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9 Spin-Off Shows That Were Real Hits

4/15/2014 4:00pm EDT
9 Spin-Off Shows That Were Real Hits
Remember what it was like when you were dedicated to one show only, you never missed an episode and hoped your favorite characters (or personalities) would get their turn in the spotlight? Well that did happen to these classic spin-offs, who found their niche in television history and rightly remain some of the most unique and diverse group of programming ever made for television.

1. "The Simpsons"

(Spun off of "The Tracey Ullman Show")

"The Simpsons" was a cartoon short utilized in the series "The Tracey Ullman Show" during its run from 1987-1990. The show took on a life of its own i...

Good Riddance X Factor!

2/10/2014 3:20pm EST
The X Factor
Opinion: A death has occurred in the reality television show family – gasp! The X Factor (USA) was kicked to the curb – CANCELLED! Dun dun dun!!! Normally, being the reality television enthusiast that I am, I might be upset by the ending of the show. However with the cancellation of X Factor, I don’t really give a flip (and yes you know what I mean instead of “flip”). I’m not the only one who does care – few others care either judging by the ratings. X Factor just didn’t connect on the level that American Idol did when it first came out and even with Idol sagging in the ratings now, it’s...

Fox Axes 'The X Factor'

2/8/2014 11:00am EST
The X Factor
FOX has cancelled "The X Factor" after three seasons. The news was announced just hours after Simon Cowell said he would be returning to the British version of the show as a judge.

Last month, Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly agreed that the program was struggling against rival singing shows like "American Idol" and "The Voice," stating, "The show underperformed this year. Simon himself would admit that. The ratings were not what we hoped...If the show were to come back, it would not be in the current format we have."

The U.S. version of "The X Factor" launched in 2011 with judges Cow...

Rumor Patrol: Demi Lovato Appalled By 'X Factor' Joke, Taylor Swift Bans Beyonce From Target, More

12/21/2013 12:03pm EST
Demi Lovato
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Demi Lovato Appalled By X Factor Joke: It was Demi Lovato's last show on reality competition The X Factor, but she didn't exactly get a friendly send-off. Instead, producers created a piece with the intention of teasing her for disagreeing with Simon Cowell all the time - and instead appeared to mock her for her past drinking problems.

Verdict: True. During the show, Mario Lopez introduced the piece an...

Demi Lovato Outraged By 'X Factor' Drinking Joke

12/20/2013 6:04pm EST
Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato was left visibly angry during her last ever appearance on The X Factor on Thursday after she was mocked in a video montage.

After announcing her departure from the judging panel after two years, the 21 year-old singer took up her seat alongside Simon Cowell for the last time for the talent show's finale.

During the episode, host Mario Lopez reminded viewers of Lovato and Cowell's fickle relationship, and introduced a pre-recorded segment showing the star drinking a mysterious green liquid.

A voiceover claimed she had been downing "Annoying Juice" so she could irritate her bos...

'The X Factor' Finds Its Season 3 Winner: Alex & Sierra

12/20/2013 8:25am EST
THE X FACTOR: Finale: Simon Cowell and winners of THE X FACTOR A
'The X Factor' ended one of the worst seasons in singing competition show history with an appropriately awful finale.

Time was, these finales were something of a party. An event that rivaled trophy shows like The Grammys and Oscars with a cavalcade of big guests and enough excitement and tension to actually fill the entire two hours. Now these are shows that Kesha can't even make the time to attend.

Look at the lineup last night. One Direction and Leona Lewis are locks because they were created by this show and have to pay their tributes so let's not count them as gets. Beyond that it's P...

'The X Factor' Recap: Final 3 Perform - Who Will Win Season 3?

12/19/2013 11:13am EST
Finalists ALEX & SIERRA, Carlito Olivero and Jeff Gutt on THE X
Last night, I turned on a filler show and a singing competition broke out.

In Fox's desperate attempt to make 'The X Factor' worthy of a two-hour timeslot, the producers crammed in as much non-competition crap as they could to fill this puppy out. This included a performance by Paulina (eep!), visits to contestants hometown (watching the bouncer try to keep people out of the shot in Detroit was the show's highlight), and overstretched sob stories where we got to learn everything about every contestant all over again.

The showstopper (literally) though was bringing on celebrities to sing a...

Demi Lovato Confirms Exit From 'The X Factor'

12/19/2013 10:21am EST
Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato confirmed rumors she was leaving reality show The X Factor, saying she will return to her music for the time being.

Demi told a group of reporters, "I started the show being a singer and a musician, and so I'm going to go back to that. It's been really great, but I'm so excited for 2014. I'm going to dedicate it completely and entirely to music—touring and making a new album. Possibly releasing one."

Lovato detailed what she would miss about the show, saying, "Being able to sit next to Kelly and Paulina and see them twice a week, and also helping mentor the contestants."


