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X Factor: Judges Shocked by Bottom Two Following Surprising Elimination

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X Factor: Judges Shocked by Bottom Two Following Surprising Elimination

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."

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The X Factor: Josh Levi Is 'Straight Up' the Star of the Night

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The X Factor: Josh Levi Is 'Straight Up' the Star of the Night

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.

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Simon Cowell: I'll Have a 'Smoking Room' When the Baby Arrives

Simon Cowell: I'll Have a 'Smoking Room' When the Baby Arrives

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!"

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The X Factor: Rion Paige Leaves Demi Lovato in Tears

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The X Factor: Rion Paige's Lady Gaga Song Leaves Demi Lovato in Tears

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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Watch Khaya Cohen Channel Amy Winehouse on The X Factor

The X Factor: Khaya Cohen Channels Amy Winehouse as the Top 12 Perform

Originally posted 11/07/2013 08:25AM

The X Factor got down with Motown Wednesday night as the Top 12 performed hits from the legendary record label.

Make that the Top 13: The live show kicked off with a surprise, as Josh Levi, who was eliminated from the Boys team by mentor Paulina Rubio last week, was invited back as a wild card.

Levi, 15, sang "Who's Loving You" by the Jackson 5, and earned raves from the judges, including Simon Cowell who said, "You went from zero to hero."

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Grandma of Seven Gets Second Chance at Pop Stardom on The X Factor

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Lille McCloud, 54, Gets Second Chance at Pop Stardom on X Factor

Originally posted 11/06/2013 10:50AM

At 54, X Factor contestant Lillie McCloud is enjoying a reality she thought had passed her by.

"I had pretty much given up on the idea of becoming a recording artist," McCloud tells PEOPLE. "I never thought I would be doing this again."

Before becoming one of season 3's top 12, McCloud enjoyed success in the 1980s and '90s under her birth name, Nicole, with international dance hits such as "Don't You Want My Love" and "Runnin' Away." But she had never enjoyed the artistic freedom she had hoped for.

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The X Factor's Top 12: Guess Which Fan Favorites Were Sent Home

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The X Factor's Top 12: Guess Which Fan Favorites Were Sent Home

Originally posted 10/30/2013 08:55AM

After a baseball-induced hiatus, The X Factor returned with its own playoffs on Tuesday night, as one performer from each category – Boys, Girls, Over 25s and Groups – was eliminated.

Ellona Santiago, 17, kicked off the live show for the Girls with "Till the World Ends" by Britney Spears, which prompted a standing ovation from mentor Demi Lovato.

Bespectacled bookworm Danie Geimer, 15, sang "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus, a performance that had judge Simon Cowell asking, "How do we make you not boring?"

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The X Factor: Alex & Sierra Channel John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

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The X Factor: Alex & Sierra Channel John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John in Another Memorable Performance

Originally posted 10/11/2013 12:30PM

Sparks flew when Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton met on a beach back in 2009 – as he played Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" on his guitar – and the sparks were there again when the duo took the stage during The X Factor's four-chair challenge on Thursday.

The Florida couple, who previously wowed the judges with their fun rendition of Britney Spears's "Toxic," delivered another memorable performance, taking on the Grease anthem "You're the One That I Want."

Romantic, sweet, original and pitch-perfect, the performance gave the judges chills.

"People are going to fall in love with you," Simon Cowell said, adding, "I like the fact that you put your own twist on the songs."

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The X Factor: Paulina Rubio's Double-Switch Amps Up the Drama for the Boys

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UpdatePosted 10/10/2013 02:30PM

The X Factor: Paulina Rubio's Double-Switch Amps Up the Drama for the Boys

Originally posted 10/10/2013 09:00AM

The X Factor's nail-biting elimination round got even more tense on Wednesday night when judge Paulina Rubio admitted she'd made a mistake and had second thoughts about a contestant she'd booted from the show.

With the Over 25s and Girls teams decided last week, Rubio's Boys were performing for their chance to make it to the live shows.

In a dramatic double-switch, Rubio initially sent home the painfully shy but vocally powerful Tim Olstad – who sang Miley Cyrus's "The Climb" – but then called him back, saying she'd been wrong, and had him take a seat in her final four chairs.

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Are Austin Mahone and Fifth Harmony's Camila Cabelo Dating?

Austin Mahone and Camila Cabelo: Are They Dating?

Originally posted 10/08/2013 07:00AM

Is there teen love in the air for pop star Austin Mahone and Fifth Harmony's Camila Cabelo?

"Austin caught Camila's eye when they were both in New York for the MTV VMAs [in August]," a friend of the teens tells PEOPLE. "They met the day before at the Arthur Ashe Kids Day and have been in touch ever since."

Back in December the "What About Love" crooner Tweeted his support for the 16-year-old brunette beauty whose group finished third on season two of The X Factor, "Hey gorgeous! Good job tonight. I voted for you."

Just a few months later it appears the two might be an item.

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