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The X Factor Recap: Blue Man's Groups

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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]

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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

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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 the hopes 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

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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 Exclusive Sneak Peek: The 'Four-Chair Challenge' — There Will Be Tears!

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The X Factor unveils its new middle round, the Four-Chair Challenge, tonight (8/7c on Fox), and from the following exclusive video preview, it looks like tensions will run higher than a stalled elevator full of Republican and Democrat legislators. READ MORE & WATCH VIDEO


The X Factor Recap: Bad Chair Day [Updated]

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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


The X Factor Recap: Whole World's Upside Down

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Stop giving me White Castle and telling me it’s filet mignon! That, in a Styrofoam container, is my desperate message to Simon Cowell and his producing cronies at The X Factor. READ MORE & TAKE OUR POLL


Ratings: X Factor Hits Low, Old Bangs Top Night

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Can Fox stem its loss of X appeal?

The X Factor this Thursday night drew just north of 6 million viewers while scoring a 1.9 demo rating — down 12 and 14 percent week-to-week to hit all-time lows for the singing competition.

Over on NBC, the Million Second Quiz finale …READ MORE


X Factor Recap: Putting the 'Lose' in Louisiana

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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


Ratings: Survivor's Return Tops Night, Big Brother Finale Down, X Factor Steady

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The premiere of Survivor: Blood Vs. Water on Wednesday drew 9.5 million total viewers and a 2.6 rating — down double digits from last fall’s Philippines launch (11.4 mil/3.2) but up from the onset of February’s Caramoan edition (9 mil/2.4) and topping the night in the demo.

Leading out of that, the Big Brother finale …READ MORE