The X Factor pulled out all the stops as far as sappiness goes Wednesday evening, with each of the Top 10 finalists performing a song dedicated to someone they're thankful for. Awww. (Hey, you know what they probably aren't grateful about? Having to spend Thanksgiving evening on the X Factor stage tomorrow, when two additional contestants will get the boot.)
Most of the contestants chose to honor someone in their family, and in keeping with that theme, Kim Kardashian and her beau Kanye West were in the audience to support co-host Khloe Kardashian (who, as an aside, has done nothing to curb her nauseating flirting with Simon Cowell — something we're definitely not thankful for).
Anyway, to the singing! Here's a breakdown of Wednesday's performances.
Carly Rose Sonenclar
Who is to blame when contestants go home on The X Factor?
Sure, the singers perform as well as they can before leaving their fate in the hands of America's voters, but if you ask the singers, The X Factor's well-hyped mentors also bear some of the responsibility for shaping that performance. In theory, it sounds good: Successful music producers and artists coach wannabes into becoming stars. But as we've already seen, there are apparent flaws to the formula.
Thursday night's X Factor saw the dismissal of two of the Top 12 acts: Jennel Garcia, from Demi Lovato's Young Adult subset, and Lyric 145, from Simon Cowell's Groups. And both say it was their coach's song choice that caused them to be eliminated on Divas Night.
The Top 12 finalists were whittled down to the Top 10 on The X Factor Thursday, with one of Simon Cowell's groups getting eliminated immediately during the broadcast, and two other contestants having to sing for survival. The evening also featured a performance by Taylor Swift. So, who got the boot?
The X Factor meets Divas Live? That was the case Wednesday, with the show's 12 finalists tackling "Songs of the Divas" for the second night of live performances. And the stakes are a bit higher this week, since two contestants will be eliminated on Thursday's results show. Let's get right into the recap!
The X Factor Judges
The X Factor had its first live performance elimination show Thursday night, with each judge choosing one of their protégés to send home, narrowing the field down to 12.
The setup for the evening was that each judge designated two of their four contestants "safe," requiring the remaining pair to each perform live to stay in the competition. Unfortunately, the sing-offs were an overall snoozefest, with nearly all the contestants choosing to perform ballads (or at least ballad-ish versions of more upbeat songs) as they faced elimination, so as to truly show off their vocal talents. (For viewers who couldn't experience the excitement of live performances, that meant two hours of adult contemporary shlock.)
Read on to find out which frontrunner was shockingly eliminated.
The X Factor
The X Factor returned with its first live show Wednesday night, which featured the Top 16 contestants performing songs with the theme "Made in America" in front of the judges and America. The episode also marked the introduction of new co-hosts Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian.
Lopez, who has hosted before and is a correspondent for Extra, predictably held his own, but Kardashian has a long way to go before proving that she was the right choice for the job. Other than calling Simon Cowell "sexy" repeatedly, and awkwardly putting Demi Lovato on the spot to identify which individual member of one group Lovato thought stood out, Kardashian had little to offer in the way of commentary. (Though it's likely many viewers were too distracted by her extremely low-cut top to pay much attention to what she was saying.)
Read on to find out how the Top 16 contestants fared, see what prompted tensions between Cowell and L.A. Reid, and find out which judge made Fox happy for live tape delays!
The X Factor
After meltdowns and smackdowns, baseball rain delays and an early World Series win, The X Factor is back Wednesday night at 8/7c on Fox with its first live show. The judges have made their decisions and a fortunate 16 acts will hit the stage in Hollywood to sing or rap their way into voters' hearts and a shot at the $5 million prize.
Which judge's team is the best? Who is a future star? Who will fade into obscurity? TVGuide.com breaks down the contenders:
No one would ever accuse X Factor judge Simon Cowell of lacking confidence, but the reality show mogul believes without a doubt that one of his protégés in the Groups category will win this season of the singing competition.
"The groups are a million times better than last year," Cowell said on a conference call Tuesday. "Some of them I could really, really see having a big future outside this competition."
The X Factor
The X Factor made up for last week's truncated episode (which was cut off prematurely due to a lengthy rain delay in baseball's National League Championship Series) with a special Tuesday night installment this week, with Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell revealing which finalists they would be taking to the live competitions beginning on Nov. 1.