The Best Episodes of The X Factor (US)

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2018

The X Factor is Simon Cowell’s brand new singing competition on a mission to find America’s next undiscovered superstar. The X Factor, on FOX is going to give someone like you the chance to win a $5 million recording contract with Sony Music. What’s great about The X Factor is that it is open to anyone – vocal groups and solo singers, over the age of 12 – and there’s absolutely no upper age limit.

2 of 9 Voted Off

#1 - 2 of 9 Voted Off

Season 1 - Episode 18

A double elimination leaves only seven acts remaining. Also: Kelly Clarkson and Bruno Mars perform.

star 9.10
10 votes
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#2 - 1 of 10 Voted Off

Season 1 - Episode 16

star 9.00
10 votes
Top Ten Perform

#3 - Top Ten Perform

Season 1 - Episode 15

star 8.70
10 votes
Season Finale Part 2

#4 - Season Finale Part 2

Season 3 - Episode 26

star 8.65
37 votes
1 of 5 Voted Off

#5 - 1 of 5 Voted Off

Season 1 - Episode 22

Another finalist is voted off the show.

star 8.64
11 votes
Live Performance Show 2

#6 - Live Performance Show 2

Season 1 - Episode 11

The finalists from the four categories – Boys, Girls, Over 30s and Groups – perform live for their chance to win a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music. After the performances, it is up to America to vote to keep their favorite acts safe in the competition. Tune in to see who will mark their spot on stage and who will fall flat.

star 8.59
17 votes
Top 9 Perform

#7 - Top 9 Perform

Season 1 - Episode 17

Can you believe we're down to the final nine? Tonight, all the acts are giving thanks to people who are important or inspirational in their lives. And in staying true to the spirit of holiday giving and niceties, they've decided to kick two people off tomorrow. So sweet!

star 8.57
14 votes
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#8 - 2 of 7 Voted Off

Season 1 - Episode 20

A finalist gets the boot in a results edition.

star 8.56
9 votes
Auditions No. 3

#9 - Auditions No. 3

Season 1 - Episode 3

Chicago/Seattle Auditions Episode 3 of The X Factor USA spanned the genre spectrum, with fans of Radiohead, Justin Bieber and traditional country facing judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, LA Reid and Nicole Scherzinger at auditions in Seattle. Oh, and one Ms Cheryl Cole made another brief cameo in Chicago...

star 8.54
24 votes
Live Results 3

#10 - Live Results 3

Season 1 - Episode 14

Find out which act will be sent packing on an all-new episode of THE X FACTOR.

star 8.50
12 votes
Season Finale Part I

#11 - Season Finale Part I

Season 1 - Episode 25

star 8.49
10 votes
Boot Camp No. 3 / Judge's House No. 1

#12 - Boot Camp No. 3 / Judge's House No. 1

Season 2 - Episode 9

The final boot camp in Miami for the contestants, who are judged on their singing, dancing and performance styles. Also, mentoring by the judges.

star 8.48
42 votes
Live Performance Show 3

#13 - Live Performance Show 3

Season 1 - Episode 13

Another all-new LIVE performance show featuring the final acts from the Boys, Girls, Over 30s and Groups categories. Watch the drama and the emotion as they compete for a life-changing $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music.

star 8.47
13 votes
Auditions No. 4

#14 - Auditions No. 4

Season 1 - Episode 4

The final auditions episode features the acts auditioning in Newark.

star 8.43
21 votes
Top 4 Perform

#15 - Top 4 Perform

Season 1 - Episode 23

star 8.37
8 votes
Auditions No. 6

#16 - Auditions No. 6

Season 2 - Episode 6

star 8.33
33 votes
Top Finalists Perform LIVE Show #5

#17 - Top Finalists Perform LIVE Show #5

Season 2 - Episode 22

star 8.31
29 votes
Boot Camp No. 2

#18 - Boot Camp No. 2

Season 1 - Episode 6

The second night of Boot Camp will reveal the final 32 acts through to the Judges' Homes round, and the judges will find out what category they're mentoring for the rest of the season.

star 8.29
17 votes
Auditions No. 2

#19 - Auditions No. 2

Season 2 - Episode 2

star 8.28
53 votes
Auditions No. 3

#20 - Auditions No. 3

Season 2 - Episode 3

star 8.27
45 votes
Auditions No. 1

#21 - Auditions No. 1

Season 1 - Episode 1

It's time. Simon Cowell's return to U.S. television on "The X Factor" arrives Wednesday night, sporting the largest prize in TV history: a $5 million recording contract. The judges are introduced: In addition to Simon, we've got Nicole Scherzinger, L.A. Reid, Paula Abdul, "and introducing..." Cheryl Cole. The opening sequence features big, dramatic moments -- including Paula sobbing like nobody's business, and Simon saying he's "hating this," the whole thing is some kind of bleeped expletive and it's "just not working." Then we get title music that sounds eerily similar to "America's Got Talent." Host Steve Jones explains the whole deal: The first audition in L.A. has 20,000 people waiting to audition, which Steve calls a record audition turnout for the city. The rules: Anyone over 12 can audition, either solo or in a group. Then the judges are introduced -- again. Simon says he "walked away from the number one show in America to start a new show. The whole thing's a gamble." L.A. Reid says he walked away from his job as chairman at Island-Def Jam Records. Cheryl Cole joins the auditions in L.A., and Paula is back, saying she's "looking forward to sitting next to my partner in crime."

star 8.23
36 votes
Top 7 Perform

#22 - Top 7 Perform

Season 1 - Episode 19

The remaining seven acts perform.

star 8.21
10 votes
Live Results

#23 - Live Results

Season 2 - Episode 25

star 8.19
32 votes
Boot Camp No. 1

#24 - Boot Camp No. 1

Season 1 - Episode 5

The first rounds of Boot Camp see the field of hopefuls pared down.

star 8.18
17 votes
Top 5 Perform

#25 - Top 5 Perform

Season 3 - Episode 23

star 8.17
41 votes