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The X Factor's Final Three Battle for the Crown

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The X Factor's Final Three Battle for the Crown

Originally posted 12/19/2013 08:20AM

The X Factor's final three arrived at the last performance show by limousine, motorcycle and helicopter, but only one will leave with a crown and recording contract.

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The X Factor's Final Three Are Revealed

The X Factor's Final Three Are Revealed

Originally posted 12/13/2013 10:05AM

Somebody had to go home on Thursday's The X Factor results show, but it most certainly wasn't going to be Alex & Sierra.

America voted to send the pair – who wowed the judges Wednesday night with their flawless rendition of Sara Bareilles' "Gravity" – through to next week's finale.

"We just want to thank everybody that's voted. This is incredible," a humble Alex said upon hearing the news, while the group's mentor, Simon Cowell, gushed about the talented singers.

"I think they've been incredible to work with," he said. "They've gotten better every single week and the finale would not be the same without them."

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The X Factor: A Bad Night for Demi Lovato and Her Team

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The X Factor: A Bad Night for Demi Lovato and Her Team

Originally posted 12/06/2013 08:40AM

It's hard enough for The X Factor judges to say goodbye to one of their contestants during an elimination show, but on Thursday night Demi Lovato was devastated when her two remaining team members – Ellona Santiago and Rion Paige – were eliminated.

"I'm actually pretty speechless and disappointed," said an upset Lovato after learning that Santiago, 17, would be the first contestant going home. "She could've won this competition."

Lovato wasn't the only one who was shaken by Santiago's elimination. Fellow judge Kelly Rowland looked surprised, with her eyes and mouth opening wide and her hand placed on her heart as she stared at Santiago in disbelief.

Host Mario Lopez's voice also softened as he said it was "a real shock here on the stage and in the audience."

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The X Factor: Emotional Night Leaves Judges and Contestants in Tears

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The X Factor: Emotional Night Leaves Judges and Contestants in Tears

Originally posted 12/05/2013 08:50AM

The tears were flowing from the contestants and judges on Wednesday night's emotional The X Factor as the final six singers fought to make it into next week's semifinals.

For the first time this season, contestants performed two songs, one from a diva and one "unplugged," which is when the raw emotions began to surface.

The waterworks started after Simon Cowell's group Restless Road performed "Wake Me Up!" by Avicii. The trio began crying when Kelly Rowland told them "each one of you left your hearts" on the stage.

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X Factor: Shocking Double Elimination Proves No One Is Safe

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UpdatePosted 11/29/2013 12:00PM

The X Factor: Shocking Double Elimination Proves No One Is Safe

Originally posted 11/29/2013 09:10AM

On Wednesday's episode of The X Factor, judges Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio all agreed that contestant Lillie McCloud's crowd-pleasing performance of "Summertime" was the best she'd ever done and gave the 54-year-old singer a standing ovation.

But the lone holdout – Simon Cowell – remained seated. "For me, it was just all a little bit too contained … too thought out," he complained. "It wasn't raw enough for me."

It seemed that viewers agreed with Cowell, as McCloud received the lowest number of votes and was the first act to leave the competition during Thursday's double elimination. And while host Mario Lopez noted there was "shock here in the audience," McCloud took the news well, expressing gratitude for the opportunity.

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The X Factor: Ellona Santiago Has an 'Outstanding Night'

The X Factor: Ellona Santiago Has an 'Outstanding Night'

Originally posted 11/28/2013 09:55AM

In The X Factor's pre-Thanksgiving episode Wednesday night, it was clear the female judges would have preferred that Simon Cowell sit at the children's table.

The most heated exchange took place following Lillie McCloud's soaring performance of "Summertime," which earned a standing ovation from all the judges except Cowell, who said it "wasn't raw enough."

"I just wish I had been mentoring you," he said. "I would have done so much better."

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The X Factor: Who Did Simon Cowell Call 'A Singing Hamster'?

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The X Factor: Who Did Simon Cowell Call 'A Singing Hamster'?

Originally posted 11/21/2013 10:20AM

It was a British invasion on Wednesday's The X Factor, as the Top 10 took on songs from across the pond.

Jeff Gutt, 37, "rocked" this week, literally and critically, singing "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen.

Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato were unanimous in their praise of the Over 25s singer, saying, "This is by far your best performance."

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X Factor: Judges Shocked by Bottom Two Following Surprising Elimination

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X Factor: Judges Shocked by Bottom Two Following Surprising Elimination

Originally posted 11/15/2013 08:30AM

On Wednesday's episode of The X Factor, judge Simon Cowell predicted that contestant Carlito Olivero would "go home" this week following his lackluster performance of "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You."

But on Thursday night, an annoyed Cowell rolled his eyes when it was revealed that not only was Olivero, 24, staying put this week, but that he was the first contestant to make it through to the top 10.

Adding insult to injury, the girl group Sweet Suspense – whose performance of the Tony Basil song "Mickey" left Cowell raving that they were "the best of the night" on Wednesday – was sent home in a shocking elimination that host Mario Lopez repeatedly described as "an unpopular decision."

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The X Factor: Josh Levi Is 'Straight Up' the Star of the Night

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The X Factor: Josh Levi Is 'Straight Up' the Star of the Night

Originally posted 11/14/2013 08:45AM

The X Factor was all about big hair and even bigger results Wednesday night.

Carlos Guevara was the first Top 13 contestant to be eliminated as the show kicked off by announcing results after last week's technical glitch nullified the voting.

Then it was back to the '80s, as the contestants took on songs from the era of Madonna's fingerless-gloved heyday.

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The X Factor: Rion Paige Leaves Demi Lovato in Tears

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The X Factor: Rion Paige's Lady Gaga Song Leaves Demi Lovato in Tears

Originally posted 11/08/2013 11:10AM

One of The X Factor's contestants was supposed to be sent home Thursday after the Top 13 got down with Motown on Wednesday night.

But when voting information from Wednesday's show turned out to be incorrect – the result of a graphics error during the recap – contestants were asked to perform again on Thursday.

The impromptu performance show, which gave the singers less than 24 hours to prepare, was chaotic: Contestant after contestant was brought out in speedy fashion, and the judges were forced to deliver their comments quickly (often only one or two of the judges got a word in after a performance).

The craziness was summed up perfectly by host Mario Lopez, who said, "This is sort of like speed dating ... but speed singing."

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