Two performances and one results show night is all that stands in the way of the final six acts and the semi finals on the X Factor USA. Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell‘s top singers had two chances to get it right during last night’s (December 5) live performance show and boy, did some of them really need that second performance.
The singer’s first song of the night was selected by their mentors with an unplugged theme while the second performance song was left completely up to their fans in the Pepsi viewer’s choice challenge. How did they all do? Here’s a rundown of the action that took place when the top six performed.
CeCe Frey – Young Adults: This performance of Lady GaGa’s “Edge of Glory” was strong–for CeCe. Still, there were pitch issues and an overall just OK quality to it. Britney feels that at this point in the competition, you need to be good and not great and Simon bluntly says she’s not worth the $5 million contract.
Emblem3 – Groups: Embelm3 completely murdered Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are”–in the worst way possible. All that big talk about playing instruments and some generic strums on a guitar and voice cracks are all they have?! “The thing I’m most impressed by is that at least one of Simon’s groups can sing harmony,” L.A. said, coming in with the Fifth Harmony diss. Demi says it’s a “downgraded version of the Jonas Brothers from five years ago.” Burn them, Demi!
Carly Rose Sonenclar – Teens: Bieber, unplugged! Brit and Carly make a big deal about doing Justin’s “As Long As You Love Me” unplugged as if Bieber himself hasn’t performed an acoustic version of the song. Nevertheless, Carly Rose delivers solid vocals on her stripped back version of the song. L.A. thinks the performance shows that she can be a recording artist and Demi thinks that was better than Justin, comparing the teen to JoJo.
Fifth Harmony – Groups: There’s no doubt their performance of Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain” was good but it’s just another typical Fifth Harmony performance: strong solos with the smallest amount of actual group harmonies. L.A. rips them yet again and says they should be called “Fifth Unison.” Creative dig! Brit’s wondering what makes them different from other girl groups and L.A. jumps in, saying their lack of harmonies make them stand out. Funny dig!
Diamond White – Teens: A song like James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s World” has the power to create some serious moments if performed correctly (remember when Christina Aguilera performed it at the GRAMMYS in 2007? Slay!) but Diamond unfortunately doesn’t make the connection with the song that’s needed for that to happen. Simon thought it was screechy at parts but thinks she made up for it in the end.
Tate Stevens – Over 25s: Tate decided to give a slowed down performance of Bon Jovi’s “Living On A Prayer” (this was not unplugged) and this hardly ever happens but it was just OK for us. Demi says she’s a fan but the performance was boring. Simon was tougher, saying he has to step up and pick his own material because it was not a good song choice.
Pepsi Viewer’s Choice Challenge
CeCe Frey – Young Adults: CeCe as Ke$ha was back in full force performing Katy Perry’s “Part of Me.” Make. It. Stop! L.A. did not love it and called it karaoke. Simon liked the defiance and says he’ll miss her if she goes home because she’s a “trier.”
Emblem3 – Groups: LFO 2012 delivered SoCal boring all over their performance of “Forever Young.” If we have to say something nice, we’ll say they sounded decent during the chorus. L.A. thinks they nailed it and so did Britney. Demi thought it was much better than the first performance but she wants to see them command the stage more.
Carly Rose Sonenclar – Teens: Carly Rose took on Beyonce’s “If I Were A Boy” to awesome results. L.A. says she never lets him down and Demi loved the vocal. Simon thought it was a weird lyric (wtf?) but liked it.
Fifth Harmony – Groups: Oh hey, it’s 5 girls singing Demi Lovato’s “Give Your Heart A Break.” The harmonies were much better this time around and L.A. noticed. Demi cutely says it was better than the original (no it wasn’t) and Simon gushed.
Diamond White – Teens: Diamond took on Rihanna’s newest No. 1 single “Diamonds” and it was just OK. It’s OK not to belt every songs, it really is. All of that yelling just made the song uber corny. L.A. didn’t like the rendition but Britney feels like the song was made for her.
Tate Stevens – Over 25s: Yes! Tate is back! He completely kills “If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Garth Brooks and impresses everyone. “Now that felt like a Tate Stevens performance,” Britney says. Simon echoed the sentiment by saying “Welcome back Tate Stevens to the competition.”