The X Factor will not mark any spots on the Fox calendar next year: It has been canceled after three seasons.

The American Idol-like competition never created a Kelly Clarkson or a Carrie Underwood. Can you name a single champion?

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The X Factor Season 3, mercifully, has come to an end.

And the finale represented everything strange and uneven about the competition, lowlighted by an odd montage to departing judge Demi Lovato (an admitted substance abuser) that featured her often taking swigs from a cup and defying Simon Cowell.

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The X Factor aired its final performance episode of Season 3 last night.

It involved Alex & Sierra hovering about Los Angeles on a helicopter… Jeff Gutt on a motorcycle… Paulina Rubio lip-synching very poorly on stage… a visit to the finalists' hometown… oh, and some actual singing!

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The X Factor will crown a Season 3 winner this week.

But the Fox competition may already need to be thinking ahead to Season 4... because sources tell People at least one judge's seat will be vacant when this Simon Cowell creation returns in 2014.

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