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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

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