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'X Factor': Watch Stacy Francis and Chris Rene's Performances (Video)

Stacy Francis is a 42-year-old mother of two who sneaks into the bathroom to sing at night when her little ones are in bed. She's been living in Los Angeles for the last decade, trying to catch her big break, and worrying about how to pay for her son's education. She was ready to give up, she said, believing her ex when he told her she was too old for stardom. Chris Rene is a 28-year-old trash hauler and dad who's a recovering drug addict -- just 70 days sober -- with dreams of music industry stardom. //www.thewrap.com/column-post/x-factor-single-mom-stacy-francis-wows-judges-audience-series-premiere-video-31209

TV ratings: 'The X Factor' has a modest premiere, 'Modern Family' big Wednesday

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011It was a good news-bad news situation for "The X Factor" premiere on Wednesday. On the good side, the show gave FOX its best season-opening Wednesday since the early 1990s. On the bad, it was well below the premiere numbers for "American Idol" last season and below what most people were expecting.Elsewhere, "Modern Family" and "The Middle" both posted strong premiere numbers, and ABC's new drama "Revenge" had a decent opening as well. NBC's "Up All Night" and "Free Agents" dropped a good amount in their regular homes, while CBS' lineup was pretty steady.The total-viewer crown on Wednesday went to CBS, which averaged 12.3 million viewers and a 7.6 rating/12 share in households, edging FOX's 12.1 million and 7.2/11. ABC (11.4 million, 7.0/11) finished a solid third. NBC was a ways back in fourth with 6.6 million viewers and a 4.4/7. The CW (1.3 million, 0.9/1) wasn't much... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/09/tv-ratings-the-x-factor-has-a-modest-premiere-modern-family-big-wednesday.html

'X Factor': Chris Rene's original 'Young Homey' song moves everyone

We don't often like the sob-story segments on shows like "American Idol," "America's Got Talent" and now "The X Factor." Lots of people have sad stories and it's not fair that only some of them get showcased.However. Trash collector Chris Rene's story of being a dad and having a drug problem, then being clean and sober now for 70 days was necessary in order to explain his original song "Young Homey," which was surprisingly good. It was very touching.Both Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid were quick to point out that he better stay clean, that's part of the deal. We admit to feeling a little nervous for him, since 70 days sober is not a lot and "The X Factor" is a high-pressure, high-profile situation. But major props to him for straightening out his life. We hope he is successful on the show.What did you think, "X Factor" fans?... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/09/x-factor-chris-renes-original-young-homey-song-moves-everyone.html

'The X Factor' premiere: Chris Rene, Rachel Crow and more wow on first night

Some "American Idol"-esque music welcomes us to "The X Factor," though the graphics would belie aliens are invading the Earth. The judges arrive at the first location and the audience goes predictably nuts. Los AngelesThe first person we see is 13-year-old Rachel Crow. Well, seeing as how she's first and really young, I'm expecting big things. She hilariously talks about how her family has no money, which isn't funny but she's funny. She sings "Mercy" and even though her dance moves are super dorky, her voice is pretty great. It's not seasoned, but for a 13-year-old girl it's spectacular and the seasoning will come. Obviously she is through - Simon says she's the reason they were right to take the age limit down.Check out Rachel's performance here.Rachel kicks off a montage of successful auditions - a very handsome buff man named Terrell Carter, 14-year-old Ellona Santiago, Bieber-esque 14-year-old John Lindahl and a bunch of others... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/09/the-x-factor-premiere-chris-rene-rachel-crow-and-more-wow-on-first-night.html

'X Factor': Did The Anser's 'Rolling in the Deep' have you swooning?

"The X Factor" brought out its first boy band audition with The Anser, three men between the ages of 20 and 27 who took on Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" with a very interesting arrangement and some harmonies.The judges were complimentary and the ladies in the audience were in prime panty-throwing mode, so the boys were through with flying colors. We weren't going totally nuts - their harmonies need a little bit of work.But the hipster soloist was good and they definitely deserved to advance. What did you think, "X Factor" fans? Are they "The Answer"?... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/09/x-factor-did-the-answers-rolling-in-the-deep-have-you-swooning.html

'X Factor': Did Stacy Francis move you with her music?

