It looks like Harry Styles was the wrong direction for Taylor Swift. The singers have reportedly parted ways after two months of dating, Business Insider reports.
Thursday marked the season finale of The X Factor, and the question on everyone's minds at the start of the evening was ... how is this show possibly going to stretch the announcement of who won to a whopping two hours?! With no performances by the contestants that will have any impact whatsoever on the result, and no sing-off, is that even possible? (Spoiler: yes.)
Of course, the other mystery was which of the three finalists — Tate Stevens, Carly Rose Sonenclar or Fifth Harmony — would actually walk away with the grand prize, a $5 million recording contract. But before we get to that, let's address the first query. Here's a breakdown of how exactly the show managed to balloon itself to 120 minutes, when the actual victory reveal took approximately two:
This is it — the three remaining contestants on The X Factor gave their final performances Wednesday, and now viewer votes will determine which one will walk away with a $5 million recording contract Thursday night.
Whitney Houston was the top U.S. trending topic in 2012, Google spokesperson Daniel Sieberg said on Today Wednesday morning.
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Houston, who died in February, was followed by other timely events including Hurricane Sandy and then Election 2012. Hunger Games came in fourth, followed by NBA basketball player Jeremy Lin and Olympics 2012. Amanda Todd, a teen who committed suicide after being bullied, Gangnam Style, Michael Clarke Duncan, who died in September, and Kony 2012 rounded out the Top 10.
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.