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  • 'X Factor' Recap: Melanie Amaro Takes the Crown

    'X Factor' Recap: Melanie Amaro Takes the Crown | ARTICLE

    From the images of planets colliding in the opening credits to the sheer number of times that Pepsi has been mentioned, glimpsed or guzzled on-air, The X Factor didn't hesitate to do it up big this season....

    December 23, 2011 1:15 PM ET
  • 'X Factor' Recap: Melanie Amaro and R. Kelly Conquer All

    'X Factor' Recap: Melanie Amaro and R. Kelly Conquer All | ARTICLE

    "There is no second place prize," Josh Krajcik explains to those of us who don't know how finales work. Boom, for the grand close of The X Factor, we're in familiar territory from the start. Steve Jones,...

    December 22, 2011 10:45 AM ET
  • 'X Factor' Recap: Marcus Canty Bites the Dust

    'X Factor' Recap: Marcus Canty Bites the Dust | ARTICLE

    The inmates are running the asylum. Simon Cowell and the gang were stripped of their magical decision-making powers last night and forced to watch as America decided which contestants moved on to the finale. There were no...

    December 16, 2011 11:10 AM ET
  • 'X Factor' Recap: Melanie Amaro Dominates Semifinals

    'X Factor' Recap: Melanie Amaro Dominates Semifinals | ARTICLE

    Before the performances even begin, there's a dramatization of last week's already way-dramatic Rachelgate affair. Everything occurs in slow-motion, like a parody of reenactments you might find on The Simpsons. Then, suddenly, the final four are on...

    December 15, 2011 11:05 AM ET
  • 'X Factor' Recap: Rachel Crow Breaks Down

    'X Factor' Recap: Rachel Crow Breaks Down | ARTICLE

    Welcome back to the Making Children Cry Hour, a show about breaking the hearts of young people and leaving them inconsolable. It's sort of like the gladiatorial competitions of yore, only the lions have names like Nicole...

    December 9, 2011 11:05 AM ET
  • 'X Factor' Recap: The Finalists' Last-Minute Saves

    'X Factor' Recap: The Finalists' Last-Minute Saves | ARTICLE

    After a Tearful Moments montage, reminding us of last week's surprise ending, last night’s opening suggests the theme this week is war. "Prepare for all-out war," goes the bombastic voiceover. "This is war," LA says, in...

    December 8, 2011 11:40 AM ET
  • 'X Factor' Finalists Speak Out

    'X Factor' Finalists Speak Out | ARTICLE

    The first season of The X Factor, Simon Cowell's triumphant return to televised musical swordsmanship, is finally drawing to a close. To think it all began with September's auditions, with an overcrowded crop of 164 contestants jockeying...

    December 7, 2011 12:00 PM ET
  • Fan Favorites Drew and Astro Discuss Getting Booted From 'X Factor'

    Fan Favorites Drew and Astro Discuss Getting Booted From 'X Factor' | ARTICLE

    Last night’s episode of The X Factor had more twists and turns then a rope factory hit by a hurricane. A lot of entertaining characters have come and gone over the course of this inaugural season,...

    December 2, 2011 5:15 PM ET
  • 'X Factor' Recap: Night of Shocking Twists Ends With Tearful Goodbye

    'X Factor' Recap: Night of Shocking Twists Ends With Tearful Goodbye | ARTICLE

    "It was an unforgettable night," says fully clothed underwear model, Steve Jones, of The X Factor's previous episode. Unforgettable isn't necessarily a positive descriptor, though; especially in this instance, when it refers to the Bonanza of Suck...

    December 2, 2011 11:10 AM ET
  • 'X Factor' Recap: Two Guests Stop By, Two Contestants Leave for Good

    'X Factor' Recap: Two Guests Stop By, Two Contestants Leave for Good | ARTICLE

    On Tuesday night's Thanksgiving-themed episode, the contestants dedicated each performance to the person for whom they felt most thankful. (Parental units were amply represented here.) After Wednesday night, seven of the nine acts have even more to...

