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If you can’t beat them, you might as well join them. Simon Cowell is taking a page out of of The Voice‘s playbook and incorporating a battle round during Round 2 of Boot Camp. Can we expect red swivel chairs or a reasonable facsimile for The X Factor Season 3? I wouldn’t be shocked.

Unlike the friendly Aguilera-Levine feud on The Voice or expletive-filled Minaj-Carey one on American Idol, the X Factor judges are one big happy family. So far no tension has arisen between Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid and Cowell. Since there is no friction, producers have to concoct some reality show drama. Cue season villain CeCe (with no space) Frey and likeable Paige (hole in pantyhose) Thomas. These two unwittingly became pawns in this fabricated rivalry. Both happen to pick Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” to sing and coincidentally performed one after the other. Coincidence my ass.

With both making it to Round 2, the two ladies once again find themselves pitted against each other. This time facing off in a sing-off battle. I expect Cowell to drag out this feud for as long as possible. My only wish is they don’t force the girls to tackle another Houston track. Will both make it or both be cut? Better yet, will one make it while the other one falls down to their knees sobbing. Though manipulated, I can’t wait to find out the result. I’m such a sucker for this type of drama. Check out their covers of Whitney’s signature ballad below.

check out their performances along with a few others after the jump

Although Donovan is usually the one sharing his thoughts on The X Factor this season, I thought I’d jump in for this one as he’s been a little under the weather and I also happend to have loved this episode. Actually, I’m actually loving this whole season, being a newcomer to the show (thanks to the Britney bait).

As the episode kicked off, we continued on with Trevor Moran‘s story. He had fallen ill and paramedics were called after he became faint and white in color. After several hours with the medics, he was ready to perform and boy was I glad he did. When the music started for LMFAO’s “Sexy And I Know It” hit, I started to cringe because I expected the worst – I couldn’t have been more wrong. This guy blew the judges and the audience away with his voice, confidence, and ability to entertain. Not only did this audition make me smile and laugh, it also brought a tear to my eye. I think it’s because this kid is so inspiring as he’s totally being himself and in doing so, he’s achieving his dreams. He actually is popular on YouTube already for his impromptu dances in Apple Stores. Love it.

There were some other great, and inspiring performances as well. Re-watch your favorites below.

Watch the videos after the jump…

The X Factor Season 2: Southern Charm In Greensboro

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Nothing could ever top the awesomeness that was Panda Ross from the previous night’s episode, but the Greensboro auditions provided for another spectacular evening. Britney Spears, once again, was the highlight for me. I could spend hours watching a montage of her facial reactions. Either she’s getting the hang of it, or was on some meds this episode. The “Toxic” singer looked the most comfortable I’ve seen her yet. Perhaps, it was due to being in the South and close to her “people”. Who knows? Did you see her eyes light up when Simon gave her some Southern food?

Before we get to the auditions, I just wanted to comment about all the backstage pieces. With all the captions, camera angles and contestant conversations, don’t the segments remind you of The Hills? The editing and overall feel definitely gives me the vibe of the MTV reality show. At times, I was sure Audrina and LC were going to pop up on my screen, especially during Julia Bullock’s package. Watch it again and you’ll see what I mean.

watch the videos after the jump

Panda Ross For President!!!” That’s what Nic and Matt, who came over for an impromptu X Factor viewing party, and myself kept chanting during Panda Ross’ audition. The 42-year-old barista instantly won us over with her sparkling personality. From the second she came on stage and declared her love to Simon Cowell by showing off her “single” necklace, we knew we were in for an audition we wouldn’t forget.

Panda had us in stitches when she explained how her name came to be. Apparently, her mom was in prison with a white cellmate and had the brilliant idea to name her after the black and white animal. You can’t make this sh*t up. Ross sealed the deal and solidified our adoration with her surprisingly powerful voice. She killed Sam Cooke’s “Bring it On Home“. She’s definitely the show’s black Susan Boyle.

When her audition ended, Ross still had more surprises in store for us. She began collecting mucous and required medical attention. As she was being wheeled out on a stretcher, Ross kept on entertaining with her comments. If she doesn’t win X Factor, some network should give this woman her own reality show. She’s television gold. Check out her unforgettable package below, along with other memorable moments from the episode after that.

check out Panda Ross’ audition and other memorable auditions after the jump

Just when you thought all of The X Factor casting was over, you may have forgotten about the host(s). This season there are two hosts and the cat seems to be finally out of the bag as to who they are. That’s right, there are two. Up until this point, there has been plenty of speculation, just as was the case when they were casting the judges. Now, Perez Hilton has revealed exclusively who the two hosts are.

