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 Station, with her surprisingly strong version of “Mustang Sally.”
Emery Kelly, the 15-year-old student from Holbrook who charmed the judges with his take on “I Won’t Give Up,” didn’t make the cut for the boys group, but was called back to perform in a new, still-unnamed group the judges created.
Next week, the judges cut the group from 40 to 16, as they get ready for the live shows to begin. Each judge will pick four acts that they want to advance in the category that they will mentor – Simon Cowell handling the groups, Kelly Rowland taking those over 25, Demi Lovato handling the girls, and Paulina Rubio with the boys.
Here are the 40 acts that made the cut last night:
GIRLS: Simone Torres (Port Jefferson Station), Khaya Cohen (NYC), Rylie Brown, Danie Geimer, Primrose Martin, Rion Paige, Jamie Pineda, Bree Randall, Ellona Santiago, Ashly Williams.
BOYS: Al Calderon (Long Island), Isaiah Alston, Chase Goehring, Carlos Guevara, Josh Levi, Stone Martin, Carlito Oliver, Tim Olstad, Isaac Tauaefa, Timmy Thames.
OVER 25S: Jeff Brinkman, Victoria Carriger, Allison Davis, Jeff Gutt, James Kenney, Lillie McCloud, Kristine Mirelle, Lorie Moore, Rachel Potter, Denny Smith.
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GROUPS: Alex & Sierra, Girls United, Glamour, Good News, Roxxy Montana, Yellow House Canyon, Wild Thingz, and three still-unnamed groups manufactured by the judges out of solo contestants.
Also, he didn’t make the Top 40, but 29-year-old Long Island cashier Keith Beukelaer really deserves a shout-out. After his “American Idol” audition of “Like a Virgin” 10 years ago, Cowell said he might be the worst singer in the world. Well, Beukelaer practiced a great deal and tried out again as a rapper, doing Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back,” and not only moved to the next round, but received Cowell’s approval. “I also like big butts,” declared Cowell, “so I’m going to say yes.”