Season two of the American television music competition show The X Factor premiered on Fox on September 12, 2012, and ended on December 20, 2012.[2][3]

Based on the UK format, the competition consists of auditions, in front of producers and then the judges with a live audience; bootcamp; judges' houses and then the live finals. Auditions for the show began in May 2012 and concluded in July 2012. The show is hosted by reality star Khloé Kardashian and Extra host Mario Lopez, replacing Steve Jones from the previous year. Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid returned as judges, while Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger were replaced by Demi Lovato and Britney Spears.

Judges and hosts

On January 9, 2012, Fox announced that The X Factor would undergo some changes for its second season. On January 30, it was confirmed that host Steve Jones and judges Nicole Scherzinger[4][5] and Paula Abdul[6] would not be returning for the second season. Following her departure, Scherzinger joined the original UK version of the show after Kelly Rowland decided not to return to the panel. On February 6, Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid were the only confirmed judges for season 2.[7] Prior to her death, Whitney Houston was approached as a potential replacement judge.[8] It was also reported that Cowell was in talks with Britney Spears for her to join the show, reportedly offering her $15 million.[9] On May 9, reports surfaced that Spears officially signed on to judge the show.[10] It was also rumoured that Demi Lovato, and Miley Cyrus were in talks to be the second replacement judge.[2] Lovato reportedly signed a deal to judge the show on May 13.[2] The following day, it was officially confirmed that Spears and Lovato would join The X Factor as the two newest judges.[2] When asked about the new judges, Cowell said:

I'm absolutely delighted Britney and Demi are joining us. Britney remains one of the biggest stars in the world, she's talented, fascinating – and I believe she knows exactly how to spot the X factor. Demi's had an amazing career in music, TV and film for someone her age. She's young, confident, and enthusiastic. I think it's really important that she speaks to our younger audience. The new panel will be dynamic and will work really well with the changes we are making to the show."[2]

On June 26, 2012, Cowell confirmed that in his search for a new host he had narrowed the possibilities to five candidates.[2] On June 29, Cowell revealed that there will be one male and one female host, and neither of them will have hosted before.[2][2] People considered for hosting slots included Stacy Keibler, Mario Lopez, Khloé Kardashian, Kelly Osbourne, Terrence J, Erin Andrews and Mike Catherwood.[2] It was also reported that Glee star Kevin McHale was in talks for the male hosting position.[2] According to then-recent reports, Kardashian, McHale, and Nick Jonas were the frontrunners to host the show.[2][3][3] On October 15, 2012, it was officially confirmed by E! News that Kardashian had officially signed on as co-host for the show, with Lopez close to signing a deal and was later confirmed as co-host the next day.[3][3]

Irish music manager and The X Factor (UK) judge Louis Walsh filled in for Cowell at the Kansas City auditions while Cowell was recovering from bronchitis.[3] On August 27, it was reported that Nick Jonas had signed a deal to help Lovato at judges' houses.[3] It was later reported that Justin Bieber would be helping Reid, Marc Anthony helping Cowell and helping Spears.[3]

This was the final season to feature L.A. Reid as a judge, after he announced that he was quitting the show in order to concentrate on other projects.[3]

Selection process


The producers' auditions began on March 14, 2012 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. More producers' auditions were held on March 22 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, April 20 at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California, May 1 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina and concluded on May 10 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

The judges' auditions took place between May and July. The auditions went without a host as they had yet to hire new hosts by the time auditions started.

Summary of judges' auditions
CityDateVenueDate airedGuest judgePermanent judges
Austin, TexasMay 24–25, 2012Frank Erwin CenterSeptember 12 & 19, 2012NoneSimon Cowell
Britney Spears
Demi Lovato
L.A. Reid
Kansas City, MissouriJune 8–9, 2012Sprint CenterSeptember 19, 2012Louis WalshBritney Spears
Demi Lovato
L.A. Reid
San Francisco, CaliforniaJune 16–18, 2012Cow PalaceSeptember 12, 13, 19, 26 & 27 2012NoneSimon Cowell
Britney Spears
Demi Lovato
L.A. Reid
Providence, Rhode IslandJune 27–29, 2012Dunkin' Donuts CenterSeptember 12, 13 & 26, 2012
Greensboro, North CarolinaJuly 8–10, 2012Greensboro ColiseumSeptember 20, 26, & 27 2012


Filming for bootcamp was held on July 25–27, 2012 in Miami.[3] As with the auditions, there were no hosts at bootcamp.

