More than 150 contestants made it through the "X Factor" auditions, but only 32 will continue on to the final competition. In the first 15 minutes of the "X Factor" boot camp round, that number was slashed down to 100.
As bootcamp began, all 162 contestants and groups piled onto the rehearsal stage to practice their dance moves. Some of the performers, like 14-year-old Brian Bradley, either couldn't or wouldn't dance. "I'm not doing all of that," said the pre-teen rapper to the cameras. "That's not what I'm here for." And the kid had a point. This is a singing competition, right?
Contestants were then divided into groups of 10 and asked to perform a song worthy of the $5 million recording contract they're competing for. Some of them rocked it and a few blew it, and the judges were undoubtedly harsh. The contestants were brought back in three larger groups to learn their fate. A few shots of the tears and meltdowns and it was time for the winners to celebrate.
The next morning, the contestants met with L.A. Reid, who explained that they would be split into ensembles and assigned songs selected by the judges. Each group would have five hours to learn the song and only one third of the remaining hopefuls would continue to the next step.
The judges took their seats, and the group performances began.
Group 1: Radiohead's "Creep"
Drew Ryiewicz, Caitlin Koch, The Anser, Audrey Turner, Elaine Gibbs, Clayton Senne and Dexter Haygood
Fourteen-year-old Drew Ryiewicz started the performance, showing that her talent extended far beyond Justin Bieber covers. Dexter Haygood's vocals worked, but the judges were visibly disappointed when they saw the platform shoes and James Brown-inspired moves they had asked him to drop during the audition. The group's standout performer was 53-year-old Audrey Turner, who stepped up and stunned the judges.
Group 2: U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
Jazzlyn Little, Melanie Amaro, Heather Gayle, Aaron Surgeon, Arin Ray, Special Guest and Stacy Francis
During the first day of bootcamp, 42-year-old Stacy Francis, went over the top, holding an uncomfortably long note -- this performance was the chance to redeem herself. Self-concisous Jazzlyn Little, 16, opened the number, forgetting the lyrics but seamlessly continuing with her own version. Melanie Amaro, one of the judges' favorites from auditions, overshadowed all the other performers in Group 2 the moment she sang her first note.