Season of television series
The third and final season of the american music contest television express The X Factor premiered on Fox on September 11, 2013 and ended on December 19, 2013. [ 1 ] This season was hosted by Mario Lopez. Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato returned to the judge dialog box, while Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio joined the panel as replacements for the leave judges. Producer auditions began on March 6, 2013, in Los Angeles, and ended on May 4, 2013, in Denver. The judges auditions, which are televised, began on May 21, 2013, in Charleston, and ended on July 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. New for this season is the removal of the boot camp and judges ‘ houses rounds of the competition which have been replaced with a fresh center section, more evocative of the be shows.

On December 19, 2013, Alex & Sierra won the show, as mentored by Cowell. On February 7, 2014, Cowell announced he was returning to the UK usher to judge the 2014 UK series, which was followed by Fox announcing that they would not be renewing the show for a fourth temper. [ 2 ]

Judges and hosts.

On October 22, 2012, it was announced that The X Factor would be returning for a third base season, [ 3 ] with Simon Cowell confirmed to be returning. [ 4 ] On December 14, 2012, L.A. Reid announced he would not return to the show for its third season, as he wished to refocus his work on his record company, Epic Records. [ 5 ] Britney Spears stated her intentions on returning to the read for its third season, [ 6 ] but she finally did not return, in order to focus on her music career. [ 7 ] Following the decision of season two, Demi Lovato questioned whether they would return for another temper, or alternatively focus on their own career as a performer, state, “ I have no idea what ‘s gon na happen future temper, and I do n’t think anybody does. ” [ 8 ] On March 28, 2013, it was confirmed that Lovato would return. On April 22, it was confirmed by Fox that Mario Lopez would be returning to host season three, along with the news of Khloé Kardashian not returning as co-host. [ 9 ] Rumors passed that Reba McEntire and Jennifer Love Hewitt would be judges. [ 10 ] finally, Cowell confirmed via his Twitter bill that the full moon judgment gore would be announced on May 20, 2013, with auditions beginning the next day. [ 11 ] On that lapp day, Fox confirmed that Destiny ‘s Child member and evaluator on the 2011 series of the UK prove ( who previously replaced Dannii Minogue ), Kelly Rowland, and Mexican singer and early La Voz… México judge Paulina Rubio had been hired to replace Reid and Spears. [ 12 ]

selection serve.


The X Factor (American season 3) is located in the United StatesCharleston charlestonNew Orleans New OrleansLos Angeles Los AngelesDenver denverLong Island long Islandclass=notpageimage| Cities where auditions were held. In accession to having on-line auditions, it was announced at the conclusion of season 2 that auditions for season 3 would be held throughout the country in Charleston, South Carolina ; Denver, Colorado ; Long Island, New York ; Los Angeles, California and New Orleans, Louisiana. On the “ Registration and Audition Rules ” document [ 13 ] on The X Factor ‘s web site about the auditions, it was announced where the auditions were going to be taking space .


alternatively of the traditional bootcamp stages, a calculation stage ( very similar to Britain’s Got Talent ) was introduced to cut down the “ yes ” from the auditions to perform at Four-chair challenge. The judges cut the acts from 218 to 40. This took place on July 31, 2013. After the Deliberation and Reveal Stages, but before the start of the four-chair challenge, the judges found out their categories and they are as follows : Rowland has the Overs, Rubio has the Boys, Lovato has the Girls and Cowell has the groups. They were revealed at Shrine Auditorium .

Four-chair challenge.

