The X Factor 2 - The Top 4 Semi-Final - Recap and Videos

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The contestant choice performances were personal best performances for all of the contestants, except Carly (I’ll be getting to her in a minute).  More proof, that if the contestants had more control over their performances, the season could have been entertaining.

Carly choked a little tonight, I think. She’s obviously feeling the pressure of a possible win being nearly in her grasp. As a result, she was trying way to hard to deliver a stunning “moment”.   Both of her performances felt forced. And it didn’t help that she chose two iconic songs that don’t benefit from the diva vocal treatment.  If she continues to spiral, she’s not going to win.

Tate, on the other hand, performed with a ton of confidence tonight.  It’s the difference between an adult who can handle–maybe even thrive–on pressure and a young teen who can’t.

The heavy duty pimping of Emblem3 (comparing them to the Beatles, LA? REALLY?) will ensure them a spot in next week’s final. But they are never ever ever going to win X Factor. But that’s fine. Simon will promote them after the show’s over anyway. Remember, One Direction came in 3rd their season of XFUK.

Fifth Harmony really impressed with their self-chosen number, but I’m afraid Simon threw them purposely under the bus when he suggested they reprise their Judges Houses song.  The return of the magic was not to be.  And here’s a tip girls: Singing in Spanish does not give you an edge!  Pack your things, kids.

Demi, without a team to pimp, was basically tonight’s truth teller.  Britney. always a woman of few words, was even more zombified as usual as she robotically repeated her catch phrases “I’m so proud of you” and “that was not your best performance.”   Simon is crazy if he pays her another 15 million dollars (or more) to sit at the judges table next season like a plastic Barbie doll.

IT’S TIME TO FACE THE MUSIC. Whee.

Here come Khloe and Mario. Blah blah blah blah. Oh! No judges decision this week. Hooray. The act eliminated this week will be decided by AMERICA.

The judges are introduced. Demi lost her remaining act last week, but she’ll be hanging out with the judges anyway. The leaderboard! Tate Stevens is on top. The slate is wiped clean. LEADER BOARD BLACKOUT. We won’t know who came in first until the winner is announced next week.

Simon believes viewers will vote tonight for who performs best. So, I guess they won’t be voting for YOUR acts then, Simon! Ha ha.

The Top 4 take the stage. Blah blah blah. No performances until after the break!

Contestant Choice songs are first!

Tate Stevens – LA Reid – Over 25′s – “Bonfire” by Craig Morgan – Tate dedicates his to to his buddies. Yep. A song about trucks and getting drunk. Hooray. Is that a wallet chain Tate is sporting? He’s working the stage pretty well, dragging the mic stand from place to place. He sounds super-confident tonight. No wonder he’s performing first. Tate may be performance-slot proof at this point, however. OMG. LA rocking out with his cowboy hat. It’s amazing the difference it makes for the contestants when they are allowed to do their own thing. Britney says, “I don’t think it was your best.” Tate is laughing. Demi says, “I have to disagree. That was a freaking amazing performance. It totally brought me home.” Simon says, “You could have chosen something mushy and treacly. But, you brought the song you wanted to record. It was one of my favorite performances. It wasn’t you being controlled by somebody. You look like a man who believes he can win the competition.” LA says, “I’m glad I learned to listen. It was the most fun I’ve had.” – Text Vote to 9301 – 1-855-843-9301

Ugh. There is gonna be a ton of filler tonight.

Carly Rose Sonenclar – Britney Spears – Teens – “Your Song” by Elton John – Carly was really upset to slip to second place AND lose her BFF Diamond last week. Not necessarily in that order.  Its her dad’s favorite song.  She performs the Ellie Goulding arrangement.  This is one of my favorite songs too, and if I’m being honest, I’m a little bored tm Demi.  She’s added the requisite vocal runs and tricks, she ends with some big notes. Oh lord. SHE’S GOT A FREAKING CHILDREN’S CHOIR SINGING WITH HER. Not feeling this one bit. Not one bit. Sorry, but to me “Your Song” isn’t some big diva number. It’s quiet and intimate. NO.  LA says, “Risky, but you’ve done things with that song I’ve never heard done before.” Demi says she’s not playing favorites, “It’s still very predictable. I think this was my favorite song that you’ve ever performed.” She spars with Simon a little, calling him “old”. Simon says, “I’m going to ignore my little brat! That was a beautiful version of a beautiful song. It wasn’t your best performance, I think your nervous.” Britney says, “I’m so proud to be your mentor.– Text Vote to 9302 – 1-855-843-9302

