11:28 AM EDT 02/25/2014
Originally posted 10/03/2013 10:15AM
It was like the ultimate Hunger Games version of musical chairs.
The X Factor rolled out its new Four Chair Challenge on Wednesday, which sees the top 10 contestants in each category compete for four coveted spots and the chance to move onto the live competition.
The Over 25s were the first group to sing for mentor and judge Kelly Rowland, and she quickly filled her four chairs with the first four contestants to perform.
But as the remaining six hopefuls performed, Rowland had the option to bump a singer from one of the chairs (eliminating them from the competition) and replace them with a teammate – and that's when the cut-throat musical chairs began.
Originally posted 10/03/2013 10:25AM
The singer changes up her mane game ... again!
Originally posted 09/27/2013 12:10PM
The X Factor already has its top 40.
Ten acts for each of the four categories – boys, girls, over 25s and groups – were chosen on Thursday's show and will be advancing to a brand new elimination round called the "Four-Chair Challenge," (not to be confused with The Voice).
So who made the cut? Keep reading to find out ...
Originally posted 09/26/2013 09:30AM
A bold marriage proposal, a painfully shy singer with a stunning voice and a powerhouse professional women's football player highlighted the fifth night of auditions Wednesday on The X Factor.
A nervous, red-faced Tim Olstad, 23, of Winona, Minn., who had trouble holding the microphone steady and answering a question from Demi Lovato about the wildest thing he'd done in his life, said, "I don't know if I can do this. I've doubted myself in the past."
But Olstad let his stunning voice do all the talking.
Originally posted 09/20/2013 08:30AM
It's been a week full of emotional performances on The X Factor.
After South Carolina teen Carlos Guevara – a 16-year old with Tourette syndrome – wowed the judges Wednesday night with his version of "Gravity" by John Mayer, contestant Ashly Williams delivered another tear-jerker on Thursday's show with her moving rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You."
Williams, 24 – who was just 14 years old when her mother was murdered – dedicated the stunning performance to her deceased mother, whose birthday anniversary was just a few days after the audition.
Originally posted 09/13/2013 09:35AM
The show-stopping performances continued on The X Factor Thursday night.
Rylie Brown, 15, of Lee's Summit, Mo., was the first contestant to charm the judges with her version of Zedd's "Clarity." Although she forgot some of the lyrics, the smiley-faced singer earned a standing ovation from the audience and the judges.
"I absolutely love you," Simon Cowell told her. "You are one to watch. I really mean that."
Simon's fellow judges agreed: Paulina Rubio told Rylie her life was "about to change forever," and Kelly Rowland added, "I want you to be here, with us."
Originally posted 09/12/2013 08:15AM
Britney Spears may have left The X Factor judging panel, but Wednesday's season 3 premiere was still a girls' night.
Simon Cowell was joined by three talented female judges – Demi Lovato and newcomers Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio – and female contestants also ruled the the stage on opening night.
Lillie McCloud, a 54-year-old Florida mother of three and grandmother of seven, took the stage in a leather bodysuit, looking half her age and a little like Halle Berry in Catwoman. She belted out "Alabaster Box" by CeCe Winans, bringing Rowland to tears and prompting Lovato to say, "I feel like I'm listening to Whitney!"
Originally posted 09/06/2013 01:30PM
After coming out on Facebook, a teen named Zach Gibson received the loveliest, most supportive letter from his mother. The No H8 Campaign shared the post, and it went viral – prompting Gibson to comment, "I'm Zach, the one this is addressed to. When I came out last week, I never expected this much support. I knew my mom would be fine with it, but I never expected this letter and I never expected this many people to spread it around. This means so much."
Read on for more about Zach's letter, plus some of the most random stuff that happened online this week.
Originally posted 08/30/2013 04:30PM
It looks like Demi Lovato is loving her new gig on Glee.
Naya Rivera, who plays cheerleader Santana, Tweeted a selfie on Thursday with the X Factor judge, who's her new love interest on the show.
The singer, 21, can be seen puckering up to Rivera, who suggested a new name for the couple: "Dantana."
Originally posted 08/27/2013 02:00PM
Move over Heather Morris, it's Demi Lovato's turn to woo Naya Rivera.
"She's playing my love interest, so I'm very, very excited about it," Glee star Rivera, 26, revealed to MTV at the 2013 VMAs Sunday. "We get to sing a song together."
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