For this season of The X Factor, Cowell confirmed that the boot camp and judges ‘ houses sections of the competition, which traditionally followed the audition rounds, had been dropped and replaced with a brand new stage called “ The Four-Chair challenge ”, which took place at the Shrine Auditorium and was filmed over 2 days in September 2013. Speaking on the change, he said “ It [ boot camp and Judges ‘ houses ] was the one element of the indicate I was n’t felicitous with, and it looked besides like to what everybody else is doing. ” He went on to describe the new “ middle section ” as “ truly dramatic, very hard on us and the contestants, and very high pressure ”, and compared the new turn as alike to the bouncy shows. [ 15 ] This temper, the categories did not follow the age-based format from season two but quite the format from season one : Boys, Girls, Over 25s and Groups. Rowland mentored Over 25s, Lovato the Girls, Rubio the Boys, and for the second season in a quarrel, Cowell mentored the Groups. [ 16 ] Groups Restless Road, Sweet Suspense, and Forever in Your Mind all dwell of contestants who originally auditioned as soloists. The four-chair challenge episodes were broadcast on two 2-hour Wednesdays and two 1-hour Thursdays shows on October 2, 3, 9 and 10. Key :

– Act was immediately eliminated after performance without switch
– Act was switched out later in the competition and eventually eliminated
– Act was not switched out and made the final four of their own category

^1 Rubio initially switched out Tim Olstad for Timmy Thames, but after some circumstance brought him back and alternatively switched out Al Calderon .


The exceed 16 contestants were confirmed as follows ; Key :

– Winner
– Runner-Up

live shows.

The first two-hour exist indicate aired on a particular Tuesday time slot on October 29 ; which followed the lapp format as the first temper with each of the judges narrowing their numeral of acts gloomy to three, without a public vote. The public vote then started with the follow performance and results shows starting November 6, which aired on Wednesdays and Thursdays respectively. As with previous seasons, each alive prove had a different subject. The know final examination took place in on December 18 and 19. Cowell had besides said on Twitter that there may be a wildcard this season. [ 21 ] The leaderboard that showed which act had received the most populace votes did not return. [ citation needed ]

musical guests.

Each results show featured musical performances from at least two artists. There was no guest performer on the first consequence show. Selena Gomez was supposed to perform on the second leave show, but was postponed to third result show night [ 22 ] which featured a performance from season 2 finalist Fifth Harmony. [ 23 ] One Direction performed on the third gear results show. [ 24 ] Michael Bublé performed on the fifth performance show, [ 25 ] then again on the one-fifth results show aboard estimate Demi Lovato. [ 26 ] Emblem3 and Little Mix performed on the one-sixth results show, [ 27 ] while Enrique Iglesias performed during the seventh results show. [ 28 ] Paulina Rubio, [ 29 ] Mary J. Blige, Lea Michele, [ 30 ] Leona Lewis, Pitbull and One Direction performed on the finale. [ 31 ]

Results compendious.

Color key

Act in team Simon Cowell Act in team Kelly Rowland Act in team Paulina Rubio Act in team Demi Lovato

Act did not face the public vote
Act was eliminated by their mentor (no public vote or final showdown)

Act was in the bottom three and had to sing again in the final showdown
Act was in the bottom three but received the fewest votes and was immediately eliminated
Act received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no final showdown)
Act received the most public votes
Weekly results per act
Act Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Quarter-Final Semi-Final Final
Wednesday Vote Thursday Vote First Vote Second Vote
Alex & Sierra Saved N/A 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st Winner
Jeff Gutt 6th 5th 4th 4th 2nd 2nd 2nd Runner-Up
Carlito Olivero 7th 8th 8th 5th 4th 3rd 3rd Eliminated ( final )
Restless Road 8th 3rd 7th 3rd 3rd 4th Eliminated (semi-final)
Rion Paige 3rd 6th 1st 6th 5th Eliminated (quarter-final)
Ellona Santiago 2nd 2nd 6th 2nd 6th
Josh Levi Eliminated 5th 4th 3rd 7th Eliminated (week 5)
Lillie McCloud Saved 9th 7th 5th 8th
Tim Olstad 12th 9th 9th Eliminated (week 4)
Khaya Cohen 11th 11th 10th
Rachel Potter 4th 10th Eliminated (week 3)
Sweet Suspense 10th 12th
Carlos Guevara 13th Eliminated (week 3)
RoXxy Montana Eliminated Eliminated (week 1)
James Kenney
Danie Geimer
Final Showdown None N/A No final showdown or judges’ votes; results were based on public votes alone Cohen,
No final showdown or judges’ votes; results were based on public votes alone
Judges voted to Send Through Eliminate
Rowland’s vote Potter,
Cohen Olstad Paige Paige
Rubio’s vote Olivero,
Potter Olstad Paige Paige
Lovato’s vote Santiago,
Potter Olstad Levi Olivero
Cowell’s vote Restless Road,
Alex & Sierra,
Sweet Suspense
Potter N/A Levi Paige
Eliminated Danie Geimer
by Lovato
Carlos Guevara
Public vote
to save
Sweet Suspense
Public vote
to save
Khaya Cohen
Public vote
to save
Lillie McCloud
Public vote
to save
Ellona Santiago
Public vote
to save
Restless Road
Public vote
to save
Carlito Olivero
Public vote
to win
Jeff Gutt
Public vote
to win
Josh Levi
by Rubio
James Kenney
by Rowland
Rachel Potter
3 of 4 votes
Tim Olstad
3 of 3 votes
Josh Levi
2 of 4 votes
Rion Paige
3 of 4 votes
RoXxy Montana
by Cowell
Reference(s) [32] [33] [34] [35] [36] [37] [38] [39] [40]