Emblem3 – Simon Cowell – Groups – “Baby I Love Your Way” by Peter Frampton – Like Carly, Emblem3 chooses a song their parents like. Honestly, why, when they have the chance to pick something contemporary, do they pick an ancient song? Are they attempting to steal some of Tate’s fan base? Well. This is different. Peter Frampton, by way of Sublime? At least they aren’t all boy banded out for once. This isn’t bad actually. Much better when they’re forced to appeal to 12 year olds. Simon should just let them do what they want. The boys have to work on tightening up those harmonies, though. LA tells them that they finally had their 5 million dollar moment. Britney says, “That performance felt really special. You’re way more than a boy band.” Demi says, “That’s exactly what I was talking about. That’s what makes me love them.” Simon says, “This reminded me of your very first audition. You chose a fantastic song. If this doesn’t get you into the final, nothing will.” – Text Vote to 9303 – 1-855-843-9303

OMG. Khloe is out in the audience with a bunch of girls. Some teenager says Simon is her Idol. Yeah, sure.

5th Harmony – Simon Cowell – Groups – Anything Can Happen by Ellie Goulding – They will sing harmonies and move around, addressing the judges criticisms last week. Oh. They have PROPS too! It’s someone’s birthday party! Jazz hands too. Whee! There is a ton of reverb on their harmonies, but they are singing them. It’s hard to judge the vocals when they’re so processed, but one of dem girls hit a solid high note. This might be their best performance to date. Too bad they’ll likely be hitting the road this week. LA says, “That performance was the very best vocal performance you’ve ever done! I didn’t like the waiters, I thought it was inventive.” Britney says, “I loved everything about it.” Demi says, “The dresses, everything, it was so cute. You pulled out the sparkle you guys need.” Simon says, “You’ve come in to this competition as underdogs. It will take a miracle. But after that performance, anything now can happen.” These kids have been pretty solid the last few weeks. – Text Vote to 9304 – 1-855-843-9304

Now, the semi-finalists sing “songs that will get us into the finals” whatever that means! The contestants and mentors chose the songs together, supposedly.

Tate Stevens – “Fall” by Clay Walker” – Yada Yada his wife again. He knows what gets him the mommie votes! OMG. Tate is crying during a romantic 15th anniversary dinner with his wife. YOU MOMMIES BETTER VOTE FOR ME OR MY BABIES WILL STARVE. BING. Hello a crap load of votes. Sorry. He’s losing me here. Hasn’t he sung a song like this nearly every single week? He’s got a nice voice, but this is so generic. I preferred his first performance. He brought life–a unique personality–to it. Britney says, “That was a direct hit.” Demi says, “Your wife must feel like the luckiest girl in the world. You deserve this. You did amazing.” Simon says, “That was a great song. There is as much chance of you going back to your old job as me flying to the moon.” LA says, “You’re consistent. Tonight was not exception.”

Next year audition cities are: Carly recorded her initial audition in “My Studio.” Hm. The audition cites are Los Angeles, Charleston, SC, New Orlean, LA, Long Island, NY. Denver CO. Tomorrow, you can begin auditioning online at xfactorusa.com

Carly Rose Sonenclar – Britney Spears – Teens – “Imagine” by John Lennon – Carly’s dad gives Carly a pep top. She’s unsure about singing such an iconic song. She SHOULD be nervous. She’ll start off her performance at the piano. Another song I positively adore. Holy shi*t. Why is she screaming her way through this song? The needless embelishments. Even more than “Your Song”, when it comes to this John Lennon classic, LESS IS MORE. Again, I just didn’t feel a connection to this powerful song. I’ve been a Carly fan all season, but I’m not feeling her tonight. LA says, “It’s a difficult song…you always now how to bo in and find that note.” Demi says, “Amazing. Awesome.” Simon says, “I would have kept you at the piano. IT was like 5 things happened in that song. It made a beautiful song fussy” SIMON IS CORRECT.” “I’m not sure that song needs those big notes.” AGAIN IT TOTALLY AGREE. Britney says, “It’s time for you to go beyond this stage and compete with the biggest stars in the world.”

MORE FILLER with Khloe backstage interviewing Tate and Carly.

Emblem3 – “Hey Jude” by The Beatles – Simon Cowell – The Groups – ARE YOU KIDDING ME. KILL ME PLEZE. How do they expect to cut “Hey Jude” to less than 2 minutes? This is ridiculous. OK, so this did not turn into the train wreck I feared it would. But “Hey Jude” as a boy band dirge? PLEASE NO. That was dull dull dull. LA says, “You actually are teen heart throbs like the Beatles.” WTF? Britney says, “That was an + performance. Take a bow” (and they do) Demi says, “I don’t know if you can compare them to the Beatles yet…but I think you guys have the potential.” At least the boys agree.” Simon says, “I just feel so proud of what you achieved tonight. You have nailed it on both songs.”