Demi Lovato Leaving 'The X Factor' - But The Show May Be Cancelled Anyway

12/18/2013 6:07pm EST
Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato is looking to leave her judging position on The X Factor before next season, but reports claim it's possible there won't be a show to leave.

People reports via a source Demi "Plans to spend next year completely focused on her music. She had a great run and a good time."

The 21-year-old has already booked a huge tour with a handful of X Factor contestants, including Cher Lloyd and Fifth Harmony.

E! News now reports that even if Demi wanted to return, X Factor might not be around to give her a job. A source tells them FOX isn't completely sold on the series despite Simon Cowell...

'The X Factor' Recap: Final 4 Semi-Finals Is Best Show Of Year

12/12/2013 9:43am EST
'The X Factor' is down to its final four contestants, and you know what that means: There's a lot of extra time to fill!

Last night, Simon Cowell's creation introduced us to something called the face-off round. Where two contestants competitively sang the same song at each other. Like a duet, but a competition. Like something out of West Side Story.

It didn't really add much to the show other than time and didn't really help determine who was the best contestant either. Pointless? Almost. At least it kept Alex and Sierra from singing "Falling Slowly" during a round that actually matters. ...

'The X Factor' Recap: Two Insane Eliminations + Top 4 Power Rankings

12/6/2013 10:04am EST
Rion Paige, Demi Lovato and Ellona Santiago
Last night, 'The X Factor' officially became the most unpredictable singing talent show we've ever seen.

Restless Road is going to win this show, it's been clear all along - but there were two that seemed like they could challenge the super country trio: Rion and Ellona.

These two girls with the titanic voices were poised to use pure talent to take on Restless Road and challenge them in a three-cornered battle on the last show.

Then last night happened and suddenly the two girls with the big voices (Rion Paige & Ellona Santiago) won't get to sing anymore. Won't get the chance to take on ...

'The X Factor' Recap: Double Dose Of Divas

12/5/2013 9:32am EST
Rion Paige performs on THE X FACTOR
It was a double dose of 'X Factor' last night as each contestant had two cracks to make an impression on the judges and the voting viewers at home.

First, the contestants took on divas. Second, it was time for an unplugged performance where they unfortunately didn't unplug Alex and Sierra's mics. Too bad.

So who was up to the times-two task? Read on to find out...

Restless Road's First Song: "Red" by Taylor Swift

Kelly Said: You guys really worked out your diva song. Your vocals were really tight.

Paulina Said: I love the song. That was amazing.

Demi Said: I really enjoyed watching yo...

'The X Factor' Recap: The Top 8 Take On Big Band Night...Sorta

11/28/2013 8:26am EST
Restless Road performs on THE X FACTOR
It's Big Band Week on 'X Factor'! Why? Because it's Thanksgiving of course! I guess?

Really, there's no reason why, in 2013, they're still doing Big Band on these shows. What does it say about somebody's ability to be current?

Well, when you don't actually sing big band, it's amazing what can come out of it. Yes, last night the theme was thrown around harder than a pebble in a wind storm as contestants sang country, alt-rock, pop and just about everything but Big Band.

A few did stick it out though and a even came up aces. See who it was below...

Rion Page Sang "Swingin'"

Demi Said: I ...

'The X Factor' Recap: One Direction, Two Eliminations And Power Rankings

11/22/2013 9:31am EST
Tim Olstad is elimintaed on THE X FACTOR
It's always weird when one of the most talented contestants on one of these singing shows goes home early and last night Khaya Cohen's exit added her to that dubious class.

Khaya's lack of popularity his hard to pinpoint. After all, the artist she most emulated - Adele - could not be more popular yet she bottom-threed after the second audience vote and bottom-oned the next week. With a big voice, ingenious tone and unreal range, Khaya seemed like a contender to win early on and now she's gone.

The show both suffers and is buoyed when somebody like her goes home. It's helped in that it add...

'The X Factor' Recap: The Top Ten Takes On The Brits

11/21/2013 9:37am EST
Josh Levi performs on THE X FACTOR
Last night, 'The X Factor' took on the British Invasion, sorta.

And by sorta, not at all. Only one song really fell into the British Invasion Era last night. Yes, every song was by a British artist and one was by a British Invasion band, but was recorded after the Invasion. The term was as liberal as it gets right down to including a song from 2013 in the phrase "British Invasion."

So who actually chose a song that fit the theme? Read on to find out.

Jeff Gutt Sang "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

Demi Said: I'm really really happy to see you continue to do amazing. This was your best perfo...

'The X Factor' Recap: Two Shocking Eliminations + Power Rankings

11/15/2013 10:20am EST
Rachel Potter is eliminated on THE X FACTOR
An absolute shocker of a night on 'The X-Factor' as two favorites went home and a couple of would-be castoffs skated through unharmed.

