On December 13, 2012, “The X Factor” U.S. announced that Emblem3 was eliminated from the competition. The three remaining acts are Tate Stevens, Carly Rose Sonenclar and Fifth Harmony.
There was no “save me” sing-off in this episode. The act with the lowest number of votes was automatically eliminated.
Fifth Harmony had been considered an “underdog” because the group had been in the bottom two in a previous episode. Before this episode, Emblem3 had never been in the bottom two.
Emblem3’s elimination was clearly a shock to “X Factor” U.S. judge Simon Cowell, the “X Factor” mentor of Emblem3 and Fifth Harmony. Cowell made it clear throughout the entire season that Emblem3 was his favorite act that he was mentoring this year. “The X Factor” U.S. judge Britney Spears, who had said in the previous night’s episode that she didn’t expect Fifth Harmony to be in the final three, also looked dumbfounded and shocked by Fifth Harmony not getting eliminated in this episode, especially before it was announced that Sonenclar (whose “X Factor” mentor is Spears) had made it into the final three.
Fifth Harmony cried and hugged each other after hearing the group was one of the final three. Fifth Harmony’s Ally Brooke had this tearful reaction: “This is absolutely phenomenal. Thank you so much to everybody who’s been supporting us. We love y’all so much much! Thank you! God bless y’all!” Fifth Harmony’s Dinah-Jane Hansen added, “We’re just so excited to show you what we can do next week.” Cowell said of Fifth Harmony making into the final three: “I believe in miracles. These girls, I thought they were sensational last night. I could not be happier.”
Stevens commented about being in the final three: “This is amazing. For every country music fan out there, I am one of the biggest country music fans. Thank you so very much.” “The X Factor” U.S. judge L.A. Reid, who is Stevens’ “X Factor” mentor added, “I’m very proud. I can’t even claim to be a country music fan, but you know what I am now, more importantly, I’m a Tate Stevens fan.”
Sonenclar’s reaction to being in the final three was: “I don’t even know what to say. Thank you so much for voting. And Emblem3, I know you’re going to go so far, and I can’t wait to buy your album. Thank you so much for voting. It means the world to me.”
Emblem3’s Wesley Stromberg said in a farewell statement, “I’m just so honored to have gone through this experience. We’re so grateful. Our fans are so supportive. We love them to death. I know you guys voted your butts off. It’s all good. We love you. We’re going to continue to do music.”
A visibly shocked and disappointed Cowell added, “You know, this is the way it goes on competitions. I’m gutted, really, for them [Emblem3]. I thought they had a really fantastic night last night, but it happens. I’m really, really disappointed.” He then said to Emblem3: “But you know what? I really mean this: You are going to have a huge career off the back of this.”
Sometime in early 2013, expect an announcement to be made that Emblem3 has signed with Syco Music, the record company co-owned by Cowell and Sony Music. He has made it obvious from the beginning that he wanted to sign Emblem3. Reid is chairman/CEO of Epic Records (another Sony Music label), which could also sign Emblem3 as part of a joint record deal with Syco. Reid has also made it obvious that he wants to sign Emblem3 to Epic.
(Click here to watch Fifth Harmony being announced as one of the final three.)
(Click here to watch Tate Stevens being announced as one of the final three.)
(Click here to watch Carly Rose Sonenclar being announced as one of the final three and Emblem3 being eliminated.)
The musical guests in this episode were Bruno Mars (who sang “Locked Out of Heaven”) and Bridgit Mendler, who sang “Ready or Not.”
(Click here to watch Bruno Mars’ performance.)
(Click here to watch Bridgit Mendler’s performance.)
This episode did not reveal how the contestants ranked in the votes this week.
At the beginning of the episode, the four contestant acts performed Diddy featuring Skylar Grey’s “I’m Coming Home.”
(Click here to watch the performance.)
Here are the Top 3 contestant acts that remain in the competition:
Teens (solo singers ages 12 to 16) – mentored by judge Britney Spears
- Carly Rose Sonenclar, 13
Over 25s (solo singers ages 25 and over) – mentored by judge L.A. Reid
- Tate Stevens, 37
Groups – mentored by judge Simon Cowell
- Fifth Harmony, a girl group whose members originally auditioned as solo singers: 19-year-old Ally Brooke, 15-year-old Camila Cabello, 16-year-old Normani Hamilton, 15-year-old Dinah-Jane Hansen and 16-year-old Lauren Jauregui.
These final three contestants acts will compete on “The X Factor” for the last time on December 19, 2012. The winner will be announced in the show’s Season 2 finale on December 20, 2012. Pitbull and One Direction will be the guest performers on that season finale.
December 14, 2012 update: According to Nielsen Media Research, this episode got 7.66 million U.S. viewers, which is still below the average of 9 million U.S. viewers per episode that “The X Factor” U.S. was getting in the beginning of Season 2 before the live episodes began.
Here are the ratings for the U.S. TV network shows that aired on December 13, 2012, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time:
- “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) – 16.77 million U.S. viewers
- “Two and a Half Men” CBS) – 13.34 million U.S. viewers
- “The X Factor” (Fox) – 7.55 million U.S. viewers
- “Last Resort” (ABC) – 4.94 million U.S. viewers
- “Up All Night” at 8 p.m. (NBC) – 2.87 million U.S. viewers
- “The Vampire Diaries” (CW) – 2.81 million U.S. viewers
- “Up All Night” at 8:30 p.m. (NBC) – 2.68 million U.S. viewers