X Factor 2013: Watch Four Chair Challenge Highlights

The X Factoris finally done with auditions but rather than asking the contestants to bust their butts in bootcamp, the show has a new challenge planned for its third season. To cut the group of 40 down to a top 16, judges Simon, Paulina, Kelly, and Demi will evaluate a performance from each act. Ten contestants in each category— boys, girls, groups, and over 25s— will compete per night.The top four entertainers from each judge's team will get a seat in a special white chair (or sofas, if...

The 'X Factor' 4-chair challenge needs more cutthroat judges

We've narrowed it down to the Top 40 on "The X Factor." Now they will each perform for the judges in the four-chair challenge, which is where the mentors will systematically narrow their 10 acts down to four.The way it works is each mentor has four chairs to fill and they fill them as they go along, but once they are full, in order to add another act, they must eliminate one. It's not like this is anything new on a singing competition show (narrowing from a few dozen to a pseudo-Top 10) but this format should prove quite dramatic.To recap the categories, Kelly Rowland has over 25s, Paulina Rubio has boys, Demi Lovato has girls and Simon Cowell has groups. The Over 25sVictoria Carriger is up first, she's the separated mom of eight children. She sings "To Make You Feel My Love" with a very coffeehouse-y vibe. She definitely has a Juliana Hatfield-Cyndi Lauper...

'X Factor': Over 25s Battle in the First Four Chair Challenge

Kelly Rowland had her work cut out for her as she whittled the category from 10 to four, while Demi Lovato just scratched the surface of her category.    

X Factor 2013: Kelly Rowland Picks Her Final 4 For the Over 25 Group

The X Factor has a brand new strategy to single out contestants for its final 16 and man, is it brutal. The Four Chair Challenge made its debut tonight (October 2) as judge Kelly Rowland picked her top four from a pool of ten contestants after quite a bit of yes-ing and no-ing followed by major shakeups. So who made the cut for Season 3’s Over 25 category? Lillie McCloud Lillie’s been a favorite since her moving audition with CeCe Winans’s “Alabaster Box” and she came to play tonight....