The X Factor (U.S. season 3)

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The X Factor
Season 3
Broadcast fromSeptember 11 (2013-09-11) –
December 19, 2013 (2013-12-19)
JudgesSimon Cowell
Demi Lovato
Kelly Rowland
Paulina Rubio
Host(s)Mario Lopez
Alex & Sierra
Alex & Sierra 2015.jpg
Song"Say Something"
Genre(s)Indie pop, indie folk, folk pop, pop
MentorSimon Cowell
Jeff Gutt

The third and final season of the American music competition television show The X Factor premiered on Fox on September 11, 2013 and ended on December 19, 2013.[1] This season was hosted by Mario Lopez. Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato returned to the judging panel, while Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio joined the panel as replacements for the departing judges.

Producer auditions began on March 6, 2013, in Los Angeles, and ended on May 4, 2013, in Denver. The judges auditions, which are televised, began on May 21, 2013, in Charleston, and ended on July 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. New for this season is the removal of the boot camp and judges' houses rounds of the competition which have been replaced with a new middle section, more reminiscent of the live shows.

On December 19, 2013, Alex & Sierra won the show, as mentored by Cowell. On February 7, 2014, Cowell announced his departure from the American version to return to the UK version for the 2014 UK series which was followed by Fox announcing that it was not going to be renewing The X Factor for a fourth season.[2]

Judges and hosts[edit]

On October 22, 2012, it was announced that The X Factor would be returning for a third season,[3] with Simon Cowell confirmed to be returning.[4] On December 14, 2012, L.A. Reid announced he would not return to the show for its third season, as he wished to refocus his work on his record company, Epic Records.[5] Britney Spears stated her intentions on returning to the show for its third season,[6] but it was confirmed on January 11, 2013, that she would not be returning, in order to focus on her music career.[7]

Following the conclusion of season two, Demi Lovato questioned whether she would return for another season, or instead focus on her own career as a performer, stating, "I have no idea what's gonna happen next season, and I don't think anybody does."[8] On March 28, 2013, it was confirmed that Lovato would return. On April 22, it was confirmed by Fox that Mario Lopez would be returning to host season three, along with the news of Khloé Kardashian not returning as co-host.[9] Cowell confirmed via his Twitter account that the full judging panel will be announced on May 20, 2013, with auditions beginning the next day.[10] On that same day, Fox confirmed that Destiny's Child member and judge on the 2011 UK series, Kelly Rowland, and Mexican singer and former La Voz... México judge Paulina Rubio had been hired to replace Spears and Reid.[11]

Selection process[edit]


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New Orleans
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Los Angeles
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Long Island
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Cities where auditions were held.

In addition to having online auditions, it was announced at the conclusion of season 2 that auditions for season 3 would be held throughout the country in Charleston, South Carolina; Denver, Colorado; Long Island, New York; Los Angeles, California and New Orleans, Louisiana. On the "Registration and Audition Rules" document[12] on The X Factor's website about the auditions, it was announced where the auditions were going to be taking place.

Summary of judges' auditions[13]
City Auditions dates Venue Judges
Charleston, South Carolina May 21–22, 2013 North Charleston Coliseum Rubio Lovato Rowland Cowell
New Orleans, Louisiana June 11–12, 2013 Lakefront Arena
Long Island, New York June 19–21, 2013 Nassau Coliseum
Denver, Colorado June 30 – July 2, 2013 Denver Coliseum
Los Angeles, California July 10–11, 2013 Galen Center
July 12, 2013 N/A


Instead of the traditional bootcamp stages, a deliberation stage (very similar to Britain's Got Talent) was introduced to cut down the "yes" from the auditions to perform at Four-chair challenge. This took place on July 31, 2013.

After the Deliberation and Reveal Stages, but before the start of the four-chair challenge, the judges found out their categories and they are as follows: Rowland has the Overs, Rubio has the Boys, Lovato has the Girls and Cowell has the groups. They were revealed at Shrine Auditorium.

