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‘X Factor’ Finale Opens With Touching Sandy Hook Tribute

Wed, December 19, 2012 9:38pm EDT by Billy Nilles 1 Comment
X Factor Sandy Hook Tribute
Courtesy of FOX

‘The X Factor’ invited back former finalists to join the top 3 and a children’s choir to pay tribute to the fallen victims of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting with a touching musical number. Read on for all the details.

As The X Factor began its two-night season finale, the show began its Dec. 19 telecast with a musical tribute to the victims of the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre that shook the nation on Dec. 14.

A very emotional Simon Cowell took the stage to briefly offer his condolences, saying, “You will always be in our prayers and in our hearts. This is our tribute to you.” Afterwards, previously eliminated finalist Beatrice Miller began performing Michael Jackson‘s “You Are Not Alone”. One by one, she was joined by Arin Ray, Diamond White, CeCe Frey, Paige Thomas, Jennel Garcia, Vino Alan, and Emblem3, before the top three joined to conclude the song. After Tate Stevens, Fifth Harmony, and Carly Rose Sonenclar reached the stage, all the contestants joined voices with a children’s choir to finish the song.

Behind the performers, all clad in heavenly white and awash in a golden light, the names of the victims appeared on screens. As the song ended, the lyrical message, “You are not alone, we are here with you,” appeared on the screen, replacing the names.

The Voice‘s Earlier Tribute

Earlier in the week, The Voice also paid musical tribute to the victims of the shooting, opening their Dec. 17 finale episode with a performance of Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah”. Coaches Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Cee Lo Green joined the finalists on stage, each holding a card with the name and age of a victim lost in the horrific massacre.

Did The X Factor‘s tribute bring tears to your eyes, HollywoodLifers?

— Billy Nilles

More Touching Tributes To Sandy Hook Victims:

  1. ‘The Voice’ Sandy Hook Tribute — ‘Hallelujah’ In Memory Of Shooting Victims
  2. Saturday Night Live’s Tribute To Sandy Hook Victims — ‘Silent Night’
  3. Paul Simon Performs At Victoria Soto’s Funeral — Sandy Hook Teacher Killed