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The X Factor Will Cut Five of Its Acts Tomorrow

The X Factor announced today that five of its remaining seventeen acts will be eliminated on Tuesday's special two-and-a-half-hour episode. That's one whole elimination every 30 minutes! Talk about pacing. On the one hand, anything that winnows down X Factor's ridiculous list of contenders is a welcome relief — Rachel Crow is talented and precocious, but do a lot of people really want to buy a 13-year-old's album? On the other, the show's just spent weeks and weeks trying to get us invested in these people. What about their dreams and all? Just when we were starting to care about Burrito Guy ... [TheXFactorUSA/Twitter]

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