The BEST Episodes of The X Factor (US)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 22, 2020

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.

Season Finale Part 2

#1 - Season Finale Part 2

Season 3 - Episode 26 - Aired Dec 19, 2013

star 8.68
38 votes
1 of 5 Voted Off

#2 - 1 of 5 Voted Off

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Dec 8, 2011

Another finalist is voted off the show.

star 8.52
67 votes
Top 7 Perform

#3 - Top 7 Perform

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Dec 4, 2013

star 8.44
68 votes
Judges' Homes No. 1

#4 - Judges' Homes No. 1

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 13, 2011

In the first of the 3-part Judges' Homes round, the final 32 will sing at their mentor's homes around the globe as only 16 can go through to the live shows.

star 8.40
72 votes
Season Finale, Part One

#5 - Season Finale, Part One

Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired Dec 19, 2012

star 8.25
113 votes
Top 5 Perform

#6 - Top 5 Perform

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired Dec 11, 2013

star 8.17
41 votes
Top Finalists Perform

#7 - Top Finalists Perform

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired Dec 12, 2012

star 8.16
115 votes
Auditions No. 1

#8 - Auditions No. 1

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 12, 2012

star 8.12
194 votes
Auditions No. 4

#9 - Auditions No. 4

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 29, 2011

The final auditions episode features the acts auditioning in Newark.

star 8.12
77 votes
Top Finalists Perform LIVE Show #5

#10 - Top Finalists Perform LIVE Show #5

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Dec 5, 2012

star 8.08
113 votes
Results Show

#11 - Results Show

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired Dec 12, 2013

star 8.05
38 votes
Live Results

#12 - Live Results

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired Dec 13, 2012

star 8.05
116 votes
Auditions No. 5

#13 - Auditions No. 5

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 25, 2013

star 8.04
156 votes
Auditions No. 3

#14 - Auditions No. 3

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 18, 2013

star 8.02
165 votes
Boot Camp No. 2

#15 - Boot Camp No. 2

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 4, 2012

star 8.01
209 votes
Auditions No. 2

#16 - Auditions No. 2

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 22, 2011

The premiere season of the "The X Factor" continues its auditions in Miami and Dallas as the quest for the $5 million recording contract winner continues. First up is Miami, where 29-year-old Ashley Sansone wears a glittery dress and says people mistake her for a pop singer. This doesn't seem like it's going to end well and she says she wants to channel all her energy into the audience and shares that her email address is "unstoppable talent." She doesn't want to sing songs about Gummi Bears. She starts singing what sounds like Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart." But she might have spared the show some royalties because her lyrics are completely unintelligible. L.A. Reid says he wanted to slit his wrists while she was singing. Simon says he couldn't understand a word she sang. This kicks off a string of bad acts, including a terrible singer who demands an explanation before leaving the stage, a trio of cowboy-hat-wearing fellas, and a mom-and-daughter duet who call themselves "Dreamgirlz, with a 'z'." Gloria Estefan is apparently hoping the rhythm is going to get someone, as she tries to inspire the waiting contestants. Finally, we get a fresh-faced girl who's got a bunch of family with her. Caitlynne Curtis, 16, shows some serious nerves while she sings just the opening bit of Katy Perry's "Firework." Nicole Scherzinger says "there's room to grow." Simon says that's not good news and suggests that she join a group where she doesn't have to "rely on a fantastic vocal." Simon votes no and Caitlynne starts to cry. Paula's worried a breakdown is coming and runs up to the stage to give Caitlynne a supportive hug. Fed up, Simon tells one of the producers, "I hope this is the worst session." The judges take a break and Simon's none too pleased with the talent in Miami. Paula is worried for Simon. Meanwhile, the next contestant tells us his boss fired him for taking time off to go to the audition

star 8.00
27 votes
Season Finale Part 1

#17 - Season Finale Part 1

Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired Dec 18, 2013

star 7.94
34 votes
The Four-Chair Challenge Part 3

#18 - The Four-Chair Challenge Part 3

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 9, 2013

star 7.94
179 votes
Auditions No. 1

#19 - Auditions No. 1

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 21, 2011

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 7.88
121 votes
Auditions No. 4

#20 - Auditions No. 4

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 20, 2012

star 7.87
178 votes
Auditions No. 1

#21 - Auditions No. 1

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 11, 2013

star 7.84
154 votes
Auditions No. 4

#22 - Auditions No. 4

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 19, 2013

star 7.83
191 votes
Auditions No. 6

#23 - Auditions No. 6

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 26, 2013

star 7.82
160 votes
Auditions No. 3

#24 - Auditions No. 3

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 28, 2011

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 7.81
80 votes
Top 12 Perform Again

#25 - Top 12 Perform Again

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Nov 7, 2013

The Top 12 Acts perform again for your votes due to a technical snafu.

star 7.80
143 votes