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The X Factor Recap: Final Performances

December 19, 2012 11:42 PM by Melissa Stavarski

Tonight on The X Factor, the season two finalists perform for viewers’ votes to win a $5 million recording contract. Carly Rose Sonenclar, Tate Stevens, and Fifth Harmony sing duets with LeAnn Rimes, Little Big Town, and Demi Lovato, respectively, in addition to “songs of the season” and “final impression songs.”

Britney SpearsCarly Rose Sonenclar on making it to The X Factor finals: “[This is] the most amazing feeling. I’ve wanted this ever since I could remember, ever since I started singing at two years old.”

Carly revisits Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.” Demi says, “I’m very impressed. You’re going to inspire so many young girls to follow their dreams.” Carly responds, “I hope so. ” Simon tells Carly that he likes her competitive spirit.  Britney surmises, “We’re going to win this.”

Next, Carly sings “How Do I Live” with LeAnn Rimes. This. Is. Painful. LeAnn sounds horrible and looks tipsy. When it finally ends, LeAnn wraps her arms around Carly’s neck for stability and says, “I love this girl so much. She’s such an amazing talent, I wanna just wrap her up and hold her.” Following the train wreck, Britney calls it shockingly amazing. But she’s only half right…. it was shocking.

Carly’s last impression song is Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley. Simon tells Carly she had a good night; Britney tells Simon to get out his checkbook.

L.A. Reid‘s Tate Stevens on making it to The X Factor finals: “I’m one performance away from making all my dreams come true. I’m just a family guy… a simple street worker from Missouri.”

Tate reprises Randy Houser’s “Anything Goes.” Demi tells Tate that it was a stadium-like performance. Simon says, “What I like about you is that you’re “made in America,” and you’ve retained your integrity. You sang that brilliantly.”  L.A. is really, really proud.

Next, Tate performs “Pontoon” with Little Big Town. Tate’s goofy dancing and facial expressions are fun to watch. Kim Schlapman says, “He makes country music proud.” L.A. calls the duet “fun” and “natural.” Basically, everything that Carly’s duet was not.

Tate’s last impression song is “Tomorrow” by Chris Young. Simon tells Tate that he will sell a lot of records.

Simon Cowell‘s Fifth Harmony on making it to The X Factor finals:  ”It all comes down to this… and there is no second place” and “Being the underdogs has definitely made us work that much harder.”

Fifth Harmony revisits Ellie Goulding’s “Anything Could Happen.” There are balloons, confetti, and flying unicorns. L.A. calls it magical, adding, “You were the underdogs and now you are the one to beat.” Demi says, “I really hope America pulls through and votes for you guys.”

Next, Fifth Harmony sings “Give Your Heart A Break” with Demi Lovato. They all sound good together. Simon calls it “pop perfection.”

Fifth Harmony’s last impression song is “Let It Be” by The Beatles. Based on tonight’s performances, Simon thinks Fifth Harmony deserves to win.

The X Factor dedicates “You Are Not Alone” to the Sandy Hook school shooting victims:

What did you think of the final performance show? Who will win the big prize? Sound off in the comments below! 

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