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The X Factor
Season 2
Tate Stevens.jpg
Hosted byKhloé Kardashian
Mario Lopez
JudgesSimon Cowell
Demi Lovato
Britney Spears
L.A. Reid
Louis Walsh (Kansas City auditions)
WinnerTate Stevens
Winning mentorL.A. Reid
Runner-upCarly Rose Sonenclar
Release
Original networkFox
Original releaseSeptember 12 (2012-09-12) –
December 20, 2012 (2012-12-20)
Season chronology
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Season two of the American television music competition show The X Factor premiered on Fox on September 12, 2012, and ended on December 20, 2012.[1][2]

Based on the UK format, the competition consists of auditions, in front of producers and then the judges with a live audience; bootcamp; judges' houses and then the live finals. Auditions for the show began in May 2012 and concluded in July 2012. The show is hosted by reality star Khloé Kardashian and Extra host Mario Lopez, replacing Steve Jones from the previous year. Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid returned as judges, while Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger were replaced by Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.

Judges and hosts[edit]

On January 9, 2012, Fox announced that The X Factor would undergo some changes for its second season. On January 30, it was confirmed that host Steve Jones and judges Nicole Scherzinger[3][4] and Paula Abdul[5] would not be returning for the second season. Following Scherzinger's departure, she was relocated to the UK show replacing Kelly Rowland on the UK judging panel for the 2012 UK series. On February 6, Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid were the only confirmed judges for season 2.[citation needed] Prior to her death, Whitney Houston was approached as a potential replacement judge.[6] It was also reported that Cowell was in talks with Britney Spears for her to join the show, reportedly offering her $15 million.[7] On May 9, reports surfaced that Spears officially signed on to judge the show.[8] It was also rumored that Demi Lovato, and Miley Cyrus were in talks to be the second replacement judge.[9] Lovato reportedly signed the deal on May 13, making them the youngest ever X Factor judge.[10][11] The following day, it was officially confirmed that Spears and Lovato would join The X Factor as the two newest judges.[12] When asked about the new judges, Cowell said:

I'm absolutely delighted Britney and Demi are joining us. Britney remains one of the biggest stars in the world, she's talented, fascinating – and I believe she knows exactly how to spot the X factor. Demi's had an amazing career in music, TV and film for someone her age. She's young, confident, and enthusiastic. I think it's really important that she speaks to our younger audience.[13] The new panel will be dynamic and will work really well with the changes we are making to the show."[14]

On June 26, 2012, Cowell confirmed that in his search for a new host he had narrowed the possibilities to five candidates.[15] On June 29, Cowell revealed that there will be one male and one female host, and neither of them will have hosted before.[16][17] People considered for hosting slots included Stacy Keibler, Mario Lopez, Khloé Kardashian, Kelly Osbourne, Terrence J, Erin Andrews, and Mike Catherwood.[18] It was also reported that Glee star Kevin McHale was in talks for the male hosting position.[19] According to then-recent reports, Kardashian, McHale, and Nick Jonas were the front runners to host the show.[20][21][22] On October 15, 2012, it was officially confirmed by E! News that Kardashian had officially signed on as co-host for the show, with Lopez close to signing a deal and was later confirmed as co-host the next day.[23][24]

Irish music manager and The X Factor UK judge Louis Walsh filled in for Cowell at the Kansas City auditions while Cowell was recovering from bronchitis.[citation needed] On August 27, it was reported that Nick Jonas had signed a deal to help Lovato at judges' houses.[25] It was later reported that Justin Bieber would be helping Reid, Marc Anthony helping Cowell, and will.i.am helping Spears.[26]

This was the final season to feature L.A. Reid as a judge, after he announced that he was quitting the show in order to concentrate on other projects.[27]

Selection process[edit]

Auditions[edit]

Cities where the auditions were held.

The producers' auditions began on March 14, 2012 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. More producers' auditions were held on March 22 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, April 20 at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California, May 1 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina and concluded on May 10 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

The judges' auditions took place between May and July. The auditions went without a host as they had yet to hire new hosts by the time auditions started.

