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Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars to perform on 'X Factor' -- EXCLUSIVE

Kelly Clarkson is making the leap: The singer whose TV career is synonymous with American Idol is reuniting with her former judge Simon Cowell on Fox’s The X Factor.

Clarkson, along with Grammy-winner Bruno Mars, will perform on X Factor‘s results show on a special night — Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. Finalists will face a double elimination on the live show leaving only seven acts left in the competition. Clarkson plans to sing “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” and Mars will perform “It Will Rain.” This week’s theme: “Giving Thanks.”

Since winning the first season of Idol in 2002, Clarkson has returned periodically to Fox, most recently last April during Idol season 10. Her most recent album “Stronger” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200.

'The X Factor' third eliminated act: 'Simon throws everybody who's not in his category under the bus'

Don’t click through if you don’t want a SPOILER about last night’s installment of The X Factor. The show’s third eliminated act chats with EW after the jump: READ FULL STORY

'Modern Family,' 'X Factor' lead Wednesday ratings

The rich stayed rich and the poor stayed poor Wednesday night in the ratings, with ABC’s Modern Family setting the pace as the top-rated show and X Factor giving Fox the overall nightly network win.

X Factor (3.8 adults 18-49 rating) was steady with last week, while ABC’s comedy block dipped slightly. The Middle (2.9), Suburgatory (2.8), Modern Family (5.5) and Happy Endings (3.2) were all down between 3-10 percent. Revenge (2.6) was off 13 percent.

CBS had the opposite story: Survivor (3.3), Criminal Minds (3.7), and CSI (2.6) all posted gains between 3 and 9 percent. NBC’s Up All Night (1.9) was up a tick, but Harry’s Law (1.5) and L&O: SVU (1.9) matched their lows.

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'The X Factor's latest eliminated contestants: Seeing Paula cry 'hurt worse than actually being eliminated'

Last night’s elimination on The X Factor was the most painful yet — and not just for Paula Abdul. The Stereo Hogzz, the Houston-based quintet who were sent home, admitted that watching their mentor’s meltdown “probably hurt worse than actually being eliminated.” This from group member Trace Kennedey, who added, “It felt surreal. We didn’t want to see her like that. I almost wanted to tell her, ‘It’s okay, Paula.  If it makes it any easier, you can send us home. It’s all good. We’re content. We’re happy to be here, it was a blessing. We enjoyed the ride!’ ” Even in the face of their elimination, The Stereo Hogzz (Kennedey, Justin “Just’n” Williams, Kregg “KG” Gibson, Jonathan “Jon Glenn” Glenn, and George “Trae Badd” Jenkins III) remained upbeat in a chat with EW this morning. See what else they had to say after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Jessie J to join 'X Factor' for 'movie night' -- EXCLUSIVE


Two bits of X Factor scoopage: You may have heard that Willow Smith is performing Thursday night on Fox’s hit reality competition. But EW has learned that Brit singer-songwriter Jessie J is also appearing on the show.

Not only that, but tomorrow’s live Factor results show will have the Top 11 finalists performing songs from hit movies.

Jessie J will perform her second U.S. single “Domino” while Smith will perform “Fireball.” Jessie J just made waves in the UK papers yesterday for — get this — knocking UK’s version of The X Factor. She called the Brit version “bitchy” and instead has agreed to be a mentor on a new BBC singing competition called … The Voice — the UK version of the reality format that NBC launched earlier this year. Well, on this side of the pond, Fox has Jessie J all to themselves.

'X Factor' contestant caught lip syncing: Does it matter?

An X Factor contestant was caught lip syncing by viewers Thursday night.

Scandal? Well, maybe not…

As part of a group number opening the show, contestant Leroy Bell’s performance of David Guetta and Usher’s song “Without You” was clearly not matching the audio track (“Without Singing” would have been a better title). This morning, Fox admitted that X Factor performance numbers that are not judged by Simon Cowell and Co. feature contestants singing over pre-recorded tracks. American Idol, it seems, does the same thing.

Fox and producers released this statement: “All competitive songs, including survival songs, are performed LIVE to a backing track. Due to the finalists’ extensive preparation for their Wednesday night performances, the opening ensemble number on the results show is pre-recorded, the same way as on other shows.”

'The X Factor' judges talk Perez Hilton, Dexter Haygood, and those adorable kids from InTENsity

America has spoken, and the massive kid-pop experiment that was InTENsity was the first sent packing from The X Factor last night. Eleven acts remain, and their mentors are going to face some tough decisions in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, and even host Steve Jones spoke with EW after last night’s show to discuss the latest drama both on and off the stage. The judges weighed in on tough eliminations, contestant controversies, and what’s next for InTENsity, but poor Paula couldn’t fit a word in without Simon and L.A. breaking out into fits of giggles.  READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor' first eliminated act: 'I think it was hard for America to take it in'

As the judges and host Steve Jones said seemingly numerous times last night, this is a competition. Unpleasant as it is, someone always has to be sent home first. Don’t click through if you don’t want a SPOILER about last night’s installment of The X Factor. The first eliminated act chats with EW after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Simon Cowell's 'X Factor' renewed by Fox

The X Factor will return.

