The BEST Episodes of The X Factor (US)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 2, 2019

Network: FOX

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.

Top Ten Perform

#1 - Top Ten Perform

Season 1 - Episode 15

star 9.43
7 votes
2 of 9 Voted Off

#2 - 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 9.33
9 votes
1 of 10 Voted Off

#3 - 1 of 10 Voted Off

Season 1 - Episode 16

star 9.22
9 votes
Live Performance Show 2

#4 - 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 9.17
12 votes
Top 9 Perform

#5 - 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 9.00
10 votes
2 of 7 Voted Off

#6 - 2 of 7 Voted Off

Season 1 - Episode 20

A finalist gets the boot in a results edition.

star 9.00
7 votes
Season Finale Part I

#7 - Season Finale Part I

Season 1 - Episode 25

star 9.00
7 votes
Top 4 Perform

#8 - Top 4 Perform

Season 1 - Episode 23

star 8.83
6 votes
Live Results 3

#9 - 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 8.80
10 votes
Live Performance Show 3

#10 - 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 8.70
10 votes
Season Finale Part 2

#11 - Season Finale Part 2

Season 3 - Episode 26

star 8.68
38 votes
1 of 5 Voted Off

#12 - 1 of 5 Voted Off

Season 1 - Episode 22

Another finalist is voted off the show.

star 8.67
9 votes
Auditions No. 3

#13 - 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 8.64
22 votes
Boot Camp No. 3 / Judge's House No. 1

#14 - 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 8.61
38 votes
Live Results 2

#15 - Live Results 2

Season 1 - Episode 12

One of the remaining 12 finalists from the four categories – Boys, Girls, Over 30s and Groups – is sent home as the votes are revealed live. Tune in to see who will be sent packing.

star 8.60
10 votes
Boot Camp No. 2

#16 - 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 8.50
14 votes
Auditions No. 4

#17 - Auditions No. 4

Season 1 - Episode 4

The final auditions episode features the acts auditioning in Newark.

star 8.47
19 votes
Judges' Homes No. 3

#18 - Judges' Homes No. 3

Season 1 - Episode 9

In the final part of the Judges' Homes round, the judges will reveal which 16 acts are through to the live shows. And there's a bit of a twist involved...

star 8.46
13 votes
Auditions No. 6

#19 - Auditions No. 6

Season 2 - Episode 6

star 8.43
30 votes
Top 7 Perform

#20 - Top 7 Perform

Season 1 - Episode 19

The remaining seven acts perform.

star 8.43
7 votes
Auditions No. 2

#21 - Auditions No. 2

Season 2 - Episode 2

star 8.38
47 votes
Auditions No. 3

#22 - Auditions No. 3

Season 2 - Episode 3

star 8.37
41 votes
Top Finalists Perform LIVE Show #5

#23 - Top Finalists Perform LIVE Show #5

Season 2 - Episode 22

star 8.35
26 votes
Live Performance and Results Show 1

#24 - Live Performance and Results Show 1

Season 1 - Episode 10

The top 17 acts who survived the judges’ homes take the stage for their first LIVE performance. Witness the concert-like performances as the finalists separated into four categories: boys, girls, over 30s and groups set out to win over the country and judges for their chance to win a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music.

star 8.30
10 votes
Boot Camp No. 1

#25 - Boot Camp No. 1

Season 1 - Episode 5

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

star 8.29
14 votes