Summary of judges' auditions
City Date Venue Date aired Judges
Austin, Texas May 24–25, 2012 Frank Erwin Center September 12 & 19, 2012 Reid Spears Lovato Cowell
Kansas City, Missouri June 8–9, 2012 Sprint Center September 19, 2012 Walsh
San Francisco, California June 16–18, 2012 Cow Palace September 12–13, 19, & 26-27 2012 Cowell
Providence, Rhode Island June 27–29, 2012 Dunkin' Donuts Center September 12–13 & 26, 2012
Greensboro, North Carolina July 8–10, 2012 Greensboro Coliseum September 20, & 26-27 2012

Bootcamp[edit]

Filming for bootcamp was held on July 25–27, 2012 in Miami. As with the auditions, there were no hosts at bootcamp.

120 contestants made it to the Bootcamp stage. At bootcamp the contestants had to perform two tasks. Task 1 involved the contestants had to sing solo, after which the judges eliminated half of the acts, bringing the total down to 60. In Task 2 the contestants were paired up to perform together. After Task 2 the judges narrowed down the acts to the 24 who progress on to the Judges's homes round.

The groups Fifth Harmony, Playback, and LYRIC 145 were formed from eliminated contestants from the Teens, Young Adults and Groups categories in bootcamp. Fifth Harmony was known as LYLAS at this stage; their name was changed after they made the top 16 when a group consisting of four of Bruno Mars' sisters, called "The Lylas", claimed the show stole their name.[28] Their name changed again for the Top 13 performances, as their mentor Simon Cowell was not in favor of the name 1432 and felt that the show's viewers could make a better name for the group.[29]

Judges' houses[edit]

The judges' houses was filmed September 28 & 29, 2012. The judges received news of their categories from the producers by telephone, seen during the third bootcamp episode on October 10. Reid mentored the over 25s in Beverly Hills, California, assisted by Justin Bieber, accompanied by his manager Scooter Braun; Cowell took the groups to Miami Beach, Florida with Latin singer Marc Anthony, Spears had the teens in Malibu, California with The Black Eyed Peas member and The Voice UK coach will.i.am, and Lovato had the young adults in Los Angeles, with Jonas Brothers member Nick Jonas.

Summary of judges' houses
Judge Category Location Assistant(s) Acts Eliminated
Cowell Groups Miami Beach, Florida Marc Anthony Dope Crisis
Playback
Lovato Young Adults Los Angeles, California Nick Jonas Jillian Jensen
Nick Youngerman
Reid Over 25s Beverly Hills, California Justin Bieber
Scooter Braun
Daryl Black
Tara Simon
Spears Teens Malibu, California will.i.am Reed Deming
James Tanner

Finalists[edit]

The final 16 finalists were confirmed as follows;

Key:

  – Winner
  – Runner-up
  – Third place
Act Age(s) Hometown Category (Mentor) Result
Tate Stevens 37 Belton, Missouri Over 25s (Reid) Winner
Carly Rose Sonenclar 13 Mamaroneck, New York Teens (Spears) Runner-up
Fifth Harmony 15-19 Various Groups (Cowell) 3rd Place
Emblem3 16-20 Sequim, Washington Groups (Cowell) 4th Place
Diamond White 13 Los Angeles, California Teens (Spears) 5th Place
CeCe Frey 21 Decatur, Illinois Young Adults (Lovato) 6th Place
Vino Alan 40 Waynesville, Missouri Over 25s (Reid) 7th Place
Paige Thomas 22 San Antonio, Texas Young Adults (Lovato) 8th Place
Beatrice Miller 13 Maplewood, New Jersey Teens (Spears) 9th Place
Arin Ray 17 Cincinnati, Ohio 10th Place
Jennel Garcia 18 Rochester, Massachusetts Young Adults (Lovato) 11th Place
LYRIC 145 19-24 Queens, New York/Flint, Michigan Groups (Cowell) 12th Place
Jason Brock 35 San Francisco, California Over 25s (Reid) 13th Place
Sister C 18-21 Harris County, Texas Groups (Cowell) 14th Place
David Correy 27 Riva, Maryland Over 25s (Reid) 15th Place
Willie Jones 18 Shreveport, Louisiana Young Adults (Lovato) 16th Place

Live shows[edit]

