The judges seemed to be very divided this week, as each act got to choose one of their own songs. Find out who stepped up their game!
I made the mistake of watching Bruce Springsteen on the 12.12.12 concert before the Dec. 12 episode of The X Factor, so I apologize for any extra sassiness. It’s just a hard act to follow! But really, how much longer until Carly Rose Sonenclar takes this all home? Let’s be honest, that girl is the only one who really deserves $5 million.
Nevertheless, each act performed two songs this week — one of their choice, and one chosen by their mentors. Some people shined, while others really fell flat. Oh, and Khloé Kardashian, I love you, but girl, cool it with the self-tanner.
Carly Rose won the night with her performance of Elton John‘s “Your Song” by taking it to a whole new place. She gave me instant chills. Demi Lovato was in her usual cranky mood and called it “predictable,” but the rest of us sane people adored it. Give her the check already!
Tate Stevens sang a song called “Bonfire” by Craig Morgan, which sounded like every other country song to me. It wasn’t special or memorable and I’m not sure why it received so much praise. Also, L.A. Reid should never wear a cowboy hat ever again.
Emblem3 lied down on the stage while they sang Peter Frampton‘s “Baby I Love Your Way.” The judges all loved it, but I didn’t think it was their best. If anything, it just showed me how talented the one kid (Wesley) is. In fact, can we just vote out the annoying blonde dude? He’s such a douche and should really stop talking so much. L.A. called it their “$5 million moment,” but I think that came later in the show.
Fifth Harmony decided to do an Alice in Wonderland theme for their version of Ellie Goulding‘s “Anything Could Happen.” The judges raved about it, but I wasn’t convinced. While it was youthful, it also came off as really cheesy. The costumes were cute, I guess.
Mid-episode confession: I cringed and quickly muted my television every single time Khloé asked the judges a question. (Sorry! Still love her.)
Emblem3 put on their best performance yet with the risky Beatles‘ classic “Hey Jude.” It was sweet to see the little pep talk between the two brothers. They were the two who actually sang the song, further proving my above point. “I was prepared to rip you to shreds,” L.A. said. But he didn’t. Britney even told them to take a bow!
Tate then sang Clay Walker‘s “Fall,” which again, was too boring for my taste. Britney called it a “hit,” while Simon Cowell assured him he’s not going back to his old job any time soon. “You made your mark here,” he said. (Eh.)
Carly Rose switched it up next by playing piano while singing John Lennon‘s “Imagine.” If I hadn’t seen David Archuleta sing that version years ago on American Idol, I probably would have been floored. But it was just OK for me. Simon took it too far though by saying she “made a beautiful song fussy.” No!
Fifth Harmony closed the night by singing Shontelle‘s “Impossible,” which they sang back at Simon’s house earlier in the competition. They thought by singing part of the song in Spanish, they could be edgy or something, but it really didn’t help. The only person who killed it was the cute Camila girl. (I love her!) “I would be really surprised if you guys are here next week,” Britney told them. Ouch!
What did you think of the performances, HollywoodLifers? Who deserves to make it to the finals? Do you agree with my critiques? Drop me a comment and let me know!
— Sharon Tharp
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