The X Factor Recap: Motown Operandi

Like that expensive cheese in your fridge that unexpectedly presents with a patch of furry blue mold, The X Factor is the reality competition that asks the eternal question: To toss the whole package into the trash compactor with a satisfying whirr — or to press the CTRL+SCRAPE+EAT button.

Tonight’s Season 3 Top 13 performance night spent two hours framing said debate: READ MORE

The X Factor Recap: Restless Road Syndrome

On a purely surface level — which is most likely Simon Cowell’s ideal criteria for critique — The X Factor got plenty of things right with Tuesday night’s Top 16 performance show.

For starters, can I get a “huzzah” for the total absence of hokey backstories (or any backstories whatsoever)? And then, of course, we have to applaud the dramatic cutback in gruesome closeups of weeping child singers. (This time around, evicted contestants were quickly ushered out of the camera’s view, presumably to be met by a hooded figure …READ MORE

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The X Factor Exclusive: Watch the Season 3 Top 16 Rock Their First Photo Shoot

Carlito Olivero performs a hat trick. Khaya Cohen gets her dance on. Lillie McCloud proves she’s still got the best hair in the competition. And Restless Road appear to engage in silent harmonizing.

Yes, folks, The X Factor‘s Season 3 Top 16 photo shoot is in the books, and we’ve got exclusive first look at the corresponding video footage. READ MORE & WATCH VIDEO

The X Factor Recap: Blue Man's Groups

The X Factor‘s great Season 3 experiment — the “Four-Chair Challenge” — is over, Simon Cowell’s category being the last to complete the Thunderdome-esque “Ten acts enter! Four acts leave!” shenanigans. Was this new round — which replaced “Bootcamp” and “Judges’ Houses” a success? READ MORE

The X Factor Recap: Bring Me the Head of Paulina Rubio! [Insert Crowd Roaring Here]

Paulina Rubio (Code name: “Still No Idea Who That Is”) finally got her Big Moment on The X Factor tonight. The occupant of the Britney Spears Chair of English Manglage and Barely Formed Thoughts has shone especially dim during her Season 3 tenure — particularly sitting alongside the high-wattage wit and wisdom of Kelly Rowland and the scrappy sparkle of Demi Lovato.

Unfortunately for POW-leena …READ MORE