Four-chair challenge[edit]

For this season of The X Factor, Cowell confirmed that the boot camp and judges' houses sections of the competition, which traditionally followed the audition rounds, had been dropped and replaced with a brand new stage called "The Four-Chair challenge", which took place at the Shrine Auditorium and was filmed over 2 days in September 2013. Speaking on the change, he said "It [boot camp and Judges' houses] was the one element of the show I wasn't happy with, and it looked too similar to what everybody else is doing." He went on to describe the new "middle section" as "really dramatic, very tough on us and the contestants, and very high pressure", and compared the new round as similar to the live shows.[14]

This season, the categories did not follow the age-based format from season two but rather the format from season one: Boys, Girls, Over 25s and Groups. Rowland mentored Over 25s, Lovato the Girls, Rubio the Boys, and for the second season in a row, Cowell mentored the Groups.[15] Groups Restless Road, Sweet Suspense, and Forever in Your Mind all consist of contestants who originally auditioned as soloists.

The four-chair challenge episodes were broadcast on two 2-hour Wednesdays and two 1-hour Thursdays shows on October 2, 3, 9 and 10.


     – Contestant was immediately eliminated after performance without switch
     – Contestant was switched out later in the competition and eventually eliminated
     – Contestant was not switched out and made the final four of their own category
Contestants performances on the four-chair challenge
Episode Category (mentor) Act Order Song[16][17][18][19] Mentor's decision Switched with
Episode 7
(October 2)
Over 25s (Rowland) Victoria Carriger 1 "Make You Feel My Love" Put in chair 1
Kristine Mirelle 2 "Oops!... I Did It Again" Put in chair 2
Jeff Gutt 3 "Amazing Grace" Put in chair 3
Rachel Potter 4 "Irreplaceable" Put in chair 4
Lorie Moore 5 "I'll Make Love to You" Put in chair 2 Kristine Mirelle
Allison Davis 6 "Tik Tok" / "Push It" Eliminated
Jeff Brinkman 7 "Without You" Put in chair 1 Victoria Carriger
Denny Smith 8 "In the Midnight Hour" Eliminated
James Kenney 9 "Lean on Me" Put in chair 1 Jeff Brinkman
Lillie McCloud 10 "A House Is Not a Home" Put in chair 2 Lorie Moore
Girls (Lovato) Bree Randall 11 "Glad You Came" Put in chair 1
Khaya Cohen 12 "Locked Out of Heaven" Put in chair 2
Jamie Pineda 13 "Don't Speak" Put in chair 3
Ashly Williams 14 "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Put in chair 4
Episode 8
(October 3)
Simone Torres 15 "A Change Is Gonna Come" Put in chair 1 Bree Randall
Danie Geimer 16 "Georgia on My Mind" Put in chair 1 Simone Torres
Rylie Brown 17 "Angels" Eliminated
Primrose Martin 18 "Blame It on the Boogie" Eliminated
Rion Paige 19 "I Won't Let Go" Put in chair 4 Ashly Williams
Ellona Santiago 20 "Clarity" Put in chair 3 Jamie Pineda
Episode 9
(October 9)
Boys (Rubio) Al Calderon 21 "Call Me Maybe" Put in chair 1
Isaiah Alston 22 "The Greatest Love of All" Eliminated
Isaac Tauaefa 23 "Bubbly" Eliminated
Carlos Guevara 24 "Ain't No Sunshine" Put in chair 2
Stone Martin 25 "Torn" Put in chair 3
Chase Goehring 26 "Airplanes" Put in chair 4
Tim Olstad 27 "The Climb" Put in chair 3 Stone Martin
Carlito Olivero 28 "Dreaming of You" Put in chair 4 Chase Goehring
Timmy Thames 29 "The New Girl in Town" Put in chair 3 Tim Olstad
Tim Olstad N/A N/A (reinstated by mentor)1 Put in chair 1 Al Calderon
Josh Levi 30 "I Can't Make You Love Me" Put in chair 3 Timmy Thames
Groups (Cowell) Girls United 31 "Yeah 3x" Put in chair 1
Wild Thingz 32 "Party Rock Anthem" Put in chair 2
Glamour 33 "When I'm Gone" Put in chair 3
Restless Road 34 "Somebody Like You" Put in chair 4
Episode 10
(October 10)
Sweet Suspense 35 "Wishing on a Star" Put in chair 2 Wild Thingz
Yellow House Canyon 36 "Hell on Heels" Eliminated
Forever in Your Mind 37 "Lovebug" Put in chair 3 Glamour
Good News 38 "Landslide" Eliminated
Alex & Sierra 39 "You're the One That I Want" Put in chair 1 Girls United
RoXxy Montana 40 "Man in the Mirror" Put in chair 3 Forever in Your Mind

^1 Rubio initially switched out Tim Olstad for Timmy Thames, but after some consideration brought him back and instead switched out Al Calderon.