Live show details.

week 1 ( October 29 ).

There was no public vote in the inaugural week. rather, each of the judges selected one of their own acts to eliminate .

Judges’ votes to eliminate[32]
  • Lovato: Danie Geimer – gave no reason.
  • Rubio: Josh Levi – gave no reason.
  • Rowland: James Kenney – based on the performances.
  • Cowell: RoXxy Montana – gave no reason.

week 2 ( November 6/7 ).

November 6

One of the four acts that did not face the public vote in workweek 1, and was eliminated by their mentor, was reinstated to the show as the judges felt that the act “ deserves a second injection ”. The reinstate act was announced as Josh Levi. [ 44 ]

November 7

Owing to graphics mistake in which incorrect voting numbers were displayed on screen during the performance recapitulation, there was no elimination this week, alternatively all the acts performed their “ Save Me ” songs on Thursday night and a public re-vote was conducted after the testify. The results were announced the following week, at the start of the populate show on Wednesday night. [ 33 ] Selena Gomez was going to perform her single “ Slow Down “ but ascribable to graphics issues, she performed on the second night in week 3. [ citation needed ]

week 3 ( November 13/14 ).

Carlos Guevara, the act that received the fewest votes from the public re-vote in week 2, was eliminated at the start of the November 13 sequence. [ 34 ] He would have performed “ Mad World “. [ 34 ] Starting from week three, two acts were eliminated from each results show until week six. The three acts with the fewest public votes were announced and then the dissemble with the fewest votes was mechanically eliminated. The remaining two acts then performed in the final examination confrontation and face the judges ‘ votes. [ citation needed ]

Judges’ votes to eliminate[35]
  • Rowland: Khaya Cohen – based on the final showdown performances, effectively backing her act, Rachel Potter.
  • Rubio: Rachel Potter – gave no reason.
  • Lovato: Rachel Potter – gave no reason, though effectively backed their own act, Khaya Cohen.
  • Cowell: Rachel Potter – felt that Cohen had more potential.

however, voting statistics revealed that Potter received more votes than Cohen which meant that if Cowell sent the solution to deadlock, Potter would have been saved .

week 4 ( November 20/21 ).

Judges’ votes to eliminate[49]
  • Rowland: Tim Olstad – based on the final showdown performances.
  • Lovato: Tim Olstad – gave no reason.
  • Rubio: Tim Olstad – gave no reason.
  • Cowell was not required to vote since there was already a majority, but said after the show that his “heart went out to” Olivero, so he would have voted to eliminate Olstad.[50]

week 5 ( November 27/28 ).

Judges’ votes to eliminate[54]
  • Lovato: Josh Levi – gave no reason, though effectively backed their own act, Rion Paige.
  • Rubio: Rion Paige – backed her own act, Josh Levi.
  • Rowland: Rion Paige – gave no reason.
  • Cowell: Josh Levi – could not decide and sent the result to deadlock.

