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'The X Factor': Name your top 4 Power List; join Melinda Doolittle and Annie for tonight's live chat!

Who’s ready for a 90-minute laser light show?! Tonight’s top 4 X Factor performance episode will once again cram in two performances from each of our remaining “acts.”

Instead of a four-slide Power List, this week I did a photo gallery of the Best and Worst efforts from Marcus, Chris, Melanie, and Josh. Read that here, and name your own Power List below! READ FULL STORY

Nicole Scherzinger discusses Rachel Crow's shocking 'X Factor' exit with Jimmy Kimmel -- VIDEO

X Factor judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, L.A. Reid, and Paula Abdul sat down with Jimmy Kimmel last night. It was a particularly tough discussion for Scherzinger, as she was indirectly responsible for sending home spunky 13-year-old Rachel Crow, who had a gut-wrenching onstage breakdown in front of millions of fans. Of course Kimmel replayed the clip, and even Cowell had to admit, “It was even worse than I remember.”

After Abdul defended her, Scherzinger explained, “In the moment and under pressure, it’s not as easy to just be like, ‘Hey, this what I’m going to do and you’re going home!’” She insisted, “I own the decision that I made,” and expressed her happiness about reports that Crow is in talks to sign a deal with Disney. See Scherzinger’s horrified reaction to the replay in the full interview after the jump. READ FULL STORY

The most horrifying but hypnotic reality TV eliminations (that you're about to watch again!)

If there was ever a subject matter tailor-made for our Horrifying But Hypnotic category on PopWatch it was the tear-filled elimination of 13-year-old Rachel Crow on last night’s X Factor. I know it’s wrong, but part of me enjoyed seeing her emotional breakdown (she hit the floor, wailed, and said “You promised me” to her mother). Not because I like to see young girls suffer. But because I think we need to be reminded that while giving someone that age a chance at fulfilling their dreams is sweet, it can also be soul-crushing and you have to be able to deal with the consequences. I mean, at that age, you bawl if your mother won’t let you go to a friend’s house. Let’s take a look back at some other horrifying but hypnotic eliminations:  READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor': Behind the scenes at last night's shocking elimination

If my throbbing head and bleary eyes prove anything, it’s that one cannot exist in close proximity to Rachel Crow’s tears without experiencing a major X Factor hangover. Other symptoms include emotional emptiness, lack of faith in humanity, and an irrational hatred of Nicole Scherzinger. Seriously, someone needs to place a call to Steve Jones to make sure that he’s okay. Steve Jones cannot compute so much genuine human emotion — even ridiculously theatrical Nicole Scherzinger-style emotion.

Things were actually pretty tame at the Xanadome during the first 50-odd minutes of last night’s taping. Before Rachel collapsed onto the floor in a pile of broken dreams, the biggest thing that happened was the collective seizure the crowd experienced during the first 30 seconds of Lenny Kravitz’ performance. But the end of last night’s elimination episode brought enough drama to make up for an otherwise lackluster evening, and, as always, there was plenty that you simply couldn’t see on TV. READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor' on the scene: Confetti catastrophe, Rachel's teacher, and that Pepsi Challenge 'error'

Wilt Chamberlain. Godzilla. That baby from Honey, I Blew Up the Kid. All were shorter than the man standing in front of me at The X Factor last night, which is simply my way of saying that I had a wee bit of trouble observing any off-camera drama inside the Xanadome. But compromised vantage point notwithstanding, I do have a few what-you-didn’t-see-on-TV tidbits I’d like to discuss. Let’s begin, as all X Factor conversations should, with some confetti.

Brooms, get a room: Melanie Amaro started off the dance-music themed show by performing a song by an artist synonymous with dance music: Adele. (And don’t get me started on those dancers — a metallic cloned army of Mortal Kombat‘s Scorpion.) During the climax of “Someone Like You,” confetti machines started showering the stage with little shreds of paper. If the producers of X Factor learn anything from last night, it should be this: If you’re going to employ confetti machines, don’t use them for the opening number. READ FULL STORY

Melinda Doolittle to co-host EW's 'X Factor' live chat for Dec. 7's Top 5 performance show!

Remember when Melinda Doolittle — she of the little ego and the huge heart — was the best singer on American Idol season 6 and then didn’t win? STILL NOT OVER THAT.

Anyway, Mindy Doo will be here Wednesday night! She and I will be co-hosting EW.com’s live chat of The X Factor beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Expect Melinda to apply her experience and wisdom to another Simon Cowell reality TV spectacle in an uttah-ly charming way, and expect me to make lame jokes about everyone’s outfits. It’s gonna be awesome.

For now, take a listen to Melinda’s new Christmas single “God Bless Us Everyone,” embedded below. It’s gorgeous and timeless and getting a lot of radio play already — “probably because it has ‘God’ in the title,” Melinda astutely surmises. READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor': Name your Top 5 Power List!

If that’s even possible!

Last night’s results show saw Astro and, unexpectedly, Drew disintegrate into the smoky red X Factor-y ether forever. We’re now left with a rather lackluster Top 5: Marcus Canty, Josh Krajcik, Chris Rene, Rachel Crow, and Melanie Amaro (pictured…is Marcus pretending Drew and Astro are still there? Sad!)

Out of all these kids (except for 31-year-old Josh who is TERRIBLY OLD), I can only see Josh or Melanie winning the $5 million recording contract and the chance to romp around in the digital playland of a Pepsi commercial during the Superbowl. But what do I know? The charming but melodically challenged Chris could be leading in votes every week. Cheese wedge Marcus and figment of Simon Cowell’s imagination Rachel Crow are kind of amusing with their over-produced showmanship. READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor' on the scene: Simon doesn't know what's happening, but he knows he doesn't like it

“Does it get louder than this?” asked the woman sitting a few seats down from me at The X Factor, after one of the CBS pages asked her if she wanted earplugs before the show. At that point, the pre-show dance mega-mix was pumping through the Xanadome at a volume usually reserved for jet engines or Mary Murphy, but I quickly answered for the page. “Yes. Oh yes. It does.”

I thought about the health of that woman’s eardrums while Drew was singing her save-me song while the Xanadome, as it had been instructed to all night, erupted in a deafening torrent of cheering and cat-calls. READ FULL STORY

'The X Factor': On the scene for the Jackson family invasion. Or: Prince Jackson, spit out your gum!

It’s been a while since I last stepped into The X Factor‘s Cylon basestar Galaga rollerderby Xanadome, so maybe it’s normal to see Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul milling outside the studio with a pregnant Kaitlin Olsen of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I’m just saying that that is at least three orders of magnitude of pop-culture coolness higher than pretty much any celebrity that’s come within spitting distance of the Idoldome. Maybe Paul and Olsen were tipped off that the Jackson dynasty would be plopping the late Michael Jackson’s children into the X Factor eardrum shatter factory to promote a new Cirque du Soleil show, and they wanted to be there to witness the circle of (mega-celebrity) life sprout anew. Me, I just happened to luck into it.

Listen: If you’ve come here for juicy gossip and spicy scuttlebutt and flavorful flibbertigibbeting about Prince, Paris, and Blanket Jackson, you’re going to leave disappointed. My overall impression was that the newest generation of Jacksons behaved as normally as those kids could possibly be in that situation. READ FULL STORY

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