The final 16 finalists were confirmed as follows;


     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Third place
Category (mentor) Acts
Boys (Rubio) Carlos Guevara Josh Levi Carlito Olivero Tim Olstad
Girls (Lovato) Khaya Cohen Danie Geimer Rion Paige Ellona Santiago
Over 25s (Rowland) Jeff Gutt James Kenney Lillie McCloud Rachel Potter
Groups (Cowell) Alex & Sierra Restless Road RoXxy Montana Sweet Suspense

Live shows[edit]

The first two-hour live show aired on a special Tuesday time slot on October 29; which followed the same format as the first season with each of the judges narrowing their number of acts down to three, without a public vote. The public vote then started with the following performance and results shows starting November 6, which aired on Wednesdays and Thursdays respectively. As with previous seasons, each live show had a different theme. The live final took place in on December 18 and 19. Cowell had also said on Twitter that there may be a wildcard this season.[20] The leaderboard that showed which act had received the most public votes did not return.[citation needed]

Musical guests[edit]

Each results show featured musical performances from at least two artists. There was no guest performer on the first result show. Selena Gomez was supposed to perform on the second result show, but was postponed to third result show night[21] which featured a performance from season 2 finalist Fifth Harmony.[22] One Direction performed on the third results show.[23] Michael Bublé performed on the fifth performance show,[24] then again on the fifth results show alongside judge Demi Lovato.[25] Emblem3 and Little Mix performed on the sixth results show,[26] while Enrique Iglesias performed during the seventh results show.[27] Paulina Rubio,[28] Mary J. Blige, Lea Michele,[29] Leona Lewis, Pitbull and One Direction performed on the finale.[30]

Results summary[edit]

Color key
     Contestant did not face the public vote
     Contestant was eliminated by their mentor (no public vote or final showdown)
     Contestant was in the bottom 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 1 Week 23 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
Wednesday3 Thursday
Alex & Sierra Saved N/A 1st5 1st5 2nd5 1st5 1st5 1st5 Winner
Jeff Gutt Saved N/A 6th 5th 4th 4th 2nd 2nd Runner-up
Carlito Olivero Saved N/A 7th 8th 8th 5th 4th 3rd 3rd
Restless Road Saved N/A 8th 3rd 7th 3rd 3rd 4th Eliminated (week 7)
Rion Paige Saved N/A 3rd 6th 1st5 6th 5th Eliminated (week 6)
Ellona Santiago Saved N/A 2nd 2nd 6th 2nd 6th Eliminated (week 6)
Josh Levi Not saved2 N/A 5th 4th 3rd 7th Eliminated (week 5)
Lillie McCloud Saved N/A 9th 7th 5th 8th Eliminated (week 5)
Tim Olstad Saved N/A 12th 9th 9th Eliminated (week 4)
Khaya Cohen Saved N/A 11th 11th 10th Eliminated (week 4)
Rachel Potter Saved N/A 4th 10th Eliminated (week 3)
Sweet Suspense Saved N/A 10th 12th Eliminated (week 3)
Carlos Guevara Saved N/A 13th Eliminated (week 3)
RoXxy Montana Not saved Eliminated (week 1)
James Kenney Not saved Eliminated (week 1)
Danie Geimer Not saved Eliminated (week 1)
Final showdown None1 None3 No final showdown or judges' votes; results were based on public votes alone Cohen,
No final showdown or judges' votes; results were based on public votes alone
Judges voted to Save Eliminate
Rowland's vote Potter,
Cohen Olstad Paige Paige
Lovato's vote Santiago,
Potter Olstad Levi Olivero
Rubio's vote Olivero,
Potter Olstad Paige Paige
Cowell's vote Restless Road,
Alex & Sierra,
Sweet Suspense
Potter N/A4 Levi Paige
Eliminated Danie Geimer
by Lovato
Carlos Guevara
Public vote
to save
Sweet Suspense
Public vote
to save
Khaya Cohen
Public vote
to save
Lillie McCloud
Public vote
to save
Ellona Santiago
Public vote
to save
Restless Road
Public vote
to save
Carlito Olivero
Public vote
to win
Josh Levi
by Rubio
James Kenney
by Rowland
Rachel Potter
3 of 4 votes
Tim Olstad
3 of 3 votes
Josh Levi
2 of 4 votes
Rion Paige
3 of 4 votes
Jeff Gutt
Public vote
to win
RoXxy Montana
by Cowell
Reference(s) [31] [32] [33] [34] [35] [36] [37] [38] [39]
  • ^1 There was no public vote in the first week and therefore no final showdown. Each judge was required to reduce their number of acts to three.[40]
  • ^2 Levi returned to the competition in week two because the judges felt that he "deserves a second shot".[41]
  • ^3 Owing to graphic errors in which incorrect voting numbers were displayed on screen during the performance recap, there was no elimination in week two. All acts performed again on Thursday night in week two and a public re-vote was conducted. Carlos Guevara was eliminated on Wednesday night in week three after receiving the fewest votes in week two.[32]
  • ^4 Cowell was not required to vote as there was already a majority.
  • ^5 Cowell revealed in an interview that Alex & Sierra "won every single week" in the public vote except the fourth.[42]

