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Simone Torres of Long Island cut from 'The X Factor'

Simone Torres, a 19-year-old student from Port Jefferson

(Credit: Fox)

Simone Torres, the 19-year-old student from Port Jefferson Station once considered a front-runner in this season’s “The X Factor,” was cut Thursday night.

Torres, who attends the Berklee College of Music, performed an ill-advised, up-tempo version of the Sam Cooke classic “A Change Is Gonna Come” that did not go over well, despite her strong, distinctive voice.

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