I actually think the two that have apparently been chosen will make a great team and great hosts. They both have experience in hosting capacities and they’re both recognizable faces and liked by many. One of them is a little more controversial than the other, but I think this person will prove skeptics wrong and they’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Find out who the hosts are after the jump…

It’s one of the biggest head-to-head battles people have been looking forward to this season. Would Simon Cowell’s newly-revamped X Factor lineup beat out The Voice and their red swivel chairs? The answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no’. While NBC’s talent show won in total viewers (10.6 million versus 8.5), the FOX reality show beat its rival in the coveted 18-34 demographic and won the night in the adults 18-49. Still, Simon was rightfully worried that The Voice’s third night would steal some viewers away.

The second season premiere of X Factor garnered 8.5 million viewers, down over 3.5 million from last year. Here’s the silver lining, the show grew by 6 percent in the key demos and grew in its second hour. Given that it was up against NBC’s one-two punch of The Voice and finals of America’s Got Talent, it did well. I only expect those numbers to go up tonight when the show faces no competition. Plus I think the universal love and praise, fans and critics have bestowed on last night’s premiere will bring in more viewers. Remember it’s a marathon and not a sprint. I firmly believe X Factor will win come December.

In other singing-related news. Katie Couric revealed (spoiled) some very interesting American Idol news. Curious? Keep reading to find out.

check out Katie Couric’s reveal after the jump

I’ve said in the past that I was done with all of the singing shows because there were too many for me to keep up with, but like many bandwagon jumpers, I watched The X Factor last night and absolutely loved it. I laughed, I cried, and I can’t wait until the next episode (to check out the performances from last night, check out Donovan‘s recap here) Britney Spears was amazing as a judge and I actually loved Demi Lovato as well – she was very witty and I quite enjoyed her. Also, the backstage drama with that self-absorbed blondie judging everyone around her was also quite entertaining. She was introduced to Karma once she stepped on stage.

Anyway, last night, Simon Cowell and Britney Spears stopped by ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live‘ for quite a lengthy interview talking all things X Factor. Jimmy Kimmel didn’t hold back on anything, even bringing up the fact that Khloe Kardashian is rumored to be the host and how he thinks she’d be a trainwreck. Cowell disagreed, and actually revealed that there will be two hosts. If that’s the case, it is even more likely that Khloe is one of them.

Before their time was up on the show, Britney and Simon played The Newly X-Game (a play on The Newlywed Game) where they were quizzed on how much they know about each other. Watch all of the Britney goodness below!

Watch the segment after the jump…

Simple answer, a resounding “YES“. It was heaps better than last year’s clunky premiere. That said, there were a few moments in the middle that I snoozed off and got a little bored. A few more amazing auditions would’ve been nice, but overall it was a good combination of emotional backstories, trainwrecks and delusional fools. A good start to X Factor Season 2.

What I noticed immediately was how Simon Cowell was no longer front and center. It was definitely the Britney Spears and Demi Lovato show, with the “Toxic” singer dominating the first hour and the “Skyscraper” one shining in the second half. While Brit received all the top billing and the majority of pre-show hype, I have to say Demi was the surprise of the night. She was adorable, engaging and her chemistry with Cowell is phenomenal. The way they playfully bicker (in a non creepy way) is entertaining. Almost like a big brother, little sister type of relationship. How he constantly teases her or warns her to stay away from Niall who’s a member of his money-making machine, One Direction- it was all working. My only criticism for Spears and Lovato is their makeup. Britney needs better foundation, while her younger colleague needs to not cake so much on her face.

As much as I love the new additions to the panel, my favorite change for Season 2 has to be all the backstage footage. Without Steve Jones to awkwardly interview contestants, we receive a more candid look at what goes on behind the scenes. Without a host asking them questions to their face, contestants have to be careful what they say. You never know who’s watching or taping your conversation. Perfect example, that heinous snooty beyotch Kaci Newton. She probably had no idea all her eye rolling was going to give her the bitch edit. LOL. Check out all of last night’s auditions and montages with my commentary below.

check out a few auditions after the jump

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