The record executive was helped in selecting his Top 4 by Rihanna, who joined him to watch the performances of his final 8 at his home in The Hamptons.
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Reid had earlier said that it would be a "tough choice" which boys to send home and which to take to the live shows, saying that "pound for pound" his category had the most talent in the competition.
The Top 17 acts perform live Tuesday, October 25 at 8/7c on Fox, when the judges will decide which contestants become the 'top finalists'. Those finalists will then perform for public votes for the first time on Wednesday, November 2 at 8/7c on Fox.
Here are the five boys going through to the next round:
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Currently resides: Brooklyn, NY
Talking about the competition, he said: "So far The X Factor experience has been amazing and pretty fun. It definitely makes me feel like a star.
"Coming here and being the only MC in this competition, I believe in myself and that is going to bring me through."
In a video posted to the show's official website, he thanked his family and Brooklyn for their support and motivation, adding: "Last but not least, LA Reid, man, you are amazing. Shout out to X Factor, that's all I gotta to say!"
Official Twitter: @Astronomicalkid
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/theastronomicalkid
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Watch Astro's first audition below:
Hometown: Bowie, MD
Currently resides: Bowie, MD
Talking about what he has learned through The X Factor, he said: "I think this experience has nurtured me and made me realise that life is too short and to live through the moment.
"These are once-in-a-lifetime experiences you can't get back. I am going to keep having fun and bringing who I am."
Canty added in a video on the official website: "I'm so excited right now. To all my fans out there whoever you are, I love you all. I promise that I won't let you down - I will give you everything, 200%! You all stay tuned, there is more coming from Marcus Canty."
Official Twitter: @iammarcuscanty
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/officialmarcuscanty
Watch Marcus Canty's first audition below:
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Currently resides: Seattle, WA
Talking about the show, he said: "The X Factor experience has been incredible. The thing that has resonated the most with me is that it is important to find my own voice and to be true within my music. I don't want to be anyone but me."
Lomax said in a video posted on the official website that he wanted to thank his family and friends for their support, adding to fans: "I have now made it to the next round of X Factor and I love you so very much. I'm so happy to finally see you in the flesh in person!"
Official Twitter: @philliplomax
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/PhillipLomaxMusic
Watch Phillip Lomax's first audition below:
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
Currently resides: Santa Cruz, CA
Talking about what he's learned on the show, he said: "The advice I have been getting is to stay original, stay yourself and do my thing and also go out of the box and do things that are difficult.
"The way I prepare is to stay in the moment, relax and practise as much as I can. Staying in the here-and-now is what is best for me."
Rene added in a video posted on the official website: "To my family, I love you so much. LA Reid, thank you so much for this opportunity - I'm not going to let anybody down. For all the fans out there, I love you too and I want you to know this means the most to me. This is my life. I was made for this and I'm coming to get it."
Official Twitter: @mrchrisrene
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChrisReneMusic831
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Watch Chris Rene's first audition below:
X Factor continues Tuesday, October 25 at 8/7c on Fox
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