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'Kimmel': Are the Other 'X Factor' Judges Ganging Up on Simon Cowell? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 13th 2011 3:00AM
'The X Factor' judges, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'In the past two weeks, Simon Cowell has gone from three to one act on 'The X Factor.' In both instances, it came down to the women on the panel to decide. The first week, they eliminated Drew. This week, Nicole Scherzinger threw it to the public vote and Rachel Crow was out.

"Do you guys feel like you ganged up on Simon's contestants specifically because you wanted to win this competition?" Jimmy Kimmel asked the other three judges on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC). All of them, of course, vehemently denied it.

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Rachel Crow Reflects on Her Emotional 'X Factor' Elimination (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Dec 9th 2011 6:20PM
After Rachel Crow was eliminated on Thursday night's 'X Factor,' the 13-year-old singer dropped to the floor and sobbed in a dramatic, heart-breaking reality TV moment. After spending a night recovering from the disappointment, Crow put on her game-face for an interview with 'Good Day LA' (weekdays, 9AM PT on Fox). She showed up looking re-juvenated, and flashed the infectious smile that helped keep her in the competition for so long.

Crow reflected on her emotional reaction to getting eliminated. "It wasn't surprise, it was like, 'What am I going to do now?' You know? This was everything."

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'X Factor' Contestants Explain Their Personal Song Choices (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Dec 8th 2011 7:10PM

Wednesday night's 'X Factor' was something of a let-down after Michael Jackson night, but the Top 5 contestants performed a dance song and got to showcase their personalities with a self-selected song, which they only had 24 hours to prepare for.

'Good Day LA' correspondent Courtney Friel talked to the contestants as they reflected on the evening. Melanie Amaro, who sang Adele's 'Someone Like You' for the dance competition, chose Whitney Houston's 'When You Believe' for her next song. "After practicing this one song for so long, to be able to have to switch it around was a task," she told Frield. Although L.A. Reid called the choice safe, Simon pointed out the ridiculousness of thinking that any Whitney Houston song was safe to perform.

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Astro, 'X Factor' Rapper, Pushes Back Against Criticism That He's Arrogant (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Dec 7th 2011 2:15PM
Astro emerged as an undeniably talented MC on 'The X Factor', but also took criticism from viewers and judges alike for being immature and arrogant. On Wednesday, he stopped by 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated on Fox) where pushed back against the perception that he's too cocky to make it in the music business.

"Basically, where I'm from, Brooklyn New York, every day is a battle," he explained. "Sometimes I display myself wrong to people at home, to the world, and I could have handled situations better, but I don't consider myself arrogant or nothing."

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Astro Puts 'X Factor' in the Past, Says He Won't Be Writing Raps About Simon (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Dec 6th 2011 1:00PM
Astro may have been eliminated from 'The X Factor' last week, but the 14-year-old rap phenom isn't exactly bummed about it. Tuesday on 'Good Day New York,' (weekdays, syndicated on Fox) Astro insisted that he's put the talent competition in his rear-view mirror, and is now focused on writing his own new music. "I'm just ready to work on some music honestly ... my mind was focused on writing as soon as I was eliminated," he said.

He declined to reflect on his temper-tantrum that went viral after he refused to perform after being put in the Bottom Two. "That's the past ... I'm not even on the show anymore, I don't even find a reason to talk about it. Not to seem like a jerk or anything, but that's the past ... I'm good. I'm on 'Good Day New York' right now because of what happened," he said.

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Drew and Astro Reflect on Their 'X Factor' Eliminations (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Dec 2nd 2011 5:30PM
Astro and Drew were eliminated from 'The X Factor' on Thursday night, but before heading home, they stopped by 'Good Day LA' (weekdays, 9AM PT on Fox). Drew, who Simon coached to sit in a chair and deliver a slow version of 'Billy Jean' for Michael Jackson Week, blamed the chair for her elimination, but not her coach. "I think that overall I should have ... said exactly what I wanted if I wanted Simon to understand me," she explained.

As for Astro, he said things will be better for him now that he's off the show. "I had fun," he said, "but now, you know I get to go home and release music, mix tapes daily like I actually want to." When Dorothy Lucy mentioned that he had already had his chance to be upset, Atro replied, "I had my tantrum; I didn't want to do it again."

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Stacy Francis and Wendy Williams Bond Over Wigs and Get Emotional (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Nov 23rd 2011 9:00AM
Stacy Francis' chance at a music career took a major blow when Simon Cowell sent her home from 'The X Factor' last week. On Thursday, she came on 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated on Fox) show to talk about things, but inevtiable, the conversation was sidetracked by wigs.

Wasting no time, Wendy asked, "So what is this first, before we talk?" Stacy was wearing her side-swoop bangs, and Wendy definitely approved. But that hasn't always been the case: Wendy showed a photo from 'The X-Factor' when Stacy wore a bangs-less wig, showing off her rather large forehead. Stacy explained the choice, saying that she chose the wig because of its color, which was a few shades lighter than normal. "I had to go back to the swoop because people were tearing me up!" she said. "I didn't realize me forehead was that big." And Wendy agreed, responding "Yeah, it's huge."

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Astro Suspects an 'X Factor' Conspiracy Put Him in the Bottom Two (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 22nd 2011 2:45PM
Last week, the 15-year-old 'X Factor' rapping phenom Astro found himself in the Bottom Two of Simon Cowell's talent competition. When the judges announced he'd have to go head-to-head with Stacy Francis to save his spot on the show, he threw a mini temper-tantrum, refused to perform another song and shed a few tears.

