1. L.A. Reid Leaving 'The X Factor'

    December 13, 2012 7:45 PM EST The two-season judge and Epic Records chairman will not be returning for the Fox show's third season. L.A. Reid is leaving "The X Factor." The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the reality TV judge will not be returning to the Fox series for season three. The Epic Records…

  2. 'X Factor' Names Khloe Kardashian, Mario Lopez Co-Hosts

    October 16, 2012 9:31 PM EDT "X Factor" fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Only two weeks before season two enters live shows, it has been announced that the series' co-hosts will be Khloe Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez. Both TV personalities tweeted the news on Tuesday afternoon, followed by a…

  3. Simon Cowell: NBC Pitting 'The Voice' vs. 'X Factor' Is 'Mean Spirited'

    September 06, 2012 6:00 PM EDT With the second season premiere of his Fox series "The X Factor" just a week away, Simon Cowell had a lot to say about the show's competition, "The Voice." NBC's reality competition series will be airing at the same time as "X Factor" next Wednesday, a…

  4. Britney Spears, Demi Lovato to Judge 'X Factor'

    May 14, 2012 4:50 PM EDT Following months of speculation, Fox has finally announced that Britney Spears and Demi Lovato will be judging the second season of Simon Cowell's singing competition show, "X Factor." Both pop stars appeared at Fox's Upfronts presentation in New York on Monday (May 14)…

  5. Britney Spears Locked In For 'X Factor'? Fox Offers 'No Comment'

    May 09, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Following months of speculation, E! has confirmed that Britney Spears has finally signed her contract to be a judge on the sophomore season of Fox's "X Factor." When contacted by Billboard.com, a spokesperson for the show refused to confirm and Fox had no comment. It was…

  6. Sex Pistols' John Lydon on Turning Down the Olympics

    May 03, 2012 2:00 PM EDT "If you censor the words of any one song, you're killing the honesty and I couldn't tolerate that" The Summer Olympics Games organizers in London weren't about to allow the Sex Pistols any anarchy in the U.K., so the famed punk band, unsurprisingly, chose not to play…

  7. Miley? Demi? Avril? Reports Vary for 'X Factor' Judge

    May 01, 2012 7:11 PM EDT The stars are reportedly aligning for "The X Factor." According to several reports, Simon Cowell's singing competition is eyeing a number of singers to join the sharp-tongued Brit and L.A. Reid on the judge's panel. E! Online reports Miley Cyrus is being considered for the…

  8. Britney Spears Closing $15 Million 'X Factor' Deal: Report

    April 18, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Lately there's been speculation that Britney Spears is in talks to judge the sophomore season of Fox's "X Factor," but the singer is finally close to closing a $15 million deal with the network, TMZ reports. The debut season of Simon Cowell's singing reality show…

  9. Britney to 'X Factor'? Simon Cowell Says 'Wait and See'

    March 13, 2012 6:00 PM EDT As the hunt for the next "X Factor" judges continues, Simon Cowell continues to play coy on who will replace Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger at the judges table. As The Hollywood Reporter first reported, Britney Spears could be nearing a deal to make her reality series debut as a…

  10. Janet Jackson Says No to 'X Factor'

    March 02, 2012 9:30 AM EST Janet Jackson, Pink, Katy Perry, Fergie, Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne -- the reported candidates for the two open judges' spots on Fox's "The X Factor" keep rolling in. But one of those artists apparently isn't interested: Jackson has taken herself out of the running…

  11. Janet Jackson Flirts With Joining 'X Factor'

    February 17, 2012 9:45 AM EST Just one week after The Hollywood Reporter broke news that Whitney Houston was under consideration for a judge's seat on the show, reports have surfaced that another pop icon is throwing her hat in the ring. After an awkward interaction with Anderson Cooper on Thursday, in which Jackson…

  12. Simon Cowell Talks 'X Factor' Firings, Plays Down Mariah & Beyonce Rumors

    February 08, 2012 9:55 AM EST Also in New Interview, Takes a Swipe at 'The Voice': 'How Many Records Have They Made?' Simon Cowell has some explaining to do, and he's never been one to mince words. The X Factor creator and judge spoke at length about the bloodbath at occurred on Monday, Jan. 30,…

  13. 'X Factor' Exorcism: Paula Abdul & Nicole Scherzinger Out

    January 31, 2012 1:40 AM EST Host Steve Jones Also Axed From Simon Cowell's Music Reality Show The "X Factor" news came fast and furious on Monday night -- first, that host Steve Jones would not be returning, then that judge Nicole Scherzinger was exiting and finally that Paula Abdul also would be shown…

  14. 'X Factor': The Best & Worst Moments

    December 23, 2011 2:00 PM EST Last night (Dec. 22) marked the final episode of "X Factor's" debut U.S. season, and while some moments will live on in our hearts, there are also a few things that we can never unsee. Melanie Amaro Crowned 'X Factor' Winner Of course all of the finalists'…

  15. 'X Factor' Winner Melanie Amaro Has Producers Lining Up

    December 23, 2011 10:35 AM EST 'Shocked' Singer to Surprise With Debut Album; Simon Says 3 Other Finalists on His Wish List Big, soaring ballads brought the first "X Factor" crown to Melanie Amaro, but the young singer says she cannot be pigeonholed so easily. "I'm not going to tell anyone,…

  16. Melanie Amaro Crowned 'X Factor' Winner

    December 22, 2011 10:35 PM EST Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, Leona Lewis, Pitbull, Ne-Yo and 50 Cent Perform During Two-Hour Special Although two people went home with nothing (except the knowledge that the record labels will soon be clamoring for their signatures), spirits were high at tonight's "X Factor"…

  17. 'X Factor' Recap: Final 3 Get Help From Avril, Alanis & R. Kelly

    December 21, 2011 11:45 PM EST Night Before Big Decision, Simon Says Melanie 'Should Be the Winner' With a $5 million decision hanging over the contestants' heads, the pressure during the final "X Factor" performances was on for Josh, Chris and Melanie. Alanis Morissette , Avril Lavigne and R.…

  18. 'X Factor': Elimination Sends 3 to Finale

    December 16, 2011 9:00 AM EST Simon Cowell Critiques Fellow Judge Nicole Scherzinger's Song Performance With the "X Factor" finale just around the corner, the remaining four contestants faced their second-to-last elimination last night. There were no "save me" songs and no judging: the decision…

  19. 'X Factor' Semi-Finals: Three Contestants Shine, One Performance 'Horrific'

    December 15, 2011 11:00 AM EST Following last week's shocking elimination, Wednesday's episode of "X Factor" began on a somber note as the final four contestants continued to compete for a spot in next week's finale episodes. Each performer sang two songs, including one chosen by the fans -- a…

  20. 'X Factor': Deadlock Decision Ends in Tears All Around

    December 09, 2011 10:05 AM EST All in all, Thursday's "X Factor" elimination wasn't really a good night for anyone. The contestant who stayed had to feel like the audience didn't want him there, the performer sent home only did so after collapsing onstage in tears, Nicole was booed off the stage…

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