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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?"
Originally posted 10/21/2013 06:00AM
Halloween's inching closer, but the scariest thing that happened this weekend has more to do with our new-found appreciation for golf than Sandra Bullock's costume.
Here's what you missed if you were too busy perfecting your own bad-to-the-bone ensemble (which we hope is a Miley onesie):
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."
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.
Originally posted 10/04/2013 10:00AM
Overly confident singers had a rough night on The X Factor on Thursday as judge Demi Lovato and her team of girls continued the Four Chair Challenge that began the night before.
Primrose Martin, a full-time student from Las Vegas, hit the stage with confidence to spare for her spirited performance of "Blame It on the Boogie," but the judges found the performance off-putting.
"There's something about you that comes off as too confident," Lovato told the 20-year-old. "It kind of just rubs me the wrong way."
Simon Cowell was also unimpressed. "That was actually beyond awful," he said. "Seriously, seriously dreadful."
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.
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