By Lauren Moraski / CBS News/ October 5, 2012, 11:58 AM
They don't call this week's "X Factor" competitions "boot camp" just for fun. According to season one finalist Chris Rene, it's called that for a reason. Even Simon Cowell described Wednesday and Thursday's rounds as "a nightmare."
the contestants are put through the ringer a bit, too.
Next week, "The X Factor" returns with results of the second boot camp task. That means the field will be narrowed from 60 to 24 contestants, who will be invited to the judges' homes for the next competition round.
Because this is pre-taped, the contenders already know their fates and whether they've been invited back to the homes of judges Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell or L.A. Reid.
"They already went
through it. They already know who's going to the judges' houses,"
said Rene, who just released his debut album, "I'm Right Here."
"All the people that made it know, and all the people that didn't
know...I remember it was so crazy."