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X Factor Season 3: Top 12 Results Show

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I wouldn’t say Thursday night’s results were shocking, but definitely surprising. I can’t believe the truly awful acts advanced, let alone escaped the bottom three. Instead, the ones that were cut were actually acts that didn’t make me cringe whenever they performed. What was America thinking? Check out all the results below, the Save Me sing-off and performances by Selena Gomez and Fifth Harmony.

watch all the videos after the jump

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Can we just stick a fork in it, because The X Factor is done. I don’t even know why I’m still covering it. With dwindling ratings and mediocre talent when compared to The Voice, the FOX show is on major life support. Even Simon Cowell looks disinterested with the outcome. It’s the same look he had during his last season on American Idol. Dare I even say, he’s embarrassed sitting on the panel. I would be too, if these are the best twelve acts from the auditions. With that being said, the only performances I can stomach are usually Cowell’s groups. Smells like sabotage to me.

Thankfully, producers are expediting things by having a triple elimination this week. After last week’s technical mishap, one act was immediately cut before the performances. The unlucky one to get the boot was Carlos Guevara. At least America is getting it right. He’s horrible.

Too bad viewers weren’t in charge of song choices and everything else. Perhaps, the X Factor could be saved. Nah! Nothing can do that. Oh well, let’s get to the performances.

check out all the performances after the jump

Motown Week? Really, Simon Cowell? What is this, American Idol? With that being said, I will say for the most part, The X Factor finalists delivered solid performances. There wasn’t a true trainwreck from the Top 13. Yup, you read that right.. Top 13.

Cowell and company agreed that one contestant was robbed during last week’s show and brought them back. The lucky recipient was Josh Levi. BOO. It should’ve been James Kenney. I only commented on my Top 5 picks, but you can check out all the performances below. See if you agree with my choices.

Breaking News: Due to a technical glitch, there will be no elimination on Thursday’s show. Check out FOX’s statement below.

As a result of a graphics error (incorrect voting numbers were displayed on screen) during the performance recap at the end of tonight’s East Coast broadcast of THE X FACTOR, the Top 13 acts will perform their “Save Me” songs for America’s re-vote, in a live, one-hour performance show airing tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed). The results from tomorrow night’s vote will be revealed next week on THE X FACTOR airing Wednesday, Nov. 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

watch the performances after the jump

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.

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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.

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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

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