Live show details[edit]

Week 1 (October 29)[edit]

Contestants performances on the first live show
Act Order Song[43] Result[31]
Ellona Santiago 1 "Till the World Ends" Safe
Danie Geimer 2 "Wrecking Ball" Eliminated
Rion Paige 3 "Skyscraper" Safe
Khaya Cohen 4 "Mercy" Safe
Josh Levi 5 "Only Girl (in the World)" Eliminated
Carlos Guevara 6 "Don't You Worry Child" Safe
Carlito Olivero 7 "Maria Maria" Safe
Tim Olstad 8 "Always" Safe
Lillie McCloud 9 "When a Man Loves a Woman" Safe
Jeff Gutt 10 "Try" Safe
Rachel Potter 11 "I Hope You Dance" Safe
James Kenney 12 "Red" Eliminated
RoXxy Montana 13 "Royals" Eliminated
Sweet Suspense 14 "I Love It" Safe
Alex & Sierra 15 "Blurred Lines" Safe
Restless Road 16 "Roar" Safe

There was no public vote in the first week. Instead, each of the judges selected one of their own acts to eliminate.

Judges' decisions to eliminate[31]
  • Lovato: Danie Geimer – gave no reason
  • Rubio: Josh Levi – she could not decide who to send home so walked off stage and did a gun hand gesture to Levi, as if she was eliminating him
  • Rowland: James Kenney – based on the performances
  • Cowell: RoXxy Montana – gave no reason

Week 2 (November 6/7)[edit]

November 6

One of the four acts that did not face the public vote in week 1, and was eliminated by their mentor, was reinstated to the show as the judges felt that the act "deserves a second shot". The reinstated act was announced as Josh Levi.[41]

Contestants performances on the second live show (Wednesday)
Act Order Song[41]
Josh Levi 1 "Who's Lovin' You"
Rachel Potter 2 "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)"
Carlos Guevara 3 "What's Going On"
Restless Road 4 "Easy"
Ellona Santiago 5 "Baby Love"
Jeff Gutt 6 "Say You, Say Me"
Alex & Sierra 7 "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
Khaya Cohen 8 "My Girl"
Carlito Olivero 9 "Stop! In the Name of Love"
Lillie McCloud 10 "All In Love Is Fair"
Sweet Suspense 11 "You Keep Me Hangin' On"
Rion Paige 12 "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
Tim Olstad 13 "I'll Be There"
November 7
  • Theme: "Save Me" songs[32]

Owing to graphics error in which incorrect voting numbers were displayed on screen during the performance recap, there was no elimination this week, instead all the acts performed their "Save Me" songs on Thursday night and a public re-vote was conducted after the show. The results were announced the following week, at the start of the live show on Wednesday night.[32]

