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  • 'The X-Factor' recap: A running diary of the first episode

    'The X-Factor' recap: A running diary of the first episode
    THE SKINNY: Welcome to the world of "The X-Factor." From the start of Wednesday night's premiere, the "X" would take the foundations of "American Idol" — high drama, big lights and heartfelt stories — and build for the sky. This was an emotionally draining show, with stories of poor families, down-on-their-luck talents and even a meth-addict fresh out of rehab. If you feet that "Idol" has gotten stale in recent seasons (and it has, with its predictable guy-with-a-guitar winners), then "X-Factor" felt like a welcome reminder of just how great it feels to root for someone — someone perhaps trapped in a mundane life, just in need of the right break. It's the cliche American dream story, and you'd have to be pretty cold to roll your eyes at the way "The X-Factor" presents it. I'm feeling great after the first episode, so read my running diary to see how I got here:
  • 'The X-Factor': What you need to know before the premiere

    'The X-Factor': What you need to know before the premiere
    Television just isn't the same without Simon Cowell. Whether you love or loathe him, there's little denying his impact on reality TV competitions and pop-culture in general. Cowell returns to the tube Wednesday night, when his beloved project (and...

    Simon Cowell, sponsors take center stage in 'The X Factor' promo

    Simon Cowell, sponsors take center stage in 'The X Factor' promo
    I finally got around to watching the promo for Fox's upcoming reality competition "The X Factor" that aired during Tuesday's All-Star game—because I don't really care—and I'm a little surprised: Simon Cowell is practically upstaged by the show...

    Tom Jicha: Melanie Amaro wins 'X Factor' raves again

    Tom Jicha: Melanie Amaro wins 'X Factor' raves again
    Melanie Amaro got the prestige position of closing “The X Factor” Wednesday. “You save the best for last,” Simon Cowell said. Then the 19-year-old from Sunrise went out and proved herself worthy of the high praise with a stirring...

    Melanie Amaro should be safe but it's not sure thing

    Melanie Amaro should be safe but it's not sure thing
    Melanie Amaro had another strong night on “The X Factor” Wednesday. It wasn’t her best showing of the competition but it was still very good and drew warm accolades from the judges. Unless her fans fail to hit the phones, Twitter and...