The live shows began on October 31, 2012. This was the debut episode for Lopez and Kardashian as hosts on the show. Each week, the contestants performed on Wednesday, with the voting lines opening after the performances. As with previous season, each live show has a different theme. The live final took place on December 19 and 20. A recording of "Live and Let Die" by The X Factor (UK) series five winner Alexandra Burke featured on the second week of live shows.[citation needed]

Each results show featured musical performances from at least two artists. There was no guest performer on the first result show. The second results show featured two performances from The X Factor (UK) series seven second runner-up One Direction,[30] while Taylor Swift performed on the third result show.[31]The X Factor (UK) series seven third runner-up Cher Lloyd and Becky G performed on the fourth results show.[32][33] Week five included the premiering of a music video by will.i.am featuring judge Spears and performances from season one runner-up Josh Krajcik and Alicia Keys.[34][35] Season one winner Melanie Amaro and Kesha performed on the sixth week.[36] The semi-final results show featured performances from Bruno Mars and Bridgit Mendler.[37] One Direction performed again in the final, and Pitbull also performed. This was the only season to feature the leaderboard which reveals which act has the most votes.

Results summary[edit]

Color key
  – Act was chosen as the bottom two by their mentor and had to sing again in the sing-off (no public vote)
  – Act was in the bottom two/three and had to sing again in the final showdown
  – Act was in the bottom three but received the fewest votes and was immediately eliminated
  – Act received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no final showdown)
  – Act received the most public votes
Weekly results per act
Act Week 11 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Quarter-Final Semi-Final Final
Mentor Vote First Vote Second Vote
Tate Stevens Saved 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd 1st Winner
Carly Rose Sonenclar 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd Runner-Up
Fifth Harmony Saved 5th 6th 7th 4th 4th 2nd 3rd Eliminated (final)
Emblem3 Saved 6th 4th 4th 3rd 3rd 4th Eliminated (semi-final)
Diamond White Eliminated 4th 7th 5th 6th 5th Eliminated (quarter-final)
CeCe Frey Saved 12th 5th 9th 5th 6th
Vino Alan Saved 3rd 3rd 3rd 7th Eliminated (week 5)
Paige Thomas 8th 11th 6th 8th
Beatrice Miller 10th 8th 8th Eliminated (week 4)
Arin Ray Saved 11th 9th 10th
Jennel Garcia Saved 7th 10th Eliminated (week 3)
LYRIC 145 9th 12th
Jason Brock Saved 13th Eliminated (week 2)
Sister C Eliminated Eliminated (week 1)
David Correy
Willie Jones
Final Showdown Frey,
Jones
Brock,
Frey
Garcia,
Thomas
Frey,
Miller
Alan,
White
Fifth Harmony,
White
No final showdown or judges' votes; results were based on public votes alone
Brock,
Correy
Ray,
White
Fifth Harmony,
Sister C
Judges voted to Send Through Eliminate
Reid's vote (Over 25s) Alan,
Stevens
Correy Frey Garcia Miller White White
Spears' vote (Teens) Miller,
Sonenclar
White Frey Garcia Frey Alan Fifth Harmony
Lovato's vote (Young Adults) Garcia,
Thomas
Jones Brock Thomas Miller Alan White
Cowell's vote (Groups) Emblem3,
LYRIC 145
Sister C Brock Garcia Miller Alan White
Eliminated Willie Jones
by Lovato
Jason Brock
2 of 4 votes
Deadlock
LYRIC 145
Public vote
to save
Arin Ray
Public vote
to save
Paige Thomas
Public vote
to save
CeCe Frey
Public vote
to save
Emblem3
Public vote
to save
Fifth Harmony
Public vote
to win
Carly Rose Sonenclar
Public vote
to win
David Correy
by Reid
Diamond White2
by Spears
Jennel Garcia
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Beatrice Miller
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Vino Alan
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Diamond White
3 of 4 votes
Majority
Sister C
by Cowell
Reference(s) [38] [39] [40] [41] [42] [43]
  • ^1 There was no public vote in the first week. Each mentor selected two acts from their own category to advance to the second week and the two remaining acts as the bottom two. The bottom two acts performed another song of their choice in the sing-off and their mentor was required to eliminate one of the bottom two acts they selected.[44]
  • ^2 White returned to the competition in week two because the judges felt that she should not have been eliminated in week one.