120 contestants made it to the Bootcamp stage. At bootcamp the contestants had to perform two tasks. Task 1 involved the contestants had to sing solo, after which the judges eliminated half of the acts, bringing the total down to 60. In Task 2 the contestants were paired up to perform together. After Task 2 the judges narrowed down the acts to the 24 who progress onto the Judges's homes round.

The groups Fifth Harmony, Playback, and LYRIC 145 were formed from eliminated contestants from the Teens, Young Adults and Groups categories in bootcamp. Fifth Harmony was known as LYLAS at this stage; their name was changed after they made the top 16 when a group consisting of four of Bruno Mars' sisters, called "The Lylas", claimed the show stole their name.[3] Their name changed again for the Top 13 performances, as their mentor Simon Cowell was not in favor of the name 1432 and felt that the show's viewers could make a better name for the group.[4]

Judges' houses

The judges' houses was filmed September 28 & 29, 2012. The judges received news of their categories from the producers by telephone, seen during the third bootcamp episode on October 10. Reid mentored the over 25s in Beverly Hills, California, assisted by Justin Bieber, accompanied by his manager Scooter Braun; Cowell took the groups to Miami Beach, Florida with Latin singer Marc Anthony, Spears had the teens in Malibu, California with The Black Eyed Peas member and The Voice UK coach, and Lovato had the young adults in Los Angeles, with Jonas Brothers member Nick Jonas.

Summary of judges' houses
JudgeCategoryLocationAssistant(s)Contestants eliminated
CowellGroupsMiami Beach, FloridaMarc AnthonyDope Crisis, Playback
LovatoYoung AdultsLos AngelesNick JonasJillian Jensen, Nick Youngerman
ReidOver 25sBeverly Hills, CaliforniaJustin Bieber & Scooter BraunDaryl Black, Tara Simon
SpearsTeensMalibu, Californiawill.i.amReed Deming, James Tanner


The final 16 finalists were confirmed as follows;


     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Third place
Category (mentor)Acts
Teens (Spears)Beatrice MillerArin RayCarly Rose SonenclarDiamond White
Young Adults (Lovato)CeCe FreyJennel GarciaWillie JonesPaige Thomas
Over 25s (Reid)Vino AlanJason BrockDavid CorreyTate Stevens
Groups (Cowell)Emblem3Fifth HarmonyLYRIC 145Sister C

Live shows

The live shows began on October 31, 2012. This was the debut episode for Lopez and Kardashian as hosts on the show. Each week, the contestants performed on Wednesday, with the voting lines opening after the performances. As with previous season, each live show has a different theme. The live final took place on December 19 and 20. A recording of "Live and Let Die" by The X Factor (UK) series five winner Alexandra Burke featured on the second week of live shows.[4]

Each results show featured musical performances from at least two artists. There was no guest performer on the first result show. The second results show featured two performances from The X Factor (UK) series seven second runner-up One Direction,[32] while Taylor Swift performed on the third result show.[33]The X Factor (UK) series seven third runner-up Cher Lloyd and Becky G performed on the fourth results show.[34][35] Week five included the premiering of a music video by featuring judge Spears and performances from season one runner-up Josh Krajcik and Alicia Keys.[36][37] Season one winner Melanie Amaro and Kesha performed on the sixth week.[38] The semi-final results show featured performances from Bruno Mars and Bridgit Mendler.[39] One Direction performed again in the final, and Pitbull also performed. This was the only season to feature the leaderboard which reveals which act has the most votes.