Selena Gomez was going to perform her single "Slow Down" but due to graphics issues, she performed on the second night in week 3.[citation needed]

Contestants performances on the second live show (Thursday)
Act Order Song[46] Result
Josh Levi 1 "Stay" Safe
Rachel Potter 2 "Anyway" Safe
Carlos Guevara 3 "Cannonball" Eliminated
Restless Road 4 "Don't You Wanna Stay" Safe
Ellona Santiago 5 "Titanium" Safe
Jeff Gutt 6 "In the Air Tonight" Safe
Alex & Sierra 7 "Give Me Love" Safe
Khaya Cohen 8 "Distant Dreamer" Safe
Carlito Olivero 9 "If You're Not the One" Safe
Lillie McCloud 10 "Who Wants to Live Forever" Safe
Sweet Suspense 11 "That Should Be Me" Safe
Rion Paige 12 "Born This Way" Safe
Tim Olstad 13 "I Believe I Can Fly" Safe

Week 3 (November 13/14)[edit]

Carlos Guevara, the act that received the fewest votes from the public re-vote in week 2, was eliminated at the start of the November 13 episode.[33] He would have performed "Mad World".[33] Starting from week three, two acts will be eliminated from each results show until week five. The three acts with the fewest public votes will be announced and then the act with the fewest votes will be automatically eliminated. The remaining two acts will then perform in the final showdown and face the judges' votes.[citation needed]

Contestants performances on the third live show
Act Order Song[33] Result[34]
Lillie McCloud 1 "Ain't Nobody" Safe
Carlito Olivero 2 "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" Safe
Rion Paige 3 "We Belong" Safe
Sweet Suspense 4 "Mickey" Eliminated
Tim Olstad 5 "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" Safe
Khaya Cohen 6 "Borderline" Bottom three
Restless Road 7 "Footloose" Safe
Rachel Potter 8 "Alone" Bottom three
Ellona Santiago 9 "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" Safe
Josh Levi 10 "Straight Up" Safe
Jeff Gutt 11 "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" Safe
Alex & Sierra 12 "Addicted to Love" Safe
Final showdown details[34]
Khaya Cohen 1 "Don't Give Up on Me" Safe
Rachel Potter 2 "From This Moment On" Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate[34]
  • Rowland: Khaya Cohen – based on the final showdown performances, effectively backing her act, Rachel Potter.
  • Rubio: Rachel Potter – gave no reason.
  • Lovato: Rachel Potter – gave no reason, though effectively backed her own act, Khaya Cohen.
  • Cowell: Rachel Potter – felt that Cohen has more potential in the X Factor singing competition.

Week 4 (November 20/21)[edit]

Contestants performances on the fourth live show
Act Order Song[49] Result[35]
Jeff Gutt 1 "Bohemian Rhapsody" Safe
Tim Olstad 2 "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" Bottom three
Khaya Cohen 3 "Let It Be" Eliminated
Josh Levi 4 "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" Safe
Alex & Sierra 5 "Best Song Ever" Safe
Rion Paige 6 "Your Song" Safe
Carlito Olivero 7 "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" Bottom three
Lillie McCloud 8 "This Woman's Work" Safe
Ellona Santiago 9 "Burn" Safe
Restless Road 10 "Fix You" Safe
Final showdown details[35]
Tim Olstad 1 "You Raise Me Up" Eliminated
Carlito Olivero 2 "Beneath Your Beautiful" Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate[50]
  • Rowland: Tim Olstad – based on the final showdown performances
  • Lovato: Tim Olstad – gave no reason
  • Rubio: Tim Olstad – gave no reason
  • Cowell was not required to vote since there was already a majority

Week 5 (November 27/28)[edit]

