The X Factor

Season 3

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Creator piperjr

Reality Competition

Host Eileen Davidson
LL Cool J
Judges/Mentors Kandi Burruss
Julianne Hough
Benji Madden
Ricky Martin
No. of Episodes TBA
No. of Contestants 20






Proceeded by
Season 2
Followed by

The X Factor 3 is the third season of the reality music competition based on the original UK series, with the purpose of finding a star singer. The season was hosted by soap opera star Eileen Davidson and LL Cool J. Julianne Hough, Ricky Martin, Kandi Burruss, and Benji Madden all returned to be the mentors and judges for this season.

Hough mentored the boys, Burruss mentored the girls, Martin mentored the over 25's, and Madden mentored the groups.

Selection Process

This season omitted the Four (or five) Chair Challenge, which received backlash from viewers as to harsh of a way to eliminate someone. Instead, after the audition stages, the hopefuls went to "bootcamp", where they performed for a score and the top seven, along with a wildcard advanced to Judge's Houses, where they sang again for their spot in the live shows.


122 hopefuls got to move onto bootcamp performances.

Summary of Auditions
City Venue Judges
Los Angeles, California Staples Center Arena Julianne Hough
Ricky Martin
Kandi Burruss
Benji Madden
San Antonio, Texas Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
Orlando, Florida Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
Newark, New Jersey Prudential Center
Cleveland, Ohio Key Center
Denver, Colorado Denver Coliseum


This season's new addition, bootcamp, involves the 64 finalists battling it out for the 8 spots in each category. Each category has 16 finalists in it and they sing for a score, the seven with the highest scores along with one wildcard are moving on to Judge's houses.

Scores are given in order by Madden, Hough, Burruss and Martin in the tables.

     – Advanced to the next stage by judges overall scores
     – Advanced to the next stage as a wildcard chosen by their mentor
Boys Auditions
Act Order Song Scores
Nick Myers 1 Treasure 30 (8,7,8,7)
James Randall 2 The Other Side 37 (9,10,9,9)
David Bowen 3 All Day 32 (8,8,8,8)
Matty Winters 4 Rhythm of Love 38 (9,10,10,9)
Wes Newman 5 DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love 26 (7,6,7,6)
Mike Simmons 6 I'm Yours 34 (8,8,9,9)
Caleb Weston 7 Let It Be 35 (9,9,9,8)
Aiden Hall 8 Thinking Out Loud 28 (7,7,8,6)
Ryan Bishop 9 Beneath Your Beautiful 33 (9,9,8,7)
Andrew Miller 10 All About That Bass 23 (6,6,6,5)
Johnny Davis 11 Stay With Me 32 (8,9,8,7)
Lucas Springfield 12 Stay 35 (8,9,9,9)
Dylan Hendricks 13 Popular Song 18 (5,4,5,4)
Ethan Lansing 14 One Time 30 (8,7,8,7)
Jake Powell 15 Just The Way You Are 39 (10,10,10,9)
CJ Christian 16 All of Me 40 (10,10,10,10)
Girls Auditions
Act Order Song Scores
Cassie White 1 Part of Me 26 (7,6,7,6)
Sydney Patrick 2 Something in the Water 36 (9,9,9,9)
Amanda Nelson 3 Human 32 (8,8,8,8)
Alicia Rockwell 4 Try 30 (7,8,8,7)
Sophia Cooke 5 Let Her Go 29 (7,7,8,7)
Alex Larson 6 A Thousand Miles 38 (9,10,10,9)
Olivia Vincent 7 Royals 28 (7,7,7,7)
Hope Wallace 8 Somebody to Love 35 (9,9,9,8)
Kristen Quinn 9 My Heart Will Go On 33 (8,8,9,8)
Rachel Harris 10 Listen 31 (8,7,9,7)
Sage Johnson 11 Against All Odds 35 (9,9,9,8)
Kat Smith 12 Poker Face 27 (7,7,7,6)
Christine Martin 13 Love on Top 37 (9,9,10,9)
Laurel Shanely 14 Therapy 34 (9,8,9,8)
Devyn Baxter 15 I Have Nothing 38 (10,10,9,9)
Shantel De Valera 16 Alone 39 (10,10,10,9)

Nelson, Rockwell, Quinn, and Harris were all originally eliminated in the girls category. However, Madden,
the groups mentor, chose these four to form a group and become his wildcard for the groups. They
became known as New Crystals.

