the rest are revealed on Oct. 23
Ep. 11 | Aired Oct 23, 2012

BRITNEY'S READY FOR YOU Ms. Spears, weaver of dreams, delights in her oceanside responsibility.

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In a very confusing night of television, Fox pre-empted much of The X Factor's "Judges' Homes: Part 3" episode due to a rain delay in an NLCS baseball game. Silly network! Who cares about real sports when we can watch fake ones like Simon Cowell toying nonchalantly with the dreams of children? (Every time you're convinced he cares, every team loses....or something. I'm not good with sports.)

Anyway, the episode intended to air Wednesday, October 17 will now re-air in full this coming Tuesday, October 23.

Update: The Top 16 moving on to the (cue over-zealous yet tinny X Factor announcer voice) 'LIVE SHOWS!' are....

TEENS: Diamond White, Carly Rose Sonenclar, Arin Ray, Beatrice Miller (Reed Demming, James Tanner out)

THE OLDS a.k.a. 25+: David Correy, Jason Brock, Tate Stevens, Vino Alan (Daryl Black, Tara Simon out)

YOUNG ADULTS: Jennel Garcia, Willie Jones, Paige Thomas, CeCe Frey (Jillian Jensen, Nick Youngerman out)

GROUPS: LYLAS, Lyric 145, Sister C, Emblem3 (Playback, Dope Crisis out)

The Teens' segments were a whole lot of Britney petting her pastel-hued My Pretty Pony pelts and calling people "sweetie." Carly Rose didn't want to go back to eighth grade -- "It just sounds awful when you think about it" -- so it's a good thing she'll never have to go back to school ever again. Arin Ray got a rare cheek kiss and round-the-noggin caress from his mentor. Is he Brit's fave? EW.com investigates!

Meanwhile, poor little Reed will have to find different ways to climax in life after calling his X Factor journey so far "the climax of my life." He's 13! I'm sure he can think of something, at some point. Reed was sweet and congratulatory to the other teens after his defeat, while James Tanner, whose name I still didn't recognize even after all the seconds of footage we've seen from him, merely strolled through the Room of the Chosen and announced "Peace out." I wonder how many times Britney had to practice this intriguingly bizarre line from her script, delivered to James: "Your persona is very cool, as a rapper."

NEXT: The rise of laughter at the fall of Tara Simon

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