As it turns out, the emotional incident has helped Astro grow his online fanbase. He told 'Good Day L.A.' (weekdays, 9AM ET on Fox) that after the rebellious episode, he picked up 20,000 fans on his Facebook page. And while he's apologized for the episode and is trying to put it behind him, he's still skeptical that he deserved to be in the Bottom Two. "Something went on behind the scenes in the show ... I don't see how you can have the most followers out of all the contestants, the most views on YouTube and get voted into the Bottom Two."

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Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul Reflect on Astro's 'X Factor' Temper Tantrum (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Nov 18th 2011 4:30PM
When Astro and Stacy Francis landed in the bottom two of Thursday night's 'The X-Factor,' they were expected to sing for survival in a final showdown. But Astro came out he said he didn't think he needed to perform, which had Simon Cowell visibly upset.

After the show,'Good Day LA''s (weekdays 9amPT on Fox) Terri Seymour asked Simon what was going on between him and Astro's mentor, L.A. Reid during the break. "He said to me that he's not going to sing. I said, "Well, he's got to,'" Cowell reported. Terri then asked Paula if she was shocked by Astro's attitude, and she put the incident into perspective, saying, "We have to remember that he is a boy still and I mean, he's a genius at what he does, but you saw the boy in him when a tear rolled down his cheek."

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Lakoda Rayne Reflect on Simon Cowell's Harsh 'X Factor' Criticism (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Nov 17th 2011 7:00PM
Simon Cowell was not impressed with Lakoda Rayne's recent rock performance on 'The X Factor.' The group did a mash-up of the Outfields 'Your Love' and Fleetwood Mac's 'Go Your Own Way,' and Cowell told them, "I thought tonight, overall was a complete mess, if you want my honest opinion."

'Good Day LA' (weekdays, 9AM PT on Fox) caught up with the girls afterward to ask them about the harsh criticism. "Simon being mean is not rare form, Simon being nice is" Paige Ogle said. Cowell seemed to hate everything about the performance, from the set design to the choreography, which he called "gimmicky." But Dani Knights defended their choices by saying, "It was Rock Week, you know, like there had to be dancers. It had to be a banging performance."

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The Stereo Hogzz Reflect On Their 'X-Factor' Elimination (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Nov 11th 2011 6:30PM
Although Paula Abdul seemed to be torn up after sending home the Stereo Hogzz on Thursday night's 'The X Factor,' the guys were in high spirits when they visited 'Good Day LA' (weekdays, 9AM PT on Fox). They talked about comforting Lakoda Rayne as they shared the chopping block, since they had been there before, and complimented the remarkable talents of Rachel Crow and Astro.

The Stereo Hogzz might not know exactly what their future holds, but if the public reaction to their elimination is any indication, it looks pretty bright. "We couldn't even get out of the building yesterday," Trae Badd said. "As soon as they said we were off, it was people all up in our face giving us cards."

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David Arquette Started a Feud With 'X Factor' by Using Simon Cowell's Toilet (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 27th 2011 3:45AM
David Arquette, 'Chelsea Lately''Dancing With the Stars' films their show very close to 'The X Factor' set, which means some tight quarters for those involved with either show. David Arquette talked on 'Chelsea Lately' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!) how those close quarters may have started a bit of a feud between the two shows.

Apparently, the offense was that Arquette used Simon Cowell's bathroom, which didn't go over well at all. In his words, "I took a dump in Simon Cowell's bathroom and then everybody got all up in arms."

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'The X Factor' to Cut Five Acts on Tonight's First Live Show

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 25th 2011 7:25AM
'The X Factor' judgesHaving faced accusations of being boring and of spinning out meager action for far too long, 'The X Factor' producers have decided to ramp up the action for tonight's first live show. Their anti-boredom solution? A mass cull. Of contestants, that is. (Superfluous-seeming host Brian Dunkleman Steve Jones is not, contrary to rumors, being fired: "Our Welshie is staying for the long haul.")

A message on the show's official Twitter page reads: "Breaking news! 5 of the 17 acts will be eliminated by the judges on 10/25." As tonight's live show will clock in at a mammoth two and a half hours long, that's roughly one elimination per pulse-quickening 30 minutes.

The surviving 12 acts will perform for the public vote on another live show, airing Wednesday November 2. That will be followed by a live results show on Thursday November 3.

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Enrique Iglesias is Moved by Christa Collins on 'The X Factor' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 17th 2011 5:00AM
Enrique Iglesias & Nicole Scherzinger, 'The X Factor'It was the last of the Top 32 on a special Sunday edition of 'The X Factor' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX) and it proved that this is going to be a brutal elimination for the judges. One thing 'The X Factor' has done for us is allow us to get to know each of these contestants personally and as performers, which makes these cuts as difficult for us to watch as it must have been for the judges to make.

Christa Collins seemed to connect with Enrique Iglesias, who was helping Nicole Scherzinger make decisions in the Over 30s category. But did she do enough to make it to the live shows? It's a particularly brutal category, and one Scherzinger agonized over as she sees this as a last shot for so many of them.

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Phillip Lomax Sings a Rihanna Song in Front of Her on 'The X Factor' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 14th 2011 3:45AM
Phillip Lomax, 'The X Factor'After getting bumped back a day thanks to a rain-delayed ALCS game, 'The X Factor' (Thu., 8PM ET on FOX) kicked off the 'Judges' Houses' round of the competition, featuring the final 32 competitors. And to whet our appetites for what's to come, we're being treated to full performances from each of them as they sing for their spots in the Top 16.

L.A. Reid, who's mentoring the Boys category, brought in Rihanna to help him make the tough decision of which four boys to send home. But he made the challenge even harder for Phillip Lomax by tasking him to sing a Rihanna song in front of the woman herself.

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