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Originally posted 12/20/2013 09:30AM
They could barely get through their performance of "Say Something" on Thursday after learning that they'd won the third season of The X Factor.
And no wonder, given the churn of emotions Alex & Sierra were feeling.
"I was like, 'Man, this is going to be okay.' But then the song started and all those blue lights in the audience, and I don't know. It just really got me," Alex Kinsey told PEOPLE after the show. "It was really, really overwhelming. Then when everyone ran out, I lost it."
His partner and girlfriend, Sierra Deaton, was the strong one – until she, too, got overwhelmed.
Originally posted 12/19/2013 02:50PM
Kelly Rowland's engagement ring might be big, but the X Factor judge tells PEOPLE that her wedding will be just the opposite.
The former Destiny's Child singer, 32, who got engaged to her boyfriend and manager, Tim Witherspoon, over Skype, says that while she hasn't set a date yet, she knows just what kind of ceremony she wants to have.
"I think we just really want it to be us and our pastor. That's it," she says. "I mean, we are the only two that's going to be in the marriage."
Originally posted 12/13/2013 11:30AM
Simon Cowell didn't attend girlfriend Lauren Silverman's baby shower last Sunday, but he certainly took note of the impressive haul of gifts she scored.
"I wasn't there. I wasn't invited, literally," the music producer, 54, said Thursday at an X Factor press conference in Los Angeles.
But he did have a peek at the stacks of presents afterwards. "There were a lot of them," he admitted. "There were a lot of clothes. It looks like I'm having 100 kids right now, there are so many."
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."
Originally posted 12/12/2013 10:00AM
The X Factor's semifinal round Wednesday night certainly had "Gravity."
The final four performed three times – first came a song chosen by viewers, then a competitive duet and a final song meant to convince America to vote them into the finals – but a few performances stood out, earning standing ovations from the judges.
The boyfriend-girlfriend duo Alex & Sierra ended their night singing "Gravity" by Sara Bareilles, and their performance not only made the judges and audience rise from their seats but moved Kelly Rowland and Demi Lovato to tears.
Originally posted 12/08/2013 08:45PM
Simon Cowell's girlfriend Lauren Silverman celebrated the upcoming arrival of their baby boy during an intimate baby shower with friends and family at Cowell's Beverly Hills home on Sunday.
Guests – including Cowell exes Terri Seymour and Mezhgan Hussainy – were greeted by the sight of a gorgeous Christmas tree and handsome man serving drinks.
The couple is planning a Caribbean getaway for the Christmas holiday where they may have even more to celebrate. According to a source, now that Silverman has finalized her divorce from husband Andrew Silverman, Cowell, 54, will be able to follow through with his plans to propose before the baby's February due date.
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."
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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