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'The X Factor' results: Did Restless Road or Jeff Gutt go home?

"The X Factor" might get less fanfare than its older sibling, "American Idol," but the final four acts remaining in Season 3 are worthy of as many accolades as the superstars on any other reality singing competition. It was a hard competition, but finally we narrowed down the semifinalists: groups Restless Road and Alex and Sierra, over 25-er Jeff Gutt, and boy Carlito Olivero, to the three finalists competing for the Season 3 title. Who made it? The episode began with a delightfully chaste group number of Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger," and was followed by an extensive package recapping the Top 4 performance night. This essentially proved the uselessness of results shows, and the fact that it takes an hour to eliminate one act is kind of insane. Mario Lopez then rapidly asked each act a question, providing ample opportunity for Miss America-style answers: we love everyone, everybody deserves to be here, I hope I'm not... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/12/the-x-factor-top-4-results-did-restless-road-jeff-gutt-make-the-finals.html

X Factor 2013: Restless Road on Finale “Surprise,” Reacts to Criticism — Exclusive

Three words: country boy band. Sound like a stroke of musical genius? It is if the success of X Factor 2013 group Restless Road is any proof. The trio of 18-year-old Zach Beeken, 19-year-old Andrew Scholz, and 19-year-old Colton Pack had never met before X Factor but you wouldn’t know that seeing them perform. Now at the end of a long and difficult season, Restless Road remains a fan favorite. But will their popularity get them through to the Season 3finale? All signs point to yes with the... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/P25wYiJqEe8/2013-12-10-restless-road-finale-surprise-exclusive

X Factor 2013: Who Will Win X Factor Season 3?

It’s been a shocking, exciting season so far on The X Factor 2013, with acts dropping off before their time, and some surprises sticking around. Now, with only four episodes left in Season 3, it’s time for us to settle the score. On the table today, the biggest question of all: Who’s going to win this thing? There are four strong acts left: Restless Road, Alex & Sierra, Jeff Gutt, and Carlito Olivero. Simon Cowell’s groups seem to be the sweethearts of the competition, with fans falling... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/iJINUakZ6M0/2013-12-06-who-will-win-season-3

'X Factor': Demi Lovato, Rion Paige, Ellona Santiago on the Girls elimination

In one fell swoop, Demi Lovato went from having two artists competing on "The X Factor" Season 3 to being completely knocked out of the competition. Although it was hard to see Rion Paige and Ellona Santiago go, Lovato tells Zap2it that not making it to the semifinals can be a great motivator for her artists. "On the bright side of the things, I think that people [who go home earlier than they should], like Rion, Sweet Suspense and Ellona, I think it's actually going to motivate them to work harder so I'm excited to see where they are going to go after this," Lovato says backstage after the Top 6 elimination show. "It's not the end." Talking to reporters after getting the boot, Paige says something similar. "I mean, it is rough going home, but now I have so many chances to be me, to deliver a performance I want, to go to Nashville... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/12/x-factor-demi-lovato-rion-paige-ellona-santiago-on-the-girls-elimination.html

X Factor 2013: Why Jeff Gutt Will Win

Jeff Gutt is the dark horse of this year’s X Factor and you know what they say about dark horses: They win. This single dad from Detroit may not have come out of the gate strong like say fellow semifinalists Alex & Sierra,but week after week Jeff has given strong performances. He really caught our attention, however, with his Top 10 performance of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The iconic song has seen more than its fair share of covers on reality TV music competition shows but Jeff’s lent... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/NXPTE3dLBMg/2013-12-06-why-jeff-gutt-will-win

X Factor 2013: Why Carlito Olivero Will Win

Like the seasoned boxer he is, X Factor contestant Carlito Olivero has bounced back time again during Season 3 of the show. Never a darling of the judging panel and no stranger to the bottom two, the 24-year-old has fought tooth and nail to get to the Top 4, earning his spot after facing off with teen star Rion Paige in the “Save Me Song” battle of December 5. It’s Carlito’s particular brand of hard work, however, that might just be the extra oomph he needs to win the whole darn show (and... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/alziGX5wU-E/2013-12-06-why-carlito-olivero-will-win

X Factor 2013: Ratings Stay Low But Singles Dominate iTunes

Only two weeks remain until the end of X Factor’s third season, a season that may well go down as the worst in the show’s history. Ratings have continually stayed low since the season’s debut way back in early September and despite a few upticks here and there along the way, this week’s ratings didn’t show much in the way of improvement. How bad was it? Well, not Thanksgiving night bad. The Thursday, November 28, one-hour elimination show was the lowest ever for the series with a rating of... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/Qpn-BVpas3Y/2013-12-06-ratings-low-itunes-singles-strong

'X Factor': Simon Cowell - 'Say Something' was Alex and Sierra's big moment

No matter how "The X Factor" turns out, Alex and Sierra are bonafide stars --at least that's what their mentor Simon Cowell thinks. The duo's rendition of "Say Something" hit No. 1 on iTunes (and is still there more than a day after the Top 6 performance show), and according to Cowell, this is their star-making moment. "We were watching all last night. People were texting me saying this record was flying up the charts and then as soon as I woke up this morning I got the news they were No. 1," Cowell tells Zap2it after the Top 6 results show. "Mind you, the original is like No. 3 or something. It's incredible. I've always said this about these shows: It's not about winning a silly trophy; it's about launching an artist. It's about a career outside of it and that's what I'm most proud of. It does launch proper artists." And yes, "Say Something"... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/12/the-x-factor-simon-cowell-says-say-something-was-alex-and-sierras-star-making-moment.html

X Factor 2013: Should Ellona Santiago Have Gone Home?

Ellona Santiago’s elimination from The X Factor had jaws dropping all around with her mentor Demi Lovato venting her frustration almost immediately after the December 5 announcement. “What the f—k?!?!?! She should have won!!!,” Dems tweeted and we have to agree (minus the bad language, of course). There’s a lot of A-list talent reamining in the competition but after Ellona’s stellar Live Show performances during theDecember 4 episode, the 17-year-old sweetheart seemed like a shoe-in for the... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/Ru6CLzsOAcQ/2013-12-05-should-ellona-santiago-gone-home

X Factor 2013: Who Are the Top 4 Semifinalists?

Can you believe we’re down to the final four of The X Factor’s third season? We can’t either, but that’s what happened tonight (December 5). The Top 6 were brutally chopped down to just four remaining contestants who will compete in next week’s Live Show to earn a spot in the two-part December 18 and 19 finale. So who are the lucky X Factor Top 4? It was a tough road to get here, especially after the amazing December 4 live performances, but got there we did and here are the details on your... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/ELlAI-5BZPU/2013-12-05-season-3-top-4-semifinalists