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Simon Cowell Explains 'The X Factor' Tutor Phase (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 12th 2011 6:15PM
Now that 'The X Factor' has moved past its 'Idol'-inspired laugh-at-the-weird people stage, it's beginning its 'The Voice'-inspired mentor phase, where the contenders will be split into 4 groups, each to be tutored by one of the show's judges. On 'Good Day LA' (weekdays, 7AM PT on FOX) Cowell explained what the show is looking for in its champion.

"You've got to find somebody and you've gotta show how you can turn them into a real winner in the real world. Not within a competition, 'cuz someone's always going to win a show, somebody you can say ... we helped make this person into a star," he explained.

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Did Stacy Francis Make it Through 'X Factor' Boot Camp? (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 7th 2011 7:15AM
Stacy FrancisIt's been a series of ups and downs for 'X Factor' contestant Stacy Francis. First, thanks to the lack of an age limit for contestants, the 42-year old was allowed to compete despite an almost crippling lack of self-esteem.

Then, the standing ovation for her knock-out audition was followed by judge Simon Cowell telling her to tone it down after her next performance. To cap it off, the day Francis arrived at boot camp she had received the devastating news that her father had died.

Last night she revealed that she'd missed her dad's funeral in order to stay in the competition. Was her sacrifice worth it?

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Judges Find Out Which Category They'll Mentor on 'The X Factor' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 7th 2011 12:15AM
Nicole Scherzinger, 'The X Factor'It was the final rounds of Boot Camp this week on 'The X Factor' (Thu., 8PM ET on FOX). In two hours, we burned through the last of the group performances, watched their final chances to impress, witnessed the contestants finding out which 32 made it to Judges' Houses, and saw as the judges found out which groups they would be mentoring.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

It was a packed night of television for sure, and yet there was still time for some great vocal performances. For sure, this season features some true vocal powerhouses. And when it came time to make their final decisions, the judges had a couple more surprises up their sleeves.

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The Astronomical Kid Says 'X Factor' Fight With Simon Cowell Was Scripted (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Oct 6th 2011 5:35PM
Brian Bradley, aka The Astronomical Kid, the 14-year-old 'X-Factor' contestant who got into a confrontation with Simon Cowell after performing his song 'Stop Looking at My Mom!,' dropped by 'Good Day NY' (weekdays, 9 AM ET on Fox) to squash the beef.

Actually, Bradley said the whole thing was a scripted set-up. As Simon was judging him after his performance, The Astronomical Kid cut him off, saying "Yo, what is your problem, man? Are you serious?" He told Cowell he was lucky they weren't in the streets "because if we was in the streets, this is what I'd say to you. Soundman, drop that," and then transitioned into his next song.

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'X Factor' Contestant Stacy Francis Battles on After the Death of Her Father

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 6th 2011 7:15AM
Stacy FrancisSingle mother Stacy Francis blew 'The X Factor' judges away with her audition last month.

Proving that it's never too late to make your dreams come true the 42-year old Francis seemed on her way to the top. Her stunning performance of Carole King's 'Natural Woman' won her a standing ovation and saw her safely through to the "bootcamp" round of the competition.

However, just two weeks ago, the Brooklyn native received the devastating news that her father had died. TMZ reports that Francis strongly considered quitting the show to be with her family but ultimately decided to stay because that's what her father would have wanted.

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Tiah Tolliver Tries to Win Over the Female Judges on 'The X Factor' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 6th 2011 12:15AM
Tiah Tolliver, 'The X Factor'Moving onto the Boot Camp phase of 'The X Factor' (Wed., 8PM ET on FOX), Tiah Tolliver had something to prove to the women on the panel. Neither Paula Abdul nor Nicole Scherzinger initially voted to even allow her past that initial audition, citing her inability to stay in key.

But Simon Cowell just saw something in her, and he was vindicated in the group rounds of Boot Camp. Tolliver was perfectly in key with her portion of 'Feeling Good' and even got Scherzinger to crack a smile.

Afterward, they were asked if they were glad that she was allowed to go through, and they both had to admit that they were. Sometimes, you do get second chances in life, and Tolliver certainly made the most of hers.

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Simon Cowell Can't Stop Laughing During 'Other Voices' on 'Late Night' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 5th 2011 5:45AM
Simon Cowell, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'On 'Late Night' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC), Jimmy Fallon welcomed Simon Cowell onto his show-within-the-show, 'Other Voices.' On this "show," you have to try and move your mouth to the words other people are saying.

Unfortunately, Cowell is not a seasoned comedy veteran like Fallon, so when the people providing the 'Other Voices' got a little crazy with what they were saying, he absolutely could not stay in character. If he wasn't laughing uncontrollably at them talking about his "dimpled balls," he was sitting there stoically trying not to laugh ... but forgetting to mouth along with the words.

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'The X Factor' Audition Rounds Wrap With 16-Year Old Jazzlyn Little (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 30th 2011 12:15AM
'The X Factor'After eight hours, four episodes and only two weeks, the audition rounds of 'The X Factor' (Thu., 8PM ET on FOX) came to an end this week. Next up, it's Boot Camp. But first we had to get through Newark and San Francisco.

There was the usual slew of terrible voices, though thankfully everyone kept their clothes on. And there were a few surprises along the way, including a little 14-year old rapper who was just obnoxious enough for Simon to appreciate.

