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The X Factor Recap: Top 4 Fight For A Spot In the Finals

December 13, 2012 12:04 AM by Melissa Stavarski

The X Factor season two semifinalists are Britney Spears‘ Carly Rose Sonenclar, Simon Cowell‘s Emblem3 and Fifth Harmony, and L.A. Reid‘s Tate Stevens. All of Demi Lovato‘s ‘young adults’ have already been eliminated from the competition. Wednesday night, the Top 4 acts each sang two songs – contestant’s choice and mentor’s choice – and hoped for the best!

Tate Stevens‘ song choice is “Bonfire” by Craig Morgan.  As always, I find myself thinking that Tate has a great voice but no range. That said, the performance is high-energy and fun to watch.

Britney shocks the audience, saying, “At this point in the competition, it has to be your best and I don’t think it was your best.” The audience goes BOOO! Demi disagrees, calling it a “freaking amazing performance.” Happy that Tate didn’t choose a “mushy” song,  Simon says, “It was one of my favorite performances. This is you saying this is who I am; this is the record I want to make.”  L.A. wears a cowboy hat, to show his support, and tells Tate that his take on “Bonfire” was the most fun he’s ever had on The X Factor.

L.A.’s song choice for Tate is “Fall” by Clay Walker. Here’s the mushy song… but, I must admit, Tate shows a bit more range with this song. Britney says that Tate has had a few hits and a few misses but this was a direct hit. Simon says, “There’s about as much chance of you going back to your old job as there is of me flying to the moon tomorrow night.”

Overall, I felt like I was watching Tate in concert. Very well done.

Carly Rose Sonenclar‘s song choice is Elton John’s “Your Song.” A few parts give me goosebumps. L.A. tells Carly, “You did things with that song that I never heard done before. I’m proud.” Demi starts by whining about how predictable it is but ends by saying it’s her favorite Carly performance ever. While Simon says it was a beautiful performance of a fantastic song, he doesn’t think it was Carly’s best.

Britney’s song choice for Carlyis John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Britney asks Carly to open the song on piano, to show musicality, and it makes Carly nervous. Personally, I think Carly’s arrangement of the song has too many power notes and unnecessary runs. Demi tells Carly it was “amazing” and “awesome.” Simon says, “I would’ve kept you at the piano. There were five different things happening at once. You made a beautiful song fussy. It was over-complicated. Sorry.” I couldn’t agree more.

I don’t think Carly had a very good night, but I don’t think it matters much. I cannot see either of the groups getting enough votes to knock her out of the Top 3.

Emblem3‘s song choice is “Baby I Love Your Way” by Peter Frampton. Hands down, this is Emblem3′s best performance since the auditions. L.A. says, “I was worried about you finding your five million dollar moment, until now. That was the first time I saw you as recording artists.” Britney adds, “It would be unfair to call you a boy band because you’re way more than that.”

Simon’s choice for Emblem3 is “Hey Jude” by the Beatles. I was happy to hear that Simon gave a larger part of the song to Keaton, but I could barely hear him over the too-loud music. Britney calls it an A-level performance. Demi tells the guys that they have the potential to be as big as the Beatles. She’s kidding, right? Simon says to Emblem3, “I’m so proud of what you’ve achieved tonight. You have nailed both songs.”

Emblem3 is in it to win it! This week, I think they spent more time rehearsing and less time skating and staging mob scenes, and it shows. My only criticism is that I wish they would have added more original lyrics to their songs.

Fifth Harmony takes on Ellie Goulding’s “Anything Can Happen.” This oddly staged “Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party” number is actually quite good. This is the first time (ever) that I have been thoroughly entertained by Fifth Harmony. L.A. says, “That performance was the very best vocal performance you’ve ever done.” Britney agrees, adding, “I loved everything about it. It was like magic when you got up there.”

Despite Fifth Harmony being the underdog, Simon says about the finals… anything can happen. If nothing else, the girls have a future at Disney World. How cute is Camila’s Minnie Mouse bow?

Simon decides to have Fifth Harmony revisit “Impossible” by Shontelle for mentor’s choice. And… Fifth Harmony loses all the bonus points they just earned, as the performance is weak and boring compared to “Anything Can Happen.” L.A. says the song choice is lazy. Britney says, “I felt like it was pretty good, but I would be surprised if you guys are here next week.” Ouch.  Simon begs for votes.

This is a toss up for me – loved one song, hated the other. Can Fifth Harmony garner enough votes to knock out Emblem3?

Your thoughts on The X Factor semifinals? Will one of Simon’s groups take out either Tate or Carly? Did you enjoy the leaderboard reveals this season? Sound off in the comments below!

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