The top eight acts of “X Factor” USA brought their a-game to the stage on November 28, 2012 vying for America’s vote by performing #1 Billboard hits. This performance was extremely important because another double elimination round must be survived if they want to make it to X Factor’s top 6. Based on tonight’s performances and factoring in commentary from the judges these are the top performers this evening and quite possibly the top six “X Factor” survivors.
Carly Rose Sonenclar finally made it to the top ranking position on “X Factor” USA last week so she had to step it up a notch if she wanted to stay there. Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” was the right song choice for the challenge. I don’t know how Carly Rose does it but every song she sings sounds as if it was written just for her. Tonight’s “X Factor” performance had the judges gushing. “You are insanely talented,” said L.A. Reid. Demi Lovato told Carly, “I’m not even your mentor and I’m proud of you,” but the icing on the cake came from Simon Cowell, “The first half of the song was really good but the second half was sensational.”
Tate Stevens spent the last two weeks ranking #1 on “X Factor” USA then dropped down to second last week and according to him, “Second only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades”, I thought it was “close only counts”, but that’s neither here nor there. Tate decided to shake things up a little this week hoping to regain 1st place. Stevens delivered an amazing rendition of Keith Urban’s “Somebody Like You” that wowed the judges. Britney Spears said, “We will be seeing you accept a country music award one day,” and Demi Lovato said she wanted to marry a man like him one day. Simon Cowell stated, “You’re back,” but cautioned Stevens not to dance anymore.
Paige Thomas was not liking the direction Demi Lovato was taking her career, “Demi doesn’t understand me as an artist yet,” she told the cameras so Thomas decided to take control of her performances by incorporating more dancing and more fun. Lovato felt that Paige needed to slow it down a little and show more vulnerability. The two compromised and Thomas’ modernized version of “Never Gonna Give You Up” was a hit. The clothes, the dance moves and the voice finally meshed making Paige Thomas whole. “This was by far your best (X Factor) performance thus far,” critiqued L.A. Reid..
Vino Alan has held the #3 rank on “X Factor” USA from the beginning and he’s happy with that. L.A. Reid on the other hand was not and he was not pleased with Alan’s complacency therefore Reid was harder on Alan this week than in weeks past. Vino’s rendition of “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” didn’t give Reid “goosebumps”. He wasn’t feeling the song so at the last minute Reid changed Alan’s song choice to “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”. Vino had only 24 hours to learn and perfect an entirely new song. Under the circumstances Alan did a remarkable job in a short amount of time. This wasn’t typical Vino quality but Demi Lovato found it to be “incredibly soulful” but “not very entertaining”.
Diamond White performed Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”. Those were pretty big shoes to be filled by a 13-year-old girl but White gave it a valiant effort. Her performance was fresh, young and fun. I thought it was her best number yet. L.A. Reid was not impressed telling White, “I give you an A for effort but a B for execution,” and Demi Lovato said, “I would like to see you work more on your performance,”. Simon Cowell disagreed with fellow “X Factor” judges saying, “You sang, you danced…Every moment of the song you knew where you were. You hit the right notes at the right time so I have to disagree with everyone.”
Emblem3 delivered a beautiful rendition of “I’m a Believer” with a swagger that had young girls melting in the isles. These three young men can sing but their major asset is the cute factor. Girls go crazy when they step on stage. The “X Factor” judges however were divided. Oddly, the female judges weren’t impressed over Emblem3’s performance this evening finding it “predictable”. On the other hand, L.A. Reid was blown away telling the trio he would sign a record deal with them in a heartbeat.
X Factor’s top 8 double elimination prediction.
CeCe Frey just may have eliminated herself from “X Factor” tonight with a careless remark directed at voters, “I gave 110% and you guy’s still put me in the bottom 2.” One thing I learned a long time ago, “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you” and CeCe Frey did just that tonight. This woman should listen to her mentor Demi Lovato because Demi gave sound advice when she told CeCe, “What we need to do is make sure your vocals are on point and focus, focus, focus on your pitch. Control is not there.” I think Simon gave Frey the best advice thus far when he said, “Pack your suitcase.”
The second “X Factor” top 8 double elimination prediction was more difficult. I chose Fifth Harmony based solely on the judges comments.
Fifth Harmony performed Kelly Clarkson’s “What Doesn’t Kill You”. It turned out to be an appropriate song choice and a source of comfort for group member Ally Brooke. Ally received the devastating news of her grandfathers death only hours before tonight’s “X Factor” performance. Although Brooke was mourning the loss of her grandfather she knew he would have wanted her to continue in the “X Factor” competition so tonight’s performance was dedicated in his memory.
After condolences were offered the “X Factor” judges got back to the business at hand.
L.A. Reid told Fifth Harmony, “I wanted ground breaking. I got good…I didn’t hear harmony. I heard unison” and Demi Lovato found this to be one of Fifth Harmony’s best “X Factor” performances but, “It was awkward to watch you just stand there singing to such an upbeat song.”
What are your thoughts? Do you agree with the “X Factor” judges? Who do you think will be voted off in the double elimination round?