The X Factor (American season 2)

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The X Factor
Season 2
Broadcast fromSeptember 12 –
December 20, 2012
JudgesSimon Cowell
Demi Lovato
Britney Spears
L.A. Reid
Louis Walsh (Kansas City auditions)
Host(s)Khloé Kardashian
Mario Lopez
BroadcasterFox
Winner
Tate Stevens
Tate Stevens.jpg
OriginBelton, Missouri
Song"Tomorrow"
Genre(s)Country
MentorL.A. Reid
Runner-up
Carly Rose Sonenclar
Chronology

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.[6] Prior to her death, Whitney Houston was approached as a potential replacement judge.[7] It was also reported that Cowell was in talks with Britney Spears for her to join the show, reportedly offering her $15 million.[8] On May 9, reports surfaced that Spears officially signed on to judge the show.[9] It was also rumored that Demi Lovato, and Miley Cyrus were in talks to be the second replacement judge.[10] Lovato reportedly signed the deal on May 13, making her the youngest ever X Factor judge.[11][12] The following day, it was officially confirmed that Spears and Lovato would join The X Factor as the two newest judges.[13] 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. 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.[25] On August 27, it was reported that Nick Jonas had signed a deal to help Lovato at judges' houses.[26] It was later reported that Justin Bieber would be helping Reid, Marc Anthony helping Cowell, and will.i.am helping Spears.[27]

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.[28]

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.[29] 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.[30] 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.[31]

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) Contestants eliminated
Cowell Groups Miami Beach, Florida Marc Anthony Dope Crisis
Playback
Lovato Young Adults Los Angeles 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
Contestant 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 Teens (Spears) 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) 13rd 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.[32]

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,[33] while Taylor Swift performed on the third result show.[34]The X Factor (UK) series seven third runner-up Cher Lloyd and Becky G performed on the fourth results show.[35][36] 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.[37][38] Season one winner Melanie Amaro and Kesha performed on the sixth week.[39] The semi-final results show featured performances from Bruno Mars and Bridgit Mendler.[40] 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
     – Contestant was chosen as the bottom two by their mentor and had to sing again in the sing-off (no public vote)
     – Contestant was in the bottom two/three and had to sing again in the final showdown
     – Contestant was in the bottom three but received the fewest votes and was immediately eliminated
     – Contestant received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no final showdown)
     – Contestant received the most public votes
Weekly results per contestant
Contestant Week 11 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
Tate Stevens Saved 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd Winner
Carly Rose Sonenclar Saved 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 1st Runner-up
Fifth Harmony Saved 5th 6th 7th 4th 4th 2nd 3rd
Emblem3 Saved 6th 4th 4th 3rd 3rd 4th Eliminated (week 7)
Diamond White Not Saved 4th 7th 5th 6th 5th Eliminated (week 6)
CeCe Frey Saved 12th 5th 9th 5th 6th Eliminated (week 6)
Vino Alan Saved 3rd 3rd 3rd 7th Eliminated (week 5)
Paige Thomas Saved 8th 11th 6th 8th Eliminated (week 5)
Beatrice Miller Saved 10th 8th 8th Eliminated (week 4)
Arin Ray Saved 11th 9th 10th Eliminated (week 4)
Jennel Garcia Saved 7th 10th Eliminated (week 3)
LYRIC 145 Saved 9th 12th Eliminated (week 3)
Jason Brock Saved 13th Eliminated (week 2)
Sister C Not Saved Eliminated (week 1)
David Correy Not Saved Eliminated (week 1)
Willie Jones Not Saved Eliminated (week 1)
Sing-off /
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 Save Eliminate
Reid's vote Alan,
Stevens
Correy Frey Garcia Miller White White
Spears' vote Miller,
Sonenclar
White Frey Garcia Frey Alan Fifth Harmony
Lovato's vote Garcia,
Thomas
Jones Brock Thomas Miller Alan White
Cowell's vote 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
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
Carly Rose Sonenclar
Public vote
to win
Sister C
by Cowell
Reference(s) [41] [42] [43] [44] [45] [46]
  • ^1 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 the sing-off and their mentor was required to eliminate one of them based on the performance.[47]
  • ^2 White returned to the competition in week two because the judges felt that she should not have been eliminated in the previous week.