Contestants performances on the fifth live show
Act Order Song[53] Result[36]
Rion Paige 1 "Swingin'" Bottom three
Restless Road 2 "Life Is a Highway" Safe
Jeff Gutt 3 "Feeling Good" Safe
Josh Levi 4 "Treasure" Bottom three
Carlito Olivero 5 "La Copa de Vida" / "María" Safe
Alex & Sierra 6 "I Knew You Were Trouble" Safe
Lillie McCloud 7 "Summertime" Eliminated
Ellona Santiago 8 "Mamma Knows Best" Safe
Final showdown details[36]
Rion Paige 1 "Perfect" Safe
Josh Levi 2 "When I Was Your Man" Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate[54]
  • Lovato: Josh Levi – gave no reason, though effectively backed her own act, Rion Paige
  • Rubio: Rion Paige – backed her own act, Josh Levi
  • Rowland: Rion Paige – gave no reason
  • Cowell: Josh Levi – wanted to let the public decide and therefore sent the result to deadlock

With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. Levi was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.[54]

Week 6 (December 4/5)[edit]

For the first time this season, each act performed two songs.

Contestants' performances on the sixth live show
Act Order First song[57] Order Second song[57] Result[37]
Restless Road 1 "Red" 7 "Wake Me Up" Safe
Rion Paige 2 "See You Again" 8 "Glass" Bottom three
Jeff Gutt 3 "Without You" 9 "Daniel" Safe
Ellona Santiago 4 "Applause" 10 "If I Were a Boy" Eliminated
Alex & Sierra 5 "Say My Name" 11 "Say Something" Safe
Carlito Olivero 6 "Let's Get Loud" 12 "Stand by Me" Bottom three
Final showdown details[37]
Rion Paige 1 "The House That Built Me" Eliminated
Carlito Olivero 2 "You Make Me Wanna..." Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate[58]
  • Lovato: Carlito Olivero – backed her own act, Rion Paige
  • Rubio: Rion Paige – backed her own act, Carlito Olivero
  • Rowland: Rion Paige – based on the final showdown performances though stated both acts did not give their best
  • Cowell: Rion Paige – wanted to give Olivero the opportunity to stay in the competition as he felt it was "probably his last chance"

Week 7: Semi-final (December 11/12)[edit]

On December 4, the song choices for the public were revealed.[59]

Choices for viewers' choice week
Act Song choices[59] Result[61]
Alex & Sierra "Hold On, We're Going Home" Not chosen
"Little Talks" Chosen
"Troublemaker" Not chosen
Carlito Olivero "Boyfriend" Chosen
"Hasta Ayer" Not chosen
"Promise" Not chosen
Ellona Santiago "Love Me Again" N/A (already eliminated)
"Who You Are" N/A (already eliminated)
"You Got the Love" N/A (already eliminated)
Jeff Gutt "Creep" Not chosen
"Hallelujah" Chosen
"Wonderwall" Not chosen
Restless Road "Hey Brother" Not chosen
"It Goes Like This" Not chosen
"That's My Kind of Night" Chosen
Rion Paige "Girl on Fire" N/A (already eliminated)
"So Small" N/A (already eliminated)
"Umbrella" N/A (already eliminated)
Contestants' performances on the seventh live show
Act Order First song[62] Order Second song[62] Result[38]
Carlito Olivero 1 "Boyfriend" 5 "I Need to Know" Safe
Restless Road 2 "That's My Kind of Night" 6 "Wanted" Eliminated
Alex & Sierra 3 "Little Talks" 7 "Gravity" Safe
Jeff Gutt 4 "Hallelujah" 8 "Demons" Safe

The semi-final did not feature a final showdown and instead the act with the fewest public votes, Restless Road, was automatically eliminated.[38] The top three acts each then performed a victory song of their choice after they were announced safe, with Olivero performing "Suavemente", Alex & Sierra performing "Let Her Go", and Gutt performing "Open Arms".[38]

Week 8: Final (December 18/19)[edit]

The final consisted of two two-hour episodes on December 18 and 19.

