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'The X Factor' Recap 12/19: Finals

By Kaitlyn Vella,

With this being the final week of performances on The X Factor we knew it was going to be good, but we didn’t know it would this good! It only proved why each of these final acts deserved to be in the finals.

The show started off with a special tribute to the victims of Sandy Hook. The Top 12 contestants sang a heartfelt cover of Michael Jackson’s “You’re Not Alone.” The performance was very touching and beautiful.

Then, it was time to get into the competition. First up was fan favorite Carly Rose Sonenclar. The teen and her mentor both talked about how much she wants to win.

“I want this so badly because I put so much of my heart and soul into it,” Sonenclar said.

“She was just this little girl,” said mentor Britney Spears, “and now she’s ready to become a huge popstar.”

Sonenclar went on to sing “Feeling Good,” the song she actually first auditioned with. All four judges absolutely loved her performance. L.A Reid thought that her performance topped everything she has done in the competition so far. Simon Cowell thought that she sang it better tonight than she did the first time.

After hearing what the judges had to say, they went to Sonenclar’s hometown of Westchester, New York. Fans were gathered together in order to cheer her on. Even the mayor of Westchester was there to announce that in her town, December 19th will now be known as “Carly Rose Sonenclar Day.”

Next, it was Tate Stevens’ turn to take the stage. He sang a cover of Randy Houser’s “Anything Goes When Everything’s Gone.” All four judges loved his performance and thought that throughout the entire season he stayed true to himself and remained very authentic.

After his performance, they went to Stevens’ hometown of Belton, Missouri. Fans, friends and family were gathered there to celebrate his success and to show their support. Stevens even received news that his name was going to be featured on a water tower, which made him pretty shocked and ecstatic.

Then it was time to hear the girls of Fifth Harmony perform “Anything Could Happen” by Ellie Goulding. Cowell chose this song for them to sing again because he felt the lyrics truly related to these five girls.

“We were five girls from all over the country,” said the girl group, “but we all had the same dream.”

After their performance, all four judges praised the girls for making it this far as the underdogs. Reid even went as far as to say that they were “the ones to beat,” when originally he thought it could never work.

“These girls have made it happen,” said mentor Simon Cowell.

The next three performances were very special ones, with each act performing with another popular artist.

Carly Rose Sonenclar performed a duet to “How Do I Live?” with country sensation LeAnn Rimes.

“I love this girl so much,” said a happy Rimes after the performance.

Tate Stevens performed “Pontoon” with the country group Little Big Town.

“It was so natural,” said mentor L.A. Reid. “You look right at home.”

Next up was Fifth Harmony to perform “Give Your Heart A Break” with none other than judge, Demi Lovato.

“These girls are so easy to work with,” said Lovato.

“Demi Lovato, you were sensational,” said a happy Simon Cowell.

It was then time for the final three performances of the night. First up was Carly Rose Sonenclar to perform the popular song, “Hallelujah.” The judges thought her performance was strong, powerful and very angelic. They all agreed that she had a great night.

Tate Stevens took the stage next to perform Chris Young’s “Tomorrow.” All four judges were extremely proud of him. Demi Lovato was almost in tears when she spoke to him, saying she was going to miss him and his performances. Cowell, once again, assured him that he was going to have a very successful career in music.

“In a year we will be hearing about your record sales,” he said.

Last, but not least, the underdogs Fifth Harmony took the stage. They performed the extremely popular song “Let It Be” by The Beatles. All four of the judges once again voiced how proud they were of how far these five girls have come. Reid believed they were witnessing “magic happening right before our eyes.” Mentor Simon Cowell, though, was proudest of all.

“You deserve to win this competition,” he told the girl group.

The winner will be revealed after America votes tomorrow night at 8/7c on FOX with special performances from both Pitbull and One Direction.

 

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