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This week, the contestants on The X-Factor definitely did not disappoint. With only six acts left and yet another double elimination occurring, the competition has been getting tougher and tougher.
Each act was given two chances to show off their skills this week. The first song each one sang was an unplugged, raw, acoustic version of a hit song. The second performance was the Pepsi Challenge fan choice. Each act was given three songs online for fans to vote on. Fans also chose their makeup, hair, wardrobe and production.
First up of the night was young adult CeCe Frey. She sang an unplugged version of “Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga. While L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato seemed to like the performance, Britney Spears and Simon Cowell agreed that it was only good. This far into the competition, good won’t cut it for them.
“I don’t think you’re worth a $5 million recording contract,” admitted Cowell.
Group act Emblem3 took the stage next to perform their unplugged version of “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars. Reid, Cowell and Spears enjoyed it, but Lovato wasn’t the biggest fan. She thought they did great, but it wasn’t their best. She also mentioned how she feared they were a “downgraded version of the Jonas Brothers five years ago.”
Teen Carly Rose Sonenclar stepped out on the stage after them to perform an acoustic version of the popular Justin Bieber song, “As Long As You Love Me.” All of the judges were in awe of her vocal talent and great restraint. Lovato even mentioned that she thought Sonenclar sang it better than Bieber himself, comparing the teen to a young JoJo.
Next up was group Fifth Harmony to sing Adele’s hit “Set Fire To The Rain.” Immediately, Reid began to critique them saying that they should be called “fifth unison” because he felt that they never actually harmonized. Spears also didn’t have anything all that nice to say and admitted she was just trying to figure out what made them different from all the other girl groups. Lovato followed suit and said she felt that a couple of the girls should just be solo artists. Their mentor, Cowell, though, stepped in to say that all of this was just unfair criticism. He thought they did a great job.
Teen Diamond White hit the stage next to perform “It’s a Man’s World” by James Brown. Reid thought she brought attitude, Lovato believed she pulled it off, Cowell thought it was great (but also a little screechy) and Spears thought she destroyed it.
The last of the over 25s, Tate Stevens performed “Livin’ On a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. Reid thought he did a good job, but the other judges didn’t really enjoy the song choice. They felt that he was straying from what he does best, which is country.
Next up were the Pepsi Challenge performances. CeCe Frey was the first up performing the fan-picked hit “Part of Me” by Katy Perry. Reid thought it was too much like karaoke. The other three seemed to like the performance, though.
The fans voted “Forever Young” by Alphaville as Emblem3’s song this week. All four artists thought they did a great performance, but once again, Lovato stepped in with the critiques. She feels that they need to command the stage more. Cowell, argued with her, though.
“Emblem3 have landed,” the mentor said.
Carly Rose Sonenclar was up next to sing the popular song “If I Were a Boy” by Beyonce. Her incredible vocals never fail to amaze all four judges, who thought she had a phenomenal night.
“You’re the definition of the X-Factor,” Spears told the young teen.
Fifth Harmony was next to deliver their performance of “Give Your Heart a Break” by judge Demi Lovato. Reid, having been harsh on them all night long, felt that they did a really good job and that it was their best performance yet. Spears and Cowell also thought they did a great job. Lovato, though, was the one who had the most interesting reaction. She felt they sounded beautiful and even went as far as to say that they sang it better than she did and that this should have been their song, not hers.
Next up was Diamond White, whose fans voted for her to sing “Diamond” by Rhianna. Reid didn’t love the rendition, but the other three thought she did a good job.
Last, but not least, Tate Stevens returned to the stage to perform “If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Garth Brooks. All four judges thought he did a great job and that he has a bright future ahead of him.
Thursday night at 8/7c on Fox the remaining six will come together to see who made it into the semifinals. The X-Factor winner last year, Melanie Amaro, and superstar Ke$ha will be performing their hit songs.
How do you think the contestants did? Who do you think will make it and who do you think will be sent home? Let us know!