Boot Camp came to an end on "The X Factor" this Wednesday, and so did the dreams of 36 of this season's 60 remaining contestants. Only 24 singers (compared to last year's top 32) were granted access to the Judges' Houses, some of them only made it to those rented seaside McMansions because they were forced into prefab groups by Svengali Simon Cowell.
A former frontrunner goes homeBut before we get to those lucky top 24, of course no recap of any always-controversial "X Factor" episode would be complete without some serious analysis/complaining about those that didn't make it. Among the notable cuts on Wednesday were gospel belting "legend" Panda Ross, who was bizarrely never shown again after her first memorable audition; 540-pound minister Freddie Combs, whose "Wind Beneath My Wings" also made him an early Season 2 standout; Gene Simmons's daughter, Sophie Tweed-Simmons; and badass bottle-blonde rock chick Julia Bullock, the girl who (apparently unwisely) dumped her band to go solo on this show.
But perhaps the most egregious (and shocking) omission was that of 36-year-old single dad Jeffrey Gutt, whose "Hallelujah" audition this season was so remarkable, it had practically established him as THE man to beat. Jeffrey may have seemed like a sore loser on Wednesday when he grumbled through manly tears, "It's their loss; I could have won the show"--but he did have a point. He would have gone far, maybe to the very end, if he'd been given the chance.Read More »from ‘The X Factor’ Top 24 — And L.A. Reid’s Terrible Temper — Revealed!