    November 24, 2011 10:55 AM ET
  • 'X Factor' Recap: Marcus Canty Throws a Mamapalooza

    'X Factor' Recap: Marcus Canty Throws a Mamapalooza | ARTICLE

    After the astronomical levels of drama last week, when a certain pint-sized rapper nearly refused to perform, this Thanksgiving episode promises to be a feel-good palate-cleanser. However, between the overdose of saccharine song dedications and some overheated...

    November 23, 2011 4:05 PM ET
  • 'X Factor' Recap: Astro Falls Back to Earth, Avoids Going Home

    'X Factor' Recap: Astro Falls Back to Earth, Avoids Going Home | ARTICLE

    We sure learned a lot of lessons on Wednesday's performance episode of The X Factor. LA Reid and Simon Cowell let it be known that they're not above even the pettiest of schoolyard squabbles. Celine Dion, Diddy,...

    November 18, 2011 10:25 AM ET
  • 'X Factor' Recap: Josh Krajcik Shines During Rock Week

    'X Factor' Recap: Josh Krajcik Shines During Rock Week | ARTICLE

    "It's either going to be fantastic or it's going to be a train wreck," says noted clairvoyant Simon Cowell at the top of last night's Rock Week episode. "I vote train wreck." Of course you do, Simon....

    November 17, 2011 11:45 AM ET
  • 'The X-Factor' Recap: Paula's Groups Are Dropping Like Flies

    'The X-Factor' Recap: Paula's Groups Are Dropping Like Flies | ARTICLE

    It's the second live results show, and the second week in a row where it all boils down to two of Paula's groups facing off against each other – like Russell Crowe and an unlucky peasant-slave fighting...

    November 11, 2011 1:45 PM ET
  • 'X Factor' Recap: Just Like in the Movies

    'X Factor' Recap: Just Like in the Movies | ARTICLE

    It's Movie Night on The X Factor. All of this week's performances are soundtrack songs, leaving the door open for less predictable fare like Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Though of course it turns out there's no...

    November 10, 2011 11:55 AM ET
  • 'X Factor' Recap: Now With 100 Percent Less Intensity

    'X Factor' Recap: Now With 100 Percent Less Intensity | ARTICLE

    The thing about making predictions is that none of us knows what the future holds. The one true crystal ball is that which comprises the borders of each day, its truths made evident only in passing. Man...

    November 4, 2011 1:30 PM ET
  • 'X Factor' Recap: Kids in America

    'X Factor' Recap: Kids in America | ARTICLE

    At the conclusion of last week's marathon two-and-a-half-hour X Factor, the judges eliminated five contestants. This week, dapper man-candy host Steve Jones announces that, for the first time, the judgment ball is in the viewer's court, so...

    November 3, 2011 11:05 AM ET
  • 'X Factor' Recap: It's a Real Live Free-for-All

    'X Factor' Recap: It's a Real Live Free-for-All | ARTICLE

    Fleeing the sanctity of the judges' homes, the competition goes live in front of a stadium-sized audience, extending the show's already-formidable length to two-and-a-half hours. Fortunately for us, the judges can now slam each other over song...

    October 26, 2011 11:30 AM ET
  • 'X Factor' Recap: Back on the Chopping Block

    'X Factor' Recap: Back on the Chopping Block | ARTICLE

    Over two days of performances in the judges' homes, very little was revealed that we didn't already know. Also, there were precious few glimpses inside the houses themselves – meaning we may never find out what Simon...

    October 19, 2011 10:25 AM ET
  • 'X Factor' Recap: Home Is Where the Coaching Is

    'X Factor' Recap: Home Is Where the Coaching Is | ARTICLE

    Boot camp whittled the crop down to the Final 32, a phrase that's thrown around a lot this episode. Incidentally, calling it the Final 32 is a misnomer because a) there will be many more groups of...

    October 14, 2011 11:25 AM ET
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