updated 10/25/2011 AT 10:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/25/2011 AT 11:00 PM ET
The X Factor is live!
Fox’s talent competition returned Tuesday with its first live show, a 2½-hour presentation that seemed rushed as producers squeezed in all 17 remaining acts with commentary from judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and L.A. Reid. Poor host Steve Jones looked stressed out as he hurried the night along. But in the end, they made their time, and 17 acts were trimmed down to 12.
Keep reading to find out who made the cut – and who was sent home: