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Will Paula Abdul's Only Remaining Act Survive on The X Factor?

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Will The X Factor's Only Remaining Group Survive?

Originally posted 11/17/2011 10:00AM

The inaugural season of The X Factor hasn't been kind to the groups. Only Lakoda Rayne remains, and they're feeling the pressure ahead of Thursday's elimination.

"We're not only fighting to keep ourselves in the competition but to keep Paula Abdul in the competition as well," Cari Fletcher told PEOPLE after their Wednesday performance on the Fox show. "She has been the most-involved mentor out of all of them. She's the most inspirational and amazing woman."

On Wednesday, Lakoda Rayne sang "Your Love" by The Outfield and earned mixed reviews. Simon Cowell called their performance "a complete mess," but Paula defended them, saying, "These girls have earned their place right here on this stage."

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Who Was Kicked Off The X Factor?

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The X Factor's Top 10 Revealed

Originally posted 11/10/2011 09:00PM

Movie night on The X Factor had an unhappy ending for one of the top 11 contestants, who was sent home on Thursday's elimination show.

Of the remaining acts among Simon Cowell's girls, Paula Abdul's groups, Nicole Scherzinger's over 30s and L.A. Reid's boys, find out who was safe, who was in the bottom two and who was let go from the competition:

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POLL: Will Melanie Amaro or Rachel Crow Win The X Factor?

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The X Factor: Will Melanie Amaro or Rachel Crow Win?

Originally posted 11/10/2011 11:25AM

There are eight female contestants among the finalists vying for The X Factor's $5 million dollar prize – but after a night of movie-themed performances, two pulled ahead as frontrunners.

Simon Cowell's protégés, Rachel Crow and Melanie Amaro, wowed the judges with the night's most memorable songs from soundtracks, overshadowing their competitor in the girls category, Drew, Nicole Scherzinger's charge Stacy Francis, and Paula Abdul's all-girl quartet Lakoda Rayne.

Rachel Crow, 13, closed out the show with a fiery version of "I'd Rather Go Blind" from 2008's Cadillac Records.

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The X Factor Cuts First Top 12 Contestant

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The X Factor Cuts First Top 12 Contestant

Originally posted 11/03/2011 09:30PM

The competition is heating up!

After The X Factor's top 12 contestants performed Wednesday for the first time that votes were counted, the results were announced Thursday night – and the first finalist was sent home.

Host Steve Jones brought all 12 acts out on stage with their mentors: Simon Cowell stood with Rachel Crow, Melanie Amaro and Drew; Paula Abdul wrangled groups Lakoda Rayne, The Stereo Hogzz and InTENsity; Nicole Scherzinger accompanied over 30s LeRoy Bell, Josh Krajcik and Stacy Francis; and L.A. Reid supported boys Chris Rene, Marcus Canty and Astro.

And then Jones announced 10 acts, in no particular order, who were voted through to next week. The remaining two acts, he said, earned the least amount of votes and would have to sing for the judges, who would ultimately decide which one went home.

Keep reading to find out which two were in the bottom two and who was sent home ...

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Why Rachel Crow, 13, Lost Weight for The X Factor

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The X Factor's Rachel Crow: How I Lost 15 Lbs. in Two Months

Originally posted 10/26/2011 03:30PM

Rachel Crow received glowing reviews from the judges on The X Factor's first live show Tuesday with her mash-up of Justin Bieber's "Baby" and the Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go." But Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and L.A. Reid are also smitten with the 13-year-old charmer because she's just so darn cute – and likable.

L.A. said she could have an acting career. Paula even suggested she run for president. The singer, whose confidence shined through during her very first audition, was also showing off a slimmer figure Tuesday night.

Crow spoke with PEOPLE about how she lost weight 15 lbs. in just two month and why, at such a young age, she did it:

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The X Factor Picks Its Final 12 Acts | Simon Cowell

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The X Factor Picks Its Final 12 Acts

Originally posted 10/25/2011 11:00PM

The X Factor is live!

Fox's talent competition returned Tuesday with its first live show, a 2½-hour presentation that seemed rushed as producers squeezed in all 17 remaining acts with commentary from judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and L.A. Reid. Poor host Steve Jones looked stressed out as he hurried the night along. But in the end, they made their time, and 17 acts were trimmed down to 12.

Keep reading to find out who made the cut – and who was sent home:

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Nicole Scherzinger and Lewis Hamilton Split | Nicole Scherzinger

Nicole Scherzinger and Lewis Hamilton Split

Originally posted 10/21/2011 06:45PM

Their relationship apparently didn't have that X Factor.

Nicole Scherzinger, a judge on the music competition show of the same name, has split from her boyfriend of four years, race-car driver Lewis Hamilton.

"They'd been long distance for a long time and it's just been hard," a source close to the couple tells PEOPLE.

"They both tried to make it work, but their careers kept them apart. So for now it's over. They think this is what's best. They're definitely going to stay friends."

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The X Factor: Which Judge Has the Strongest Team?

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The X Factor's Top 17 Revealed!

Originally posted 10/19/2011 10:20AM

Ah, the sweet 17!

On Tuesday, The X Factor's judges – Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and L.A. Reid – announced which four of the eight contestants they invited to their homes would move on to the live shows as part of their team. And it was nothing less than an emotional night.

Here are the results:

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Mariah Carey a No-Show on The X Factor | Mariah Carey, Simon Cowell

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Mariah Carey a No-Show on The X Factor

Originally posted 10/14/2011 09:25AM

Will she take a rain check?

Mariah Carey was supposed to fly to Simon Cowell's home in France to help him determine which of The X Factor's top 32 girls would continue on in the competition.

But Carey's flight was grounded when Hurricane Irene marched up the Atlantic Seaboard in August.

"The good news is I have chosen myself to be my head mentor," Cowell told his disappointed charges. "It's like having me twice."

Meanwhile, the boys faced L.A. Reid and his mentor Rihanna in the Hamptons; the contestants over 30 traveled to Malibu, Calif., to perform for Nicole Scherzinger and Enrique Iglesias; and the groups joined Paula Abdul and Pharrell Williams at her home in Santa Barbara, Calif.

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Who Are the Surprise Guest Judges on The X Factor Tonight? | Enrique Iglesias, Pharrell Williams

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Enrique Iglesias and Pharrell Williams to Guest Judge The X Factor

Originally posted 10/12/2011 12:30PM

They survived boot camp but can they make it on the home front?

The X Factor's 32 remaining contestants are heading to the homes of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and L.A. Reid this week to work closely with the judges ... and their surprise star guests.

Pharrell Williams and Enrique Inglesias are two of music's heavy hitters who will help the hopeful vocalists on Wednesday night's show (FOX, 8 p.m. ET) before they face another round of elimination on the road to The X Factor's live shows. Rihanna and Mariah Carey, who was Cowell's choice for the gig, will also act as guest judges in the latest round of competition.

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