X Factor Recap: No One Wants to Be De-Seated

You could call Simon Cowell cruel for introducing the “Four-Chair Challenge” to Season 3 of The X Factor, and you wouldn’t be wrong. Like a cat who toys with semi-conscious chipmunks on his owner’s doorstep, the British crankypants spent an hour tonight slowly snuffing out┬áthe┬áhopes and dreams of more than half of the 10 teenage girls left in the competition.

Then again, not all chipmunks are meant to sing — certainly not the one in a crayon-red wig …READ MORE

The X Factor Recap: Chair Today, Gone Tomorrow

She was just a girl, standing in front of a reality singing competition panel, asking them to love* her.

Unfortunately, said girl (though American) was not Julia Roberts, the boy member of said panel (though British) was not Hugh Grant, and the story wasn’t a Hollywood romcom with a guaranteed happy ending. READ MORE

The X Factor Recap: Bad Chair Day [Updated]

Novelty acts, not-as-funny-as-you-think fame-seekers and the mentally/emotionally unstable, your time is up!

The X Factor‘s Season 3 auditions have come to their inevitable end, making way for something called “The Four-Chair Challenge.” (Cue a Christina Aguilera side-eye as she realizes this phrase sounds like what happens when …READ MORE

X Factor Recap: Putting the 'Lose' in Louisiana

I’m a big fan of recycling — even with all the accompanying shame from the clanking of sauv blanc bottles down four flights of stairs every Thursday night — but in the case of The X Factor‘s third season, we may have reached a tipping point.

Pretty much every element of the show — save for Kelly Rowland’s refreshing mix of candor and sass — has the tired scent of “been there, done that”: The cocky hot …READ MORE

The X Factor Recap: The Secret Strife of These American Teenagers [Updated]

I laughed. I cried. I seriously contemplated setting my television on fire.

Yep, it’s just another Wednesday night watching The X Factor, the show where every audience reaction shot looks like it’s coming from a wannabe actor feigning enjoyment rather than an actual human who’s digging the music. And yes, now that you ask, I was trying to bury that bit about being moved to tears …READ MORE