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Al Calderon of Holbrook cut from 'The X Factor' in shocking twist

Holbrook's Al Calderon auditions for "The X Factor"

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Holbrook’s Al Calderon was eliminated from “The X Factor” in one of the craziest decisions in the show’s history.

Calderon kicked off the evening with a smart, though initially shaky, EDM/R&B version of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”

Reaction was mixed. “You had a really, really great energy,” judge Demi Lovato said, before adding, “There were times when it was a little pitchy.”

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

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

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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.

Judge Simon Cowell told...

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'X Factor' Top 40 includes 3 LI singers

Holbrook's Al Calderon auditions for "The X Factor"

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After bringing out the largest crowd ever to audition for “The X Factor,” Long Island has three contestants left in the competition, as the show picked its Top 40 last night.

Al Calderon, the charismatic 19-year-old restaurant host who wowed the judges with his soulful version of “Sara Smile” made it through to the next round, as did Simone Torres, the 19-year-old student from Port Jefferson...

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Info on free 'X Factor' tickets at Nassau Coliseum

"The X Factor" judges Demi Lovato and Simon

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“The X Factor” is now offering free tickets to its upcoming audition shows at Nassau Coliseum from June 19 to 21.

The shows will feature the full judging panel – Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and new judges Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio – evaluating those singers who received “golden tickets” from the open call that drew 16,000 contestants at the Coliseum in April.

There will be two separate...

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