Last night, girl group Sweet Suspense and country siren Rachel Potter left the show after a really confounding audience vote. Truth be told, I pre-write my power rankings every week based on the previous show and I had Rachel at 2nd and Sweet Suspense at 4 before they both bottomed out this week.

It's a really crazy result, especially considering clear castoff candidates like Carlito and Lillie not even having to sing a save-me song. After Carlos Guevara p...

'The X Factor' Recap: The Top 12 Takes On 80s Night

11/14/2013 9:17am EST
It was 80s night on 'X Factor' last night which apparently meant a lot of really cheesy costumes, day-glo sets and enough Demi Lovato Pat Benatar Blue Hair to star in its own Smurfs Sequel.

So who came out on top of this throwback fever dream? Read on to find out.

(Also, Carlos went home, as predicted. Also, predictably, nobody cared)

Lillie McCloud Sang "Ain't Nobody" by Chaka Khan

Demi Said: I don't know why you didn't take off in the 80s.

Paulina Said: You are a goddess.

Kelly Said: You worked so hard this week and I'm very proud of you.

Simon Said: You made an attempt to be curre...

'The X Factor' Recap: The Top 13 Sing Again After Voting Error

11/8/2013 8:31am EST
In a graphics debacle that undoubtedly resulted in somebody leaving the producers did not want to see go, 'The X Factor' gave its contestants a reprieve as nobody was eliminated last night and the contestants got to sing again with only a day to prepare.

It was a tough spot for the contestants to face and one that exposed a truth about the show that's always been self-evident: there's way too much filler.

Every contestant, all 13 of them, had plenty of time to perform. Each performance seemed like it had the same amount of singing as we see on normal performance shows, all in half as much...

'The X Factor' Recap: The Top 13 Tackle Motown, Goes Live

11/7/2013 9:18am EST
The X Factor
After so many chairs, so many purposefully bad auditions and so many Paulina comments skipped - we've finally made it to The X Factor's live shows where America can vote and make a difference in something far more important than the Virginia gubernatorial race.

That's right, it's election day, America. X Factor-style! Here's my ballot:

Josh Levi Sang "Who's Lovin' You" by The Miracles

Kelly Said: The choices that you make when it comes to notes and everything...Houston grows them best.

Paulina Said: You're born to be a star.

Demi Said: It was the smartest thing Paulina did: Bringing yo...

'The X Factor' Recap: The Top 16 Perform and Four Go Home

10/30/2013 8:30am EDT
'The X Factor' is back and I couldn't be more excited! So excited, in fact, that I can't even be bothered to write an intro. There were 16 performances last night for crissakes. Let's just get to it!

Ellon Santiago Sang "Til the World Ends" by Britney Spears

Kelly Said: Thatwas so magical and you are so on fire.

Paulina Said: I love you from the beginning to the end.

Demi Said: You really really kicked butt.

Simon Said: I believed in you and I was right.

The Verdict:

Yowza, Ellon goes weirdo 80s post-punk dance diva all over Britney Spears and it just couldn't be weirder. Between the...

'The X Factor' Recap: The Groups Finish The Four-Chair Challenge

10/11/2013 8:58am EDT
Girls United performs at the FOUR CHAIR CHALLENGE on THE X FACTO
The four chair challenge filled the last of its twelve vacant seats on Wednesday and Thursday night as it was Simon's turn to lay his now four eyes on the groups.

Simon in old professor's glasses has been a weird juxtaposition this year with the normally venomous Brit somewhat neutered by spectacles. It's as if he's gone from being Snape to McGonagall just by wanting to correct his vision.

So who did the less-scary Simon pick for the final four slots? Read on to find out.

Girls United Sang: "Tonight is the Night" by Outasight

Kelly Said: I applaud you for the harmonies.

Demi Said: I th...

'The X Factor' Recap: The Guys Face The Four-Chair Challenge

10/10/2013 10:08am EDT
Contestant Al Calderon performs at the FOUR CHAIR CHALLENGE on T
Just when The Four-Chair Challenge seemed completely pointless, here comes Paulina The Executioner to give it some teeth.

Thus far, the first four singers vying for a seat seemed totally useless. Why would you send one of the first four home? They can always be eliminated later. It's a completely pointless exercise.

And then Paulina became useful.

In two quick eliminations while chairs were still empty, suddenly there was some unpredictability to this show again. The dullness of the opening quarter of the challenge was eliminated and guano-crazy Paulina suddenly had a bit of 'Always Sunn...

'The X Factor' Recap: The Girls Face The Four Chair Challenge

10/4/2013 8:35am EDT
The epic showdown of singing that is the Four Chair Challenge continued last night, picking up right where last night's parade of girls left off.

