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Originally posted 12/19/2012 10:40AM
It's down to the wire for this season's The X Factor as teen sensation Carly Rose Sonenclar, country crooner Tate Stevens and girl group Fifth Harmony are set to square off in the finals this week doing duets.
Sonenclar, 13, is partnered with LeAnn Rimes; Stevens, 37, will shared the stage with the group Little Big Town; and Fifth Harmony will pair up with judge Demi Lovato as anticipation builds for a winner.
At a press conference Monday, The X Factor's creator Simon Cowell praised the finalists and predicted that anything can happen as the show prepares to wrap its season Thursday night on Fox.
Originally posted 12/13/2012 09:10PM
Sparks will fly at the finale!
On Thursday, The X Factor revealed its top three acts, who will perform next week in the final night of competition – in hopes of taking home the $5 million recording contract.
Simon Cowell said it would take a miracle to get his girl group, Fifth Harmony, to the finale after they performed Shontelle's "Impossible" and Ellie Goulding's "Anything Could Happen" on Wednesday. Keep reading to find out if their dream came true ...
Originally posted 12/13/2012 07:10PM
The latest season of The X Factor is down to the wire – but L.A. Reid is already looking ahead to next season. And he's not planning to come back.
"I have decided that I will not return to The X Factor next year," Reid, who is chairman and CEO of Epic Records, tells Access Hollywood. "I have a company to run that I've kind of neglected."
Of his decision to leave the singing competition, he says, "It saddens me a little bit, but only a little bit."
Originally posted 12/13/2012 03:30PM
There may not be a front-runner following Wednesday's semi-finals on The X Factor, but there does seem to be a weakest link.
Most of the judges seemed down on girl group Fifth Harmony, whose rendition of Shontelle's "Impossible" left them wanting more, following a better performance of Ellie Goulding's "Anything Could Happen."
Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid were all doubtful of Fifth Harmony's chances to be one of the three acts in the finals, with only Simon Cowell defending them, saying, "You've been one of the strongest acts tonight."
Not that the other performers were slouches.
Originally posted 12/06/2012 10:25AM
On The X Factor Wednesday, the remaining six contestants fought hard – singing first an acoustic version of a hit song and then a song picked by fans – for one of four spots in next week's semi-finals.
Thursday, the results, based on America's votes, will be revealed. And after last week, when the popular Vino Alan was sent home, anything can happen.
CeCe Frey, who seems to be hanging on by a thread, did well with a stripped down version of Lady Gaga's "Edge of Glory," earning praise from the usually critical L.A. Reid: "I'm starting to become a fan," he said. Her colorful version of Katy Perry's "Part of Me" was "very entertaining" to Britney Spears, who appreciated that she's having fun on stage.
Boy banders Emblem3 took on "Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars, which Britney called "your best performance in the competition." But Demi Lovato remained hard to please. "I used to really, really love you guys," she said before calling them a "down-graded version of the Jonas Brothers." Even with their second song, "Forever Young," which was almost universally praised, Demi wished they had commanded the stage more.
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 ...
Originally posted 11/29/2012 10:05AM
The show must go on.
Ally Brooke, a member of Simon Cowell's girl group Fifth Harmony on The X Factor, took the stage Wednesday night despite her grief over the death of her grandfather.
"This is been the hardest thing that I have ever gone through," the singer, 19, told reporters after the show.
Brooke – along with Fifth Harmony members Dinah Jane Hansen, Lauren Jauregui, Normani Hamilton and Camila Cabello – sang Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," and that's just what her grandfather would have wanted.
"I was blessed enough to talk to my grandfather the night before he passed and he told me that everything was going to be okay and I know he wanted me continue and do my best, be happy, and that's what keeps me going," she said.
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 ...
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 ...
Originally posted 11/08/2012 10:30AM
The X Factor's top 13 contestants (welcome back, Diamond White!) performed songs from movies Thursday night – hoping to earn viewers' votes for the first time this season – but most of the drama came from Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell.
The two clashed almost right away after Paige Thomas's highly theatrical performance of "Take My Breath Away."
"The beginning was great but I think it needed to go somewhere ... You don't want to turn this into a karaoke competition," Simon told Thomas's mentor. "Madame," he continued, referring to Demi, "could have used a little more imagination in terms of the production of the song."
"I'm so sorry I let you down," Demi said sarcastically. "You did so amazing. It was so beautiful." Then to Simon she added, "Obviously everybody in the audience disagrees with you."
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