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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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Astro Apologizes for Controversial 'X Factor' Attitude

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 21st 2011 9:40AM
Astro - The X FactorPrecocious teen rapper Brian "Astro" Bradley has been making waves in the 'X Factor' pond ever since he first appeared on our screens, partly because audiences seemed dubious that a hip-hop artist could be judged alongside traditional singers, and partly because of his brusque attitude on stage.

Last week, Astro hit headlines for almost refusing to sing a "save me" song when he was placed in the bottom two, insisting, "I don't want to perform for people who don't want me here." Simon Cowell was not amused by the sulking, chiding the 15-year-old for disrespecting his mother and the audience with his behavior. (Later, both Cowell and Paula Abdul pointed out that the experience had probably taught the teen a valuable lesson.)

Now, Astro has chosen to address the embarrassing on-stage incident himself, admitting, "I'm 15 and I think I know everything, but the truth is, I don't, and I handled the situation wrong!"

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Stacy Francis Talks About Her 'X Factor' Elimination (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 18th 2011 5:00PM
Stacy FrancisLast night's 'X Factor' (Wed./Thurs., 8PM ET on Fox) elimination show proved shocking for all the wrong reasons; while Stacy Francis had given two lackluster performances over the past couple of weeks, it was Astro's petulant behavior that stirred up controversy. Despite being chided for his attitude by the judges, Astro was spared to sing another week, while 42-year-old Francis was sent home.

Today, Francis appeared on 'Good Day New York' (weekdays, 9AM ET on Fox) to discuss what's next for her career -- and far from shedding the mascara-streaked tears we've come to expect from the singer, Francis seemed poised and confident.

"I had some people approach me last night immediately after the show," she admitted, when asked about her next move. "I'm hoping America will still support me even though I'm not on the show."

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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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'The X Factor' Recap: Top 9 Revealed - Who Was Eliminated? (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 17th 2011 9:10PM
X Factor JudgesAmerica and 'The X Factor' completely defied my expectations on Thursday night. When Steve Jones announced that the first two acts safe this week were the aggressively mediocre Lakoda Rayne and LeRoy Bell, it became apparent that there would be no predicting this week's results.

Still, with so many fan-favorite acts apparently in danger of elimination, the episode provided far more tension than I was anticipating this early in the game, when it seemed that all of the groups would be wiped out before the solo artists would have their turn on the chopping block.

The third act to be eliminated by America and the judges was:

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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 X Factor' Recap: The Top 10 Perform 'Rock' Songs (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 17th 2011 12:45AM
Josh Krajcik I love rock'n'roll -- but it was in seriously short supply during this week's 'X Factor.' Host Steve Jones opened the show with the ominous qualifier that the week's theme was "rock songs, or songs sung in a rock style" which was the first clue that trouble was afoot.

We heard reggae, rap, blues and ballads, but very little in the way of actual guitar-smashing, amp-blasting rock; the only one who really fulfilled the assignment was resident rocker Josh Krajcik -- go figure. Still, I'm pretty sure that Stacy Francis hit rock bottom with a screechy, tone-deaf rendition of Meat Loaf's (via Celine Dion) 'It's All Coming Back to Me Now,' and my eardrums may never recover.

Hit the jump for our full recap of the show, thankfully without the musical accompaniment.

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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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'The X Factor' Recap: Top 10 Revealed, Who Was Eliminated? (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 10th 2011 9:15PM
'The X Factor' Top 10 RevealedAs predicted, the systematic wipe-out of the groups continued on 'The X Factor' tonight, with The Stereo Hogzz and Lakoda Rayne taking the bottom two slots after America's vote. Is this proof that US audiences just aren't ready for groups in vocal competitions?

It's strange, given some of the lackluster solo performances we've seen in recent weeks, that even when the groups perform solidly, they still haven't made enough of a connection with viewers to progress further in the live rounds. I firmly believe that the remaining group will be knocked out next week, and I guess then we'll finally start to see some drama in the Thursday eliminations.

Join us after the jump to find out who was the second act to be eliminated by America (and the judges).