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'The X Factor' Judges Fight Over Contestant Tiah Tolliver

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 29th 2011 6:15AM
'The X Factor'As his fellow Brits would say, it was "handbags" time on 'The X Factor' last night as Simon Cowell lost his temper with his fellow judges.

Teenage singer Tiah Tolliver split the judging panel straight down the middle, with Cowell -- "I'm saying 'yes' a hundred percent" -- and L.A. Reid voting to put her through to the next round, and the female judges voting to send her home.

When Nicole Scherzinger said "I'll have to pass," the crowd started booing, and an irritated Cowell exclaimed "Oh, for god's sake!"

Paula Abdul's decision to say no was greeted with Cowell hurling a piece of paper to the floor and turning away in disgust.

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'The X Factor': Top 5 Memorable Performances from Chicago and Seattle

by Laura Prudom, posted Sep 29th 2011 5:00AM
The X Factor judgesThe first of this week's 'X Factor' episodes was a little lacking in actual talent, but it's reassuring to know that we only have to suffer through one more audition round before we can get to the good stuff.

(I wonder if all of the true stars are being left on the cutting room floor so that they can shine during Hollywood Week bootcamp instead?)

Though not every contestant can be like Chris Rene, there were still a few memorable performances this Wednesday night, so we waded through the filler to dig up the Top Five most memorable acts -- good and bad -- for our video highlights.

Hit the jump for more!

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Rugby Coach Puts a New Spin on a Classic Song on 'The X Factor' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 23rd 2011 1:00AM
Caitlin Koch, 'The X Factor'While Simon Cowell is surely disappointed with 'The X Factor' (Thu., 8PM ET on FOX) not coming out and dominating the ratings the way 'American Idol' does every year, the premiere was still a solid premiere for the network, and there's always room to grow.

He's going to do that by showing us amazing singers and amazing stories, like rugby coach and player Caitlin Koch in this second episode. She put a new twist on 'Stop! In the Name of Love' and captures the spirit of what the show could be.

But it spent so long early in the episode getting us to those types of performances that give us goosebumps, that Cowell's going to lose what audience he did muster up for the premiere. He needs to sprinkle brilliance throughout these early episodes, or we're going to wonder if they just didn't find that much talent on the road.

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'Modern Family' Beats 'The X Factor' in Ratings

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 22nd 2011 12:20PM
Modern Family Beats The X Factor in Ratings'The X Factor' is Fox's biggest fall series debut in five years, but it wasn't exactly a ratings hit.

The network says the reality singing competition premiered to 12.5 million viewers, 4.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Comparatively, January's 'American Idol' Season 10 premiere -- the first without Simon Cowell -- was watched by 26.2 million viewers and had a 9.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

In the 9PM hour, 'The X Factor' was bested by ABC's one-hour Season 3 premiere of 'Modern Family,' which had a 6 rating in the 18-49 demo and a total of 14.3 million viewers. Helped by the buzz after multiple Emmy wins, the series even outperformed CBS's stalwart 'Criminal Minds.'

'Modern Family' co-creator Steve Levitan took to Twitter to share his joy about the ratings news.

"It's extremely gratifying that a scripted comedy finally beat an overhyped karaoke contest," he said. "Thank you, #ModernFamily fans!"

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'The X Factor': Top 5 Memorable Performances from the Series Premiere

by Laura Prudom, posted Sep 22nd 2011 11:00AM
The X Factor judgesWhat you trippin' on, music fans? Did the first episode of 'The X Factor' make a believer out of you? After months (nay, years) of hype, the reality juggernaut finally rolled onto Fox last night with a whole host of talented -- and not so talented -- performers vying for at least three yeses from Simon Cowell and his fellow judges.

The good, the bad and the ugly were out in full force, but does this feel like 'Idol' redux, or will 'X Factor' be able to carve out its own niche in the crowded reality marketplace once we get down to the mentoring rounds? Only time will tell -- but in the meantime, we've assembled our top five most memorable performances, inspiring and horrifying, for your perusal within.

What's that? No, of course I'm not crying -- I've just got something in my eye ...

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'The X Factor' Series Premiere: What Do the Critics Think?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 22nd 2011 8:15AM
'The X Factor'Simon Cowell's much-hyped latest show 'The X Factor' finally launched stateside last night. It's sure to have done well in the ratings, but was it any good?

Following the same format as its British predecessor, 'The X Factor' showcased the tried and tested mix of producers' auditions and live performances in front of the judges and a live audience.

There were some inspirational tales, some great singers and some well, pretty bad performances.

Critics have praised the slick production values, but many feel we've been here before. 'New York' magazine described it as "'American Idol' meets a more lucrative contract for Simon Cowell."

The judges -- especially Nicole Scherzinger -- have been criticized for their contributions (or lack thereof). And some critics have questioned the possible exploitation of poor contestants.

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Stacy Francis Proves It's Never Too Late for Dreams on 'The X Factor' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 22nd 2011 12:00AM
Stacy Francis, 'The X Factor'Already an international sensation, Simon Cowell finally managed to bring 'The X Factor' (Wed., 8PM ET on FOX) stateside, and while it's expected to get massive ratings for this premiere, featuring the returns of Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul together, along with L.A. Reid, Nicole Scherzinger and ever-so-briefly Cheryl Cole.

But as much as Cowell might wish it weren't so, it's about the contestants they manage to find. And while Chris Rene, who was 70 days sober and trying to turn his life around, blew everyone away with a heartfelt original performance, it was another contestant who perhaps best personified what makes 'The X Factor' different.

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