The second-to-last episode of the ‘X Factor’ season wasn’t all that exciting — until one duet totally fell apart!
The Dec. 19 episode of The X Factor opened with a beautiful tribute to the victims of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, as all the past contestants came back to sing Michael Jackson‘s “You Are Not Alone.” I won’t even bother critiquing the performance because it was more about the message, which was beyond poignant. I teared up. (Obvs.)
Each act took on three songs during the final performance episode: one they already sang before, a duet with a special guest, and a $5 million song to blow away the competition. And while it wasn’t nearly as bad as The Voice‘s THREE-HOUR finale last night, I did get a little sleepy in the middle.
Still, Khloé Kardashian‘s ridiculously short skirt and Pebbles Flintstone updo amused me, as did a seemingly drunken duet… but more on that later. We got a look at the contestants’ hometowns and some of the very strange people who live there. Like, why were people randomly holding food? Last time I checked, San Antonio wasn’t known for its rather mediocre-looking pizza. But OK.
Carly Rose Sonenclar:
The 13-year-old girl with the golden voice killed Nina Simone‘s “Feeling Good” once again, but it was her duet with LeAnn Rimes that had everybody talking. In what can only be described as one big, hot mess, LeAnn and Carly Rose Sonenclar struggled to get through “How Do I Live” together. Not only was the timing way off, but it also seemed Leann lost her way — with her own song, mind you — and tried to upstage the poor girl. Overall, it was an I-Can’t-Look-Away-But-OMG-I-Need-To kind of situation, folks. Thankfully, Carly came back strong with her angelic, albeit predictable performance of “Hallelujah.”
Nice-guy Tate Stevens sang his audition song as well, which was all fine and good. His performance with country group Little Big Town and his final performance of Chris Young‘s “Tomorrow” were both good too. I just don’t have much more to say that that. I admit, it’s always been his personality that stuck with me more than his voice. Am I completely captured by his singing? Not really. But there’s no denying this guy is worthy of $5 million dollars. He’s a sweet and humble dude who just needs a break.
The ladies brought back their gigantic bows for a repeat performance of Ellie Goulding‘s ”Anything Can Happen.” Then they hit the stage with judge Demi Lovato — no one else was available? — to sing her shamelessly addicting song “Give Your Heart a Break.” It was definitely fun, but as Simon Cowell pointed out, Demi was “sensational.” I think she outshone the girls by a mile and surprised a lot of people who didn’t know she could sing. Is it wrong that I still prefer the Glee version though? (Yikes.) For their last song, Fifth Harmony took on “Let It Be,” and L.A. Reid praised them for doing the Beatles‘ classic justice.
I’m pulling for Carly, but really, I wouldn’t hate the world if any of them won.
See you tomorrow night for the finale — and One Direction! Apparently, Pitbull will be there too.
What did you think, HollywoodLifers? Which act is worthy of a win? Drop a comment and let me know who you think deserves to take it all home!
— Sharon Tharp
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