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Originally posted 11/29/2013 09:10AM
On Wednesday's episode of The X Factor, judges Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio all agreed that contestant Lillie McCloud's crowd-pleasing performance of "Summertime" was the best she'd ever done and gave the 54-year-old singer a standing ovation.
But the lone holdout – Simon Cowell – remained seated. "For me, it was just all a little bit too contained … too thought out," he complained. "It wasn't raw enough for me."
It seemed that viewers agreed with Cowell, as McCloud received the lowest number of votes and was the first act to leave the competition during Thursday's double elimination. And while host Mario Lopez noted there was "shock here in the audience," McCloud took the news well, expressing gratitude for the opportunity.
Originally posted 11/28/2013 09:55AM
In The X Factor's pre-Thanksgiving episode Wednesday night, it was clear the female judges would have preferred that Simon Cowell sit at the children's table.
The most heated exchange took place following Lillie McCloud's soaring performance of "Summertime," which earned a standing ovation from all the judges except Cowell, who said it "wasn't raw enough."
"I just wish I had been mentoring you," he said. "I would have done so much better."
Originally posted 11/21/2013 12:45PM
"She's a really nice person and she remembers how the show gave her a break," the dad-to-be tells PEOPLE of the American Idol winner
Originally posted 11/21/2013 10:20AM
It was a British invasion on Wednesday's The X Factor, as the Top 10 took on songs from across the pond.
Jeff Gutt, 37, "rocked" this week, literally and critically, singing "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen.
Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato were unanimous in their praise of the Over 25s singer, saying, "This is by far your best performance."
Originally posted 11/20/2013 09:55AM
It sounds like Simon Cowell is undergoing some major changes in his personal life.
With a baby boy on the way at the end of February with girlfriend Lauren Silverman, the X Factor mentor, 54, is also preparing to pop the question.
"Simon has an engagement ring, but is being secretive about the proposal," a source tells PEOPLE. "Simon is flying to the Caribbean for the Christmas holiday. Lauren will join him for parts of the holiday trip. Simon could be planning a special holiday proposal. It seems he will definitely propose."
Originally posted 11/15/2013 04:00PM
It was an emotional week on the set of The X Factor with three acts being sent home.
"We've grown so close to a lot of people in the competition and I didn't want to cry or have them be sad on stage," eliminated Sweet Suspense member Millie Thrasher, 14, told PEOPLE with tears rolling down her face after Thursday's elimination show. "We would have loved to have gone further but I'm proud of us for how far we went."
But Thrasher and her bandmates Celine Polenghi, 16, and Summer Reign, 17, were not alone in their sorrow Thursday night. Before the episode ended, country singer Rachel Potter, 29, was also sent packing after the mentors chose to send her home over the jazzy Khaya Cohen, 16.
Originally posted 11/15/2013 08:30AM
On Wednesday's episode of The X Factor, judge Simon Cowell predicted that contestant Carlito Olivero would "go home" this week following his lackluster performance of "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You."
But on Thursday night, an annoyed Cowell rolled his eyes when it was revealed that not only was Olivero, 24, staying put this week, but that he was the first contestant to make it through to the top 10.
Adding insult to injury, the girl group Sweet Suspense – whose performance of the Tony Basil song "Mickey" left Cowell raving that they were "the best of the night" on Wednesday – was sent home in a shocking elimination that host Mario Lopez repeatedly described as "an unpopular decision."
Originally posted 11/14/2013 08:45AM
The X Factor was all about big hair and even bigger results Wednesday night.
Carlos Guevara was the first Top 13 contestant to be eliminated as the show kicked off by announcing results after last week's technical glitch nullified the voting.
Then it was back to the '80s, as the contestants took on songs from the era of Madonna's fingerless-gloved heyday.
Originally posted 11/11/2013 08:35AM
With a baby on the way, X Factor mentor Simon Cowell declared that he was quitting smoking, but in his own words: "I lied."
Claiming electronic cigarettes "don't work," the music mogul eagerly pulled out a pack of cigarettes to light up after taping an episode of his Fox singing competition on Thursday.
"There are a lot of boring things that happen when you have a baby," Cowell, 54, told reporters with a cheeky smile. "[You have to get rid of] sharp edges, cigarettes, alcohol … then there's [baby-proofing] the toilet. But I'll have a smoking room!"
Originally posted 11/08/2013 11:10AM
One of The X Factor's contestants was supposed to be sent home Thursday after the Top 13 got down with Motown on Wednesday night.
But when voting information from Wednesday's show turned out to be incorrect – the result of a graphics error during the recap – contestants were asked to perform again on Thursday.
The impromptu performance show, which gave the singers less than 24 hours to prepare, was chaotic: Contestant after contestant was brought out in speedy fashion, and the judges were forced to deliver their comments quickly (often only one or two of the judges got a word in after a performance).
The craziness was summed up perfectly by host Mario Lopez, who said, "This is sort of like speed dating ... but speed singing."
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