Live show details[edit]

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

  • Theme: Songs by American artists (billed as "Made in America")[48]
Contestants' performances on the first live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order Song[48] Result[41]
Paige Thomas Young Adults (Lovato) 1 "What Is Love" Safe
Arin Ray Teens (Spears) 2 "You Keep Me Hangin' On" Bottom two
David Correy Over 25s (Reid) 3 "My Love Is Your Love" Bottom two
Sister C Groups (Cowell) 4 "Hell on Heels" Bottom two
Jennel Garcia Young Adults (Lovato) 5 "Home Sweet Home" Safe
Diamond White Teens (Spears) 6 "Hey, Soul Sister" Bottom two
Vino Alan Over 25s (Reid) 7 "Gotta Be Somebody" Safe
LYRIC 145 Groups (Cowell) 8 "Boom! Shake the Room"/"Gangnam Style" Safe
CeCe Frey Young Adults (Lovato) 9 "Because the Night" Bottom two
Tate Stevens Over 25s (Reid) 10 "Tough" Safe
Beatrice Miller Teens (Spears) 11 "I Won't Give Up" Safe
Jason Brock Over 25s (Reid) 12 "Dance Again" Bottom two
1432 Groups (Cowell) 13 "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" Bottom two
Willie Jones Young Adults (Lovato) 14 "Here for the Party" Bottom two
Carly Rose Sonenclar Teens (Spears) 15 "Something's Got a Hold on Me"/"Good Feeling" Safe
Emblem3 Groups (Cowell) 16 "One Day" Safe
Sing-off details[41]
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" Eliminated
Jason Brock 4 "One Moment in Time" Safe
Arin Ray Teens (Spears) 5 "I Look to You" Safe
Diamond White 6 "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" Eliminated
Sister C Groups (Cowell) 7 When I Look at You" Eliminated
1432 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[41]
  • 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.[50] 1432 being known as Fifth Harmony started in week two.[51]

Contestants' performances on the second live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order Song[51] Movie Result[42]
Arin Ray Teens (Spears) 1 "American Boy" Obsessed Safe
Paige Thomas Young Adults (Lovato) 2 "Take My Breath Away" Top Gun Safe
Vino Alan Over 25s (Reid) 3 "When a Man Loves a Woman" When a Man Loves a Woman Safe
Emblem3 Groups (Cowell) 4 "My Girl"/"California Gurls"/"What Makes You Beautiful" My Girl/Katy Perry: Part of Me Safe
Beatrice Miller Teens (Spears) 5 "Iris" City of Angels Safe
Jennel Garcia Young Adults (Lovato) 6 "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" Crossroads Safe
Tate Stevens Over 25s (Reid) 7 "Wanted Dead or Alive" Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Safe
LYRIC 145 Groups (Cowell) 8 "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" Mary Poppins Safe
Diamond White Teens (Spears) 9 "I Have Nothing" The Bodyguard Safe
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 1 Safe
Final showdown details[42]
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[42]
  • Lovato: Jason Brock – gave no reason, though effectively backed her 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.[42]

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.[53]

Contestants' performances on the third live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order Song[54] Diva Result[43]
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
Diamond White Teens (Spears) 3 "Halo" Beyoncé Safe
Beatrice Miller 4 "Time After Time" Cyndi Lauper Safe
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 Safe
Vino Alan Over 25s (Reid) 10 "Let's Stay Together" Tina Turner Safe
Emblem3 Groups (Cowell) 11 "No One" Alicia Keys Safe
CeCe Frey Young Adults (Lovato) 12 "All by Myself" Celine Dion Safe
Final showdown details[43]
Jennel Garcia Young Adults (Lovato) 1 "The Reason" Eliminated
Paige Thomas Young Adults (Lovato) 2 "Paradise" Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate[43]
  • Reid: Jennel Garcia – gave no reason
  • Spears: Jennel Garcia – gave no reason
  • Lovato: Paige Thomas – since it was both her acts in the bottom two she decided to send home Thomas since it could go to a possible deadlock
  • Cowell: Jennel Garcia – stated it was an easy decision and felt that Thomas has star potential after watching her final showdown performance

Week 4 (November 21/22)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the fourth live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order Song[56] Result[44]
Tate Stevens Over 25s (Reid) 1 "I'm Already There" Safe
Diamond White Teens (Spears) 2 "Because You Loved Me" Safe
Emblem3 Groups (Cowell) 3 "Secrets" Safe
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" Safe
Carly Rose Sonenclar Teens (Spears) 10 "Over the Rainbow" Safe
Final showdown details[44]
CeCe Frey Young Adults (Lovato) 1 "Because of You" Safe
Beatrice Miller Teens (Spears) 2 "White Flag" Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate[44]
  • Lovato: Beatrice Miller – gave no reason, though effectively backed her 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 too much for Miller and that it wasn't her time

Week 5 (November 28/29)[edit]

Contestants' performances on the fifth live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order Song[58] Result[45]
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'" Bottom three
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
Tate Stevens Over 25s (Reid) 6 "Somebody Like You" Safe
CeCe Frey Young Adults (Lovato) 7 "Lady Marmalade" Safe
Emblem3 Groups (Cowell) 8 "I'm a Believer" Safe
Final showdown details[45]
Diamond White Teens (Spears) 1 "I Was Here" Safe
Vino Alan Over 25s (Reid) 2 "Trouble" Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate[45]
  • 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.[59]