We'll be honest on this one - we weren't as amazed by Stacy Francis as the "X Factor" judges panel was. We were pretty shocked Simon Cowell gave her a standing ovation, frankly.Not that she wasn't good and didn't deserve to advance - she was and she did. But we weren't going total bonkers at home over her "Natural Woman" rendition. She's no Kelly Clarkson and the judges were acting like it was the second coming of K-Clark.What did you think, "X Factor" fans? Was Stacy Francis your favorite of the night? Are we crazy not to be totally head-over-heels for her right off the bat?... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/09/x-factor-did-stacy-francis-move-you-with-her-music.html

'X Factor': Rachel Crow is the reason the age limit was lowered

"The X Factor" started off with a bang as they showcased 13-year-old Rachel Crow from the Los Angeles auditions on Duffy's "Mercy." The vocals were very good, especially considering how young she is. She also has a great personality, as she hilariously told the judges she wants to win because her family has no money.The judges were suitably wowed. Simon Cowell told her she's the reason they lowered the age limit to 12 years of age and she obviously went through with four yes votes. How do you think she did? She definitely needs some seasoning in terms of her vocals and her stage presence, but again - she's 13 years old. So, well done Rachel Crow.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/09/x-factor-rachel-crow-is-the-reason-the-age-limit-was-lowered.html

Simon Cowell Talks 'X Factor' Expectations and What the Show Is Searching For (VIDEO)

On the eve of Wednesday night's 'The X Factor' premiere, Matt Lauer traveled to Simon Cowell 's L.A. mansion for a fireside 'Today' (7AM ET on NBC) chat. The two talked about Cowell's expectations for the new show, critics who are rooting for Cowell to fail, and what defines that elusive x-factor the show is looking to find. "You'll see the most ginarmous fireworks display in Los Angeles if this show bombed," Cowell said, pointing out at the city. But Cowell may be his own harshest critic: he told Lauer that if the show doesn't draw in 20 million viewers, a number that would put it on par with 'Idol,' he'd consider it a flop. //www.aoltv.com/2011/09/21/simon-cowell-the-x-factor-video/

THE X FACTOR (US) Premiere “Auditions #1: Los Angeles/Seattle”

THE X FACTOR  two hour premiere airs Wednesday September 21 at 8pm on FOX. Synopsis:  THE X FACTOR is the new competition series that gives viewers the opportunity to help choose the next global superstar or breakout music group. Judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger traveled the nation searching for undiscovered talent 12 years old or over – both solo artists and vocal groups – who are worthy of the largest prize in television history: a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music. Hosted by Steve Jones, the series premiere of THE X FACTOR will showcase the live auditions from Los Angeles and Seattle which took place in front of audiences of thousands. Don’t miss the auditions that will have everyone talking the next day in the "Auditions #1: Los Angeles/Seattle" series premiere episode of THE X FACTOR premiering Wednesday, Sept. 21 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/09/21/the-x-factor-us-premiere-auditions-1-los-angelesseattle/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Simon Cowell Talks About Axing Cheryl Cole as 'The X Factor' Judge

The excitement surrounding Simon Cowell's new reality talent show 'The X Factor' is reaching fever pitch ahead of tonight's premiere. Over the summer there was much drama off-screen as judge Cheryl Cole was booted from the panel after auditions had got underway and was replaced by the show's original co-host, Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger. Cowell and Scherzinger were guests on 'Piers Morgan Tonight' and he talked candidly about the reasons for Cole's departure: "I was talking to someone about this at the screening the other night and they put it very well -- she looked a bit bewildered." Cowell -- who says he feels bad about the very public way in which Cole was fired -- added that "I took the view, along with a few other people, that she would have been more comfortable back in the UK." He also opened up about his hopes for 'The X Factor' and whether it will take down 'American Idol.' //www.aoltv.com/2011/09/21/simon-cowell-talks-about-axing-cheryl-cole-from-x-factor/