1. 'X Factor' Finale: Demi Lovato, LeAnn Rimes Among Duet Partners

    December 18, 2012 9:30 AM EST As the "X Factor"'s remaining three competitors prepare for their final battle, they'll have a little professional help. Following suit with last year's tradition, each contestant will be joined by a celebrity musician for a star-powered duet. At a press conference…

  2. L.A. Reid's 'X Factor' Exit: Show Slow to Create Epic Records Stars

    December 13, 2012 9:27 PM EST With just a week to go until the second season of "The X Factor" wraps, Epic Records chairman and CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid has chosen to focus on his day job rather than do A&R from a seat on a TV show. It's not an imprudent move. Reid made the first season of …

  3. Britney Spears Crushes Old Duet Partner in 'X Factor' Debut

    September 13, 2012 11:05 AM EDT Singer Offers Breathless Critiques Throughout Premiere: "You need a new teacher. To teach you how to sing" Britney Spears got down to business in her "X Factor" debut Wednesday night, dispensing blunt-but-fair rulings on some singers, cheery encouragement to others and…

  4. 'X Factor's' Simon Cowell & L.A. Reid: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 10, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Can the 'X' Men Turn the Show's Ratings Into Music Success? This is an excerpt. For a longer version, grab a copy of Billboard . The singing competition field is crowded, to say the least. It's been 11 years since "Pop Idol" debuted in the United Kingdom, and 10…

  5. 'X Factor's' Melanie Amaro Working With Tricky Stewart, 'Surprise' Writers

    March 06, 2012 3:30 PM EST "X Factor" winner Melanie Amaro has completed four or five songs for her debut album, a mixture of ballads and upbeat pop songs. "Before 'X Factor,' I wasn't recording, just singing in church and at small events. So being in the studio is a brand new world for me…

  6. Josh Krajcik of 'X Factor' Working With Adele's Producer

    February 22, 2012 9:35 AM EST "X Factor" runner-up Josh Krajcik is well on his way to a major label debut. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the former burrito slinger is in the studio with British producer and two-time Ivor Novello Award recipient Eg White, best known for producing Adele's breakout…

  7. 'X-Factor's' Astro and Marcus Canty Sign To Epic Records

    January 18, 2012 4:00 PM EST Although Melanie Amaro was the official winner of the first season of "X-Factor," fellow contestants, Astro and Marcus Canty, walked away winners as well. Astro, born Brian Bradley, and Canty, have both signed deals with Epic Records, re-uniting with "X-Factor" judge, Epic…

  8. 'X Factor's' Chris Rene: Epic Records Deal Imminent, Say Sources

    January 04, 2012 1:11 PM EST The ink has yet to hit the paper, but like "X Factor" winner Melanie Amaro, finalist Chris Rene will soon sign a recording contract with Epic Records, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter. The Santa Cruz-based rapper, who was mentored by "X Factor" judge and Epic Records…

  9. '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,…

  10. 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"…

  11. '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.…

  12. 50 Cent Joining Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder on 'X Factor' Finale

    December 21, 2011 9:52 PM EST Fox's "The X Factor" judges are pulling out their formidable rolodexes to make sure that Thursday's finale results show helps the series go out with a bang. L.A. Reid has now added rapper 50 Cent to the mix. And an inside source tells The Hollywood Reporter that the…

  13. '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…

  14. '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…

  15. '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…

  16. 'X Factor': Top 5 Take on Two Songs Each, Simon Wants A Nicole Voodoo Doll

    December 08, 2011 10:50 AM EST With only five contestants left and an hour and a half time slot to fill, each "X Factor" performer sang two songs Wednesday night: one of their own choosing and the second a hit transformed into a dance track. In true "X Factor" fashion, the show was more about the judges…

  17. 'X Factor' Double Hit: Rough Night For Simon & L.A.

    December 02, 2011 10:00 AM EST "X Factor" was a show of firsts Thursday night (Dec. 1), as both L.A. and Simon lost their first contestants in the Michael Jackson week double elimination. Paula has no groups left and Nicole has only one contestant (Josh Krajcik) still in the competition, but until now, neither…

  18. 'X Factor': Jackson Family Attends MJ Night, Plus Another Double Elimination

    December 01, 2011 11:52 AM EST It was Michael Jackson night last night on "X Factor," and the Jackson family was there to see the contestants pay tribute to the King of Pop. Brothers Tito, Marlon, Jackie, children Paris, Prince, Blanket and mother Katherine Jackson were in the audience, upping the intimidation…

  19. 'X Factor' Decides They'll Cut Two, While Simon & L.A. Bicker

    November 23, 2011 9:45 AM EST In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, last night's episode of "X Factor" was themed around giving thanks. Each contestant chose an important, inspirational person to sing for, but like Simon said, "it's still a competition." And rather than giving the…

  20. 'X Factor': Rihanna Performs, Astro Gets Berated & Someone Goes Home

    November 18, 2011 10:00 AM EST Simon's girls are all still safe, but for the first time this week, it wasn't Paula's groups landing in the bottom two on "The X Factor." Over 30s contestant Stacy Francis and boys performer Astro received the least of America's votes and last night had to…

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