Live show details[edit]

Week 1 (October 31/November 1)[edit]

  • Theme: Songs by American artists (billed as "Made in America")[45]
Acts' performances on the first live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order Song[45] American Artist Result[38]
Paige Thomas Young Adults (Lovato) 1 "What Is Love" Haddaway Safe
Arin Ray Teens (Spears) 2 "You Keep Me Hangin' On" The Supremes Bottom Two
David Correy Over 25s (Reid) 3 "My Love Is Your Love" Whitney Houston
Sister C Groups (Cowell) 4 "Hell on Heels" Pistol Annies
Jennel Garcia Young Adults (Lovato) 5 "Home Sweet Home" Mötley Crüe Safe
Diamond White Teens (Spears) 6 "Hey, Soul Sister" Train Bottom Two
Vino Alan Over 25s (Reid) 7 "Gotta Be Somebody" Nickelback Safe
LYRIC 145 Groups (Cowell) 8 "Boom! Shake the Room"/"Gangnam Style" DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince/Psy
CeCe Frey Young Adults (Lovato) 9 "Because the Night" 10,000 Maniacs Bottom Two
Tate Stevens Over 25s (Reid) 10 "Tough" Craig Morgan Safe
Beatrice Miller Teens (Spears) 11 "I Won't Give Up" Jason Mraz
Jason Brock Over 25s (Reid) 12 "Dance Again" Jennifer Lopez Bottom Two
Fifth Harmony Groups (Cowell) 13 "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" Taylor Swift
Willie Jones Young Adults (Lovato) 14 "Here for the Party" Gretchen Wilson
Carly Rose Sonenclar Teens (Spears) 15 "Something's Got a Hold on Me"/"Good Feeling" Etta James/Flo Rida Safe
Emblem3 Groups (Cowell) 16 "One Day" Matisyahu
Sing-off details[38]
CeCe Frey Young Adults (Lovato) 1 "Out Here on My Own" Safe
Willie Jones 2 "You Don't Know Me" Eliminated
David Correy Over 25s (Reid) 3 "Since U Been Gone"
Jason Brock 4 "One Moment in Time" Safe
Arin Ray Teens (Spears) 5 "I Look to You"
Diamond White 6 "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" Eliminated
Sister C Groups (Cowell) 7 "When I Look at You"
Fifth Harmony 8 "Skyscraper" Safe
  • There was no public vote in the first week. Each mentor selected two finalists from their own category as the bottom two. The bottom two acts performed another song of their choice in a sing-off and their mentor was required to eliminate one of them based on the performance.
Judges' decisions to eliminate[38]
  • Lovato: Willie Jones – gave no reason
  • Reid: David Correy – gave no reason
  • Spears: Diamond White – gave no reason
  • Cowell: Sister C – gave no reason

Week 2 (November 7/8)[edit]

One of the four acts that did not face the public vote in week one and was eliminated by mentor was reinstated to the show as the judges felt that the act should not have been eliminated in the previous week. The reinstated act was announced as Diamond White at the start of the season's second live show.[47] 1432 being known as Fifth Harmony started in week two.[48]

