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‘X Factor’ Semifinal Borrows From NBC’s ‘The Voice’ (Video)

“The X Factor” has taken the saying “if you can’t beat them, join them” to heart. On Wednesday’s performance episode, the four semifinalists had to perform three times. And one of those performances had them doing duets against another competitor – much like NBC’s “The Voice.” Host Mario Lopez even referred to the round with the same term the NBC show uses for its similar round: a “battle.”   Read More... //www.thewrap.com/fox-x-factor-semifinals-battle-round

X Factor 2013: Who Had the Best Duet? December 11 Live Show

As an extra curve ball for the last week of pre-finale Season 3 Live Shows, The X Factor pitted the final four contestantsagainst one another in a sing-off. Sound kinda familiar? Yeah, okay so maybe other music competition shows do something similar… but as we were saying, the duets gave America a chance to see who can shine under pressure and get a good look at the Top 4 remaining contestants. First off, Alex & Sierraversus Carlito Olivero, who dueted on Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/Rmg6TPyp20Y/2013-12-11-best-duet-top-4-poll

X Factor 2013: Who Should Be Eliminated From the Top 4?

We hate to say it (and say it again, too)but Carlito Olivero looks to be in danger this week over on The X Factor. Carlito barely made it into the Top 4, earning his spot in the semifinals only after vocally duking it out with Rion Paige. When the final decision came down to judge Simon Cowell, Mr. Nasty cast his vote in Carlito’s favor, briefly explaining that it might be the 24-year-old’s last best chance to break into the world of entertainment. Unfortunately, however, the slight signs of... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/YU76hyn4hmY/2013-12-11-who-go-home-top-4

'The X Factor': Alex and Sierra on making Kelly Rowland cry

Sierra Deaton is a timid sidekick no more. The singer, one half of "The X Factor" star duo Alex and Sierra, has only been singing on stage for a few months, having occasionally popped up on stage to back her boyfriend, Alex Kinsey, during his gigs. But now, going into the finals of FOX's reality competition, she's finally a star in her own right. So much so that she brought judge Kelly Rowland to tears during her critique of the duo's goosebump-inducing cover of Sara Bareilles' "Gravity." "This experience has been a really big journey for me, not just as a singer but as a human," Sierra tells Zap2it backstage after her big semifinals night. "And for them to say things that really brought it all together -- when Kelly was saying things about female empowerment I was like 'Oh my god! Preach!'" It was especially flattering coming from a personal role model. "It just... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/12/the-x-factor-alex-and-sierra-on-making-kelly-rowland-cry-girl-power-pageants-more.html

X Factor 2013: Jeff Gutt on Why He Hasn’t Made It Big Yet — Exclusive

Jeff Gutt has no trouble adding a darker side to the typically pop-centric X Factor. The 2013 contestant describes himself as an “edgy and raw” artist but the resident Season 3 rocker definitely has a softer side. Jeff’s a single dad to adorable five-year-old son, Talon. (One huge upside to Jeff powering through to the finale: We’ll likely get a chance to see that cutie patootie again. Oh, and hearing Jeff perform is always nice.) The last remaining Over 25 contestant has been in the biz for... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/JjO678cbxrk/2013-12-11-jeff-gutt-record-deal-exclusive

Watch All the Performances from X Factor Live Shows — December 11, 2013

It's the last week of Season 3 Live Showsbefore the grand finale of December 18 and 19 so we're expecting the fiercest night of competition yet. Four acts remain in The X Factor— Jeff Gutt, Alex & Sierra, Carlito Olivero, and Restless Road— and each brings something new and exciting to the table. With only three judges still in the running for Season 3 bragging rights (that would be Simon Cowell, Paulina Rubio, and Kelly Rowland) the trash talk might also get heated over at the judges's... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/H15GmVJiHQo/2013-12-11-watch-live-shows-december-11

'X Factor' Top 4: Are Restless Road and Jeff Gutt finals-bound?

Did you think that once we were down to four acts, the show would only be an hour long? Think again, "X Factor" fans. 1. Carlito Olivero, "Boyfriend" and "I Need to Know"Well, he knows his target audience, even bringing a girl on stage to sit in a chair while he sings and wiggles his pelvis at her. It's ... pretty cheesy, but I suspect the voters will really dig it. Is it going to be Carlito vs. Restless Road for the title? Hmm.Vocally, this is solid, I'll give him that. "Boyfriend" is not the most demanding song by any stretch of the imagination, but he's hitting all the notes, which is more than he has done in some weeks. However, "I Need to Know" is a step in the right direction. It's still not an overly challenging song, but it's better than boyfriend and he sounds terrific. Carlito was pretty solid this week.2. Restless... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/12/x-factor-top-4-are-restless-road-and-jeff-gutt-finals-bound.html