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Who Stole the Show at The X Factor Semi-Finals?

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The X Factor: Who Stole the Show at the Semi-Finals?

Originally posted 12/13/2012 03:30PM

There may not be a front-runner following Wednesday's semi-finals on The X Factor, but there does seem to be a weakest link.

Most of the judges seemed down on girl group Fifth Harmony, whose rendition of Shontelle's "Impossible" left them wanting more, following a better performance of Ellie Goulding's "Anything Could Happen."

Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid were all doubtful of Fifth Harmony's chances to be one of the three acts in the finals, with only Simon Cowell defending them, saying, "You've been one of the strongest acts tonight."

Not that the other performers were slouches.

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Who's In and Who's Out on The X Factor?

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The X Factor Reveals Its Four Semi-Finalists

Originally posted 12/06/2012 09:20PM

There were tears on The X Factor Thursday night.

With only four spots in next week's semi-finals, the six acts who performed two songs each Wednesday night were a tense bunch. Especially after last week's shocking elimination that sent home fan favorite Vino Alan.

A majority of PEOPLE.com readers picked Demi Lovato's only remaining contestant, CeCe Frey, as the singer who most deserved elimination. Was she able to make it through one more week? Keep reading for all the results ...

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POLL: Who Deserves to Move On to The X Factor's Semi-Finals?

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The X Factor: Who Deserves to Be in the Semi-Finals

Originally posted 12/06/2012 10:25AM

On The X Factor Wednesday, the remaining six contestants fought hard – singing first an acoustic version of a hit song and then a song picked by fans – for one of four spots in next week's semi-finals.

Thursday, the results, based on America's votes, will be revealed. And after last week, when the popular Vino Alan was sent home, anything can happen.

CeCe Frey, who seems to be hanging on by a thread, did well with a stripped down version of Lady Gaga's "Edge of Glory," earning praise from the usually critical L.A. Reid: "I'm starting to become a fan," he said. Her colorful version of Katy Perry's "Part of Me" was "very entertaining" to Britney Spears, who appreciated that she's having fun on stage.

Boy banders Emblem3 took on "Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars, which Britney called "your best performance in the competition." But Demi Lovato remained hard to please. "I used to really, really love you guys," she said before calling them a "down-graded version of the Jonas Brothers." Even with their second song, "Forever Young," which was almost universally praised, Demi wished they had commanded the stage more.

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The X Factor Elimination Is 'Bit of a Shocker'

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The X Factor Announces Top 6

Originally posted 11/29/2012 09:40PM

Mario Lopez called the first elimination on Thursday's The X Factor a "bit of a shocker."

And so was the second.

The top eight contestants sang No. 1 hits Wednesday in an emotional night. Keep reading to find out which two performers were sent packing – and who's in season 2's top six ...

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Awkward! Demi Lovato in Tough Position After X Factor Results | Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell

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UpdatePosted 11/16/2012 10:15AM

The X Factor Reveals Its Top 12

Originally posted 11/15/2012 11:00PM

Double elimination time on The X Factor!

The top 12 performed songs by divas the night before – and then faced a night of diva-worthy drama on Thursday's show. And it was a particularly tough night for the young adults' coach, Demi Lovato, after the outcome of the viewers' votes were revealed.

Keep reading for all the results ...

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Who's in First (and Last) Place on The X Factor?

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The X Factor Reveals Full Results of Viewers' Votes

Originally posted 11/08/2012 09:45PM

Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato sparred on The X Factor in between Wednesday night's performances. But during Thursday's results show, Simon got to show off his star-making muscles when the winners of the U.K. version of The X Factor, superstar boy band One Direction, performed in front of screaming fans.

But the real business of the night was to announce the top 12 and to send home one act. The results, for the first time, were based on viewers' votes. Another first: at the end of the show, hosts Mario Lopez and Khloé Kardashian announced how the contestants ranked in terms of who earned the most and least number of votes. And you might be surprised.

Keep reading for all the results ...

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Judges Make Tough Cuts to Reveal X Factor's Top 12

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The X Factor Reveals Top 12

Originally posted 11/01/2012 10:20PM

After performing live for the first time on Wednesday, four of The X Factor's top 16 were eliminated by the celebrity mentors who prepared them for their big night.

With new hosts Khloé Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez at the helm once again Thursday, each of the four judges – Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid – had to pick two contestants to put into the top 12 and two to sing for survival.

Keep reading for all the results ...

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The X Factor Goes Live! Readers React to Britney, Khloé, Mario and More

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The X Factor Goes Live: Readers React

Originally posted 11/01/2012 09:10AM

Wednesday night marked the first live broadcast of The X Factor's season 2 – and the anticipated debut of new hosts Khloé Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez.

It was also a chance to see how the first-time judges, a "nervous" Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, would do on live TV, when anything can happen.

And the night went off without a hitch! Responding to PEOPLE's live Tweets, here's your reaction to the night's biggest moments.

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Britney Is a 'Little Nervous' About First Live X Factor Show | Britney Spears

Britney Spears Is a 'Little Nervous' About First Live X Factor Show

Originally posted 10/31/2012 05:10PM

It's a big night for Brit!

Wednesday is the long-awaited first live show of Fox's The X Factor (8 p.m. ET), and Britney Spears, 30, has mixed emotions about the experience.

"I am a little nervous," the pop star told Extra's Terri Seymour. "But I'm excited. I'm really, really excited. I can't wait."

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POLL: Will Britney, Demi, Simon or L.A. Win The X Factor?

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The X Factor Sweet 16 Finalists Revealed

Originally posted 10/24/2012 10:45AM

Meet the sweet 16!

With The X Factor's much-anticipated live premiere set for Nov. 4, the celebrity mentors on FOX's singing competition are already promising surprises – and a fiercely competitive second season.

All 16 acts will perform Nov. 1 on a 2½-hour live show, hosted by Khloé Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez.

Team Britney Spears features the show's youngest contestants, including finalists Beatrice Miller, 13, of Maplewood, N.J.; Arin Ray, 17, of Cincinnati, Ohio; Carly Rose Sonenclar, 13, of Westchester, N.Y., and Diamond White, 13, of Los Angeles.

Spears, who said her decision on finalists was tough, was already in a fighting spirit to win. "I do believe I have the winner, so watch out Simon!" she said to fellow judge Simon Cowell.

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