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'The X Factor' Recap: The Top 11 Perform Songs From the Movies (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 10th 2011 12:00AM
X Factor JudgesThis week's 'X Factor' theme was ostensibly "songs from movies," but in reality, it was just a week where the contestants sang mostly-commercial hits that have coincidentally been included on lesser-known movie soundtracks at some point in the past two decades. Totally the same difference, right?

I would've had less of a problem with the cheating if it weren't for the fact that Simon Cowell was flagrantly cheating -- if anyone actually believes that 'You, Me and Dupree' is one of his all-time favorite movies (or, indeed, a movie anyone would willingly sit through) I have an excellent Ponzi scheme for you to invest in, and it'll only cost you $5 million. And to follow that up with a song only vaguely featured in a half-finished Michael Jackson documentary about a concert? Spurious, Cowell, very spurious.

Still, questionable song choices aside, most of the contestants acquitted themselves well, with less sour notes than we've heard for the past couple of weeks. Hit the jump for our verdict, and weigh in on the acts you think are in danger of being sent home.

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Nick Jonas Books 'Last Man Standing' Role, 'Southland' Plans '227' Reunion and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 9th 2011 7:00PM
Nick JonasNick Jonas is a deadbeat dad ... on 'Last Man Standing.'

According to TVLine, Jonas will play Ryan, the absentee father of Mike Baxter's (Tim Allen) grandson. Jonas will appear in the Christmas-themed episode of the ABC comedy.

Jonas popped up on Matthew Perry's 'Mr. Sunshine' and recently filmed a guest appearance for NBC's midseason musical drama, 'Smash.'

He'll be appearing in 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' on Broadway starting this winter.

In other casting news ...

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'X Factor' Contestant Rachel Crow Was a 'Crack Baby,' Says Mother

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 9th 2011 11:45AM
Rachel Crow X FactorRachel Crow, a 13-year-old contestant on Fox's 'The X Factor,' has been wowing judges with her singing talent, but now details about her troubled childhood have surfaced.

According to E! News, Rachel's birth mother used cocaine while she was pregnant with her. After she was born, Rachel lived in a crack house before being placed in foster care. The New York Post first reported the story.

"She was born a crack baby and actually lived in a crack house and suffered a lot of abuse," Rachel's adoptive mother, Barbara Crow, told the Post. "But she is totally unaffected by it. She never looks at [her past] in a sad way. She looks at it as that is what made her the person she is."

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'The X Factor' Top 12 Recap: Who Was Eliminated? (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 3rd 2011 9:05PM
The X Factor Judges'The X Factor' just got real.

After weeks of pre-taped auditions and having to abide by the judges' (sometimes questionable) decisions in regards to which acts progressed to the next round, America finally had the chance to weigh in on the top 12 performers.

Since we all know that results shows are 95 percent filler and five percent useful information, let's skip the formalities (except to say that Astro forgot his lyrics and LeRoy Bell was blatantly lip syncing in the opening medley) and get straight to the good stuff.

The first act to be eliminated by America's vote was ...

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'The X Factor' Recap: The Top 12 Perform

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 3rd 2011 12:15AM
The X Factor JudgesAfter weeks spent shaking our heads at the judges' questionable contestant choices, the power is finally in America's hands this week, with the Top 12 'X Factor' finalists competing for your votes to remain in the competition. And, since the show was officially renewed for a second season earlier today, expect to see a whole lot more of those questionable contestant choices to come.

We got a taste of the production value and format last week, but that was just a dry run, and this week, a mediocre performance could score any act a one-way ticket back home.

Which acts brought their A-game and which were content to coast on audience goodwill in the first week of voting? Will Stacy Francis' negative press affect her chances, or are audiences more likely to target Astro for being the only rapper in a singing contest?

Join us after the jump for our verdict.

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Fox Renews 'The X Factor' for Season 2

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 2nd 2011 1:35PM
The X Factor'The X Factor' is coming back for a second season.

"I am absolutely thrilled with the news," Simon Cowell said in a statement. "I have loved making the show and I want to thank Fox, our sponsors and most importantly, the fans for supporting 'The X Factor.'"

So far Fox has aired 20 hours of the new reality series, averaging about 13 million viewers per episode.

"'The X Factor' is a monumental success," Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment at Fox, said in a statement. "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, and I'm absolutely thrilled to bring back 'The X Factor' for another fantastic season."

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