‘The X Factor’ Semifinals Results: The End of the Road
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Three years ago on "The X Factor U.K.," a boy band named One Direction was formed, and unless you've been living under a particularly subterranean rock lately, then you know that 1D went on to international mega-success.
Since then, Simon Cowell has tried his hardest to repeat that success on this side of the pond. Last year, on "The X Factor USA" Season 2, he aggressively pushed surfer teen trio Emblem3, aka the California One Direction. They stalled in fourth place. This season, he formed Restless Road, aka the Country One Direction. And on this Thursday's "X Factor" results show, Restless Road met the same fate as Emblem3, placing fourth behind Alex & Sierra, Jeff Gutt, and (somewhat shockingly) season-long underdog Carlito Olivero — thus missing the finale by one week.
Apparently Simon cannot make "X Factor" boy-band lightning strike twice. He will just have to take comfort in the fact that One Direction will be pimped out for the jillionth time on next week's Season 3 finale, and that his other act, boy-girl duo Alex & Sierra, are still in the running. (And Simon may be in a really good mood next week, since, if there's any justice, Alex & Sierra will be this season's champs.)
"I'm really disappointed, guys, but it's not the end," Simon told Restless Road on Thursday. "You've been an absolute pleasure to work with." Will Simon continue to work with Restless Road? He did sign Emblem3, after all, so it's possible. We shall see.