"The X Factor" U.S. announced on Sept. 6, 2013 that the public can attend the competition rounds that will have the show's judges making their final decisions on which contestants will perform on the show's live episodes this year. Tickets are free and open to the public. The performances will be on Sept. 8 and Sept. 9, 2013, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles at 3:30 p.m. PDT on each day. (The start time is subject to change.) These episodes will be televised on a date to be announced.
Honda and Procter & Gamble have signed on to be sponsors for the third season of "The X Factor" U.S.
Chevrolet and Pepsi were the two major sponsors of the show in its first two seasons.
As previously reported, "The X Factor" U.S. eliminated the "boot camp" and "judges' houses" phases of the competition in 2013.
In "boot camp," about 100 contestant acts were narrowed down to 32.
During "judges houses," the 32 contestant acts would be separated into certain categories, and each category would be assigned a judge as a mentor. The contestants would stay at a luxury house to prepare for their performances in front of their mentor/judge and a celebrity guest mentor. The judge, with assistance from the celebrity guest mentor, would then decide which contestants to eliminate and which contestants to keep in the competition.
Sources say that "The X Factor" U.S. four contestant categories in 2013 are:
- Girls (female solo singers ages 12 to 24)
- Boys (male solo singers ages 12 to 24)
- Over 25s (solo singers ages 25 and over)
It has not yet been announced which categories have been assigned to which judges to mentor.
In the "Four-Chair Challenge" episodes, 40 contestants acts (10 from each category) perform for the judges. The judge who is mentoring the category chooses which contestants will be the final four in that category.
The Four-Chair Challenge involved four contestants from each category being put in chairs if the judges decided they were worthy enough to possibly be the final four in that category. However, judges were allowed to change their minds and switch out or switch in contestants from their mentor categories. After all 10 contestant acts in each category perform, the four contestants remaining in the chairs are the ones who will go on to the next round: performing in the live episodes.
The 16 contestant acts (four from each category) who make it to the live episodes are then voted on by the public.
In other "X Factor" U.S. news, there was a Season 3 party for the show on Sept. 5, 2013. The party took place at the restaurant Ciccone in West Hollywood, Calif.
Attending the event were judges Cowell, Lovato, Rowland and Rubio. "The X Factor" U.S. host Mario Lopez was there with his pregnant wife, Courtney, who is due to give birth to their second child later this year. The couple has a 3-year-old daughter named Gia.
The party was very low-key compared to previous "X Factor" U.S. parties to celebrate a season premiere for the show. There wasn't much media coverage or Internet buzz about the party.