December 06, 2012 01:30 AM by Melissa Stavarski
Facing the last elimination before the semifinals, The X Factor‘s Top 6 perform two songs – one unplugged and one viewer’s choice. While Tate Stevens and Carly Rose Sonenclar have topped the leaderboard the entire season, a newly married Mario Lopez reminds the contestants how very close the votes are, adding that one slip could be the difference between preparing for the semifinals and going home.
CeCe Frey sings “The Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga. CeCe is nervous about not having any music to mask her vocals. L.A. Reid feels as if CeCe should have gone home a long time ago. I agree. I have to admit that CeCe sounds much better than I was expecting her to. And she looks beautiful.
Britney Spears says, “I think right at this point in the competition it should be great, and it was just good.” Simon Cowell doesn’t think CeCe is worth $5 million. Demi Lovato thinks this is CeCe’s best performance to date.
The fans choose “Part of Me” by Katy Perry for CeCe. The vocals are weak, she looks trashy, and it’s painful to listen to. Please, make it stop! I think it’s time for CeCe to pack that suitcase. L.A. hates it and calls it karaoke. Britney likes it… Britney obviously needs her meds adjusted. Cece says to her fans, “Thank you guys for making me strong. Sticks and stones and all that.”
Emblem3 takes on “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars. During rehearsals, Simon says their vocals need a ton of work… maybe the afternoon at the skate park (sans staged mob scene this time) was a bad idea. Emblem3 takes the stage, girls scream, Drew holds a guitar, and girls scream. And, for once, they’re not bouncing around the stage like a bunch of strung-out monkeys.
L.A. says, “At least one of Simon’s groups can sing harmony.” Demi isn’t impressed, adding, “I used to really love you guys. To me, I feel it like it’s a downgraded version of the Jonas Brothers, five years ago.” Ouch! Simon thinks Demi’s comment is incredibly dumb.
The fans choose “Forever Young” by Alphaville for Emblem3. Yawn. It’s boring. L.A. and Britney love it. Demi says the guys don’t work the stage, and Simon tells her that now she’s just being silly.
Carly Rose Sonenclar is caught off guard by her song, which is Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me.” Because Justin’s version is so produced (the exact opposite of unplugged), Carly questions Britney’s thought process. L.A., who discovered Justin Bieber, doesn’t “get it.” Carly’s stripped-down version of Justin’s song is beautiful.
In the end, L.A. likes it and appreciates Carly’s restraint. Demi says, “I love it when I hear unplugged versions of songs that are actually better than the actual song. I mean, you sang it better than Justin did.” Is that really such a tall order? Simon basically says (for her age) Carly is likable and not annoying.
Carly‘s Pepsi challenge song is Beyonce’s “If I Were A Boy.” She nails it. Simon tells Carly, “You have had a phenomenal night tonight, that was amazing.” Britney adds, “I think you are the definition of The X Factor. It was stunning.”
Fifth Harmony takes on ”Fire to the Rain” by Adele. Behind the scenes, the girls are starting to crack under the pressure. As always, the “group” performs five solos. Camila and Lauren stand out this week.
“I see five singers in front of me, but I still didn’t hear any harmony,” L.A. says. “They should have called you Fifth Unison.” I agree. Demi thinks a few of the girls should bag the group and go solo. Demi, remember when The X Factor, the show you work for, made them a group?
The viewers want to hear Fifth Harmony perform “Give Your Heart A Break” by Demi Lovato. Wow – Fifth Harmony can harmonize. Obviously, L.A. is pleased. Demi tells the group, “I think this song should have been your song.”
Diamond White revisits James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s World.” After being in the bottom two last week, Diamond feels discouraged. Diamond is likable and has a beautiful voice, but I think she needs more vocal training. She’s definitely not selling this song.
“That little tiny thing where you threw the mic stand down at the end is what did it for me,” Demi says, “It was very very good.” Simon tells Diamond it was a little screechy in parts, adding that he wishes she would have sang a new song. Britney says, “You not only nailed it, you destroyed it.”
Diamond sings “Diamonds” by Rihanna while standing inside a huge diamond. Oh, America, you’re so clever. The music and background singers completely overpower Diamond. L.A. doesn’t like it; Demi does. Simon says, “Overall, I think you’ve had a good night.”
Tate Stevens sings “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi. Haha – Tate is the “last of the old guys.” L.A. warns Tate, “I’m concerned about the cynics who sit next to me, they like to cry karaoke. You have to take a little more ownership of the songs.” As a huge fan of Bon Jovi, I hate it. Tate doesn’t have the range to pull off this song, especially with no band.
Britney thinks Tate is veering away from what he does best. Demi points out that Tate skipped out on the high notes. “You doing that song for unplugged week is like taking a goldfish for a walk. It doesn’t work,” Simon says. “If you’re here next week, you have to choose the material.”
Tate‘s Pepsi challenge song is “If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Garth Brooks. This is much better than his first song. Simon says, ”Welcome back, Tate Stevens!” Britney thinks it was brilliant.
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