03:19 PM EDT 12/10/2013
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 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 10:15AM
We're used to seeing Simon Cowell, 53, as the career-driven, hard-nosed judge on The X Factor, but recently he's given us a glimpse of his softer side.
He carved time out of his busy schedule this week to visit Lauren Silverman, 37, the woman who is pregnant with his child, in New York.
Cowell, dressed in his signature white tee, alongside Silverman who was slightly more glammed up in jeans and stilettos, stopped by the Tracie Martyn penthouse spa on Tuesday. "The couple looked relaxed and happy," an onlooker says. After receiving their treatments, "they walked out of the spa looking fresh."
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.
Originally posted 09/13/2013 06:45PM
Simon Cowell has enjoyed a career of being Mr. Mean on TV – and a personal life of yachts and parties, not marriage and babies.
So no one could have predicted last month's news that the confirmed bachelor was expecting a child with Lauren Silverman. Not even Cowell himself.
"I didn't think it was going to happen," he admits. "But you have to deal with it as a man: Let it happen naturally."
Originally posted 09/13/2013 09:35AM
The show-stopping performances continued on The X Factor Thursday night.
Rylie Brown, 15, of Lee's Summit, Mo., was the first contestant to charm the judges with her version of Zedd's "Clarity." Although she forgot some of the lyrics, the smiley-faced singer earned a standing ovation from the audience and the judges.
"I absolutely love you," Simon Cowell told her. "You are one to watch. I really mean that."
Simon's fellow judges agreed: Paulina Rubio told Rylie her life was "about to change forever," and Kelly Rowland added, "I want you to be here, with us."
Originally posted 09/12/2013 03:45PM
Getting a good critique from Simon Cowell is rare – but X Factor contestant Rion Paige is no stranger to defying the odds.
Born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a rare disorder that caused a curving of the joints in her wrist, Paige, 13, has grown up always knowing she is different.
"It was hard for me, as a little kid, to see other kids holding microphones and able to move around when we used to go to karaoke places, and I would have to have my mom hold the microphone," Paige, whose first name is pronounced "Ryan," tells PEOPLE.
"I just realized I needed to adapt and I was going to have to do things differently than everybody else."
Originally posted 09/12/2013 08:15AM
Britney Spears may have left The X Factor judging panel, but Wednesday's season 3 premiere was still a girls' night.
Simon Cowell was joined by three talented female judges – Demi Lovato and newcomers Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio – and female contestants also ruled the the stage on opening night.
Lillie McCloud, a 54-year-old Florida mother of three and grandmother of seven, took the stage in a leather bodysuit, looking half her age and a little like Halle Berry in Catwoman. She belted out "Alabaster Box" by CeCe Winans, bringing Rowland to tears and prompting Lovato to say, "I feel like I'm listening to Whitney!"
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