Right where it left off. Right in the middle. So much so, that it makes the most sense to just pretend that this is a continuation of yesterday's recap. Probably because it contains parts from the first Four Chair Challenge.

This is getting confusing. Let's just break down Demi's Ladies:

Bree Randall Sang: "I'm Glad You Came" by The Wanted

Kelly Said: I thought the performance kind of dragged.

Simon Said: You brought the right outfit and pers...

'The X Factor' Recap: Over-25s Take On The Four Chair Challenge

10/3/2013 8:10am EDT
X Factor 4 Chair Challenge
Last night, after weeks of ominous teaser ads, the already legendary "Four Chair Challenge" finally had its debut on 'The X Factor'.

It added an interesting wrinkle to the show and certainly some "Live Show" tension that hadn't quite been there before. The performances suffered compared to the super-slick judges' houses performances, but sadistic musical chairs game more than made up for it.

Essentially it worked like this: The first four contestants sang, they all took a seat and the next six tried to steal one of their seats. The mentor from that category makes the decisions of who gets...

'The X Factor': Meet The Final 40

9/27/2013 8:44am EDT
'The X-Factor' Meet the Final 40
In a season that's trying its best not to make 'The X Factor' look like 'The X Factor', last night's episode just completely dismantled the whole show into something completely unrecognizable.

Firstly, there's not going to be any boot camp this year. No battles, no judges' homes. Nothing. It's just a big skip straight to performing back in the arenas. Something called the Four Chair Challenge - a blatant rip-off of 'The Voice' (it appears) as it seems this show is sharply focused on getting down to the live show roster as quickly as it can.

Or drag it out with its Four Chair Challenge for...

'The X Factor' Recap: The Night Of The Forgettable Singers

9/20/2013 9:01am EDT
THE X FACTOR: Contestant Ashly Williams
Some nights, even the show doesn't have 'The X Factor'.

Normally, audition episodes of singing talent shows are meant to close with something of a stunner. Either a performer with a transcendent voice or somebody so bad they inspire Brett Favre to sing "Pants on the Ground" with his teammates in the locker room following a victory. It's a spot for either the best or the worst.

Last night, the show closed with Ashly, a pretty good singer who felt it wise to take on "I Will Always Love You" despite her inability to hit any of the song's high notes or stay on pitch for more than a few measur...

'The X Factor' Recap: Mostly Groups, Mostly Bad

9/19/2013 8:55am EDT
The third season of 'X Factor' has been enjoyable for the most part thus far, but it's also been incredibly jarring. You know what I'm talking about: The Costume Changes.

They're not intentional. It's just the way they've decided to edit this year - jumping between all the audition cities in each episode rather than just doing one city at a time. This has resulted in each of the female judges, particularly Kelly and Demi, showing up in wildly different outfits from one audition to the next.

Hairstyles change, hair colors change, animal bases for tops change. One moment Demi's in a leather...

'The X Factor' Review: The Good, The Bad, The Simon

9/13/2013 8:35am EDT
X-Factor - Roxy Montana
This could be the beginning of the end.

'The X Factor' has ever been the rating juggernaut that its creator's former series was, but it still normally led Fox to a ratings win every Wednesday. Even if just barely.

Now it seems like a disaster.

Last night, the Fox singing competition series delivered a mere 2.1 rating for its season premiere. That up against essentially no competition whatsoever. Unless you count Simon's former showmate Ryan Seacrest's 'Million Second Quiz' as competitor. Which nobody does.

Going for the show is that it's cheap to produce, has endless promotional tie-ins...

'The X Factor': Simon Cowell In British Beast Mode, Is The Third Year A Charm?

9/12/2013 8:33am EDT
The X Factor Season 3 Premiere
Year three of the 'The X Factor' and we start it off just the same as we have in each of its first two iterations: Like a brand new show.

This year, we get two new judges (Paulina Rubio and Kelly Rowland) and, for the first time, all four on the panel finally seem to be sentient human beings capable of expressing thoughts out loud. No more Britney reiterating what she (allegedly) hears through an IFB (interruptible foldback earpiece), no more Nicole Scherzinger espousing praise on anybody capable of producing a sound. Now we may finally get another couple Demis and Simons up there for a co...

Simon Cowell Opens Up About Why Britney Spears Left 'The X Factor'

9/8/2013 10:04am EDT
Simon Cowell
Famous pop star Britney Spears' $15 million The X Factor contract wasn't renewed because she was "very uncomfortable" on the show.

The show's creator Simon Cowell has admitted he didn't realize that the Toxic singer is not a big talker and confirmed it was the main reason he decided to replace her on the judging panel this year after just one season.

The 55-year-old British star told Ellen DeGeneres in a new interview that will air on Tuesday "I didn't realize that! I kind of booked someone who couldn't talk, which is a bit of a problem when you want someone to judge."

He added: "She was...