Demi’s claws were out as she & Simon spent the whole episode bickering like father and daughter! Oh, and the Top 6 performed two songs each!
The top six acts each performed two songs on the Dec. 5 episode of The X Factor, while Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell were at each other’s throats. He even called her “Cruella!” Meanwhile, each act took on an unplugged version of a song as well as a viewer-voted one.
I don’t know if it’s because I love the song, but my favorite performance of the night, hands-down, was Carly Rose Sonenclar‘s “If I Were a Boy.” She absolutely SLAYED it and gave me chills all over. Her stripped-down version of Justin Bieber‘s “As Long as You Love Me” was also performed really well, but I didn’t like it as much as I wanted to. Demi said she sang it “better than Justin.” As a major fan of the Biebs, I’m on the fence about that one.
Ironically enough, Fifth Harmony performed Adele‘s “Set Fire to the Rain” without harmonies, as L.A. Reid was quick to point out. They came back much stronger with Demi’s own “Give Your Heart a Break,” and finally sounded in sync. I don’t think they deserve to go home just yet.
Demi called Emblem3 “predictable” before they even hit the stage, so the boys finally brought out a guitar, but decided to take on a really hard song. Their vocals on Bruno Mars‘ “Just the Way You Are” was pretty mediocre if you ask me. “It’s a downgraded version of the Jonas Brothers five years ago,” Demi told them. Ouch! Thankfully, their version of “Forever Young” was 10 times better. Not to mention, Demi finally admitted she has a crush on one of them! “Of course, I’m not going to say which one.” (Wesley, right?!)
CeCe Frey impressed me a bit with her stripped-down version of Lady Gaga‘s “Edge of Glory.” I dare say it was my favorite of all her performances. Is she the best singer in the world? No, but she did a commendable job. “I don’t think you’re worth a $5 million recording contract,” Simon told her. I gotta agree, especially after her second performance of Katy Perry‘s “Part of Me.” I just didn’t get it. Though, Demi had a good point: “If the princess of pop [Britney Spears] is sitting right here saying you did a good job, you did a good job.”
Diamond White went back to her audition song with “It’s a Man’s World,” which was just… OK. I don’t see how it was “stripped down,” though it had background singers. Nevertheless, the judges mostly praised her. As for her second performance, I really hated it. I get it. Her named is Diamond and it matches the song, “Diamonds.” Clever, America. So clever.
Lastly, Tate Stevens fell flat with Bon Jovi‘s “Living on a Prayer.” As Demi pointed out, he “skipped out on the high notes.” So, what was the point of singing it? He got back to his country roots with “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” which was much better, albeit “a little sleepy,” as Demi critiqued.
That’s it! Tomorrow night is another double elimination! We also have to watch a performance by Melanie Amaro. You know, the girl who apparently won last year. (Um, where has she been?) Plus, crazy Ke$ha!
Which two acts should go home, HollywoodLifers? Did you agree with my critiques? Drop a comment and let me know who you love and who you want gone!
— Sharon Tharp
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