X Factor 2012 Winner Tate Stevens Replaces Idol’s Phillip Phillips on New Year’s Special

The X Factor USA 2012 winner Tate Stevens is already translating his success on the reality talent show into real world rewards. Stevens has been tapped to replace American Idol 2012 winner Phillip Phillips on FOX’s New Year’s Eve Live! special. FOX announced the replacement after Phillips bowed out of the program due to a scheduling conflict.

The X Factor USA 2012 winner Tate Stevens
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Dropping out of a prime New Year’s Eve gig so close to the date is just a bit odd. The show could rake in tons of revenue for the entertainers from millions of potential music buyers. I’m not sure what kind of “scheduling conflict” could prompt Phillips to cancel last minue, but it’s a sweet deal for replacement Tate Stevens. Let’s just hope the real reason behind the American Idol winner skipping out on the program isn’t health-related or anything serious.
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The X Factor Judge L. A. Reid Not Returning for Season 3

The X Factor 2012 judge L. A. Reid will not be returning to the show for season three, the Epic Records chairman announced on Thursday. L. A. Reid was the first judge to be hired by producer and fellow judge Simon Cowell in season one of the show. While Reid says he is “honored” to have been part of The X Factor judges panel, he is ready to put his focus back on the business of making great records.

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“I have the utmost respect for Simon Cowell,” Reid said Thursday, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “He is the very best, and I have had the opportunity to learn so much from him. Working with him on X Factor has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’m honored to have sat on the panel with such incredible talent.”

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The X Factor Season 2 Live Recap: Top 4 Performances! (VIDEO)

The X Factor season 2 semi-finals are finally here! Only four acts remain to battle it out in the last live performance show before The X Factor 2012 USA finals next week. Still in the running are teen Carly Rose Sonenclar of Team Britney Spears, country singer Tate Stevens of Team L. A. Reid and Team Simon Cowell’s last two group acts, Fifth Harmony and Emblem3. Who will give the performance of a lifetime on The X Factor 2012 season 2 tonight? Watch all the action with us in our live The X Factor recap of the semi-finals!

WARNING: THE X FACTOR 2012 SPOILERS AHEAD!

This post contains The X Factor USA spoilers from the top 4 live semi-finals performance show. Please stop reading if you do not want to know what happened on The X Factor season 2 Wednesday night!

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The X Factor USA 2012 Top 6: Tate Stevens – “If Tomorrow Never Comes” (VIDEO)

The X Factor season 2 country crooner Tate Stevens of Team L. A. Reid has been riding high in the pack for weeks. Although he lost the top spot in the voter rankings to Carly Rose Sonenclar of Team Britney Spears last week, it is obvious Tate Steven remains a strong contender to be The X Factor USA winner for season 2. Let’s face it, Americans love cowboys, sweet guys who love their wives and country music. Tate Stevens is the total package to rake in the votes from the non-Tweens and anyone south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

There is a very strong possibility that The X Factor USA finale for season 2 could be Tate Stevens going up against tiny Carly Rose Sonenclar. Who will win out when the possible future country superstar meets the tween pop icon in the making? Give a listen to Tate Stevens’ top 6 live performance of the Pepsi Challenge selected song “If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Garth Brooks and let us know who you think would come out on top!

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The X Factor USA 2012 Top 6: Diamond White – “Diamonds” (VIDEO)

The X Factor season 2 has already given Diamond White more second chances than any of the other contestants this season. Diamond White was actually eliminated by her team coach Britney Spears earlier in the season, which probably boosted her confidence in the competition wonderfully (NOT). Luckily for Diamond White, she was brought back after outraged fans would not shut up about her being cut unfairly. Unfortunately, however, she did not manage to keep those same fans voting enough last week to prevent her from dropping into the bottom two and almost going home.  The judges once again gave her another chance though and sent Vino Alan of Team L. A. Reid packing instead.

Where are all Diamond White’s outraged fans now? Will they be scared by her almost being eliminated on The X Factor USA last week and start dialing in droves this week? Does she deserve to move on in the competition after her performances on the top 6 live show on Wednesday? Take a look at her rendition of “Diamonds” by Rihanna from this week’s show and let us know if you think her fans will save her this time or not!

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The X Factor USA 2012 Top 6: Fifth Harmony – “Give Your Heart a Break” (VIDEO)

The X Factor season 2 all girls group Fifth Harmony was created by Simon Cowell from previously eliminated hopefuls early on in the season. Since then, they have had their ups and downs and so far failed to connect solidly with the voters. While they have managed to keep going from week to week, this round might just be the last for Fifth Harmony if they don’t manage to pull something huge in the live performances tonight. If any song might save them from being eliminated, it might just be this one from top 6 live performance show Wednesday night.

What do you think? Did America make the right choice in picking “Give Your Heart a Break” by Demi Lovato for Fifth Harmony’s Pepsi Challenge song? Watch the video of The X Factor USA top 6 performance by Fifth Harmony below and let us know if you think it was a fabulous performance or a fail!

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The X Factor USA 2012 Top 6: Carly Rose Sonenclar – “If I Were a Boy” (VIDEO)

The X Factor season 2 breakout star is without a doubt (in my opinion) the young powerhouse vocalist Carly Rose Sonenclar of Team Britney Spears. This amazing girl who is barely a teenager has consistently blown the competition away just about every single week on the show. Honestly, at this point on The X Factor USA, it is really hers to lose. Of course, America does love a cowboy and country boy Tate Stevens is hot on her heels in the number two spot right now. Even so, I personally would be shocked to see Carly Rose Sonenclar lose The X Factor 2012 season 2 to anyone right now.

Is America really going to vote for an aging good ole boy over a fresh-faced teen superstar in the making? Especially after she delivers even more amazing performances like this one of her Pepsi Challenge song chosen by the viewers from the top 6 live performance show? Tell us what you think!

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