Results summary

Color key
     –Contestant was chosen as the bottom two by their mentor and had to sing again in the sing-off (no public vote)
     –Contestant was in the bottom two/three and had to sing again in the final showdown
     –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 final showdown)
     –Contestant received the most public votes
Weekly results per contestant
Tate StevensSaved1st1st2nd2nd1stSafeWinner
Carly Rose SonenclarSaved2nd2nd1st1st2ndSafeRunner-up
Fifth HarmonyBottom two5th6th7th4thBottom threeSafe3rd
Emblem3Saved6th4th4th3rd3rd4thEliminated (week 7)
Diamond WhiteBottom two4th7th5thBottom threeBottom threeEliminated (week 6)
CeCe FreyBottom two12th5thBottom three5th6thEliminated (week 6)
Vino AlanSaved3rd3rd3rdBottom threeEliminated (week 5)
Paige ThomasSaved8thBottom three6th8thEliminated (week 5)
Beatrice MillerSaved10th8thBottom threeEliminated (week 4)
Arin RayBottom two11th9th10thEliminated (week 4)
Jennel GarciaSaved7thBottom threeEliminated (week 3)
LYRIC 145Saved9th12thEliminated (week 3)
Jason BrockBottom two13thEliminated (week 2)
Sister CBottom twoEliminated (week 1)
David CorreyBottom twoEliminated (week 1)
Willie JonesBottom twoEliminated (week 1)
Sing-off /
Final showdown
Fifth Harmony,
No final showdown or judges' votes; results were based on public votes alone
Sister C
Judges voted toSaveEliminate
Reid's voteAlan,
Spears' voteMiller,
WhiteFreyGarciaFreyAlanFifth Harmony
Lovato's voteGarcia,
Cowell's voteEmblem3,
Sister CBrockGarciaMillerAlanWhite
EliminatedWillie Jones
by Lovato
Jason Brock
2 of 4 votes
Public vote
to save
Arin Ray
Public vote
to save
Paige Thomas
Public vote
to save
CeCe Frey
Public vote
to save
Public vote
to save
Fifth Harmony
Public vote
to win
David Correy
by Reid
Diamond White
by Spears
Jennel Garcia
3 of 4 votes
Beatrice Miller
3 of 4 votes
Vino Alan
3 of 4 votes
Diamond White
3 of 4 votes
Carly Rose Sonenclar
Public vote
to win
Sister C
by Cowell
  • There was no public vote in the first week. Each mentor selected two finalists from their own category as the bottom two. The bottom two acts performed another song of their choice in the sing-off and their mentor was required to eliminate one of them based on the performance.[5]
  • White returned to the competition in week two because the judges felt that she should not have been eliminated in the previous week.

Live show details

Week 1 (October 31/November 1)

  • Theme: Songs by American artists (billed as "Made in America")[47]
Contestants' performances on the first live show
Paige Thomas1"What Is Love"Safe
Arin Ray2"You Keep Me Hangin' On"Bottom two
David Correy3"My Love Is Your Love"Bottom two
Sister C4"Hell on Heels"Bottom two
Jennel Garcia5"Home Sweet Home"Safe
Diamond White6"Hey, Soul Sister"Bottom two
Vino Alan7"Gotta Be Somebody"Safe
LYRIC 1458"Boom! Shake the Room" / "Gangnam Style"Safe
CeCe Frey9"Because the Night"Bottom two
Tate Stevens10"Tough"Safe
Beatrice Miller11"I Won't Give Up"Safe
Jason Brock12"Dance Again"Bottom two
143213"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"Bottom two
Willie Jones14"Here for the Party"Bottom two
Carly Rose Sonenclar15"Something's Got a Hold on Me" / "Good Feeling"Safe
Emblem316"One Day"Safe
Sing-off details[40]
CeCe Frey1"Out Here on My Own"Safe
Willie Jones2"You Don't Know Me"Eliminated
David Correy3"Since U Been Gone"Eliminated
Jason Brock4"One Moment in Time"Safe
Arin Ray5"I Look to You"Safe
Diamond White6"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"Eliminated
Sister C7"When I Look at You"Eliminated
  • There was no public vote in the first week. Each mentor selected two finalists from their own category as the bottom two. The bottom two acts performed another song of their choice in a sing-off and their mentor was required to eliminate one of them based on the performance.
Judges' decisions to eliminate[40]
  • Lovato: Willie Jones – gave no reason
  • Reid: David Correy – gave no reason
  • Spears: Diamond White – gave no reason
  • Cowell: Sister C – gave no reason

Week 2 (November 7/8)

One of the four acts that did not face the public vote in week one and was eliminated by mentor was reinstated to the show as the judges felt that the act should not have been eliminated in the previous week. The reinstated act was announced as Diamond White at the start of the season's second live show.[5] 1432 being known as Fifth Harmony started in week two.

