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Fox Bumps 'The X Factor' for Baseball

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 13th 2011 7:00AM
'The X Factor' judgesPity the poor schedulers over at Fox. Not only have they had to bench 'New Girl' to accommodate an extended 'X Factor,' but now they've had to move 'X Factor' because of the weather and sports.

Last night's planned two-hour episode did not air because of a rain delay during Game 4 of the American League Championship Series between the Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers.

Instead, viewers on the East Coast got to see the game, while West Coast viewers were treated to a rerun of an episode from last week.

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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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Fox Benches 'New Girl' Until November: Get Ready for a Two-Hour 'X Factor'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 11th 2011 8:00AM
'The New Girl' castBad news for 'New Girl' fans, but great news for 'X Factor' and baseball fans: Fox is benching the new comedy until November in order to accommodate some scheduling tweaks.

The network has retooled its schedule slightly to allow it to air even longer episodes of 'The X Factor' as well as the MLB play-offs and World Series. This means that no new episodes of 'New Girl' will air until November.

A scheduled special airing of 'New Girl' tomorrow night will be replaced by a two-hour (count 'em) episode of 'The X Factor,' which will introduce the "judges' mansions" round of the competition.

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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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Josh Krajcik Surprises Simon Cowell 'At Last' on 'The X Factor' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 29th 2011 12:15AM
Josh Krajcik, 'The X Factor'After a lackluster start that didn't seem to spotlight nearly enough quality singers, 'The X Factor' (Wed., 8PM ET on FOX) came back much stronger in its second week. There were perhaps no stories as compelling as Chris Rene's rehab saga, but it was made up for in sheer talent.

Josh Krajcik proved to be the most unexpected surprise of the night. How many people watching just knew this was going to be a trainwreck as we saw his mother preening over him like he was the greatest singer the world has yet to meet.

Then there was the fact that he looked like she'd dragged him off the couch where he was watching 'Three Stooges' shorts eating Cheese Puffs. But when he opened his mouth and started singing Etta James' 'At Last,' every jaw in that theater dropped.

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Top 5 Clips of the Week: Emmys Beauty Pageant, Sheen Roasts Himself, 'X Factor' Flasher & More (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 24th 2011 1:30PM


This week didn't let up. Between the Emmys and the start of Fall TV, it's all kind of a blur -- but there were some moments that stood out.

The Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Emmy nominees putting on a little beauty pageant warmed our jaded hearts, Charlie Harper's death on 'Two and a Half Men' was cathartic and Sheen's speech at his Comedy Central Roast was actually ... funny.

As the week moved on, we fell hook, line and sinker for the publicity stunt that was the 'X Factor' Flasher. And the final TV scene of 'All My Children,' a bizarre cliffhanger overflowing with soapy goodness, pretty much tied the whole week together.

Check out the clips after the jump to relive the week that was, and vote for your favorite in our weekly poll.

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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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Paula Abdul Reflects on 'The X Factor' Flasher (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 22nd 2011 6:15PM
Many Americans were undoubtedly horrified by the male flasher on 'The X Factor' premiere, but judge Paula Abdul was actually made physically ill by the spectacle. With her stomach settled, she went on 'Good Day New York' (Weekdays, 9amET on Fox) to reflect on the harrowing experience.

Apparently the guy wasn't totally nude, but still, there were bits and pieces flying everywhere. "He had some very loose things that were flailing all over the place," Paula said. "People were leaving the building."

Paula didn't know why the man wasn't arrested for indecent exposure. We're not sure why he wasn't pulled off the stage sooner. Then again, if he was, what would we be talking about today?

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