The Top 3 X Factor acts — Fifth Harmony, Tate Stevens, and Carly Rose Sonenclar — will duet with celeb musicians during Wednesday’s season 2 finale on Fox. Nashville-based country act Little Big Town will join Stevens — apparently, Garth Brooks was busy, but this seems like a good matchup. LeAnn Rimes will sing with Sonenclar, an interesting choice since the 13-year-old generally prefers big diva ballads and has yet to go country. Demi Lovato, the only X Factor judge with no act in the Final 3, will join teen queens Fifth Harmony. The girl group earned some of their best raves after performing “Give Your Heart a Break” and “Skyscraper” this season.
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It’s back to where he came from for L.A. Reid: the music mogul will not return for a third season of The X Factor.
Deadline quotes a source who says the Epic Records Chairman is “going back to the music business full time, it’s his decision,” a source says. Back in 2011, Reid resigned his post as Island Def Jam Chairman — where he cultivated the careers of superstars like Rihanna, Kanye West, and Justin Bieber — to take the X Factor gig. He was asked to stay on for the current second season, while Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger were shown the door and replaced by Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.
There was no comment from Fox, but The Hollywood Reporter had this statement from Reid: “I have the utmost respect for Simon Cowell. He is the very best, and I have had the opportunity to learn so much from him. Working with him on X Factor has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’m honored to have sat on the panel with such incredible talent.”
Simon Cowell humbled?
After the live episode of The X Factor wrapped taping on Thursday, the show’s judges, hosts and eliminated contestants chatted with press backstage, and the show’s creator was captured in a rare low-confidence moment. Read on to learn what the show’s talent had to say about notable moments from the episode — including some that didn’t make it on-screen — and check out EW’s report on the eliminated contestants for scoop on how they believe their mentors could have done better by them. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! READ FULL STORY
Anyone who has watched a music competition show has heard the constant, predictable advice judges and winners impart on contestants: “Just be yourself.” That’s a lesson this week’s two eliminated acts from The X Factor learned the hard way. SPOILERS AFTER THE JUMP! READ FULL STORY
Hot off the heels of her Dancing With the Stars: All Stars performance last week, Taylor Swift will take The X Factor stage next Thursday, Nov. 15. As if the show wasn’t star-studded enough!
The appearance will mark her first-ever television performance of “State of Grace,” the latest single off her new album Red. The album sold 1.2 million copies in its opening week, making her the only woman in the SoundScan era to sell over a million copies in a single week on multiple occasions.
WARNING! SPOILERS FOLLOW! After boy band extraordinaire One Direction performed twice inside The X Factor‘s Xanadome to promote their new album Take Me Home – and their fans’ piercing screams effectively liquified my eardrums – they happily bounded backstage to speak with the press, along with judges Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, and Demi Lovato, and co-hosts Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian Odom. Judge L.A. Reid skipped almost all press — though it was unclear whether he was licking his wounds from the loss of contestant Jason Brock or celebrating that his other two contestants Vino Alan and Tate Stevens came in third and first in the vote tally.
Speaking of that vote tally, the decision of The X Factor to reveal the voting order — seemingly for the first time in American reality competition show history — was topic A for most everyone. That is, when they weren’t basking in One Direction’s youthful vigor. Here are the top nine highlights of what we learned backstage: READ FULL STORY
SPOILER ALERT! Thursday night’s eliminated act on The X Factor spoke with press after the show, but if you don’t want to know who the act is, read no further. Everyone else, check out what the act had to say about their elimination below: READ FULL STORY
The X Factor has wrapped up its first week of live shows, and all of the talent involved had plenty to divulge about the experience. After Thursday’s show, judges, hosts, and recently eliminated contestants made the rounds in the press lounge, which is lined with portraits of this season’s contestants and video screens displaying the show’s familiar turquoise-and-pink ‘X’ logo. EW has already told you what Simon Cowell and Khloé Kardashian had to say about the unexpectedly sheer top she wore on Wednesday night’s show. Here are 10 more things we learned on the scene about the road to unveiling the Top 12.
1. The judges tend to open up more in the press room about their elimination decision, where it’s surely easier to be honest about their decision than when they’re talking directly to the artist they’re sending home on live TV. L.A. Reid told reporters he opted to keep flamboyant Jason Brock in the competition instead of edgy David Correy because “Jason just really makes me smile. It’s fun to me. David is really strong also but just a little bit predictable kind of try-hard. I like genuine fun. I like it when people just lose themselves in their little moment.” Was it tough to make that decision? “The politically correct answer would be yes. The truth is no,” Reid admitted. READ FULL STORY
As The X Factor started its live shows on Wednesday night, Khloé Kardashian got quite the induction to the show when she stepped on stage with fellow new host Mario Lopez. At that moment attention was directed not at Britney Spears or Demi Lovato but at a new star: Kardashian’s chest — plenty of viewers noticed that the host wasn’t wearing a bra underneath her sheer purple top.
“May I say, Khloé, you’re looking very sexy… I think the air conditioning is on high tonight,” Simon Cowell told her.
In the press room after Thursday’s results show, Kardashian was very open to talking about her revealing first live taping. Warning: What follows is an account that veers into the anatomically specific. READ FULL STORY
With the World Series over, Fox’s The X Factor is going live ahead of schedule.
The singing competition series’ first live episode will be this Wednesday, instead of Thursday as originally planned. That means Wednesday will also mark the debut of new-hire co-hosts Khloé Kardashian and Mario Lopez, along with the debut of judge Britney Spears performing without the benefit of editing. On Thursday’s episode, the top finalists will be revealed.
Confirming weeks of media reports, Fox announced Tuesday that Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian have signed on to host The X-Factor.
The Extra host and star of E!’s Keeping Up with The Kardashians will begin appearing on the reality competition midway through its current second season run, joining judges Britney Spears, L.A. Reid, Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell. Lopez and Kardashian will start on the show in time for the show’s switch from taped to live episodes next month.
The X-Factor has been performing quite solidly in the ratings this fall, though NBC’s The Voice continues to perform even stronger. Going with the Kardashian brand could be seen as a needless risk for a mere host role on the show, since the popular E! series is pretty polarizing among some TV fans. In a way, combining the two hosts almost makes a Frankenstein version of Ryan Seacrest — part celebrity news show host, part E! personality.
Here’s three canned quotes that tell you amazingly little: READ FULL STORY
Will.i.am has announced that he is developing a tech version of The X Factor with Simon Cowell.
“We’re working on a project called X Factor for Tech — and it’s going to be out of this world,” Will.i.am said during a live video press conference, according to The London Sun. “Singing and performance create a couple of jobs. But this will create lots. It’s about getting in touch with youth and giving them a platform to express themselves — whether that’s in science or mathematics.” READ FULL STORY
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