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'X Factor' USA: Judges receive their mentoring categories

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Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, LA Reid and Nicole Scherzinger have been assigned their mentoring categories on The X Factor USA.

The judges, who were earlier tasked with choosing 32 singers to progress to the Judges' Houses stage of the competition, learned which group they will work with for the remainder of the season during Thursday night's broadcast.

X Factor USA judge Nicole Scherzinger

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The X Factor USA Ep. 1: Stacy Francis

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First to learn her category was Scherzinger, who will mentor the Over 30s. The eight acts who will work to impress the Pussycat Dolls singer in the hopes of making it to the live shows are Elaine Gibbs, Tiger Budbill, Leroy Bell, James Kenney, Josh Krajcik, Christa Collins, Dexter Haygood and Stacey Francis.

Abdul was then given the Groups, a task which she earlier confessed would be a tall order for whichever panelist was to take it on. She will be forced to pick between The Stereo Hoggz, 2Square, 4Shore, The Brewer Boys, Illusion Confusion and The Answer, as well as two ensembles put together after boot camp and consisting of previously eliminated soloists.

The X Factor USA Premiere: L.A. Reid

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The X Factor USA Ep. 1: Chris Rene

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Looking after the Boys will be Reid, who declared that he had won the competition already given the strength of his category. Brennin Hunt, Brian Bradley, Skyelor Anderson, Nick Voss, Tim Cifers, Phillip Lomax, Marcus Canty and Chris Rene will work to impress the record mogul in the hope of moving on.

Finally, Cowell will take on the Girls, typically one of the strongest categories in The X Factor's UK counterpart. Much to his excitement, Cowell will take on Caitlin Koch, Tora Woloshin, Simone Battle, Drew Ryniewicz, Rachel Crow, Jazzlyn Little, Melanie Amaro, and Tiah Tolliver.

The X Factor USA continues Wednesday at 8/7c on Fox, when the Top 32 head to Judges' Houses and are eventually halved to reveal the final lineup for the upcoming live shows.

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Watch as the X Factor USA judges are given their categories below:

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