Fox is doubling down on Simon Cowell’s lavish reality series, picking up the show for a second season. Though X Factor is an expensive production and ratings have been less than what analysts (including Cowell) expected, the show has averaged more than 13 million viewers when including DVR playback. Overall, X Factor has ranked as fall’s top reality show and has also boosted Fox’s Wednesday and Thursday nights by 37 and 41 percent, respectively, in the key adult demo.

The X Factor is a monumental success,” said Fox’s president of alternative Mike Darnell. “It’s won every night it’s been on the air, the talent is phenomenal, the live shows are spectacular and picking it up is a complete no-brainer. Simon and his team have done an incredible job with the show.” READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor' Top 12 talk the judges' advice, those backup dancers, and all that bickering

Amid all the crazy pomp and breathless circumstance pounding out of last night’s first live episode of The X Factor, it can be a bit easy to forget that the show does boast an impressive roster of talent. EW caught up with the show’s Top 12 contestants as they spoke with press after the show, and asked them about how much they collaborate with their respective mentors, what songs they’re most keen to sing in the weeks ahead, and how their lives have most changed from their first audition to now. Some of their answers may surprise you:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How much involvement have you had in your song choices and overall performance on the show?

ASTRO: I think I was very involved with it. Me and L.A., we decided the song. L.A. watched me rehearse the performance. He thought it was great. [X Factor choreographer] Brian [Friedman] told me where to move at certain spots. My step-pops helped me a lot. But I think I was very involved in the whole performance. I told them, you know, I don’t want too much dancing going on.

CHRIS RENE: I get a fair amount of input into the song. We throw ideas back and forth, and see what sticks, what emotions we’re trying to get over here. Tonight was a sad emotion. It was losing love, and a lot of people have been through that. As far as my performance, it felt like a good time, but I thought I could’ve done a little more, you know? READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor': Simon Cowell on 'my big mouth,' and all four judges on their on-screen bickering

After last night’s colossal two-and-a-half-hour live episode of The X Factor, judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, and L.A. Reid took time out to speak with press on the X Factor stage. (Thankfully, there were no backup dancers.) EW also took time to talk with Simon about how he feels the show is doing so far this season, and what it’s like to be both a judge and the Man In Charge. On the second page, all four judges weigh in on their tough eliminations, their biggest competition, and what their take is on all the “squabbling” happening between them on air. (Paula spoke with EW at the end of the night, and so our interview was cut a bit short.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How do you feel the show’s been doing? You talked a big game as the show was beginning about wanting an audience number that the show hasn’t been able to reach yet.
SIMON COWELL: I mean, I opened my big mouth, basically, as usual, but I don’t regret it. What I was feeling at the time was, and I still feel it now, you want a show that’s going to go over 20 million. And you do everything you can to do it. In the real world, I’ve seen where all the other shows have done, where we’ve done — I’m feeling good about it. I’m feeling momentum. I know when it goes the other way, and that’s not a nice place to be.  READ FULL STORY

'X Factor' ratings surge for first live show

If you live in Los Angeles and it seems gusty outside, that’s because all over town Fox executives and X Factor producers are breathing a massive sigh of relief.

The first live show surged in the ratings. That’s exactly what everybody associated with this competition series had hoped for, especially after the numbers slipped recently in the shadow of baseball coverage disrupting Fox’s schedule. In fact, X Factor‘s performance show delivered its highest rating since its premiere — 11.4 million viewers and a 4.3 among adults 18-49. That’s up 10 percent from last week, and Factor will probably tie its series premiere when the national ratings are released later today.

The question is: Will Simon Cowell’s grand primetime venture gather more viewers as it continues toward its first season finale? Or was the spike for last night’s event — which pared down the contestants from 17 acts to 12 finalists — a one-time thing? READ FULL STORY

'X Factor' to allow voting by Twitter

The X Factor will become the first-ever TV series to allow voting by Twitter.

The network and producers announced a partnership Tuesday night with the social media company to give fans the ability to a vote for their favorite finalists. The partnership begins next week after the live performance show on Nov. 2.

If you’re thinking that Tweeting votes seems potentially chaotic, here’s the fine print: You’re not voting with Tweets, but by using your account’s direct message feature. X Factor will also allow voting through the usual suspects — online via the show’s Web site, text messaging and, yup, dialing the darn phone. More details on signing up to vote by Twitter here. As part of the partnership, Factor producers are also threatening this: READ FULL STORY


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