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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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Britney Reveals Top 4 X Factor Picks Amid Rain-Delay Chaos | Britney Spears

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The X Factor: Britney Spears, L.A. Reid Reveal Top 4 Amid Rain-Delay Chaos

Originally posted 10/18/2012 10:20AM

Rain, rain go away!

The final episode of The X Factor at the judges' homes was supposed to air Wednesday but because of rain delays in Game 3 of baseball's National League Championship Series between St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants, Fox has postponed the reveal of Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid's teams.

Sort of.

On the East Coast, part of the episode aired – and Britney and L.A. were able to name their picks for the teens and the over 25s. (The full episode, Fox said in a press release, will air Tuesday, Oct. 23.) Spoilers ahead!

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Britney Spears vs. L.A. Reid: Who's Leading the True Talent on The X Factor?

The X Factor: Will Britney Spears's Teens Win it All?

Originally posted 10/12/2012 09:10AM

Britney Spears was only 16 when she shot to stardom as the bubblegum-pop star in the school-girl uniform.

But any sense of solidarity or sympathy didn't seem to soften her judgment on The X Factor Thursday night, when Spears and fellow judge L.A. Reid were tasked with trimming their six-member teams, teen and older-than-25 years old competitors, respectively, into four.

Joined by rapper Will.i.am at her Malibu house, Spears kept it real. After Justin Bieber lookalike Reed Deming, 13, belted out a stripped-down version of the Plain White T's 2006 single "Hey There Delilah" – a little classic rock, when you factor in his age – the freshly minted judge snipped, "I think he could deliver a little bit better than he did." (Of course, she has already been recognized for her tough-as-nails touch at the judges' table.)

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The X Factor Showdown: Would You Rather Take Advice from Simon Cowell or Demi Lovato?

Simon Cowell vs. Demi Lovato: Who's Wiser on The X Factor?

Originally posted 10/11/2012 11:05AM

For the 60 acts who were quickly sifted, sorted and settled until there were but 24 left, Simon Cowell summed up the night within the first five minutes of Wednesday's The X Factor episode: "It's the moment of truth."

And many truths were spoken indeed: After those remaining transitioned from boot camp into the judges' houses, Cowell, 53, and fellow judge Demi Lovato, 20, assigned to the groups and young adults categories, respectively, proved honesty is always the best policy. (Judges L.A. Reid and Britney Spears will mentor the 25-and-older and teen groups, respectively.)

Cowell's lesson of the night? People have to like you. A lot.

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