Contestants' performances on the second live show
Arin Ray1"American Boy"ObsessedSafe
Paige Thomas2"Take My Breath Away"Top GunSafe
Vino Alan3"When a Man Loves a Woman"When a Man Loves a WomanSafe
Emblem34"My Girl" / "California Gurls" / "What Makes You Beautiful"My Girl / Katy Perry: Part of MeSafe
Beatrice Miller5"Iris"City of AngelsSafe
Jennel Garcia6"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"CrossroadsSafe
Tate Stevens7"Wanted Dead or Alive"Harley Davidson and the Marlboro ManSafe
LYRIC 1458"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"Mary PoppinsSafe
Diamond White9"I Have Nothing"The BodyguardSafe
CeCe Frey10"Eye of the Tiger"Rocky IIIBottom two
Carly Rose Sonenclar11"It Will Rain"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1Safe
Jason Brock12"I Believe I Can Fly"Space JamBottom two
Fifth Harmony13"A Thousand Years"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1Safe
Final showdown details[41]
CeCe Frey1"You Haven't Seen the Last of Me"Safe
Jason Brock2"Total Eclipse of the Heart"Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate[41]
  • Lovato: Jason Brock – gave no reason, though effectively backed her own act, CeCe Frey
  • Reid: Cece Frey – gave no reason, though effectively backed his own act, Jason Brock
  • Spears: CeCe Frey – gave no reason
  • Cowell: Jason Brock – gave no reason

With the acts in the bottom two receiving two votes each, the result was deadlocked and reverted to the earlier public vote. Brock was eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.[41]

Week 3 (November 14/15)

Starting from week three, two acts were eliminated from each results show until week six. The three acts with the fewest public votes were announced and then the act with the fewest votes was automatically eliminated. The remaining two acts then performed in the final showdown and face the judges' votes.[6]

Contestants' performances on the third live show
Jennel Garcia1"Proud Mary"Bottom three
Tate Stevens2"From This Moment On"Safe
Diamond White3"Halo"Safe
Beatrice Miller4"Time After Time"Safe
LYRIC 1455"We Will Rock You" / "E.T."Eliminated
Arin Ray6"Crazy for You"Safe
Paige Thomas7"Last Dance"Bottom three
Fifth Harmony8"Hero"Safe
Carly Rose Sonenclar9"My Heart Will Go On"Safe
Vino Alan10"Let's Stay Together"Safe
Emblem311"No One"Safe
CeCe Frey12"All by Myself"Safe
Final showdown details[42]
Jennel Garcia1"The Reason"Eliminated
Paige Thomas2"Paradise"Safe
Judges' votes to eliminate[42]
  • Reid: Jennel Garcia – gave no reason
  • Spears: Jennel Garcia – gave no reason
  • Lovato: Paige Thomas – gave no reason
  • Cowell: Jennel Garcia – stated it was an easy decision and felt that Thomas has star potential after watching her final showdown performance

Week 4 (November 21/22)

Contestants' performances on the fourth live show
Tate Stevens1"I'm Already There"Safe
Diamond White2"Because You Loved Me"Safe
Arin Ray4"Hero"Eliminated
CeCe Frey5"Wind Beneath My Wings"Bottom three
Fifth Harmony6"I'll Stand by You"Safe
Beatrice Miller7"Chasing Cars"Bottom three
Vino Alan8"God Bless the USA"Safe
Paige Thomas9"Everytime"Safe
Carly Rose Sonenclar10"Over the Rainbow"Safe
Final showdown details[43]
CeCe Frey1"Because of You"Safe
Beatrice Miller2"White Flag"Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate[43]
  • Lovato: Beatrice Miller – gave no reason, though effectively backed her own act, CeCe Frey
  • Spears: CeCe Frey – gave no reason, though effectively backed her own act, Beatrice Miller
  • Reid: Beatrice Miller – gave no reason
  • Cowell: Beatrice Miller – thought the competition was too much for Miller and that it wasn't her time

