'The X Factor' Recap 11/14

By Kaitlyn Vella,

This Wednesday, the top 12 finalists on The X Factor took on songs from hit divas like Mariah Carey and Celine Dion. The theme for the week was cleverly named “Diva Week” and the singers put it all on the line in hopes to win America’s hearts and, more importantly, their votes.

Jennel Garcia from the young adult category took the stage first. She did her own rendition of “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner. After her rock star performance, it was clear that judge Simon Cowell was impressed.

“You are back in the competition,” said Cowell. “I’m glad you listened to me.”

Next up was Tate Stevens from the over 25s group. Last week he gained the most votes and, once again, this week his performance came off really strong. He took Shania Twain’s “From This Moment On” and rocked it with his country vibe.

Teen Diamond White hit the stage next performing Beyonce’s popular hit, “Halo.” She definitely channeled her inner diva on this one, as always, and gave a really solid performance.

Keeping up with the teen trend, Beatrice Miller was up next. She sang a soft, beautiful version of “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper. Judge Demi Lovato was impressed with how “soulful” she sounded.

The crazy hip-hop group Lyric 145 was up next. Seeing the success from Emblem3’s performance last week, this group also decided to do a mash-up of their own. They took “E.T.” by Katy Perry and combined it with “We Will Rock You” by Queen for a fun number. Judge L.A. Reid was not impressed, though.

“This could be the last time we see you,” he told the group.

Teen Arin Ray was up next to sing Madonna’s “Crazy For You.” His rendition of the popular song was slow and showed off his vocals. The judges didn’t seem to be very impressed by it, though. Both Cowell and Lovato thought it was boring, while Reid didn’t think it was a “five million dollar performance,” which is what he expected. Ray’s mentor, Britney Spears, disagreed and thought he nailed it.

Paige Thomas from the young adult group was up next to perform Donna Summer’s popular hit, “Last Dance.” Her performance came equipped with a variety of backup dancers, which Simon wasn’t a fan of. Other than that, though, it was all praise for Thomas from the judges!

Fifth Harmony took the stage next to represent Cowell’s groups. They took on Mariah Carey’s “Hero,” which is never an easy thing to do. The judges loved their rendition, though. Reid thought they were “loveable,” Spears believed they were “incredible” and Lovato said she was very impressed. Cowell even went as far as to say that they could end up winning the entire competition.

13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar was up next to sing Celine Dion’s very popular “My Heart Will Go On.” As always, she sang the song beautifully and impressed the judges, who had nothing but amazing things to say. Spears, her mentor, was extremely proud of her.

“We could be looking at the winner,” said Reid.

“It doesn’t make sense,” replied Lovato, commenting on how good Sonenclar’s performance was.

“I don’t believe you’re a human being,” added Cowell. “You can’t do that at 13.” He then went on to say that she was “absolutely incredible.”

From the over 25s group, Vino Alan was up next. He took on Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” Lovato, Reid and Spears all commented on how “soulful” his performance was. Lovato added that although she thought he did a good job, she was bored. Cowell had to agree and said he didn’t think the performance was as good as last week’s. His advice to both Alan and his mentor, Reid, was to take on “bigger songs.”

The popular group Emblem3 followed that performance with their own rendition of “No One” by Alicia Keys. As always, the judges and the crowd loved what they did with the song. Spears called them “heartthrobs,” Lovato believed they showed improvement and Cowell thought they were “absolutely brilliant.” Reid even called them “complete superstars,” saying they were exactly what this show needs.

CeCe Frey from the young adult group had the final performance of the night. She took on Celine Dion’s version of “All By Myself.” While her mentor Lovato thought she did well, the other judges didn’t have anything nice to say.

“She’ll be at the bottom again,” commented Reid after getting into an argument with Lovato.

“I just don’t get it,” was all Spears was able to say.

Cowell wasn’t impressed by her rendition either and felt that the problems that Frey was facing has to do with the fact that Lovato is her mentor. He doesn’t believe the two are a good match.

The night was full of mixed reviews from the judges, but now the choice is in America’s hands. Thursday night’s result show will air on FOX at 8/7c. Taylor Swift will be performing, so fans will not want to miss it!

Who do you think performed best? Who do you think is going to be sent home? Let us know!



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