But the lady judges weren’t the only ones reduced to tears. In fact, many of the top 10 wept through their performances!
The Nov. 21 episode of The X Factor brought out Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (ugh!) for a night of giving thanks to the contestant’s favorite people. Hosts Khloé Kardashian and Mario Lopez looked especially snazzy as we were served up a slew of sob stories.
Carly Rose Sonenclar once again blew everyone away with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” She started off the song completely acapella and got a standing ovation from the judges. L.A. Reid called her a “force of nature” while Simon Cowell claimed it was “was one of the best versions of it [he] ever heard.” Let’s all agree that if she doesn’t win this whole thing, something is wrong with the world.
Diamond White was equally amazing with her killer performance of Celine Dion‘s “Because You Loved Me.” I was bawling through most of it even though I wasn’t crazy about the arrangement of the song. She also looked adorable in her little metallic dress. Demi Lovato and Britney Spears were in tears and I didn’t blame them. Flawless!
I know a lot of people think Emblem3 is a trio of douchebags — and maybe the blonde one is — but I still adore them. They sang a mellow version of “Secrets” by One Republic, and their vocals were totally on point. L.A. said it “lacked emotion,” but I agree with Britney when she said it “was a nice change of pace.” There’s no way they are going home.
The girls of Fifth Harmony took on “I’ll Stand By You” by the Pretenders, which instantly gave me chills. I wish the instrumentals didn’t overpower their vocals so much, but either way, it was phenomenal. Are they the new girl-version of One Direction?
Tate Stevens is probably the most consistent contestant in this competition. He’s always just really, really good. He dedicated his performance of Lonestar‘s “I’m Already There” to his father, which was sweet, and even teared up during the song. Demi said it wasn’t his best, but Simon confirmed there’s “not a cat in hell’s chance” he’s going home. (I agree.)
Arin Ray painfully sang “Hero” by Enrique Iglesias, which was just an awful song choice. I’ll give him credit for singing it well, but between the cheesy background vocals and his super fugly jacket, I wasn’t feeling it. Neither were the judges. “I wouldn’t have signed you,” Demi said. “I was so bored.” Ouch!
I never thought I would actually feel for CeCe Frey, but the story of her sister who died got to me! I admit it. Still, her version of Bette Midler‘s “Wind Beneath My Wings” was very blah. She cried throughout the whole thing and it made her vocals really shaky. So much so that L.A. said, “It’s really hard to critique someone when they’re pouring their heart out like that.”
Even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of Beatrice Miller‘s singing of “Chasing Cars,” I felt the emotion and started bawling when she talked about her adorable, adopted twin sisters. I couldn’t help but laugh at the leaf stuck in her hair (sorry!), but she’s adorable. She may not be the most talented, but she’s absolutely adorable.
Vino Alan forcefully sang “God Bless the U.S.A., which was just… too much. He got a standing ovation because it was American and all, but I wasn’t into it in the slightest bit. “We could be seeing you at No. 1 tomorrow,” Simon told him. Um, NO!!!
Finally, Paige Thomas took on “Everytime” by Britney, and sadly, didn’t do it any justice. Even though Britney called it “really beautiful,” no one else was a fan. She literally couldn’t stop sobbing, which affected the entire performance. She needs to go.
No one! This was probably one of the best live shows!
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Who deserves to go home tomorrow night?
— Sharon Tharp
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