Week 5 (November 28/29)

Contestants' performances on the fifth live show
Diamond White1"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"Bottom three
Vino Alan2"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"Bottom three
Paige Thomas3"Never Gonna Give You Up"Eliminated
Fifth Harmony4"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"Safe
Carly Rose Sonenclar5"Rolling in the Deep"Safe
Tate Stevens6"Somebody Like You"Safe
CeCe Frey7"Lady Marmalade"Safe
Emblem38"I'm a Believer"Safe
Final showdown details[44]
Diamond White1"I Was Here"Safe
Vino Alan2"Trouble"Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate[44]
  • Reid: Diamond White – gave no reason, though effectively backed his own act, Vino Alan
  • Spears: Vino Alan – gave no reason, though effectively backed her own act, Diamond White
  • Lovato: Vino Alan – gave no reason
  • Cowell: Vino Alan – gave no reason

Week 6 (December 5/6)

For the first time this season, each contestant will perform two songs. The list of song choices for the Pepsi Challenge was released via Twitter on December 1, 2012.[57]

Choices for Pepsi Challenge
ActSong choices[7]Result
Carly Rose Sonenclar"If I Were a Boy"Chosen
"I Just Can't Stop Loving You"Not chosen
"Your Song"Not chosen
CeCe Frey"Die Young"Not chosen
"Part of Me"Chosen
"So What"Not chosen
Diamond White"Diamonds"Chosen
"Kiss from a Rose"Not chosen
"Mercy"Not chosen
Emblem3"I Gotta Feeling"Not chosen
"Forever Young"Chosen
"Marry You"Not chosen
Fifth Harmony"What Makes You Beautiful"Not chosen
"Anything Could Happen"Not chosen
"Give Your Heart a Break"Chosen
Tate Stevens"The Dance"Not chosen
"She's Country"Not chosen
"If Tomorrow Never Comes"Chosen
Contestants' performances on the sixth live show
ActOrderFirst songOrderSecond song[57]Result[45]
CeCe Frey1"The Edge of Glory"7"Part of Me"Eliminated
Emblem32"Just the Way You Are"8"Forever Young"Safe
Carly Rose Sonenclar3"As Long as You Love Me"9"If I Were a Boy"Safe
Fifth Harmony4"Set Fire to the Rain"10"Give Your Heart a Break"Bottom three
Diamond White5"It's a Man's Man's Man's World"11"Diamonds"Bottom three
Tate Stevens6"Livin' on a Prayer"12"If Tomorrow Never Comes"Safe
Final showdown details[45]
Fifth Harmony1"Anytime You Need a Friend"Safe
Diamond White2"I Hope You Dance"Eliminated
Judges' votes to eliminate[45]
  • Cowell: Diamond White – gave no reason, though effectively backed his own act, Fifth Harmony
  • Spears: Fifth Harmony – gave no reason, though effectively backed her own act, Diamond White
  • Reid: Diamond White – gave no reason
  • Lovato: Diamond White – gave no reason

Week 7: Semi-final (December 12/13)

Contestants' performances on the seventh live show
ActOrderFirst songOrderSecond songResult
Tate Stevens1"Bonfire"5"Fall"Safe
Carly Rose Sonenclar2"Your Song"6"Imagine"Safe
Emblem33"Baby, I Love Your Way"7"Hey Jude"Eliminated
Fifth Harmony4"Anything Could Happen"8"Impossible"Safe

The semi-final did not feature a final showdown nor a leaderboard. Instead the act with the fewest public votes, Emblem3, were automatically eliminated.[61]

Week 8: Final (December 19/20)

The final consisted of two two-hour episodes on December 19 and 20.

