I am loving on The X Factor this season. I have to admit, I initially tuned in to see the one and only Britney Spears judge future music hopefuls but have been the most plesantly surprised by the witty musings of one, Demi Lovato. Between her and Simon’s playful banter to Britney’s encyclopaedia and of hilarious faces and reactions, L.A. Reid is nothing more than a paperweight for me at this point. Aww, poor L.A..

With last week’s episodes showing us the drama that was boot camp, I am thoroughly excited to check out what goes down at judges homes with some very special guests including will.i.am, Justin Bieber, Nick Jonas and Mark Anthony? Yes, I too am puzzled by Simon Cowell’s choice of guest mentor there.

Over the weekend, rumors and spoilers began to swirl around the internet of just who had made it through to judges homes and even who the top 16 finalists are. After a few list changes and some more sources coming forward, it looks like a pretty legimate list has surfaced. While nothing is obviously confirmed, I thought I would share what has come forward so far with you and discuss these choices. Remember, NOTHING IS CONFIRMED so don’t panic if one, two or five of your favorites aren’t on the following list. This so far is just a lot of speculation and rumors. Check it below.

12-16s Mentored by Britney Spears

  • Carly Rose Sonenclar
  • Diamond White
  • Beatrice Miller
  • Arin Ray

Originally, Demi Lovato was scheduled to take the young ones but in a sudden switch, they were bestowed upon Miss Britney Spears. The apparent reason behind this was to give Britney a better shot of having a pupil that could potentially win the entire competition. Hmmm. Sounds a little suspicious. I am happy with the list above. Anyone missing that you think should be there? Sound off in the comments.

17-24s Mentored by Demi Lovato

  • Paige Thomas
  • Cece Frey
  • Willie Jones
  • Jennel Garcia

Between this group and the 12 to 16s, not a lot of boys representing. It seems as those the girls were the true power houses over at judges homes… allegedly. One person I immediately noticed that wasn’t in this group is Jillian Jensen. After her powerful first audition and her strong performance at boot camp I thought for sure she’d be a shoe-in. Could she be an oversite or the season’s possible wild card?

Groups Mentored by Simon Cowell

  • Manufactured Girlband (Dinah Jane, Ally Brooke, Lauren Jauregui, Camila Cabello & Normani Kordei)
  • Emblem3
  • One4Five (Lyric Da Queen added in)
  • Manufactured Boyband (Austin Corini, Brandan Hassan, Johnny Maxwell, Josh Metzler & Owen Stuart)

It doesn’t surprise me that Simon Cowell opted to take the groups. After the success he’s discovered with One Direction, I imagine that he is trying to reciprocate that same fame and fortune here in the United States. Just like 1D, Simon has fabricated two super groups out both female and male soloists. He also reformulated another group (One4Five) by adding rapper Lyric Da Queen. A strong choice in my opinion. I am also glad to see Emblem3 on the list. The boys are STARS and after watching a few older YouTube videos of them, I think these boys actually have potential to go all the way. Side Note: Dope Crisis is also rumored to be in here somewhere…

Over 25 Mentored by LA Reid

  • Tate Stevens
  • David Correy
  • Vino Allan
  • Jason Brock

Last but not least, the over 25s mentored by L.A. Reid. The previews for this coming week’s episodes make it look as thought L.A. may not be happy with the group he has been given. Could this be true? Although he has all boys, I think that’s a solid group of men to compete. But where are some of the talented older women we saw during boot camp? And wehere is one of my favorites, Jeffrey Gutt? Anyone missing for you?

What do you think of this rumored Top 16? Share all your thoughts below.

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