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"The X Factor" Recap: Top 12 Take on the '80s

Image courtesy of FOX (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of FOX (via ABC News Radio)

Wednesday's edition of The X Factor began in unusual style: with an elimination.

To refresh your memory, all of the acts in the top 13 were forced to perform on last Thursday's results show due to a glitch in last Wednesday's voting process, an error that resulted in the incorrect voting telephone numbers being displayed. Another fan vote followed last Thursday's performances, and host Mario Lopez began Wednesday night's show by announcing that Carlos Guevara , of Paulina Rubio 's "boys" category, was going home.

The remaining acts took the stage to perform hits from the 1980s. Paulina was joined at the judges' table by Simon Cowell , Demi Lovato and Kelly Rowland .

Here's a rundown of what happened on Wednesday night's show:

Kelly's "Over 25" contestant, Lillie McCloud , was first up with "Ain't Nobody," by Rufus & Chaka Khan . Simon liked the fact that she delivered a more "current" performance than in recent weeks.

Carlito Olivero from Paulina's "boys" category sang Gloria Estefan 's "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You." It received a mostly negative response from the panel, with Demi and Simon saying he was overshadowed by the backup dancers and the choreography.

While speaking with her "girls" mentor, Demi, during rehearsals, 13-year-old Rion Paige confused the Spice Girls for an '80s act. Obviously, she didn't get to perform a song by the '90s British group; instead, she took on "We Belong" by Pat Benatar . Simon praised Rion's delivery but questioned whether Demi has been making the right song choices for her.

Simon then introduced his first "group" of the night, the female trio Sweet Suspense . They grooved on stage to "Mickey" by Toni Basil . The female judges thought the Sweet Suspense members were out of sync with one another. Not surprisingly, Simon disagreed.

Another of Paulina's "boys," Tim Olstad , sang Phil Collins ' "Against All Odds." Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland , whom Tim's befriended since the start of the show, was in the audience to support him. Demi was concerned that Tim hasn't shown growth as a singer.

Demi's next act was Khaya Cohen , who performed Madonna 's "Borderline." The judges were unanimous in their praise for her, with Kelly declaring that Khaya's ready for the music business.

Simon's trio Restless Road applied their country twang to Kenny Loggins ' "Footloose." Paulina gushed that she loves the fact that the three men were put together. Demi warned that Colton 's band mates need to raise their game to his level.

The fog and wind machines were in full effect for "Over 25" act Rachel Potter 's rendition of the Heart song "Alone." Her mentor, Kelly, was offended when Simon criticized the song choice. She argued that it gave Rachel, who wants to be a country singer, an edge.

Seventeen-year-old Ellona Santiago , a member of Demi's "girls" category, delivered a slightly-altered version of Whitney Houston 's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." Simon and Demi both felt she was erratic in spots.

Paulina's final act of the night, Josh Levi , put an R&B spin on "Straight Up" by former X Factor judge Paula Abdul . The panel labeled him a future star. Demi complimented Paulina for bringing Josh back following his elimination last month.

Jeff Gutt , who's mentored by Kelly, rocked out to "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" by Cutting Crew . Demi called him one of her favorites in the competition. Simon picked another fight with Kelly by urging Jeff to go out of his comfort zone.

The Simon group Alex and Sierra did an off-beat cover of the Robert Palmer hit "Addicted to Love." The reaction was mixed; Simon said it wasn't as good as it could have been.

The X Factor will dismiss two acts on Thursday night's results show, airing on Fox at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Selena Gomez -- who was bumped from last week's results show -- and X Factor creation Fifth Harmony will perform.

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