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Katy Perry scored her second No. 1 album of her career. Prism moved 286,000 copies, making it the largest sales week this year for a female artist. It sneaked past Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz which debuted with 270,000. Prism’s first week total also beat her previous album, Teenage Dream, which notched 192,000 units back in 2010.

Also making a Top 10 debut this week were Simon Cowell’s Fifth Harmony. The quintet sold 28,000 copies to land at No. 6. It’s pretty impressive given they only had an EP with six songs, two of which were released months ago. As sad as it is, they’re the highest-charting act born from the U.S. edition of The X Factor. Emblem3 who released a full-length album earlier this year landed at No. 7. Not a bad start for the ladies. Check out a recent performance of them covering Spice Girls below.

watch 5H cover Spice Girls after the jump

Not to quote the most overused term in the 21st century, but boy was tonight pitchy, pitchy, pitchy. Whether it was nerves or due to production’s inability to get the sound right, most of the singers couldn’t hit a note to save them.

How does The Voice rarely get a bum performance, yet The X Factor is littered with them. Even though the talent is substandard as a whole, I just can’t break up with the FOX show. With all that being said, there were a couple of standouts. In the end, all you need is one or two acts to emerge as viable recording artists.

Going into tonight’s show I made predictions on which act each judge would eliminate. Thankfully, I didn’t place any bets as I only got one right- Demi’s group. Watch all the performances below and see if the judges made the right decisions.

Before you watch the vids though, can I just mention how much it irritates me to no end how Mario Lopez pronounces Paulina’s name. We get it Mario, you speak Spanish. Speaking of Paulina, if it’s at all possible, she’s saying even less than Britney Spears last year. Production barely gives her a chance to speak and when she has an opportunity, it’s a muddled mess. Bring Brit back!!!

watch all the performances after the jump

The X Factor returns after being sidelined by the MLB playoffs. On tonight’s show, the field narrows down from 16 to 12. Each judge can only choose three acts to move forward, eliminating one act each.

For the first time ever, the FOX singing competition will allow social media votes to act as the fifth judge. Starting at 12pm ET/9am PT today, fans can make their voice heard using special hashtags on Twitter and Instagram. Whether or not the results actually influence any of the judges’ final decisions remains to be seen. However, it’ll be interesting to see the real-time results during the live show as each act performs. More interestingly, if any of the judges ignore the public vote.

I’m going to go out on a limb and predict which act each judge will eliminate regardless of their performance tonight. For Paulina, I’m going with Carlos Guevara. With the girls, Demi will cut Danie Geimer. Meanwhile, Jeff Gutt will get the axe from Kelly. Last and certainly not least, Simon will surprisingly discard one of his manufactured acts. So long Sweet Suspense. You’re no Fifth Harmony 😉 Check out the special hashtags below along with makeover pics.

check out the makeover promo photos after the jump

Girls United isn’t letting Simon Cowell’s rejection slow them down. Alex, Candi, and Nichole plan to forge ahead and conquer the music industry on their own. Truth be told, the US edition of The X Factor hasn’t produced one superstar yet. Only minor successes with Emblem3 and Fifth Harmony have been produced thus far. I’m sure Girls United will do fine on their own. Or at the very least won’t do any worse had they placed 6th or 10th in the competition.

Even though their Four Chair Challenge performance wasn’t anything to write home about, I was still rooting for the girls. Mostly because I’ve been a fan of Nichole Cordova (the blonde) for years. She was the only one in Robin Antin’s girl group Girlicious I could stand. Plus, she was the most talented in my book.

According to their press release, they’ve been described as a cross between female super groups the Spice Girls and TLC, whom they consider pioneers of the Girl Power movement in music. How hilarious is it that Antin’s Pussycat Dolls are nowhere to be mentioned. LMFAO.

Hot off their X Factor rejection, the girls recorded a cover of Ariana Grande’s “Pink Champagne” and filmed a music video. It’s actually pretty good, considering I’m assuming the budget was limited at best. Check out the fun clip below. Based on it, Simon should’ve kept them instead of his new manufactured girl group, Sweet Suspense. #justsaying.

watch the videos after the jump

The X Factor Season 3: Meet The Top 16 (Spoilers)

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As you’ve probably noticed, I haven’t recapped the past couple episodes of The X Factor. The reason being, I didn’t want to pretend I didn’t already know who advanced. At the end of the last episode, the FOX singing competition revealed the Top 40 and which judge was mentoring what group. For those who love spoilers, I have the names of those who survived the Four Chair Challenge to advance to the live rounds.

Speaking of the new phase of the competition, I’m really looking forward to it. As much as I love the judges’ homes in previous seasons, this new twist looks like it’s going to provide lots of drama, emotion, and amazing performances. According to FOX, the singers will one by one sing for the judges. If their respective mentor likes what they hear, they can place them in one of the chairs. If all four chairs are occupied and an amazing performance follows, they can swap out one of the existing acts to make room. DRAMA. Check out the rumored Top 16 below, along with their audition performances.

check out the Top 16 after the jump

X Factor Season 3: Episode 4 Auditions

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Is it me or does this season of The X Factor seem more streamlined? There doesn’t seem to be as many awful auditions as in seasons’ past. While I know some enjoy them, I can do without. At this point, we’ve seen and definitely heard it all.

Check out Thursday’s auditions below. There’s a cutie in the mix that can do some serious damage if he improves. If you only have time to watch one, jump straight to Andrew Scholz. He’s not the second coming by any means, but at least he’s easy on the eyes.

check out the auditions after the jump

X Factor Season 3: Episode 3 Auditions

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The X Factor isn’t getting anywhere the amount of headlines it received the first couple of seasons, but I have to say this is the best season yet. Even without Britney Spears’ priceless facial reactions, the episodes so far have been entertaining with very promising talent. I’m definitely enjoying it.

If Simon Cowell and his angels pick the right contestants to make it to the live rounds, this season could yield the most viable artists to date. Everyone loves a rags-to-riches Cinderella story and this season certainly has it. The first week had more outstanding talent, but there are a couple acts who have potential in this episode. Check them out below.

check out the auditions after the jump

X Factor Season 3: Episode 2 Auditions

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Poor Simon Cowell. The X Factor’s third season is off to a rocky start with regards to ratings. Without the hype of Britney Spears, the premiere was way down when compared to last year. The show was decreased about 27 percent in viewers and 36 percent in adults 18-49. OUCH. Typically, the show increases as it reaches the live rounds. Hopefully, that trend continues otherwise this could be the singing competition’s swan song.

Even though The X Factor isn’t the ratings powerhouse as The Voice, I enjoy it much more. While neither have produced a huge star yet, Cowell’s show has at least done so with the UK version. One Direction, Leona Lewis anyone?

Just like yesterday’s post, I’m only going to discuss the acts that advanced. There’s really no point in talking about the trainwrecks. At this point, we’ve seen it all through 13 seasons of American Idol. While collectively yesterday’s talent was better, there were still a couple of standouts. Check them all out below.

check out the auditions after the jump

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