The 8 Best Latino Moments From 'The X Factor'

We were heartbroken to discover that The X Factor USA had been cancelled after three seasons on the air. The reality singing competition was one of the most diverse shows on television -- showcasing countless Latino judges, hosts, performers, and contestants.

In memory of the three wonderful seasons of The X Factor, we present the best Latino moments from the show: 

1. David Correy

During season two of The X Factor USA, we were introduced to David Correy, an adopted, Brazilian-born singer who wanted to use his voice to connect with his birth mother. (Cue the awwws.) Although Correy was sadly eliminated in first round of the live shows, he's established himself as the next hot Latino star since his exit. He's now the Ambassador and official anthem singer for the Coca-Cola 2014 World Anthem for the FIFA World Cup! One of our favorite performances is his initial audition, when he sang a heartfelt version of "Just The Way You Are" by Bruno Mars. 

 

2. Demi Lovato

We can't express in words how thrilled we were when it was announced that Demi Lovato would join the series for season two. The Latina added a much-needed youthful voice to the judging panel, and her powerhouse vocals made her the perfect mentor for up-and-coming singers. 

3. Fifth Harmony

Perhaps one of the greatest gifts The X Factor USA bestowed upon us was the gift of Fifth Harmony, an incredible all-girl group that features three Latinas: Cubanas Lauren Jauregui and Camila Cabello and Mexicana Ally Brooke Hernandez. The teens ultimately finished third, but c'mon, everyone knows they were the real winners of season two. The girls secured a loyal fan base (shoutout to the #Harmonizers!), recorded a hit EP Better Together, and snagged an opening slot on Demi Lovato's Neon Lights tour.

Our favorite Fifth Harmony moments is when the girls absolutely wowed Marc Anthony with their performance of "Impossible." Listen below: 

4. Boyce Avenue

YouTube stars Boyce Avenue signed on to act as vocal coaches for season 2 of The X Factor. The three Puerto Ricans certainly can sing...and they shared some of their know-how with up-and-comers Fifth Harmony. One of their more memorable collaborations was an amazing rendition of "Mirrors" by Justin Timberlake. Listen...it's almost better than the original. 

5. Mario Lopez

Sure, The Voice also boasts a few Latina judges (Shakira and Christina Aguilera), but their host, Carson Dalyain't got nothin' on Mario Lopez. During season two of the show, Lopez co-hosted with Khloe Kardashian, but later took on a solo hosting gig..and did a stellar job! 

6. Paulina Rubio

We were thrilled when it was announced that Paulina Rubio (aka the QUEEN OF LATIN POP) would be replacing Britney Spears as a a judge and mentor. Don't get us wrong, we love Brit Brit, but c'mon -- it's Paulina Rubio! The Mexicana previously served as a judge on Spanish-language La Voz Kids, and we loved the humour and fierceness she brought to the show. As Demi Lovato said, "She's a firecracker!" 

 

7. Carlito Olivero

Puerto Rican singer Carlito Olivero is the whole package: a great vocalist, a total charmer, and, not to mention, pretty easy on the eyes. The season three finalist seemed poised to become the next Latin popstar, and we couldn't help but be disappointed when he finished third. One of our favorite moments of the entire series is when Carlito hit the stage to sing "Stand By Me" with Prince Royce. As the song ended, Mario Lopez joined them on stage and proclaimed, "Latin connection up here right now!" 

8. The Guest Performers

In addition to boasting two Latina judges and a Latino host, The X Factor continually featured Latino guest judges and performers. Enrique Iglesias and Marc Anthony both acted as assistant judges, and Bruno Mars, Becky G, Pitbull, Fifth Harmony, Demi Lovato, Paulina Rubio, Prince Royce and Selena Gomez all appeared as guest performers on the show. Our all-time favorite act had to be when Mr. 305 brought the house down during the finale of season three. Dale!