Over 25's Auditions
Act Order Song Scores
Wayne Hardy 1 Fly Me to the Moon 27 (7,7,7,6)
Michele Davenport 2 I Will Always Love You 38 (10,9,10,9)
Adam Brooks 3 Hall of Fame 30 (8,7,8,7)
Carrie Walker 4 Girl on Fire 29 (7,7,8,7)
Frank Abbey 5 New York, New York 32 (8,8,8,8)
Sabrina Costello 6 Rather Be 25 (6,6,7,6)
Landon Hamilton 7 Earthquake 28 (7,7,7,7)
Vanessa Kelly 8 Baggage Claim 29 (8,7,7,7)
Mark Trainer 9 It's a Beautiful Day 36 (9,9,9,9)
Tanya Richmond 10 Feeling Good 37 (9,9,10,9)
Carson Davies 11 Let Your Hair Down 34 (9,8,9,8)
Alexis James 12 One Wing 36 (9,9,10,8)
Kyle Little 13 American Dream 30 (7,8,8,7)
Anna Hunte 14 Next to Me 29 (7,6,8,8)
Tony Cassidy 15 Haven't Met You Yet 39 (10,10,10,9)
Kenzi Reed 16 Titanium 40 (10,10,10,10)
Groups Auditions
Act Order Song Scores
Lizzie & Shannon 1 Firework 30 (7,8,8,7)
Five Wheels 2 Kiss You 35 (9,9,9,8)
Sugar Sisters 3 Like Whoa 33 (8,9,8,8)
Spike 4 Sugar We're Going Down 28 (7,7,7,7)
The Knockouts 5 Tearin Up My Heart 29 (7,7,8,7)
Crashing Waves 6 Don't Stop 27 (7,7,7,6)
Angel Wings 7 I Will Never Let You Down 36 (9,9,10,8)
Brother B 8 Miss Independent 38 (9,10,10,9)
Wild Child 9 Walk It Out 32 (8,8,8,8)
Church Sunshine 10 Ain't No Mountain High Enough 33 (8,9,9,7)
The Royal Aces 11 Superheroes 32 (8,8,8,8)
Kane & Lily 12 Raise It Up 36 (9,9,9,9)
Four Star 13 Bad Girls 30 (8,7,8,7)
Queen Sparkle 14 The Sign 28 (7,7,7,7)
All In 15 Somebody That I Used to Know 38 (10,9,10,9)
The Pearls 16 Move 40 (10,10,10,10)

As there was a tie between Church Sunshine and Sugar Sisters, the judges were asked to vote on which
act they wanted to send through. They all chose Church Sunshine.

Judges' Houses

Summary of judges' houses
Judge Category Location Assistant(s) Contestants eliminated
Hough Boys Nashville, Tennessee Derek Hough Jake Powell, Johnny Davis, Lucas Springfield, Mike Simmons
Burruss Girls Atlanta, Georgia Tiny Christine Martin, Hope Wallace, Laurel Shanely, Sage Johnson
Martin Over 25's San Juan, Puerto Rico Colbie Caillat Carson Davies, Frank Abbey, Mark Trainer, Tanya Richmond
Madden Groups Sydney, Australia Joel Madden Angel Wings, Brother B, Church Sunshine, Five Wheels


The final 16 acts were confirmed as follows:

     – Winner
     – Runner-Up
     – Third Place
Category (mentor) Acts
Boys (Hough) CJ Christian James Randall Caleb Weston Matty Winters
Girls (Burruss) Devyn Baxter Shantel De Valera Alex Larson Sydney Patrick
Over 25's (Martin) Tony Cassidy Michele Davenport Alexis James Kenzi Reed
Groups (Madden) All In Kane & Lily New Crystals The Pearls

Results Summary

Colour key
     –Contestant was in the bottom two/three and had to sing again in the sing-off
     –Contestant was in the bottom three but received the fewest votes and was immediately eliminated
     –Contestant received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no sing-off)
     –Contestant received the most public votes
     –Contestant was saved in first live show by mentor before the polls closed.
Weekly results per contestant
Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
Alex Larson
Alexis James
All In
Caleb Weston
CJ Christian
Devyn Baxter
James Randall
Kane & Lily
Kenzi Reed
Matty Winters
Michele Davenport
New Crystals
The Pearls
Shantel De Valera
Sydney Patrick
Tony Cassidy
Sing-off (none) No sing-off or judges' votes; results were based on public votes alone
Judges vote to Save Eliminate
Madden's vote
Hough's vote
Burruss' vote
Martin's vote
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