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X Factor USA Recap: Carly Rose Sonenclar, Fifth Harmony Thrill During Movie Theme Live Performances

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The power finally shifts to America on the X Factor USA. The top 12 (well, top 13 with the reintroduction of eliminated singer Diamond White) took the stage during last night’s (November 7) first live show for America’s vote and at least a handful of acts really tried to give memorable performances.

The singers had a great selection of songs to choose from for their performances as the night’s theme was songs from the movies. Throughout the night, we heard songs made famous by movies like Twilight, Rocky and even Katy Perry‘s Part of Me. Here’s a look at what went down.:

Arin Ray: Improvement! Arin showed his smoother side with a performance of “American Boy” that impressed the judges. “You look like a star up there,” Demi Lovato said. Simon Cowell praised Britney Spears’ work with Arin and called him “a little pop star”

Paige Thomas: Oh, pretty! Paige soars down from the ceiling as if she’s doing some epic Grammys performance of “Take My Breath Away.” Problem is, we can’t understand a word she’s saying until she gets to the chorus. Huh? What?! L.A. Reid wasn’t blown away but Britney loved the theatrics.

Vino Alan: Vino’s performances (this one included) do nothing to show what kind of artist he’s going to be in the real world. That aside, he served massive vocals with his performance of “When A Man Loves A Woman.” Side note: Vino looks weird trying to look dapper with facial tattoos.

Emblem3: Mash-up time! LFO 2012 merged “My Girl” with Katy Perry’s “California Gurls”  and then with “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction, resulting in a manic mess of a performance. This, of course, means the judges will swoon their pants off. L.A. thought it was perfect but Demi thought it was a bad move to have them do 1D’s song, a group she feels they could be easily compared to.

Beatrice Miller: Bea had a great song choice and did a pretty good job (minus a few vocal strains due to her trying to push through a scratchy throat) with the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris.” L.A. wasn’t blown away but loved the song choices while Demi’s mind was blown. Simon thought her performance was unbelievable and thought it was much better this week.

Jennel Garcia: “Sexy Jennel” returned with her performance of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock ‘N Roll.” Her performance was very Demi Lovato circa the “Don’t Forget” album era–Jennel does a lot of moving around and flipping her hair because that’s just the rock star thing to do although it adds nothing to the performance (to be fair to Demi, she was 15-16 when she did this a lot). L.A. thought it was a Joan Jett copy and Simon agreed. Demi bickers back, saying Jennel was amazing.

Tate Stevens: Leave it to Tate to give you a solid performance and vocal performance every time. This was true of his “Wanted Dead or Alive” performance. Brit thought he was a true cowboy and Demi just loves him. His mentor loved it and hopes that America will vote for him.

Lyric145:  Garbage. Pure garbage. Lyric145 performed (we guess that’s what they were trying to do) ”Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from Mary Poppins and it was a nightmare come true. L.A. hated it but thought it was good–what?! Brit thought it was entertaining and Demi thought it was hip and cool.

Diamond White: Oh, hey! Welcome back, Diamond. The once eliminated singer gave an impressive performance of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” albeit predictable. Demi got emotional and thought it was phenomenal and Simon loved that she’s back in the competition.

CeCe Frey: CeCe Frey (sounds like fry) went right back to her Ke$ha tribute during her performance of “Eye of the Tiger.” Bad, just bad. There’s no way she truly thinks she’s giving $5 million-worthy performances. L.A. loved the ending but wasn’t blown away. Britney thought she brought it but Simon thinks the song choice was horrible.

Carly Rose Sonenclar: Yes! Slay Carly! The teen singer delivered a smooth, vocally strong performance of Bruno Mars’ “It Will Rain.” Take notes…like, everyone but Tate! Demi thought this performance compared to last week was night and day. Simon thought it was a huge improvement and think she’d have a hit with a song like this. Brit Brit felt like she should have closed the show because no one can follow her performance.

Jason Brock: “Soulful Jason” returned to perform “I Believe I Can Fly” and it was good but he seems to be losing the spark from the earlier rounds. Brit thought it was better but felt like it was a LA lounge act performance. Demi totally agreed. Simon ripped him, saying that he doesn’t believe he can fly but possibly jump a few inches off the ground. Mean!

Fifth Harmony: Another week, another bad name for this group. At least they’re finally coming together as a group, evidence shown by their performance of Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.” L.A. thinks the name is a “whomp whomp” but loved the performance. Britney used the same old “night and day” critique for the performance while Demi praised the vocals. Simon, of course, swooned all over the place.

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