Acts' performances on the second live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order Song[48] Movie Result[39]
Arin Ray Teens (Spears) 1 "American Boy" Obsessed Safe
Paige Thomas Young Adults (Lovato) 2 "Take My Breath Away" Top Gun
Vino Alan Over 25s (Reid) 3 "When a Man Loves a Woman" When a Man Loves a Woman
Emblem3 Groups (Cowell) 4 "My Girl"/"California Gurls"/"What Makes You Beautiful" My Girl/Katy Perry: Part of Me
Beatrice Miller Teens (Spears) 5 "Iris" City of Angels
Jennel Garcia Young Adults (Lovato) 6 "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" Crossroads
Tate Stevens Over 25s (Reid) 7 "Wanted Dead or Alive" Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Safe (Highest Votes)
LYRIC 145 Groups (Cowell) 8 "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" Mary Poppins Safe
Diamond White Teens (Spears) 9 "I Have Nothing" The Bodyguard
CeCe Frey Young Adults (Lovato) 10 "Eye of the Tiger" Rocky III Bottom Two
Carly Rose Sonenclar Teens (Spears) 11 "It Will Rain" The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Safe
Jason Brock Over 25s (Reid) 12 "I Believe I Can Fly" Space Jam Bottom Two
Fifth Harmony Groups (Cowell) 13 "A Thousand Years" The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Safe
Final showdown details[39]
CeCe Frey Young Adults (Lovato) 1 "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" Safe
Jason Brock Over 25s (Reid) 2 "Total Eclipse of the Heart" Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate[39]
  • Lovato: Jason Brock – gave no reason, though effectively backed their own act, CeCe Frey.
  • Reid: Cece Frey – gave no reason, though effectively backed his own act, Jason Brock.
  • Spears: CeCe Frey – gave no reason.
  • Cowell: Jason Brock – gave no reason.

With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. Brock was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.[39]

Week 3 (November 14/15)[edit]

Starting from week three, two acts were eliminated from each results show until week six. The three acts with the fewest public votes were announced and then the act with the fewest votes was automatically eliminated. The remaining two acts then performed in the final showdown and face the judges' votes.[50]

Acts' performances on the third live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order Song[51] Diva Result[40]
Jennel Garcia Young Adults (Lovato) 1 "Proud Mary" Tina Turner Bottom Three
Tate Stevens Over 25s (Reid) 2 "From This Moment On" Shania Twain Safe (Highest Votes)
Diamond White Teens (Spears) 3 "Halo" Beyoncé Safe
Beatrice Miller 4 "Time After Time" Cyndi Lauper
LYRIC 145 Groups (Cowell) 5 "We Will Rock You"/"E.T." Queen/Katy Perry Eliminated
Arin Ray Teens (Spears) 6 "Crazy for You" Madonna Safe
Paige Thomas Young Adults (Lovato) 7 "Last Dance" Donna Summer Bottom Three
Fifth Harmony Groups (Cowell) 8 "Hero" Mariah Carey Safe
Carly Rose Sonenclar Teens (Spears) 9 "My Heart Will Go On" Celine Dion
Vino Alan Over 25s (Reid) 10 "Let's Stay Together" Tina Turner
Emblem3 Groups (Cowell) 11 "No One" Alicia Keys
CeCe Frey Young Adults (Lovato) 12 "All by Myself" Celine Dion
Final showdown details[40]
Jennel Garcia Young Adults (Lovato) 1 "The Reason" Eliminated
Paige Thomas Young Adults (Lovato) 2 "Paradise" Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate[40]
  • Reid: Jennel Garcia – gave no reason.
  • Spears: Jennel Garcia – gave no reason.
  • Lovato: Paige Thomas – gave no reason but after the show in an interview, they felt that Garcia “was more talented” despite Thomas having “more star quality”.
  • Cowell: Jennel Garcia – stated he had an easy decision and felt that Thomas had star potential after watching her final showdown performance.

After Reid and Spears voted against Garcia, Lopez asked Cowell for his vote. Cowell stated he wanted Lovato to vote before him. Lopez attempted to persuade Cowell to vote before Lovato but Cowell insisted on Lovato voting before him. As a result, Lopez asked Lovato to vote before Cowell. The second before Lovato appeared to give their response, she pushed Cowell to vote before her but Lopez told Lovato the show was pressed for time and Cowell objected. Lovato voted against Thomas and then Cowell voted against Garcia. In an interview after the show, Cowell persisted to have Lovato vote before Cowell because he knew if he voted before Lovato that she would not have to vote, was curious as to who Lovato wanted to stay and thought the audience wanted to know who Lovato was going to vote against.

However, voting statistics revealed that Garcia received more votes than Thomas which meant that if the result went to deadlock, Garcia would have been saved.

