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American Idol: Nicki Minaj Lets Loose Harsh Criticism During Hollywood Week, Day 2

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Nicki Minaj didn't hold anything back on American Idol Thursday night, as Hollywood Week moved into the second solo round for the guys.

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The Wednesday Playlist: Judgment Day for a Revamped Idol

American Idol

Here we go again. Ryan Seacrest hyping "the journey that defines a nation," Randy Jackson settling in as the "resident dawg" as if nothing had ever changed. But change is the new constant in the overly cluttered world of TV singing competitions, and as the first and most successful of the genre, Fox's American Idol, returns for its 12th season with back-to-back nights of two-hour audition episodes Wednesday and Thursday (8/7c), a mostly new panel of celebrity judges settles in for their first public judgment. read more

Britney Spears Quits X Factor to Avoid Being Fired

Britney Spears

Britney Spears will follow L.A. Reid out the door at The X Factor.

Sources confirm to TVGuide.com that Spears has quit the Fox singing competition because... read more

Fox Boss on Disappointing Fall, Following and Britney's X Factor Future

Britney Spears

Call it a tale of two networks. Whereas NBC's chairman dwelled on the network's great past year at the TCA winter previews, Fox's Kevin Reilly was focused on the future. "We here at Fox sort of limped our way in here from 2012," he said. "Nobody's happier than us to turn the page and get onto a fresh year and better things to come."

Reilly said Fox struggled with airing shows consistently because of the usual interruptions (postseason baseball), as well as the presidential debates. But he also acknowledged lower ratings across the board because of the overall "vibrant" ecosystem of television.

"There is more choice, more quality, more breadth of quality," he said. "There are so many access points, so many availabilities. ... That is very good for the overall television business. read more

Will Britney Spears Be Back on The X Factor Next Season?

Britney Spears

Will Britney Spears follow L.A. Reid out the door on The X Factor?

Us Weekly reports that the 31-year-old singer is about to get the boot after just one season on... read more

Who Should Replace L.A. Reid? The X Factor Team Weighs In

Rihanna, Fergie

Mariah Carey. Nicki Minaj. Keith Urban. Shakira. Usher. In recent years, the revolving door at the judges' table on reality singing competitions like American Idol and The Voice has seen a lot of action. And The X Factor has been no exception, cleaning house following the first season by handing pink slips to judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger (who, in turn, replaced Cheryl Cole, who was ousted during the auditions) and hiring on Demi Lovato and Britney Spears in Season 2.

Now Simon Cowell and producers must return to the drawing board to find a replacement for L.A. Reid, who announced last week he will not return for the show's third season. So who should replace him? We asked The X Factor's Reid, Cowell and co-host Mario Lopez that very question backstage after Thursday's finale... read more

The X Factor Winner Tate Stevens: This Is Big for Country Music

Tate Stevens

Moments before it was revealed he had won Season 2 of The X Factor and a $5 million recording contract, Tate Stevens' nerves almost got the best of him.

"Leading up to that moment, I wanted to throw up because it was so intense," the country singer told reporters backstage after his win. "This whole thing has been stressful. I am really emotionally shocked." read more

Who Won Season 2 of The X Factor?

Tate Stevens

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:

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The X Factor: Who Should Win?

Carly Rose Sonenclar

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.

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Who's Going to the X Factor Finals?

Fifth Harmony

On Thursday's episode of The X Factor, one of the final four acts was sent home, while viewer votes sent the other three on to next week's final. Who made it through, and was the right act eliminated? Keep reading to find out.

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