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The X Factor: Alex & Sierra Soar in the Semifinal Showdown

UpdatePosted 12/12/2013 10:15AM

The X Factor: Alex & Sierra Soar in the Semifinal Showdown

Originally posted 12/12/2013 10:00AM

The X Factor's semifinal round Wednesday night certainly had "Gravity."

The final four performed three times – first came a song chosen by viewers, then a competitive duet and a final song meant to convince America to vote them into the finals – but a few performances stood out, earning standing ovations from the judges.

The boyfriend-girlfriend duo Alex & Sierra ended their night singing "Gravity" by Sara Bareilles, and their performance not only made the judges and audience rise from their seats but moved Kelly Rowland and Demi Lovato to tears.

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Simon Cowell's Girlfriend Showered in Baby Gifts

Simon Cowell's Girlfriend Showered in Baby Gifts

Originally posted 12/08/2013 08:45PM

Simon Cowell's girlfriend Lauren Silverman celebrated the upcoming arrival of their baby boy during an intimate baby shower with friends and family at Cowell's Beverly Hills home on Sunday.

Guests – including Cowell exes Terri Seymour and Mezhgan Hussainy – were greeted by the sight of a gorgeous Christmas tree and handsome man serving drinks.

The couple is planning a Caribbean getaway for the Christmas holiday where they may have even more to celebrate. According to a source, now that Silverman has finalized her divorce from husband Andrew Silverman, Cowell, 54, will be able to follow through with his plans to propose before the baby's February due date.

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The X Factor: A Bad Night for Demi Lovato and Her Team

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The X Factor: A Bad Night for Demi Lovato and Her Team

Originally posted 12/06/2013 08:40AM

It's hard enough for The X Factor judges to say goodbye to one of their contestants during an elimination show, but on Thursday night Demi Lovato was devastated when her two remaining team members – Ellona Santiago and Rion Paige – were eliminated.

"I'm actually pretty speechless and disappointed," said an upset Lovato after learning that Santiago, 17, would be the first contestant going home. "She could've won this competition."

Lovato wasn't the only one who was shaken by Santiago's elimination. Fellow judge Kelly Rowland looked surprised, with her eyes and mouth opening wide and her hand placed on her heart as she stared at Santiago in disbelief.

Host Mario Lopez's voice also softened as he said it was "a real shock here on the stage and in the audience."

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The X Factor: Emotional Night Leaves Judges and Contestants in Tears

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The X Factor: Emotional Night Leaves Judges and Contestants in Tears

Originally posted 12/05/2013 08:50AM

The tears were flowing from the contestants and judges on Wednesday night's emotional The X Factor as the final six singers fought to make it into next week's semifinals.

For the first time this season, contestants performed two songs, one from a diva and one "unplugged," which is when the raw emotions began to surface.

The waterworks started after Simon Cowell's group Restless Road performed "Wake Me Up!" by Avicii. The trio began crying when Kelly Rowland told them "each one of you left your hearts" on the stage.

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Lauren Silverman, Simon Cowell's Girlfriend, Is Officially Divorced

Simon Cowell's Girlfriend Lauren Silverman Finalizes Divorce

Originally posted 12/04/2013 05:35PM

Simon Cowell can legally put a ring on it.

The X Factor judge's girlfriend, Lauren Silverman, finalized her divorce from Andrew Silverman in New York Civil Court on Wednesday, PEOPLE confirms.

Lauren reached an an amicable divorce settlement with her ex-husband in August, one month after news broke that she was expecting a child with Cowell.

She also has a 7-year-old son with her ex.

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X Factor: Shocking Double Elimination Proves No One Is Safe

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UpdatePosted 11/29/2013 12:00PM

The X Factor: Shocking Double Elimination Proves No One Is Safe

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.

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The X Factor: Ellona Santiago Has an 'Outstanding Night'

The X Factor: Ellona Santiago Has an 'Outstanding Night'

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."

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Simon Cowell: My Son Will Compete with Kelly Clarkson's Kid | Kelly Clarkson, Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell: My Son Will Compete with Kelly Clarkson's Kid

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

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The X Factor: Who Did Simon Cowell Call 'A Singing Hamster'?

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The X Factor: Who Did Simon Cowell Call 'A Singing Hamster'?

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."

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Simon Cowell Has an Engagement Ring for Lauren Silverman: Source

Simon Cowell Purchased an Engagement Ring for Lauren Silverman: Source

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." 

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