With the Thanksgiving holiday only a day away, the X Factor USA top 10 contestants were feeling very thankful–courtesy of the dedication theme on last night’s (November 21) live performance show.
Britney Spears‘ teens, Demi Lovato‘s young adults, Simon Cowell‘s groups and L.A. Reid‘s over 25s took the stage with special songs they dedicated to loved ones they were feeling thankful for. Some would choose siblings, others would choose parents. They’d still have to choose their songs wisely and put on a good show. The Thanksgiving holiday will not stop two singers from being cut tonight on the live results show.
Before the bad news is dished out–Thanksgiving meal pun intended–here’s what happened when the top 10 took the stage on the performance show:
Tate Stevens: Tate started things off with a performance of “I’m Already There,” dedicated to his dad. “Your performances are always so special and so touching,” Brit said. Demi didn’t feel that it was his best performance but she loved it too. Simon says there’s not a “cat’s in hell chance” of Tate going home although his voice was cracking at points.
Diamond White: Diamond did a pretty kick-butt job at performing Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me,” showing off all the right notes in the performance dedicated to her mom. “You are the truth,” L.A. said. An emotional Demi was “blown away” and Simon thought she was fearless and incredible not to mention believable.
Emblem3: LFO 2012 thanked their youth leaders with OneRepublic’s “Secrets.” OK. Great song choice, not so great performance. L.A. thought the performance lacked emotion while Brit and Demi thought it was a great chance of pace from their past performances. Simon, of course. swooned all over his trio.
Arin Ray: Arin was completely not himself during his performance of Enrique Iglesias’ “Hero,” dedicated to his big bro. The judges noticed and totally roasted him. L.A. thought the song was too big for him and Demi said she would not have signed him based on that performance. Britney was delusional, saying he nailed it. No way, Brit. Have a seat.
CeCe Frey: CeCe’s story about her dearly departed sister was incredibly touching. That will not excuse the fact that her performance of “Wind Beneath My Wings” was a nightmare. Let’s take the emotion out of it and be real: CeCe just sucks. L.A. praised her genuine emotion, Brit found it hard to critique her emotional performance but thought it was amazing. Demi thought it was awesome.
Fifth Harmony: Another week and they have the same name. Win number one. Improved harmonies on their performance of “I’ll Stand By You.” Win number two. Praise from the judges. Win number three. Now all they need is for America to vote and they’ll be winning all over the place!
Beatrice Miller: Bea decided to dedicate her performance of “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol to her adorable little twin sisters. It started off strong but got a little dry and cracky towards the middle. Blah! L.A. loved it but Demi wants to see some variety from Beatrice. Simon loved it and Britney thought it was her best vocal performance yet.
Vino Alan: Vino got all patriotic, performing “God Bless The USA” in his performance dedicated to the troops. Britney thought it was his first performance that was spot on. Demi, who has been really tough on him, changed her tune, saying she’s finally seeing something special in the singer. Simon gagged with joy, saying he may be at number one on the leaderboard this week.
Paige Thomas: Paige had a great song, taking on Britney Spears’ “Everytime.” It was possibly one of her best performances since the show went live. Britney thought she performed it beautifully but L.A. thought it wasn’t good enough to get her out of the bottom. Simon thinks she’ll have a tough night during the results show, picking on the fact that emotion took over her performance. Um Simon, remember CeCe’s wreck of a performance?!
Carly Rose Sonenclar: Carly, Carly, Carly! Let’s wrap up this show early and give this girl the prize shall we?! Carly delivered a stunning performance of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” a performance she dedicated to her big brother. The a cappella beginning was superb and the performance only got better as it went along. She received a standing ovation from the judges and massive praise.