The rundown on this week's X Factor elimination - only six finalists left!
It’s that time again – time for an X Factor roundup – who lost, who left and who made the final six this past Thursday night ? Spoilers ahoy! Despite it being Turkey Day, Lillie McCloud and Josh Levi had one less reason to be thankful. This marked an interesting stage of the competition, as McCloud, a 54-year-old from Orlando, FL, and Levi, a 15-year-old from Houston, TX were ousted, making this the night when the eldest and one of the youngest contestants were simultaneously eliminated.
Lovato's team remained safe as Rion Paige survived to sing another day.
Levi left after finding himself in the bottom two alongside 13-year-old Rion Paige from Jacksonville, Florida. Josh, who competed as part of Paulina Rubio’s “Boys” group, had his future in the competition hanging by a thread, as the judges vote was split equally between him and Paige – 2-2. In the end, it was revealed that the 15-year-old had received fewer viewer votes and Paige’s spot in the final six was secure. Paige is the youngest remaining contestant and part of Demi Lovato’s Girls team.
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It's too early to tell, but Cowell hopes that third time really is the charm.
The panel has been revealed, the dust has settled and now Simon Cowell believes the X Factor is finally on the right track. Besides the axing of Britney Spears and La Reid and the addition of their replacements Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio, there are several changes to the show format this season as well.
Cowell has been tweaking the American show for the past three years.
There is only one host now. Mario Lopez will take on hosting duties all on his own, following Chloe Kardashian’s departure. During auditions, the contestants will have to go through an additional middle round: an added surprise for the contestants, who will be separated into four groups as usual – Boys, Girls, Over 25s and Groups. With these subtle changes, but mostly with the new judging panel, Cowell believes that the show is finally closer to the mark.
Cowell was remarkably nice in reference to Britney's time on the "X Factor."
Simon Cowell’s recent appearance on Ellen was certainly eye-opening. Like so many celebrities before him, the surly X Factor producer opened up to the likeable talk show host about the Britney experiment – Britney Spears’ brief run as an X Factor judge.
He had his reasons.
Surprisingly, Cowell was relatively mild in his Britney comments and didn’t actually bash anything about her judging prowess. Instead, he simply commented: "There was a time where I think everybody was trying to up themselves in terms of who could find the biggest known star to be on a panel," Cowell said, naming American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez and the "other one...blondie" on The Voice, in reference to Christina Aguilera.
Demi Lovato had an uneasy relationship with her father, though she laid him to rest last week.
Demi Lovato has told Twitter followers that she has put her father to rest, thanking fans for their support in the wake of his death. Patrick Lovato, 54, divorced from Demi's mother Dianna De La Garza in 1994. The X-Factor judge sung about her strained relationship with her father on the 2011 track 'For The Love of a Daughter,' implying he struggled with alcohol issues.
Demi Lovato At The Much Music Video Awards in 2013
"Today I put my Daddy to rest.... hardest thing I've ever done.. But I know great things will come of this...," Lovato wrote on Saturday. "There's an overwhelming sense of peace knowing my dad is no longer battling his demons anymore and that makes me so happy." In a 2009 interview with the New York Daily News, Lovato opened up about her decision to cut ties with father Patrick, saying, "The last time I talked to him was two years ago," she said. "You try to have faith in somebody, even when you're the last person that believes in him. But when somebody lets you down after you've been the only one there for them, and so many times, you don't know what to do."
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Kelly Rowland broke down on-stage during a concert in Washington.
Kelly Rowland broke down in tears while performing her new track 'Dirty Laundry' - a song about her previous jealously of best pal Beyonce - during a show in Washington this week. The crowd cheered for the R&B singer during her tearful delivery of the emotional song, leaving Rowland to stop and wipe away the tears.
In the new track, the former Destiny's Child singer speaks about how her abusive former boyfriend turned her against Beyonce. "Bird in a café. You'd never know what I was dealing with. Went our separate ways but I was happy she was killin' it. Bittersweet, she was up, I was down.No lie, I feel good for her but what do I do now?" she sings. In a video from the Washington gig, Rowland, 32, is seen sitting on a stool and singing before choking up and having to bow her head. Buoyed by the crowd, she continues the song before telling fans, "Doing this song for me was so therapeutic. Honesty, like my mama always says, is always the best policy."
Watch Kelly Rowland crying:
'Dirty Laundry' features on Rowland's forthcoming studio album - another song 'You've Changed' was released on Tuesday (May 28, 2013) and features both Beyonce and Michelle Williams. The singer was recently confirmed as a new judge on Simon Cowell's X-Factor USA having previously worked on the British version of the singing contest. She joins Cowell, Demi Lovato and Latin pop star, Paulina Rubio on the new look panel.
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The pair could make up a 75% female judging team
Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio are set to replace L.A Reid and Britney Spears as X-Factor judges. This would not only complete the judging team, but ensure that Simon Cowell is the only male on it – now we see what this whole X-Factor thing was about.
Rowland and Rubio - ready for The X-Factor gauntlet
Rowland, of course, has pedigree; she was successful as a judge on the U.K X-Factor, handing out opinions on the eighth season of the talent show. The transition for her should be smooth. Rubio has experience, but not on the same level. She worked on the popular La Voz…Mexico, which shares a similar format. "Rowland was on the highest-rated UK season," a source close to the show tells E! "We have a lot of faith in her as a judge." Hilary Duff, Katy Perry and Cheryl Cole have all been rumoured to return for the show, but they look to have missed out. Cole certainly would be a surprise considering her ill-fated attempt to judge in the U.S. Production on the next season of 'The X Factor' begins on Tuesday.
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