December 18
Contestants' performances on the eighth live show
Act Order First song[63] Order Second song (duet)[63][64] Order Third song[63]
Carlito Olivero 1 "Impossible" 4 "Stand by Me" (with Prince Royce) 7 "Maria Maria"
Alex & Sierra 2 "Give Me Love" 5 "Bleeding Love" (with Leona Lewis) 8 "Say Something"
Jeff Gutt 3 "Dream On" 6 "Iris" (with John Rzeznik) 9 "Creep"
December 19
Contestants' performances on the final live show
Act Order Song[65] Result[39]
Carlito Olivero 1 "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" Third place
Jeff Gutt 2 "O Holy Night" Runner-up
Alex & Sierra 3 "All I Want for Christmas Is You" Winner

Contestants who Appeared on Other Seasons or Shows[edit]

  • James Kenney auditioned for Season 1, but was eliminated during the Judges' Home round.
  • Jeff Gutt auditioned for Season 2, but was eliminated on the last day of the Bootcamp round.
  • Ellona Santiago competed in Season 1 as a member of InTENsity, who were eliminated in 12th place.
  • Carlito Olivero competed on Making Menudo on MTV under his real name "Carlos Olivero". He was one of the five contestants selected to become a member of Menudo
  • Chase Goehring competed on the twelfth season of America's Got Talent. He received a golden buzzer from guest judge DJ Khaled during Judges' Cuts. He finished in the Top Ten.
  • Stone Martin and Timmy Thames appeared on Boy Band. Both were eliminated on episode 1.

Famous Relations[edit]

  • Primrose Martin, who was eliminated during the Four Chair Challenge, is the daughter of former Kool & the Gang lead vocalist Skip Martin


U.S. Nielsen ratings[edit]

Ep. # Episode Airdate Viewers
1 Auditions 1 September 11 6.45 2.2/7 2 3 [66]
2 Auditions 2 September 12 6.87 2.2/7 2 2 [67]
3 Auditions 3 September 18 6.62 2.2/7 2 4 [68]
4 Auditions 4 September 19 6.43 2.0/7 2 4 [69]
5 Auditions 5 September 25 7.73 2.5/7 2 7 [70]
6 Auditions 6 September 26 6.47 2.1/6 2 8 [71]
7 Four-Chair challenge 1 October 2 7.80 2.4/7 3 7 [72]
8 Four-Chair challenge 2 October 3 7.13 2.0/6 2 8 [73]
9 Four-Chair challenge 3 October 9 7.25 2.2/6 3 6 [74]
10 Four-Chair challenge 4 October 10 6.49 2.0/6 2 3 [75]
11 Finalists chosen (Top 12) October 29note 1 4.90 1.5/4 3 5 [76]
12 Meet the Top 12 October 31 3.25 0.8/3 5 8 [77]
13 Top 13 perform November 6 4.54 1.5/4 2 (Tie) 4 (Tie) [78]
14 Top 13 Acts Get Another Chance November 7 3.67 1.2/4 4 9 [79]
15 Top 12 perform November 13 5.78 1.7/5 2 4 [80]
16 Live results 1 November 14 5.18 1.3/4 2 (Tie) 3 (Tie) [81]
17 Top 10 perform November 20 5.51 1.7/5 3 4 (Tie) [82]
18 Live results 2 November 21 5.88 1.6/5 2 2 [83]
19 Top 8 perform November 27 4.85 1.2/4 2 [84]
20 Live results 3 November 28 3.75 1.0/3 3 [85]
21 Top 6 perform December 4 5.41 1.4/4 4 [86]
22 Live results 4 December 5 4.93 1.4/4 3 [87]
23 Top 4 perform December 11 4.97 1.4/4
24 Live results 5 December 12 4.90 1.2/4
25 Top 3 perform December 18 5.04 1.3/4 [88]
26 Winner announced December 19 6.22 1.7/5

^1 Due to the 2013 MLB World Series running past October 28, the first live show of the season aired on October 29 to make room for Wednesday's potential deciding game.[89]


Voting numbers graphic error[edit]

Due to graphic errors made in the top 13 round of the live shows regarding voting, all voting results posted in that episode were invalidated, and the contestants sang once more in the show of November 7, with the results revealed on November 13.[90]

Demi Lovato's tribute video[edit]

On December 19, 2013, during the finale a segment featuring judge Lovato had aired. The segment showed Lovato drinking a green-colored beverage called "Annoying Juice" throughout the duration of the season, poking fun at Lovato's "annoying" relationship with show creator Cowell.

The next day, Lovato expressed her frustration with The X Factor producers for mocking her drinking addiction that she openly struggled with.[91]


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