Week 4 (November 21/22)[edit]

Acts' performances on the fourth live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order Song[54] Result[41]
Tate Stevens Over 25s (Reid) 1 "I'm Already There" Safe
Diamond White Teens (Spears) 2 "Because You Loved Me"
Emblem3 Groups (Cowell) 3 "Secrets"
Arin Ray Teens (Spears) 4 "Hero" Eliminated
CeCe Frey Young Adults (Lovato) 5 "Wind Beneath My Wings" Bottom Three
Fifth Harmony Groups (Cowell) 6 "I'll Stand by You" Safe
Beatrice Miller Teens (Spears) 7 "Chasing Cars" Bottom Three
Vino Alan Over 25s (Reid) 8 "God Bless the USA" Safe
Paige Thomas Young Adults (Lovato) 9 "Everytime"
Carly Rose Sonenclar Teens (Spears) 10 "Over the Rainbow" Safe (Highest Votes)
Final showdown details[41]
CeCe Frey Young Adults (Lovato) 1 "Because of You" Safe
Beatrice Miller Teens (Spears) 2 "White Flag" Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate[41]
  • Lovato: Beatrice Miller – gave no reason, though effectively backed their own act, CeCe Frey.
  • Spears: CeCe Frey – gave no reason, though effectively backed her own act, Beatrice Miller.
  • Reid: Beatrice Miller – gave no reason.
  • Cowell: Beatrice Miller – thought the competition was "all getting too much for" Miller and that the then-present time was not "the right time for" her.

However, voting statistics revealed that Miller received more votes than Frey which meant that if Cowell sent the result to deadlock, Miller would have been saved.

Week 5 (November 28/29)[edit]

Acts' performances on the fifth live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order Song[56] Result[42]
Diamond White Teens (Spears) 1 "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" Bottom Three
Vino Alan Over 25s (Reid) 2 "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"
Paige Thomas Young Adults (Lovato) 3 "Never Gonna Give You Up" Eliminated
Fifth Harmony Groups (Cowell) 4 "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" Safe
Carly Rose Sonenclar Teens (Spears) 5 "Rolling in the Deep" Safe (Highest Votes)
Tate Stevens Over 25s (Reid) 6 "Somebody Like You" Safe
CeCe Frey Young Adults (Lovato) 7 "Lady Marmalade"
Emblem3 Groups (Cowell) 8 "I'm a Believer"
Final showdown details[42]
Diamond White Teens (Spears) 1 "I Was Here" Safe
Vino Alan Over 25s (Reid) 2 "Trouble" Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate[42]
  • Reid: Diamond White – gave no reason, though effectively backed his own act, Vino Alan.
  • Spears: Vino Alan – gave no reason, though effectively backed her own act, Diamond White.
  • Lovato: Vino Alan – gave no reason.
  • Cowell: Vino Alan – gave no reason.

Week 6: Quarter-Final (December 5/6)[edit]

For the first time this season, each contestant will perform two songs. The list of song choices for the Pepsi Challenge was released via Twitter on December 1, 2012.[57]

List of song choices for Pepsi Challenge
Act Category (Mentor) Song choices[59] Result
Carly Rose Sonenclar Teens (Spears) "If I Were a Boy" Chosen
"I Just Can't Stop Loving You" Not Chosen
"Your Song"
CeCe Frey Young Adults (Lovato) "Die Young"
"Part of Me" Chosen
"So What" Not Chosen
Diamond White Teens (Spears) "Diamonds" Chosen
"Kiss from a Rose" Not Chosen
"Mercy"
Emblem3 Groups (Cowell) "I Gotta Feeling"
"Forever Young" Chosen
"Marry You" Not Chosen
Fifth Harmony "What Makes You Beautiful"
"Anything Could Happen"
"Give Your Heart a Break" Chosen
Tate Stevens Over 25s (Reid) "The Dance" Not Chosen
"She's Country"
"If Tomorrow Never Comes" Chosen
Acts' performances in the quarter-final
Act Category (Mentor) Order Unplugged song Order Pepsi Challenge song[57] Result[43]
CeCe Frey Young Adults (Lovato) 1 "The Edge of Glory" 7 "Part of Me" Eliminated
Emblem3 Groups (Cowell) 2 "Just the Way You Are" 8 "Forever Young" Safe
Carly Rose Sonenclar Teens (Spears) 3 "As Long as You Love Me" 9 "If I Were a Boy"
Fifth Harmony Groups (Cowell) 4 "Set Fire to the Rain" 10 "Give Your Heart a Break" Bottom Three
Diamond White Teens (Spears) 5 "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" 11 "Diamonds"
Tate Stevens Over 25s (Reid) 6 "Livin' on a Prayer" 12 "If Tomorrow Never Comes" Safe (Highest Votes)
Final showdown details[43]
Fifth Harmony Groups (Cowell) 1 "Anytime You Need a Friend" Safe
Diamond White Teens (Spears) 2 "I Hope You Dance" Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate[43]
  • Cowell: Diamond White – gave no reason, though effectively backed his own act, Fifth Harmony.
  • Spears: Fifth Harmony – gave no reason, though effectively backed her own act, Diamond White.
  • Reid: Diamond White – gave no reason.
  • Lovato: Diamond White – gave no reason.

