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'The X Factor' Top 12: Sarah Hyland's air drums, weird sexy dancers and more of what you missed

A spectacle like "The X Factor" --12 acts performing on live TV with different backup dancers, backup singers, and intricate stage setups in just two hours -- requires a lot of effort to pull together. While the final product that aired on FOX might've looked seamless, there's plenty of work going on behind the scenes that you never see. Here are five things Zap2it observed in the "X Factor" studio that you never caught at home. 1. The Warm-Up Guy. Most live television shows employ a warm-up comedian to tell jokes and get the crowd's energy up before the cameras roll, but "The X Factor" guy takes a different approach and recruits audience volunteers to sing a cappella. It's a recipe for disaster, but luckily three out of four people chosen on Top 12 night were decent singers. The fourth, however, was like a live-action version of a cringeworthy joke audition: a rapper named "Big Stats"... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/11/the-x-factor-top-12-sarah-hylands-air-drums-weird-sexy-dancers-and-more-of-what-you-missed.html

X Factor 2013: Who Is Josh Levi? Watch All Performances

Inquiring minds want to know: Who is Josh Levi, a contestant so special he was brought back to X Factor 2013 Live Showsduring the November 6 episode? Deemed a "wildcard" contestant, Josh is technically back under the tutelage of judge Paulina Rubio, who, if she isn't careful, is going to get a reputation for fickleness when it comes to X Factor contestants (coughTim Olstadcough). Josh's return to the show officially bumps the Top 12 up by one and makes the competition all the more heated as... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/Fy7HUWbGjRo/2013-11-07-who-is-contesant-josh-levi

'X Factor': Tim Olstad still can't believe he and Sarah Hyland are now pals

Stars! They're just like us. They, too, have favorite contestants on singing competitions. Sarah Hyland might star on "Modern Family," but she also loves Tim Olstad on "The X Factor" so much that she reached out to the singer, had dinner with him, and showed up to Top 12 performance night to cheer him on. "She reached out to me on Twitter and now we're friends - me and Sarah Hyland - which is crazy because I'm a huge fan of 'Modern Family' and she's awesome," Olstad tells Zap2it after the show. "Seriously, she's so down to Earth and I'm really glad that she came tonight and supported me. She's awesome." Zap2it can attest that Hyland is a genuine fan --she and her boyfriend were the first to boo when the judges had less-than-positive things to say about Olstad's performance, and she even got so into his performance that she air-drummed during the drum solo... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/11/x-factor-tim-olstad-still-cant-believe-he-and-sarah-hyland-are-now-pals.html

'The X Factor': Ellona Santiago says her fall could've been worse

Running around a stage in five-inch heels is a recipe for disaster, so it's no wonder Ellona Santiago slipped and fell during her upbeat rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" on "The X Factor" Top 12 performance night. Although the fall conveniently coincided with the lyric "down" --fellow finalist Rion Paige didn't even know it happened -- it definitely wasn't fun. "I was hurting," Santiago tells Zap2it of what went through her mind immediately after. "I was like 'Ouch!' in my head, but I just kept going. The show must go on! I've fallen before when I was singing and I know Beyonce has fallen, JLo has fallen, Demi has fallen." Surprisingly, the heels she ended up wearing on stage were shorter than the ones she originally planned to wear. "They were actually higher but during rehearsals I had to change them because I was tipping over," she reveals. "I was supposed to... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/11/the-x-factor-ellona-santiago-says-her-fall-couldve-been-worse.html

"The X Factor" Voting Results for November 13

After the elimination, the remaining 12 acts performed hit songs from the 1980s for America's votes.  Read More... //www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2013/11/13/the-x-factor-voting-results-for-november-13-123320/20131113fox02/

X Factor 2013: Who Went Home? — November 13 Live Shows

It’s always tough to lose a talented member of the X Factor 2013 crew, and the November 13 elimination wasn’t any easier. Though we were prepared for someone to leave, we’d be lying if we expected it to be Carlos Guevara. But it was, and he’s outskies, and it’s all your fault! But actually, it is. Carlos has captivated us since he first appeared on The X Factor, sharing his story of overcoming Tourette syndrome through the power of music. Since then, he’s been rocking our socks each week,...   Read More... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/Ng6L2GLp-xI/2013-11-13-who-went-home-november-13

Watch All the Performances from X Factor Live Shows Week 3 — November 13, 2013

X Factor's back and starting its second week ofLive Showswith a major bang: One of theTop 13goes home tonight! Why? Well, there was a slight tech issue last week that meant no one went home, keeping the remaining 13 contestants on pins and needles all weekend as they wondered if they'd ever get a chance to perform their 1980s numbers. Once the elimination is over— we hope it's quick and fast like ripping off a Band-Aid— the Top 12 will take to the stage and work to earn our votes. How do we...   Read More... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/x7K2JN8lnCo/2013-11-13-watch-live-shows-week-3

'X Factor' Top 12: Josh Levi owns '80s night

When we join "The X Factor," host Mario Lopez informs us that it's '80s night -- but he emphasizes hits from the nineteen-eighties, which really makes us wonder if he thinks anybody is confused it might be the eighteen-eighties. Meanwhile, the female judges are decked out in their best '80s attire, which is awesome. Scroogey old Simon, however, cannot be bothered to put a suit jacket on over his plain white t-shirt and rock a Crockett and/or Tubbs look. For shame, Cowell. However, we must eliminate someone first. You know, we hope they told the act who was eliminated last week when it actually happened so that he or she didn't have to rehearse all this week like normal. That just seems mean. Anyway, Carlos Guevara is eliminated and for once, America got it exactly right. He had a couple very rough nights, he shouldn't have advanced out of the four-chair challenge. He seems like... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/11/x-factor-80s-night-josh-levi-owns-the-night.html

'X Factor's' Simon Cowell calls female judges 'witches,' needs to dial it back

Simon Cowell has always been that prickly British judge that everyone loves. But on "The X Factor" this week, he showed some flashes of that ugly Simon that rears its head every once in awhile and we did not appreciate it. Simon and Demi Lovato have always had a teasing relationship on the show, but tonight, all three women took umbrage with Cowell's created group Sweet Suspense -- and they were right. The performance was really lacking. There weren't harmonies, it was largely carried by the back-up vocalists and the girls just didn't seem to be having fun with each other. The female judges weren't mean and they weren't wrong -- they were offering constructive criticism to the girls.But Cowell not only said it was their best performance yet, but he called his fellow judges "witches." We have to wonder what he would have said if he was sitting next to three men. Plus, he... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/11/x-factors-simon-cowell-calls-female-judges-witches-needs-to-dial-it-back.html

X Factor 2013: Three Eliminations and Two Major Guest Performers This Week!

Whether they mean to or not, the folks over at The X Factor are throwing America some major curveballs this year. Most recently, the first round of voting during Live Shows went completely awry with the contestants forced to perform twice in the same week, an upset that resulted in some other major changes for the week ahead. The results from that Thursday night show will be announced during tomorrow night’s (November 13) two-hour Live Show with one contestant going home. The remaining 12... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/iQysqDAU1ww/2013-11-12-live-shows-schedule-selena-gomez