The X Factor Episodes

2011, TV Show

The X Factor Season 1 episodes

The X Factor: And The Winner Is … Season 1, Episode 26

So how in heaven's name is it going to take two hours to tell one person, "You win!"? These talent-competition shows find a way, though — so did The X Factor.
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The X Factor Finals: Did Chris Outperform Melanie and Josh? Season 1, Episode 25

Congratulations, X Factor fans! We've made it to the final stretch ... What are we all going to do on Wednesday and Thursday nights from now on?

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The X Factor's Most Zen-Like Elimination Ever Season 1, Episode 24

It's our last live results show before the finale and the pressure is on. The final four contestants give us a group performance of Blackstreet's "No Diggity." Wait...did that really happen? I can't figure out what's more shocking — how random this throwback song choice is, or the fact that I really liked it. read more

The X Factor: The Time That America Picked the Most Predictable Songs Ever Season 1, Episode 23

We've finally made it to the semi-finals, guys! What a journey this has been. Tonight, one of the two songs each performer sings will be chosen by America — but then again, that's what they told us last week! And they lied! read more

The X Factor's Most Tearful Episode Yet Season 1, Episode 22

Is there a better way to open tonight's elimination than with Lenny Kravitz? Don't think so. Also of note: this guy doesn't age. He's 47. Steve polls the judges to get a feel for their favorite performances last night. They unanimously agree on Chris Rene, except for Paula who is incapable of making a decision one way or another. 

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An Ambiguous "Error" Hits The X Factor Season 1, Episode 21

We're down to the final five, and tonight the contestants will be singing two songs each, and the first has to be a dance number.  Host Steve Jones foreshadows a twist later in the episode. The Jackson kids were here last week, which means that it has to be Madonna's daughter Lourdes this week, right? Get excited!

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The X Factor: A Double Elimination and a Man With a Tinie Tempah Season 1, Episode 20

Apparently we're sticking to the Michael Jackson theme for tonight's double elimination, so we usher in the episode with an underwhelming (except for Melanie) group performance of "Man in the Mirror." We review last night's episode, all the judges pay tribute to the late pop star, and millions of viewers simultaneously think, "Can we just get to the damn elimination already?"

Here's a refresher on how tonight will work: based on America's votes, four acts will go straight through to the next round, the lowest vote-getter will be automatically eliminated, and the second and third lowest scoring performers will "sing for their lives," where the judges will ultimately decide their fate. 

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The X Factor Takes on The King of Pop Season 1, Episode 19

It's Michael Jackson night on The X Factor! Will Drew be forced to sing something non-folksy? Will Astro drop a hot King of Pop rap? We're about to find out! Keep in mind that the pressure is on tonight, as tomorrow we'll endure another double elimination. "This is going to be a night to remem-bah," says the Brit host. But isn't it always, Steve?

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The X Factor: Let’s Give Thanks for a Double Elimination Season 1, Episode 18

We start out the episode with a performance by American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, which seems kind of sacrilege in light of the Idol/X Factor contention, no? read more

The X Factor: Simon and LA Throw Down; Paula and Nicole Cry for Two Hours Season 1, Episode 17

Can you believe we're down to the final nine? Tonight, all the acts are giving thanks to people who are important or inspirational in their lives. And in staying true to the spirit of holiday giving and niceties, they've decided to kick two people off tomorrow. So sweet!
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1 of 10 Voted Off Season 1, Episode 16

One of the Top 10 finalists is voted off. Also: Rihanna performs "We Found Love." read more

Top 10 Perform Season 1, Episode 15

Performances by the Top 10 contenders. read more

Results Show Season 1, Episode 14

The voting results are revealed. Willow Smith and Jessie J perform. read more

Top 11 Perform Season 1, Episode 13

The Top 11 acts perform songs from the movies. read more

Results Show Season 1, Episode 12

One finalist from the four categories, Boys, Girls, Over 30s and Groups, is sent home. read more

Top 12 Perform Season 1, Episode 11

Finalists from the four categories, Boys, Girls, Over 30s and Groups, perform. read more

Live Show Season 1, Episode 10

The remaining acts perform in front of the judges and an audience. read more

Judges' Homes #3 Season 1, Episode 9

The Top 16 are revealed as the mentoring at the judges' homes draws to an end. read more

Judges' Homes #2 Season 1, Episode 8

The remaining contestants visit the homes of the judges for mentoring. read more

Judges' Homes #1 Season 1, Episode 7

The remaining 32 acts visit the homes of the judges for mentoring. read more

Boot Camp #2 Season 1, Episode 6

Hopefuls travel to Los Angeles for boot camp, where they'll be judged on their singing, dancing and performance style. read more

Boot Camp #1 Season 1, Episode 5

Hopefuls travel to Los Angeles for boot camp, where they'll be judged on their singing, dancing and performance style. read more

Auditions #4 Season 1, Episode 4

Auditions across the country conclude. read more

Auditions #3 Season 1, Episode 3

Auditions across the country continue. read more

Auditions #2 Season 1, Episode 2

Auditions are held in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Seattle and Newark, N.J. read more

Auditions #1 Season 1, Episode 1

Solo artists and music groups compete for a $5 million recording contract. In the premiere, auditions are held in L.A., Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Seattle and Newark, N.J. The series' judges are Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger. Steve Jones hosts. read more

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Premiered: September 21, 2011, on FOX
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Premise: Solo artists and music groups compete for a $5 million recording contract. Based on the hit British competition series.

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