The X Factor USA Wiki


The X Factor is an American television music competition to find new singing talent; the winner of which receives a $5 million recording contract. The second season began airing on Fox on September 12, 2012 and ended on December 20, 2012.

This season was won by 37-year-old country singer Tate Stevens.

This season was preceded by the first season in 2011 and succeeded by the final season in 2013.

Judges and hosts[]



Selection process[]


The producers' auditions began on March 14, 2012 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. More producers' auditions were held on March 22 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, April 20 at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California]], May 1 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex|Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina and concluded on May 10 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

The judges' auditions took place between May and July. The auditions went without a host as they had yet to hire new hosts by the time auditions started.

Summary of auditions
Audition city Date Audition venue Date aired
Austin, Texas May 24 ~ 25, 2012 Frank Erwin Center September 12 & 19, 2012
Kansas City, Missouri June 8 ~ 9, 2012 Sprint Center September 19, 2012
San Francisco, California June 16 ~ 18, 2012 Cow Palace September 12, 13, 19, 26 & 27 2012
Providence, Rhode Island June 27 ~ 29, 2012 Dunkin' Donuts Center September 12, 13 & 26, 2012
Greensboro, North Carolina July 8 ~ 10, 2012 Greensboro Coliseum September 20, 26, & 27 2012


Filming for bootcamp was held on July 25 ~ 27, 2012 in Miami, Florida. As with the auditions, there were no hosts at bootcamp.

120 contestants made it to the Bootcamp stage. At bootcamp the contestants had to perform two tasks. Task 1 involved the contestants had to sing solo, after which the judges eliminated half of the acts, bringing the total down to 60. In Task 2 the contestants were paired up to perform together. After Task 2 the judges narrowed down the acts to the 24 who progress onto the Judges's homes round.

The groups Fifth Harmony, Playback, and Lyric 145 were formed from eliminated contestants from the Teens, Young Adults and Groups categories in bootcamp. Fifth Harmony was known as LYLAS at this stage; their name was changed after they made the top 16 when a group consisting of four of Bruno Mars' sisters, called "The Lylas," claimed the show stole their name.

Judges' houses[]

The judges' houses was filmed September 14 & 15, 2012. The judges received news of their categories from the producers by telephone, seen during the third bootcamp episode on October 10. Reid mentored the over 25s in Beverly Hills, California|Beverly Hills, assisted by Justin Bieber, accompanied by his manager Scooter Braun; Cowell took the groups to Miami Beach with Latin singer Marc Anthony, Spears had the teens in Malibu with The Black Eyed Peas member and The Voice UK coach, and Lovato had the young adults in Los Angeles, with Jonas Brothers member Nick Jonas.

Summary of judges' houses
Judge Category Location Assistant(s) Contestants eliminated
Cowell Groups Miami, Florida Marc Anthony Dope Crisis, Playback
Lovato Young Adults Los Angeles, California Nick Jonas Nick Youngerman, Jillian Jensen
Reid Over 25s Beverly Hills, California Justin Bieber & Scooter Braun Daryl Black, Tara Simon
Spears Teens Malibu, California Will.I.Am James Tanner, Reed Deming


The final 16 finalists were confirmed as follows;


     – Winner
     – Runner-up
     – Third place
Category (mentor) Acts
Over 25s (Reid) Vino Alan Jason Brock David Correy Tate Stevens
Teens (Spears) Beatrice Miller Arin Ray Carly Rose Sonenclar Diamond White
Young Adults (Lovato) CeCe Frey Jennel Garcia Willie Jones Paige Thomas
Groups (Cowell) Emblem 3 Fifth Harmony Lyric 145 Sister C


Color key
     – Act was chosen as the bottom two by their mentor and had to sing again (no public vote)
     – Act was in the bottom two/three and had to sing again in the final showdown
     – Act was in the bottom three but received the fewest votes and was immediately eliminated
     – Act received the fewest public votes and was immediately eliminated (no final showdown)
     – Act received the most public votes
Weekly results per act
Act Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Quarter-Final Semi-Final Final
First Vote Second Vote
Tate Stevens Saved 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd 1st Winner
Carly Rose Sonenclar 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd Runner-Up
Fifth Harmony Saved 5th 6th 7th 4th 4th 2nd 3rd Eliminated (Final)
Emblem3 Saved 6th 4th 4th 3rd 3rd 4th Eliminated (Semi-Final)
Diamond White Eliminated 4th 7th 5th 6th 5th Eliminated (Quarter-Final)
CeCe Frey Saved 12th 5th 9th 5th 6th
Vino Alan Saved 3rd 3rd 3rd 7th Eliminated (Week 5)
Paige Thomas 8th 11th 6th 8th
Beatrice Miller 10th 8th 8th Eliminated (Week 4)
Arin Ray Saved 11th 9th 10th
Jennel Garcia Saved 7th 10th Eliminated (Week 3)
LYRIC 145 9th 12th
Jason Brock Saved 13th Eliminated (Week 2)
Sister C Eliminated Eliminated (Week 1)
David Correy
Willie Jones
Final Showdown Brock,
Fifth Harmony,
Sister C
Fifth Harmony,
No final showdown or judges' votes; results were based on public votes alone
Reid's vote to eliminate Correy Frey Garcia Miller White White
Spears' vote to eliminate White Frey Garcia Frey Alan Fifth Harmony
Lovato's vote to eliminate Jones Brock Thomas* Miller Alan White
Cowell's vote to eliminate Sister C Brock Garcia* Miller Alan White
Eliminated Willie Jones
by Lovato
Jason Brock
2 of 4 votes
Public vote
to save
Arin Ray
Public vote
to save
Paige Thomas
Public vote
to save
CeCe Frey
Public vote
to save
Public vote
to save
Fifth Harmony
Public vote
to win
Carly Rose Sonenclar
Public vote
to win
David Correy
by Reid
Diamond White
by Spears
Jennel Garcia
3 of 4 votes
Beatrice Miller
3 of 4 votes
Vino Alan
3 of 4 votes
Diamond White
3 of 4 votes
Sister C
by Cowell
  • In Week 3, after Reid and Spears voted against Garcia, Cowell was then asked to vote but he said he wanted Lovato to vote before him. Lopez unsuccessfully attempted to persuade Cowell to vote before Lovato but Cowell insisted on Lovato voting first and Lopez asked for Lovato’s vote. Before Lovato revealed who she was voting against, she pushed for Cowell to vote before Lovato. Cowell objected and Lopez stated that the show was pressed for time. Lovato voted against Thomas and then Cowell voted against Garcia.

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Notable past contestants[]

  • Will Champlin, who was cut in bootcamp, later tried out for season 5 of The Voice in 2013 with Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine as his mentor. He finished in 3rd place.
  • Jillian Jensen, who was cut at Judges' Homes, later tried out for season 13 of American Idol and made the semi finals.
  • Macy Kate, who auditioned but didn't make it past the audition phase, later tried out for and made the top 13 on the ABC singing show Rising Star.