The X Factor USA Season 3

SEASON 3 - 2013

The third season of The X Factor USA premiered on Fox on September 11, 2013. The original show is in the United Kingdom. Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato returned as judges for their respective third and second seasons. Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio joined the show as replacements for former judges, Britney Spears and L.A. Reid. The show is hosted by America's Best Dance Crew host Mario Lopez.

Producer auditions began on March 6, 2013, in Los Angeles, and ended on May 4, 2013, in Denver. The judges auditions, which are televised, began on May 21, 2013, in Charleston, and ended on July 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. New for this season is the removal of the bootcamp and judges' houses rounds of the competition which have been replaced with a new middle section, more reminiscent of the live shows, called "The Four-Chair challenge"

This season, the categories not follow the age-based format from season two but rather the format from season one: Boys, Girls, Over 25s and Groups. Rowland mentored Over 25s, Lovato the Girls, Rubio the Boys, and for the second season in a row, Simon Cowell mentored the Groups.


The contestants were divided into 4 categories:

  • Mentored by Cowell

  • Mentored by Rubio

  • Mentored by Rowland

  • Mentored by Lovato


Now, with “The four-Chair Challenge" the judges had to pick four contestants from their own team. The finalists were:



Over 25s



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