Choices for Pepsi Challenge
Act Song choices[61] Result
Carly Rose Sonenclar "If I Were a Boy" Chosen
"I Just Can't Stop Loving You" Not chosen
"Your Song" Not chosen
CeCe Frey "Die Young" Not chosen
"Part of Me" Chosen
"So What" Not chosen
Diamond White "Diamonds" Chosen
"Kiss from a Rose" Not chosen
"Mercy" Not chosen
Emblem3 "I Gotta Feeling" Not chosen
"Forever Young" Chosen
"Marry You" Not chosen
Fifth Harmony "What Makes You Beautiful" Not chosen
"Anything Could Happen" Not chosen
"Give Your Heart a Break" Chosen
Tate Stevens "The Dance" Not chosen
"She's Country" Not chosen
"If Tomorrow Never Comes" Chosen
Contestants' performances on the sixth live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order Unplugged song Order Pepsi Challenge song[59] Result[46]
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" Safe
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" Bottom three
Tate Stevens Over 25s (Reid) 6 "Livin' on a Prayer" 12 "If Tomorrow Never Comes" Safe
Final showdown details[46]
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[46]
  • 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]

Contestants' performances on the seventh live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order First song[65] Order Second song[65] Result
Tate Stevens Over 25s (Reid) 1 "Bonfire" 5 "Fall" Safe
Carly Rose Sonenclar Teens (Spears) 2 "Your Song" 6 "Imagine" Safe
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.[63]

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

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

December 19
Contestants' performances on the eighth live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order First song[66] Order Second song (duet)[66] Order Third song[67]
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
Contestants' performances on the final live show
Act Category (Mentor) Order Song[67] Result[68]
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[edit]

  • Arin Ray competed in Season 1 as a member of InTENsity, who were eliminated in 12th place.
  • Jeff Gutt auditioned again in Season 3. He was the runner-up of this season.

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[69] 3.4/10 8.73[70] #2 #3
2 Auditions 2 September 13 5.2 9[71] 3.2/10 8.28[72] #2 #2
3 Auditions 3 September 19 5.5 9[73] 3.6/11 9.54[74] #2 #2
4 Auditions 4 September 20 5.9 10[75] 3.5/11 10.15[76] #1 #1
5 Auditions 5 September 26 5.7 9[77] 3.4/10 9.63[78] #2 #5
6 Auditions 6 September 27 5.9 10[79] 3.2/10 9.39[80] #2 #6
7 Bootcamp 1 October 3 5.5 9[81] 3.5/11 9.71[82] #2 #2
8 Bootcamp 2 October 4 5.7 9[83] 3.2/10 9.25[84] #2 #6
9 Bootcamp 3/Judges' houses 1 October 10 5.6 9[85] 3.5/10 9.56[86] #2 #6
10 Judges' houses 2 October 11 5.0 8[87] 2.9/8 8.43[88] #2 #3
11 Judges' houses 3 – Part 1 October 17[Note 1] 4.1 6[89] 2.3/6 6.34[90] #3 #6
12 Judges' houses 3 – Part 2 October 23[Note 1] 3.7 6[91] 2.3/6 5.71[92] #1 #7
13 Live show 1 October 31[93][Note 2][94] 4.7 7[95] 2.7/8 7.60[96] #2 #5
14 Live results 1 November 1[93][Note 2] 2.3/6 6.24[97] #3 #6
15 Live show 2 November 7 2.6/7 7.03[98] #4 #8
16 Live results 2 November 8 2.3/6 6.33[99] #3 #7
17 Live show 3 November 14 6.0 9 2.9/8 8.15[100] #3 #6
18 Live results 3 November 15 2.4/7 7.47[101] #2 #6
19 Live show 4 November 21 7 2.2/7 7.28[102] #3 #5
20 Live results 4 November 22 8 2.8/9 9.04[103] #1 #2
21 Live show 5 November 28 2.9/8 8.20[104] #1 #2
22 Live results 5 November 29 2.7/8 8.32[105] #2 #5
23 Live show 6 December 5 2.8/8 8.25[106] #1 #2
24 Live results 6 December 6 2.5/7 7.84[107] #2 #6
25 Live semi-final December 12 2.7/8 7.79[108] #2 #4
26 Live semi-final results December 13 2.4/7 7.66[109] #2 #6
27 Live final December 19 2.7/8 8.35[110] #1 #1
28 Live final results December 20 3.1/9 9.66[111] #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.[114] 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, 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 cut as he says he felt bullied into revealing he was gay.[115] Spears reportedly replied "It is fine that you are gay," though that was edited out as well.[116] Those at Fox then released a statement saying "The judges were not given any information at all about Mr Philip prior to his audition."[117] Later that year, an insider revealed that he was contacted specifically by producers because of his association with Britney Spears, and that according to him "she already knew he was going to be there, of course, because this is a reality show".[118]

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