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'X Factor' USA: Meet Paula Abdul's groups

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Paula Abdul with guest judge Pharrell

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Paula Abdul suggested in a recent video that the groups was the "toughest" category to mentor on X Factor but said she was the perfect judge to be given the responsibility.

Pharrell Williams joined her in Santa Barbara for the Judges' Houses stages of the competition, where she whittled down her remaining eight groups to the four she will take to the live shows.

Abdul's four groups - Lakoda Rayne, Brewer Boys, inTENsity and Stereo Hoggz - will join the rest of the Top 17 in performing live Tuesday, October 25 at 8/7c on Fox, when the judges will decide which contestants become the 'top finalists'.

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The top finalists will then take to the stage live on Wednesday, November 2 at 8/7c on Fox where they will perform for America's vote for the first time in the hopes of eventually landing the $5 million recording contract prize.

Here are the four groups chosen by Abdul:

Brewer Boys
The Brewer Boys
Justin Brewer, 17, and Nathan Brewer, 14
Hometown: Temecula, CA

Talking about their success, Nathan said: "We never really thought about going this far. It has been pretty shocking. This has been an incredible experience. I've learned a lot about the industry. I love it."

In a video posted on the show's official website, the boys sent their thanks to their family, fans and mentor. Justin added: "Paula, you are amazing. You are so beautiful and we love you to death. You are an amazing person."

Official Twitter: @theBrewerBoys
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/thebrewerboysmusic

Watch the Brewer Boys' performance at Judges' Houses below:




inTENsity
InTENsity
Made up from acts who entered the competition individually but got a 'no' at Boot Camp before the chance to join a group was offered.

Nick Dean, 15 -Rochester, NY
Francesca Duncan, 17 - Orange Co, NY, Resides: Brockport, NY
John Lindahl, 15 - Travuco Canyon, CA
Emily Michalak, 13 - Pine Brook, NJ
Austin Percario, 15 - Warren, NJ
Arin Ray, 16 - Cincinnati, OH
Lauren Ashley Redmond, 17 - Houston TX (resides in DeSoto, TX)
Ellona Santiago, 15 - San Lorenzo, CA
Ma'at Bingham Shango, 12 - Houston, TX
Emily Wilson, 15 - Warren, NJ

Talking about the transition from a solo singer to a group, John Lindahl said: "Being in a group is amazing. When you are a solo artist, you only have yourself to rely on. But when you are in a group you have however many other people who have your back. So it is better to be in a group of ten, plus it is more fun and we have more people to hang out with and it's just not as stressful."

In their message posted on the official website, the group thanked their families, "newly-found fans" and mentor. Ma'at said: "I want to thank Paula for giving us a second chance - and all the judges - and thank her so much for putting us in the live shows!"

Official Twitter: @its_inTENsity
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/itsInTENsity

Watch inTENsity's performance at Judges' Houses below:




Lakoda Rayne
Made up from acts who entered the competition individually but got a 'no' at Boot Camp before the chance to join a group was offered.

Cari Fletcher, 17 - Wall Township, NJ
Dani Knights, 22 - Santa Clarita, CA
Paige Ogle, 18 - Baltimore, MD
Hayley Orrantia, 17 - Highland Village, TX

Talking about the group, Hayley Orrantia said: "Starting out as four solo artists, it was a shocker that we were going to be in the group category together but it has been an incredible experience. They've taken four strong solo artists and made this super group."

Paige joked in a video posted to the show's official website: "It's always been my dream to be somebody's favourite on a reality TV show so we hope we're your favourite!" Dani added to fans: "We are so excited to be out on that stage and we're not taking any moments for granted. It's in your hands now and we won't let you down."

Official Twitter: @lakoda_rayne
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/lakodarayne

Watch Lakoda Rayne's performance at Judges' Houses below:




Stereo Hogzz
The Stereo Hogzz

Kregg Gibson (aka KG), 25 - Houston, TX
Jonathan Glenn (aka Jon Glenn), 25 - Houston, TX
George Jenkins III (aka Trae Badd), 25 - Houston, TX
Leeland Stephenson (aka Trace Kennedy), 24 - Houston, TX
Justin Williams (aka Just'n), 25 - Houston, TX

Talking about the show, Trace Kennedy said: "This X Factor experience has been something that we have been dreaming of for a long time. You can't ask for more, and they provided this platform for us and we are running with it, taking it all the way."

In a video message for fans posted on the show's official website, the group promised that they won't let anybody down when the live shows begin: "We are going to give you everything we have got... Every show that y'all see will be 100%. We will get you with those dance moves, get you with that singing and get you with that look."

Official Twitter: @thestereohogzz
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/thestereohogzz

Watch Stereo Hoggz's first audition below:



X Factor continues Tuesday, October 25 at 8/7c on Fox

All Images: Copyright: Fox

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