|The X Factor (U.S. Season 2)|
|Broadcast from||12 September - 20 December 2012|
|Judges|| Simon Cowell|
|Number of finalists||17|
|Runner-up||Carly Rose Sonnenclar|
On January 9, 2012, FOX admitted that the show would undergo many changes for its second season. One of the big ones announced was on January 30, 2012 when it was revealed that host Steve Jones and judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger would all not be returning. Britney Spears and Demi Lovato joined Simon Cowell and LA Reid as judges and Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian became the two new co-hosts.
- The contestants were ranked on how they voted, lowest at the bottom and highest at the top.