Week 7: Semi-Final (December 12/13)[edit]

Acts' performances in the semi-final
Act Category (Mentor) Order First song[63] Order Second song[63] Result
Tate Stevens Over 25s (Reid) 1 "Bonfire" 5 "Fall" Safe
Carly Rose Sonenclar Teens (Spears) 2 "Your Song" 6 "Imagine" Safe (Highest Votes)
Emblem3 Groups (Cowell) 3 "Baby, I Love Your Way" 7 "Hey Jude" Eliminated
Fifth Harmony Groups (Cowell) 4 "Anything Could Happen" 8 "Impossible" Safe

The semi-final did not feature a final showdown nor a leaderboard. Instead the act with the fewest public votes, Emblem3, were automatically eliminated.[61]

Week 8: Final (December 19/20)[edit]

The final consisted of two two-hour episodes on December 19 and 20.

December 19
Acts' performances on the Wednesday Final
Act Category (Mentor) Order First song[64] Order Second song (duet)[64] Order Third song[65]
Carly Rose Sonenclar Teens (Spears) 1 "Feeling Good" 4 "How Do I Live" (with LeAnn Rimes) 7 "Hallelujah"
Tate Stevens Over 25s (Reid) 2 "Anything Goes" 5 "Pontoon" (with Little Big Town) 8 "Tomorrow"
Fifth Harmony Groups (Cowell) 3 "Anything Could Happen" 6 "Give Your Heart a Break" (with Demi Lovato) 9 "Let It Be"
December 20
Acts' performances on the Thursday Final
Act Category (Mentor) Order Song[65] Result[66]
Tate Stevens Over 25s (Reid) 1 "Please Come Home for Christmas" Winner
Fifth Harmony Groups (Cowell) 2 "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" Third Place
Carly Rose Sonenclar Teens (Spears) 3 "All I Want for Christmas Is You" Runner-Up

Contestants who Appeared on Other Seasons or Shows[edit]

Famous Relations[edit]

Reception[edit]

U.S. Nielsen ratings[edit]

