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Fifth Harmony, Carly Rose Sonenclar, Tate Stevens compete in finals for 'The X Factor' crown on Wednesday on FOX

by jmaloni
Fri, Dec 14th 2012 05:00 pm
`The X Factor`: Pictured from left, Fifth Harmony, Tate Stevens and Carly Rose Sonenclar advance to the finals on `The X Factor` on FOX. (photo by Ray Mickshaw/FOX)
"The X Factor": Pictured from left, Fifth Harmony, Tate Stevens and Carly Rose Sonenclar advance to the finals on "The X Factor" on FOX. (photo by Ray Mickshaw/FOX)

Emblem3 is eliminated from the competition

Winner announced on two-hour grand finale on Thursday, Dec. 20, featuring special performances by One Direction and Pitbull

Online auditions for season three of "The X Factor" now open at www.thexfactor.com

Fifth Harmony (mentored by Simon Cowell), Carly Rose Sonenclar (mentored by Britney Spears) and Tate Stevens (mentored by L.A. Reid) are "The X Factor's" three finalists moving on to next week's grand finale.

After receiving the lowest votes following Thursday night's performance show, Emblem3 was eliminated from the competition.

In a special two-night grand finale event, the three finalists take the stage for their final performance live Wednesday, Dec. 19 (8 p.m.). Then, tune in to the special two-hour live results show the following night, Thursday, Dec. 20 (8 p.m.), as hosts Khloé Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez announce which act will be crowned the winner of "The X Factor" and receive a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music.

Immediately after the performance show, fans will be able to vote via 1) Verizon Touch Voting on The XtraFactor App on Verizon Android devices; 2) toll-free calling; 3) text messaging for Verizon Wireless customers; and 4) online at TheXFactorUSA.com. Fans with valid Facebook accounts can also vote at Facebook.com/TheXFactorUSA.

The star-studded two-night event will feature special performances from One Direction - the global sensation that rose to fame on the U.K. version of "The X Factor" - and world-renowned rapper Pitbull.

Online auditions for the third season of "The X Factor" are open now through June 16, 2013, at 2:59 a.m. Solo artists and vocal groups 12 years old and over may submit their two-minute a cappella audition videos at www.TheXFactorUSA.com. In addition to online auditions, aspiring performers will soon be able to participate in open call auditions held in Los Angeles (March 6); Charleston, S.C. (March 19); New Orleans (April 14); Long Island (April 25); and Denver (May 14). Continue to check www.TheXFactorUSA.com for more information and full terms, conditions and eligibility.

One Direction - Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson - were discovered on the U.K.'s "The X Factor" in 2010. The band quickly gained a following to become one of the competition's all-time most popular acts, finishing in the final three and garnering a gigantic and loyal fanbase along the way. In March, One Direction's debut album, "Up All Night," made U.S. history, as it was the first time a U.K. group's debut album entered the U.S. Billboard 200 chart at No. 1. The band has sold more than 12 million records worldwide. In November, One Direction released its sophomore album, "Take Me Home," which includes the No. 1 single, "Live While We're Young."

Pitbull has risen to become a global superstar as both a recording and performing artist. The Miami native recently added to a long and growing list of hits with his first No. 1, "Give Me Everything." At the same time, his world tour sold out concerts in Latin America, Canada and Europe, before bringing the party to the U.S., Japan and Australia. Pitbull's new single, "Don't Stop The Party," is gaining heavy momentum on the radio and video charts and is featured on his new album, "Global Warming."

"Like" "The X Factor" on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheXFactorUSA. Follow the series on Twitter @TheXFactorUSA and join the discussion at #xfactor.

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