Brittany Valadez LA Correspondent
Brittany Valadez is Latina.com's Entertainment Video Correspondent. You can find her interviewing and taking selfies with celebs at all the major award shows, red-carpet events or parties. While with Latina, Valadez interviewed her favorite group, One Direction, resulting in her story being picked up by Perez Hilton, Hollywood Life, and Cambio, among others. Valadez graduated with a B.A. in Communications from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to Latina, Valadez was also a correspondent for various Hispanic media outlets and was selected by the NCLR as the innagural correspondent for the 2012 ALMA Awards. In her down time, Valadez tweets about her faith in God, reads celebrity news, eats cupcakes and catches up on shows such as Pretty Little Liars, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Once Upon a Time.
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Proof that underdogs have a fighting chance was evident in the X Factor semi-finals, that somewhat coincidentally mirrored last season. Kelly Rowland's Jeff Gutt, Paulina Rubio's Carlito Olivero and Simon Cowell's groups Alex and Sierra and Restless Road were the last four remaining in the competition.
This week was extra special for not only the press, but for fans of the X Factor as well. We'll chalk it up to Christmas glee, (not the fact that it's the semi-finals) that we were treated to a double dose of judges and contestants!
We chatted with both individually as well as press conference style, with host Mario Lopez replacing Demi Lovato for the press conference. The judges talked Christmas plans, most memorable things from Christmas past, and cooking!
We're one week away from the live finale of NBC's The Voice, and there's no better way to celebrate the top three then the return of previous champs both on the show and on the charts.
Last year's winner Danielle Bradbury joined previous winner Cassadee Pope for a performance of their individual singles.
We chatted with Pope about her devoted Brazilian fans, if she thought Christina Aguilera was the most intimidating judge and the one Christmas present she wants this year.
Christmas came early for us this year, as all our favorite artists rocked one stage for a night full of music and jolly.
The annual KIIS FM Jingle Ball took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles this weekend, where Enrique Iglesias, Miley Cyrus, and Selena Gomez took the stage.
In addition, several fan favorites including Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Latina faves Fifth Harmony and others performed as well.
For the past few weeks, we've been chatting with your favorite X Factor contestants, and if you've been watching our exclusive interviews, you've grown to love (and for some, miss) those on the Fox reality competition show.
This week, we talked with viewer faves Alex and Sierra, Restless Road, and our own Latino Carlito Olivero.
While she may no longer carry any of her contestants to the finale, judge Demi Lovato is part of the reason many of us watch X Factor, and why we don't want to change the channel!
We caught up with Lovato and fellow judge Kelly Rowland backstage, before chatting with former X Factor contestants Emblem 3. Both Rowland and Lovato shared their Christmas wish list, and we even scored a personal holiday recipe!
With Adam Levine in the lead for the most contestants in the competition (three), did he level the playing field with Christina Aguilera who had two contestants left fighting for their chance in the finale?
In what was a shocking and heavily unexpected elimination, predicted finalist Matthew Schuler of Team Christina was sent home.
This leaves Adam Levine with three contestants, while Aguilera and Blake Shelton each have one of their own.
It was Thanksgiving week at the X Factor USA, and the contestants received a pleasant surprise with the arrival of their families. Unfortunately, two contestants were still sent home.
Lillie McCloud, the gorgoeus grandma from judge Kelly Rowland's "Over 25's," and season 3 standout Josh Levi were sent packing.
Levi's mentor and judge was Paulina Rubio, and his elimination was a shocker.
It's down to team Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera. So far, Team Christina is in second place, with two contestants (who are no doubt some of the strongest) in Matthew Schuler and Jacquie Lee.
Last night, the final six sang two songs each, with Schuler taking on a recent One Direction hit, "Story of My Life."
We challenged Schuler to name all the members of the hit British boy band. Did he pass?
Although last week was another week of contestant eliminations on The Voice, that's nothing to say for the show itself, which continues to be a ratings hit amongst the reality singing competition shows.
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