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The X Factor: Which Judges "Failed" Their Protégés for the First Live Performances?

The X Factor | Photo Credits: Ray Mickshaw/Fox

The X Factor returned with its first live show Wednesday night, which featured the Top 16 contestants performing songs with the theme “Made in America” in front of the judges and America. The episode also marked the introduction of new co-hosts Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian.

Lopez, who has hosted before and is a correspondent for Extra, predictably held his own, but Kardashian has a long way to go before proving that she was the right choice for the job. Other than calling Simon Cowell “sexy” repeatedly, and awkwardly putting Demi Lovato on the spot to identify which individual member of one group Lovato thought stood out, Kardashian had little to offer in the way of commentary. (Though it’s likely many viewers were too distracted by her extremely low-cut top to pay much attention to what she was saying.)

Read on to find out how the Top 16 contestants fared, see what prompted tensions between Cowell and L.A. Reid, and find out which judge made Fox happy for live tape delays!


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