The top eight contestants performed for their lives and spots in the competition on last night’s (November 28) X Factor USA live performance show.
It was a night filled with risk taking. Members of Teams Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid and Britney Spears would try to show what they’re made of by defying their mentors, performing last minute song changes and trying to win back the spark they lost with over-the-top dramatics.
So how’d they do? Here’s a rundown of what happened with the top eight singers took the stage.:
Diamond White – Teens: Diamond is doing a Whitney Houston song yet again! This time, she’s tackling Whitney’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” She starts it out in kind of a quasi-ballad that was simply gorgeous. Unfortunately as the performance went on, it got weaker. L.A. gives it an A for effort but a B for execution. True facts.
Vino Alan – Over 25s: Vino was originally going to perform “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” but L.A. pulled the plug at the last minute and changed the song choice to Hall & Oates’ “You Lost That Loving Feeling.” Ultra weak start but Vino finishes strong. That was not enough to impress Demi. She thought it was soulful but she was just not entertained. Simon agreed, smashing the song choice.
Paige Thomas – Young Adults: Paige vs. Demi! Demi wanted Paige to be more vulnerable and give a more stripped back performance but Paige sees herself as an artists who is more upbeat (she obviously feels she’s the next Rihanna–even down to the copycat star tattoos on her neck. Whomp!). Demi trusts her act, letting her do the kind of performance she wants: One decked out with dancers. Paige sings “Never Gonna Give You Up” and it is definitely her best performance to date. Looks like Paige needs to take a stand more often.
Fifth Harmony – Groups: The girls of Fifth Harmony have had a tough week. They dealt with losing their pal Arin Ray in the competition but then faced the actual tragedy of group member Ally Brooke’s grandfather’s death. She dedicated her performance of Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” to him and the group did a solid job. L.A. panned the harmony but Simon (of course) adored it.
Carly Rose Sonenclar – Teens: It is becoming harder and harder for us to critique this girl. Every week she simply nails it. This time, she took on one of the most covered songs ever in life: Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep.” You think it’s going to be another one of those “let me show you how much I can sing like Adele” performances but Carly rearranges it and makes it her own. Prepare yourself for the absolute slay that takes place!
Tate Stevens – Over 25s: Serve those sweet, sweet vocals, Tate! Tate gets more upbeat and performs Keith Urban’s “Somebody Like You,” sounding superb in the process. Was it a No. 1 on the leaderboard performance? No. But Tate should definitely be thinking about what he’s going to be doing in the finale. It would be a crime if he didn’t make it to the final two.
CeCe Frey – Young Adults: CeCe, CeCe, oh CeCe. Christina Aguilera you are not. You don’t try to turn around a bad streak by exposing your weaknesses with a song far too big for you and that’s exactly what happened when she decided to sing “Lady Marmalade.” Britney thinks she stepped it up but Simon feels like he’s eaten “62 portions of chocolate cake”–in other words, they gave him far too much. He wisely advises her to pack a suitcase. It’s time for CeCe to go.
Emblem3 – Groups: Simon will not rest until you are brainwashed into thinking this band of douc–dudes are the next big thing. What in the world made him think he could convince the naysayers with this uber corny and all cheesy performance of “I’m A Believer.” No, just…no. Stop. L.A. says he would sign them (boooo) but Demi doesn’t get it. She wants more and thinks what they’re doing now isn’t genuine.