December 19
Contestants' performances on the eighth live show
ActOrderFirst song[63]OrderSecond song (duet)[63]OrderThird song[64]
Carly Rose Sonenclar1"Feeling Good"4"How Do I Live" (with LeAnn Rimes)7"Hallelujah"
Tate Stevens2"Anything Goes"5"Pontoon" (with Little Big Town)8"Tomorrow"
Fifth Harmony3"Anything Could Happen"6"Give Your Heart a Break" (with Demi Lovato)9"Let It Be"
December 20
Contestants' performances on the final live show
Tate Stevens1"Please Come Home for Christmas"Winner
Fifth Harmony2"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"Third place
Carly Rose Sonenclar3"All I Want for Christmas Is You"Runner-up


U.S. Nielsen ratings

Ep. #EpisodeAirdateRatingShareRating/share
1Auditions 1September 125.28[7]3.4/108.73[7]#2#3
2Auditions 2September 135.29[8]3.2/108.28[8]#2#2
3Auditions 3September 195.59[8]3.6/119.54[8]#2#2
4Auditions 4September 205.910[8]3.5/1110.15[8]#1#1
5Auditions 5September 265.79[8]3.4/109.63[8]#2#5
6Auditions 6September 275.910[8]3.2/109.39[8]#2#6
7Bootcamp 1October 35.59[9]3.5/119.71[9]#2#2
8Bootcamp 2October 45.79[9]3.2/109.25[9]#2#6
9Bootcamp 3/Judges' houses 1October 105.69[9]3.5/109.56[9]#2#6
10Judges' houses 2October 115.08[9]2.9/88.43[9]#2#3
11Judges' houses 3 – Part 1October 174.16[9]2.3/66.34[10]#3#6
12Judges' houses 3 – Part 2October 233.76[10]2.3/65.71[10]#1#7
13Live show 1October 31[91][10]4.77[10]2.7/87.60[10]#2#5
14Live results 1November 1[91]2.3/66.24[10]#3#6
15Live show 2November 72.6/77.03[10]#4#8
16Live results 2November 82.3/66.33[2]#3#7
17Live show 3November 146.092.9/88.15[2]#3#6
18Live results 3November 152.4/77.47[2]#2#6
19Live show 4November 2172.2/77.28[2]#3#5
20Live results 4November 2282.8/99.04[2]#1#2
21Live show 5November 282.9/88.20[2]#1#2
22Live results 5November 292.7/88.32[2]#2#5
23Live show 6December 52.8/88.25[2]#1#2
24Live results 6December 62.5/77.84[2]#2#6
25Live semi-finalDecember 122.7/87.79[2]#2#4
26Live semi-final resultsDecember 132.4/77.66[2]#2#6
27Live finalDecember 192.7/88.35[2]#1#1
28Live final resultsDecember 203.1/99.66[2]#1#1


  1. Due to a three-hour rain delay during Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, only the first hour of the third judges' houses episode aired. Due to the delay, ratings for the October 17 episode were lower than usual. The second hour aired as a separate episode in a special airing on October 23 on Fox in United States. In Canada on CTV, due to the delay caused by the Championship Series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which was scheduled to air at 10:00pm, aired at 8:00pm EST. in place of The X Factor, while The X Factor aired in full from 9:00pm to 11:00pm EST.
  2. Due to the 2012 World Series, The X Factor was preempted on October 18, 24, and 25. It returned on October 31. The first live show was originally scheduled to air on November 1, while the first results show was originally scheduled as a special airing on Sunday November 4.


Broadcast interruption of judges' houses

During the airing of the judges' houses episode on October 17, the show was stopped abruptly in the middle of Lovato's selection for the top 16 and cut immediately to a game of the National League Championship Series. This was due to the fact that the game was halted and rescheduled later in the day due to a rain delay, to be played concurrently with The X Factor.[2] Between the two, Fox decided to air the game instead of the rest of the episode. Many viewers took to the internet and called Fox to complain about the interruption. Cowell even took to his Twitter to comment that: "It's what's known as a total f up." The show instead aired the following week in its entirety.

"Rejected" votes of Paige Thomas

During the fifth live show in November, many voters reported of having their votes "rejected" and their calls cut off when attempting to vote for Paige Thomas; Thomas was eliminated the following night. Fox and The X Factor affiliates have not confirmed or denied whether this had anything to do with Thomas' subsequent elimination the following night.