Ep. # Episode Airdate Rating Share Rating/share
(18-49)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(timeslot)
Rank
(night)
1 Auditions 1 September 12 5.2 8[67] 3.4/10 8.73[68] #2 #3
2 Auditions 2 September 13 5.2 9[69] 3.1/10 8.28[70] #2 #2
3 Auditions 3 September 19 5.5 9[71] 3.6/11 9.54[72] #2 #2
4 Auditions 4 September 20 5.9 10[73] 3.5/11 10.15[74] #1 #1
5 Auditions 5 September 26 5.7 9[75] 3.4/10 9.63[76] #2 #5
6 Auditions 6 September 27 5.9 10[77] 3.2/10 9.39[78] #2 #6
7 Bootcamp 1 October 3 5.5 9[79] 3.5/11 9.71[80] #2 #2
8 Bootcamp 2 October 4 5.7 9[81] 3.2/10 9.25[82] #2 #6
9 Bootcamp 3/Judges' houses 1 October 10 5.6 9[83] 3.5/10 9.56[84] #2 #6
10 Judges' houses 2 October 11 5.0 8[85] 2.9/8 8.43[86] #2 #3
11 Judges' houses 3 – Part 1 October 17[Note 1] 4.1 6[87] 2.3/6 6.34[88] #3 #6
12 Judges' houses 3 – Part 2 October 23[Note 1] 3.7 6[89] 2.3/6 5.71[90] #1 #7
13 Live show 1 October 31[91][Note 2][92] 4.7 7[93] 2.7/8 7.60[94] #2 #5
14 Live results 1 November 1[91][Note 2] 2.3/6 6.24[95] #3 #6
15 Live show 2 November 7 2.6/7 7.03[96] #4 #8
16 Live results 2 November 8 2.3/6 6.33[97] #3 #7
17 Live show 3 November 14 6.0 9 2.9/8 8.15[98] #3 #6
18 Live results 3 November 15 2.4/7 7.47[99] #2 #6
19 Live show 4 November 21 7 2.2/7 7.28[100] #3 #5
20 Live results 4 November 22 8 2.8/9 9.04[101] #1 #2
21 Live show 5 November 28 2.9/8 8.20[102] #1 #2
22 Live results 5 November 29 2.7/8 8.32[103] #2 #5
23 Live show 6 December 5 2.8/8 8.25[104] #1 #2
24 Live results 6 December 6 2.5/7 7.84[105] #2 #6
25 Live semi-final December 12 2.7/8 7.79[106] #2 #4
26 Live semi-final results December 13 2.4/7 7.66[107] #2 #6
27 Live final December 19 2.7/8 8.35[108] #1 #1
28 Live final results December 20 3.1/9 9.66[109] #1 #1

Notes

  1. ^ a b Due to a three-hour rain delay during Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, only the first hour of the third judges' houses episode aired. Due to the delay, ratings for the October 17 episode were lower than usual. The second hour aired as a separate episode in a special airing on October 23 on Fox in United States. In Canada on CTV, due to the delay caused by the Championship Series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which was scheduled to air at 10:00pm, aired at 8:00pm EST. in place of The X Factor, while The X Factor aired in full from 9:00pm to 11:00pm EST.
  2. ^ a b Due to the 2012 World Series, The X Factor was preempted on October 18, 24 and 25. It returned on October 31. The first live show was originally scheduled to air on November 1, while the first results show was originally scheduled as a special airing on Sunday November 4.

Controversy[edit]

Broadcast interruption of judges' houses[edit]

During the airing of the judges' houses episode on October 17, the show was stopped abruptly in the middle of Lovato's selection for the top 16 and cut immediately to a game of the National League Championship Series. This was due to the fact that the game was halted and rescheduled later in the day due to a rain delay, to be played concurrently with The X Factor.[110] Between the two, Fox decided to air the game instead of the rest of the episode. Many viewers took to the internet and called Fox to complain about the interruption. Cowell even took to his Twitter to comment that: "It's what's known as a total f up." The show instead aired the following week in its entirety.

"Rejected" votes of Paige Thomas[edit]

During the fifth live show in November, many voters reported of having their votes "rejected" and their calls cut off when attempting to vote for Paige Thomas; Thomas was eliminated the following night. Fox and The X Factor affiliates have not confirmed or denied whether this had anything to do with Thomas' subsequent elimination the following night.

Don Philip audition[edit]

In the season two premiere, Don Philip, who once collaborated with Britney Spears on her debut album, auditioned in front of the judges, and received a "no" from all judges. He then told Access Hollywood that ten minutes of footage from the interview was edited out because he felt like the judges bullied him into revealing that he is gay.[111] Spears reportedly replied "I think it’s fine that you’re gay," though that was edited out as well.[112] Fox then released a statement saying:

"The judges were not given any information at all about Mr. Philip prior to his audition. The personal information that Mr. Philip quickly volunteered at the start of his audition was a surprise to the judges, who asked what had happened during the past 10 years, as they were interested in Mr. Philip’s career. While we understand his decision to discuss his personal life, Mr. Philip’s sexual orientation was not something that any of the judges or producers felt was relevant to this audition. When advertising and promoting open auditions, thousands of people are informed about the ways to enter the show. Mr. Philip himself chose to enter for a chance to win a five million dollar recording contract."[113]

Later that year, an insider revealed that he was contacted specifically by producers because of his association with Spears, and that according to him, "she already knew he was going to be there, of course, because this is a reality show".[114]

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