Country trio Restless Road was eliminated from "The X Factor" U.S. in the episode that Fox televised on Dec. 12, 2013. There was no "save me" sing-off on the show this week. The contestant with the lowest number of the public's votes was eliminated.
That leaves Latin pop singer Carlito Olivero, boyfriend/girlfriend folk-pop duo Alex & Sierra and rock singer Jeff Gutt as the final three contestants who will compete for the show's grand prize of $1 million and a Sony Music recording contract.
First, "The X Factor" U.S. host Mario Lopez announced that Olivero was one of the final three. Olivero then sang Nayer featuring Pitbull and Mohombi's "Suavemente" by doing what he does best: shaking his hips and flirting with females in the audience.
Then, it was announced that Alex & Sierra were the next act in the final three. The duo then sang Passenger's "Let Her Go" in Alex & Sierra's signature slow tempo.
Toward the end of the episode, it was announced that Gutt was in the final three. He sang Journey's "Open Arms" like an arena rock star.
In a farewell statement, Restless Road's Colton Pack said, "We just want to say thank you to everyone who even got us this far. Without you guys, we wouldn't be here. We're so blessed to have this opportunity. I promise you, this is not the end of the road for us. You'll be seeing us in the future."
Simon Cowell (who was Restless Road's "X Factor" mentor) added: "God, I'm really disappointed, guys. But you know what? I've said this before with other groups in this situation: 'It's not the end.' You've been an absolute pleasure to work with, but good luck to the other finalists."
The guest performer in this episode was Enrique Iglesias, who sang his single "Heart Attack" (not to be confused with the "X Factor" judge Demi Lovato's song "Heart Attack").
At the beginning of the episode, Gutt, Olivero, Alex & Sierra and Restless Road performed Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" with all the enthusiasm of people who looked like they were dreading a trip to the dentist.
Here are the remaining Top 3 "X Factor" U.S. contestant acts of 2013:
Boys (male solo singers ages 12 to 24) - mentored by Paulina Rubio
- Carlito Olivero
Over 25s (solo singers ages 25 and over) - mentored by Kelly Rowland
- Jeff Gutt
Groups - mentored by Simon Cowell
- Alex & Sierra
The third season finale of "The X Factor" U.S. will be televised in two parts on Dec. 18 and Dec. 19, 2013. The winner will be announced on Dec. 19. Mary J. Blige, Leona Lewis and One Direction will perform in the season finale, which will probably be the last episode of "The X Factor" U.S., since the show's low ratings are a clear sign that it's headed toward cancellation. Fox will probably wait until May 2014 to make an official announcement about the fate of "The X Factor" U.S.
Dec. 13, 2013 update: Ratings for "The X Factor" U.S. continue to be low. According to the Nielsen Company, the episode that aired on Dec. 12, 2013, had only 4.9 million U.S. viewers. The episode came in third place in its time slot (8 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST/PST) and eighth overall of the 16 U.S. prime-time network shows that aired that night.
Here are the rankings of the U.S. prime-time network shows on Dec. 12, 2013:
- "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS) — 17.68 million U.S. viewers
- "The Millers" (CBS) — 10.93 million U.S. viewers
- "Scandal" (ABC) — 9.22 million U.S. viewers
- "Elementary" (CBS) — 9.09 million U.S. viewers
- "Two and a Half Men" (CBS) — 8.54 million U.S. viewers
- "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC) — 8.36 million U.S. viewers
- "The Crazy Ones" (CBS) — 7.87 million U.S. viewers
- "The X Factor" (Fox) — 4.9 million U.S. viewers
- "The Sing-Off" (NBC) — 4.58 million U.S. viewers
- "Parenthood" (NBC) — 3.93 million U.S. viewers
- "Sean Saves the World" (NBC) — 3.4 million U.S. viewers
- "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" (ABC) — 3.3 million U.S. viewers
- "The Michael J. Fox Show" (NBC) — 3.0 million U.S. viewers
- "Glee" -- repeat (Fox) — 2.47 million U.S. viewers
- "The Vampire Diaries" (CW) — 2.44 million U.S. viewers
- "Reign" (CW) — 1.86 million U.S. viewers