With the acts in the penetrate two receiving two votes each, the consequence went to deadlock and reverted to the earlier public right to vote. Levi was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes. [ 54 ]

workweek 6 : Quarter-Final ( December 4/5 ).

For the first time this season, each act performed two songs .

Judges’ votes to eliminate[58]
  • Lovato: Carlito Olivero – backed her own act, Rion Paige.
  • Rubio: Rion Paige – backed her own act, Carlito Olivero.
  • Rowland: Rion Paige – based on the final showdown performances though stated both acts did not give their best.
  • Cowell: Rion Paige – wanted to give Olivero the opportunity to stay in the competition as he felt the competition was “probably his last chance”.

week 7 : Semi-Final ( December 11/12 ).

On December 4, the song choices for the populace were revealed. [ 59 ]
The semi-final did not feature a final confrontation and rather the act with the fewest public votes, Restless Road, was mechanically eliminated. [ 39 ] The top three acts each then performed a victory song of their option after they were announced safe, with Olivero performing “ Suavemente “, Alex & Sierra performing “ Let Her Go “, and Gutt performing “ loose Arms “. [ 39 ]

week 8 : Final ( December 18/19 ).

The final dwell of two two-hour episodes on December 18 and 19 .

December 18
December 19


Contestants who Appeared on other Seasons or Shows.

celebrated Relations.

  • Primrose Martin, who was eliminated during the Four Chair Challenge, is the daughter of Skip Martin


U.S. Nielsen ratings.

Ep. # Episode Airdate Viewers
1 Auditions 1 September 11 6.45 2.2/7 2 3 [68]
2 Auditions 2 September 12 6.87 2.2/7 2 2 [69]
3 Auditions 3 September 18 6.62 2.2/7 2 4 [70]
4 Auditions 4 September 19 6.43 2.0/7 2 4 [71]
5 Auditions 5 September 25 7.73 2.5/7 2 7 [72]
6 Auditions 6 September 26 6.47 2.1/6 2 8 [73]
7 Four-Chair challenge 1 October 2 7.80 2.4/7 3 7 [74]
8 Four-Chair challenge 2 October 3 7.13 2.0/6 2 8 [75]
9 Four-Chair challenge 3 October 9 7.25 2.2/6 3 6 [76]
10 Four-Chair challenge 4 October 10 6.49 2.0/6 2 3 [77]
11 Finalists chosen (Top 12) October 29 4.90 1.5/4 3 5 [78]
12 Meet the Top 12 October 31 3.25 0.8/3 5 8 [79]
13 Top 13 perform November 6 4.54 1.5/4 2 (Tie) 4 (Tie) [80]
14 Top 13 Acts Get Another Chance November 7 3.67 1.2/4 4 9 [81]
15 Top 12 perform November 13 5.78 1.7/5 2 4 [82]
16 Live results 1 November 14 5.18 1.3/4 2 (Tie) 3 (Tie) [83]
17 Top 10 perform November 20 5.51 1.7/5 3 4 (Tie) [84]
18 Live results 2 November 21 5.88 1.6/5 2 2 [85]
19 Top 8 perform November 27 4.85 1.2/4 2 [86]
20 Live results 3 November 28 3.75 1.0/3 3 [87]
21 Top 6 perform December 4 5.41 1.4/4 4 [88]
22 Live results 4 December 5 4.93 1.4/4 3 [89]
23 Top 4 perform December 11 4.97 1.4/4
24 Live results 5 December 12 4.90 1.2/4
25 Top 3 perform December 18 5.04 1.3/4 [90]
26 Winner announced December 19 6.22 1.7/5

^1 Due to the 2013 MLB World Series running past October 28, the first hot show of the season aired on October 29 to make room for Wednesday ‘s potential decide game. [ 91 ]


Voting numbers graphic error


due to graphic errors made in the crown 13 polish of the survive shows regarding vote, all vote results posted in that episode were invalidated, and the contestants sang once more in the express of November 7, with the results revealed on November 13. [ 92 ]


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