The Joy of 'X': An 'Idol' Fan's Guide to 'The X Factor'
How the Format Works
The process of choosing a winner is a little more circuitous than it is on
Idol." Here's how it all works: Auditions occurred in six cities in May and
June of this year, where the judges (before a live audience) selected
contestants to move on ... moreto a semifinal round. This boot-camp round, held in Los
Angeles, is where the judges, again working in front of a live audience, narrow
the pool of hopefuls to 24. From here, the judges get assigned a group of six
contestants, each pooled into one of four categories (young guys, young girls,
older singers and groups), and begin reducing their own groups to three. This
round is called the Judges' Houses round, since they will be taped on location
at the judges' (purported) residences. This group of twelve (three from each
judge) are the finalists, who then move on to live performance episodes, which
are judged by viewers.