Reality Check: Who Won The Voice Semi-Finals --Jacquie, Tessanne or Will? Plus: Has The X Factor Earned a Fourth Season?

It’s season-finale week for The Voice and The X Factor, and to the shock of everyone here at Reality Check, America got it totally right in choosing both shows’ Top 3 contestants.

That doesn’t mean, however, that my cohost Melinda Doolittle and I don’t have plenty to disagree about this episode. For starters, we’ve got almost the exact opposite view on Read More

The X Factor Season 3 Semifinal Results Recap: What Doesn't Kill You Makes a Fighter

Can I get a slow clap for The X Factor ? (No, that’s not a subtle put-down of Paulina Rubio.)

Seriously, while the results shows of most reality singing competitions are built on a flimsy foundation of “60 seconds of news”/”59 minutes of cornmeal filler and deadly group performances,” the House That Simon Cowell Burned to the Ground Built introduced a far more entertaining twist Read More

The X Factor Top 6 Performance Recap: I Stand Here Waiting for You to Bang the Gong [Updated]

It’s easy to make fun of The X Factor, what with Demi Lovato’s crocodile tears (and atrocious, “more prouder” grammar), Simon Cowell’s bloated sense of self-importance and especially future Emmy nominee for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Paulina Rubio’s patented brand of “does this chica have a concussion?” English. (Tonight’s “oily nose”/”you are you!” critique of Carlito Olivero was beautifully absurd, but still couldn’t top Read More

Reality Check: Alex & Sierra Trump Restless Road (as Simon's Credibility Crumbles) on The X Factor! Plus: Xtina Cracks the Whip on The Voice

There are only 16 acts in total left standing on the current seasons of The Voice and The X Factor — and yet this past week’s editions of NBC and Fox’s reality singing competitions were surprisingly lackluster.

On this week’s edition of Reality Check, my cohost Melinda Doolittle and I discuss Read More

The X Factor Top 10 Results Recap: Did the Right Acts Get Booted This Week?

Pay no attention to the fact that Simon Cowell admitted on air that last week’s X Factor results were “a joke.” Or that he’s now become so cynical about his U.S.-based singing competition that he gives standing ovations to his prefab country act Restless Road solely for the extra special way they fill out their Wranglers.

By opening tonight’s Top 10 results telecast with all-caps pronouncements about Read More