The X Factor


Reality television


Interactive talent show

Created by:

Simon Cowell

Creative director(s):

Brian Friedman

Presented by:

Khloé Kardashian (2012)

Mario Lopez (2012–2013)

Steve Jones (2011)

Theme music composer:

Simon Cowell

Country of origin:




No. of seasons:


No. of episodes:


The X Factor is an American television music competition to find new singing talent; the winner of which receives a $5 million recording contract. The second season began airing on Fox on September 12, 2012 and ended on December 20, 2012.

Based on the UK format, the competition consists of auditions, in front of producers and then the judges with a live audience; bootcamp; judges' houses and then the live finals. Auditions for the show began in May 2012 and concluded in July 2012. The show is hosted by Extra and America's Best Dance Crew host Mario Lopez and reality star Khloé Kardashian, while the judging panel consists of Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid.

Judges and Host

On January 9, 2012, Fox announced that The X Factor would undergo some changes for its second season. On January 30, it was confirmed that host Steve Jones and judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul would not be returning for the second season. Following her departure, Scherzinger joined the original UK version of the show after Kelly Rowland decided not to return to the panel. On February 6, Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid were the only confirmed judges for season 2. Prior to her death, Whitney Houston was approached as a potential replacement judge. It was also reported that Cowell was in talks with Britney Spears for her to join the show, reportedly offering her $15 million. On May 9, reports surfaced that Spears officially signed on to judge the show. It was also rumored that Demi Lovato, and Miley Cyrus were in talks to be the second replacement judge. Lovato reportedly signed a deal to judge the show on May 13. The following day, it was officially confirmed that Spears and Lovato would join The X Factor as the two newest judges

L.A. Reid announced he would not be returning for the third season.

The hosts in Season 2 were Mario Lopez and Khloé Kardashian Odom. Odom was let go after season 2.

Judge Britney Spears was rumored to be possibly fired from The X-Factor due to not being able to provide more entertainment to the show. She officially announced in 2013 that she wasn't returning because she needed to focus on her children and her career. She and LA Reid were replaced by Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio.

The show was officially cancelled on February 7, 2014 after 3 seasons.

Results summary (Season 2)

Weekly results per contestant
Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
Round 1 Round 2
Tate Stevens Saved 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 1st Safe 1st Winner
Carly Rose Sonenclar Saved 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd Safe 2nd Runner-up
Fifth Harmony Saved 5th 6th 7th 4th Bottom three Safe 3rd Eliminated (week 8)
Emblem3 Saved 6th 4th 4th 3rd 3rd 4th Eliminated (week 7)
Diamond White Not saved 4th 7th 5th Bottom three Bottom three Eliminated (week 6)
Beatrice Miller Saved 12th 5th Bottom three 5th 6th Eliminated (week 6)
CeCe Frey Saved 3rd 3rd 3rd Bottom three Eliminated (week 5)
Vino Alan Saved 8th Bottom three 6th 8th Eliminated (week 5)
Paige Thomas Saved 10th 8th Bottom three Eliminated (week 4)
Arin Ray Saved 11th 9th 10th Eliminated (week 4)
Jennel Garcia Saved 7th Bottom three Eliminated (week 3)
LYRIC 145 Saved 9th 12th Eliminated (week 3)
Jason Brock Saved 13th Eliminated (week 2)
Sister C Not saved Eliminated (week 1)
David Correy Not saved Eliminated (week 1)
Willie Jones Not saved Eliminated (week 1)
Final showdown None Brock,
Fifth Harmony,
No final showdown or judges' votes; results were based on public votes alone
Reid's vote to eliminate Correy Frey Garcia Miller White White
Spears' vote to eliminate White Frey Garcia Frey Alan Fifth Harmony
Lovato's vote to eliminate Jones Brock Thomas Miller Alan White
Cowell's vote to eliminate Sister C Brock Garcia Miller Alan White
Eliminated Willie Jones
by Lovato
Jason Brock
2 of 4 votes
Public vote
to save
Arin Ray
Public vote
to save
Paige Thomas
Public vote
to save
CeCe Frey
Public vote
to save
Public vote
to save
Fifth Harmony
Public vote
to win
Carly Rose Sonenclar
Public vote
to win
David Correy
by Reid
Diamond White
by Spears
Jennel Garcia
3 of 4 votes
Beatrice Miller
3 of 4 votes
Vino Alan
3 of 4 votes
Diamond White
3 of 4 votes
Sister C
by Cowell
  • There was no public vote in the first week. Each mentor selected two finalists from their own category as the bottom two. The bottom two acts performed another song of their choice in the final showdown and their mentor was required to eliminate one of them based on the performance.
  • White returned to the competition in week 2 because the judges felt that she shouldn't have been eliminated in the previous week.

Performances on The X Factor

Fifth Harmony performed the following songs on The X Factor:

Performances on The X Factor
Show Theme Song Order Result
Dinah Jane Hansen Lauren Jauregui Ally Brooke Normani Hamilton Camila Cabello
Auditions Free choice "If I Were A Boy "If I Ain't Got You" "On My Knees" "Chain Of Fools" "R.E.S.P.E.C.T." Not available Through to bootcamp
Bootcamp 1 Free choice "Hero" "E.T. "Somebody That I Used To Know" "If I Ain't Got You" "Back to Black" Not available Through to bootcamp 2
Bootcamp 2 Group performance Not aired Not available Through to bootcamp 3
Bootcamp 3 Duet performance "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" (with Diamond White) "These Arms Of Mine" (with Sister C) "Knockin On Heaven's Door" (with Julia Bullock) "What Makes You Beautiful" (with Arin Ray) "Your Song" (with Jordan Shane) Not available Regrouped/through to judges' houses
Judges' houses Free choice "Impossible" Not available Through to live shows
Week 1 Made in America "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" 13 Bottom two
Sing-off "Skyscraper" 8 Saved by Simon Cowell
Week 2 Songs from Movies "A Thousand Years" 13 Safe (5th)
Week 3 Divas "Hero" 8 Safe (6th)
Week 4 Giving Thanks "I'll Stand By You" 6 Safe (7th)
Week 5 Number-ones "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" Safe (4th)
Week 6 Unplugged "Set Fire to the Rain" 4 Bottom three
Pepsi Challenge songs "Give Your Heart A Break" 10
Final Showdown (Week 6) Free choice "Anytime You Need a Friend" 1 Saved by judges' vote (4th)
Semi-final Contestant's choice "Anything Could Happen" 4 Safe (2nd)
No theme "Impossible" 8
Final Favourite performance "Anything Could Happen" 3 3rd Place
Celebrity duet "Give Your Heart A Break" (with Demi Lovato) 6
Winner's song "Let It Be" 9
Christmas song "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) 2