5th Harmony – “Impossible” by Shontelle – This is a repeat from judges houses.  This time, they will sing part of the song in Spanish.  I can barely tell the difference between the English and the Spanish. Heh. Singing in two languages doesn’t really add anything special to the performance. I’m not sure repeating a song performance will work in their favor. It’s definitely not as memorable as their first number.  In any case, the girls are heading home tomorrow.  LA says, “I think the song choice was lazy.” Britney says, “I would be really surprised if you guys were here next week.” Demi says, “It’s going to come down to your fan base. I hope that they pull through for you, but I am a little worried for you.” Simon says, “It was the right thing to do. It was a reminder of why I fell in love with you in the first place.”  Yes Simon. IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU. This song is also X Factor UK winner, James Arthur’s winners single. Hm. “You’ve been one of the strongest acts tonight. I really pray that America gets behind you. You deserve a place there.”

 
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1818332757 Seth McHale

    The only shocker this week, will be which of Simon’s groups makes it through. 

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Just in case noone saw it before. I’m calling Santeria by Sublime for one of E3′s song choices! I’m probably wrong but I wish I was right!

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    I’m hoping Fifth Harmony can pull a win over Douche3. Simon is pulling all stops to keep that from happening. It’s between these two groups on who makes the 3rd spot.

  • ptslittlecomment

    Go ahead., Watch the concert, you deserve it. You can always tape this and recap it later. Or write the recap now, it will likely be the same.

    I haven’t watched a show but I predict the country guy will be solid, the young woman decalred “out of this world” or some such alien reference and Simon will do everything he can  to make the guy group look fabulous  at the expense of the girl group.  The only”if” factor is if Simon has given LA marching orders to throw the country singer under the bus so both of his groups will advance.

    Other than that Demi and Simon will be smarky/flirty with each other, Britney will announce that everything is “a-maz-ing” and LA will say he wasn’t sure about someone to begin with but now he really likes/loves them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1818332757 Seth McHale

    With all the negative press the boys have been getting, I would be shocked to see them in the finals to be honest. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I wish they could give a Mariah Carey/Whitney Houston ballad with 3 octaves to Emblem3. But it’s not gonna happen :(

  • SullyD

     Against all odds would be “perfect” for them <3

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    LMAO!

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Hey Hey lol let the show run before we start criticising tonight

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    LOL LA in a cowboy hat

  • Wessles

    Ahh I totally called Bonfire by Craig Morgan for him! =D

  • Nedsdag

    Who goes after Tate?

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    Take that hat off LA. You look ridiculous!

  • SullyD

    boomfiyah

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    I’m loving this!

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    I hate this song. My redneck friends make me listen to this when we go mudding. I may live in the country, but I hate this music.

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    I thought Tate was really good and I do not like country!!

  • Wessles

    Tate’s vocals were kinda weak… I agreed with Brit Brit.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Stop that bullsh*t crap you were a typical country texan girl, Demi.

  • justmefornow

    Roger Waters and Eddie Vedder together live right now 121212!!!!
    (Sorry XFactor maybe next week)

  • SullyD

    5h getting the pimp spot? Color me surprised (pleasantly surprised).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1818332757 Seth McHale

    Britney throwing shade on WGWG for weak vocals? People who rely on the use of autotune to ever sound in key shouldn’t judge anyone else’s vocals. I hope I can be at the show next week, I want to be the person who shoves the clippers closer when Carly loses. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    He doesn’t remind anyone you know, Mario. I bet you are now googling black+guy+cowboy+hat.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    Does that Kardashian have lip implants?

  • kmd23

    I agree. The 121212 concert is great. I did watch Tate perform and I thought he was really good.

  • Nedsdag

    Every time I look at Carly, I see a female version Davy Jones of the Monkees.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    My favorite Carly performance yet! That was pretty amazing! 

  • iluvai

    I’m gonna go out on a limb, but I think Carly’s song was mostly boring until the end.

  • Wessles

    UGH Carly must be the most boring teenage girl on the planet.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    no, it’s was pretty boring

  • Nedsdag

    I heard her sing better.

    I guess she’s saving the best for last.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Demi… is such a good judge. I think she’s my favourite judge ever. 

  • kay121

    Why is Britney wearing a bathing suit? It sure looks like one…

  • SullyD

    Demi was spot on.

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    Carly was incredibly GREAT and whatttt luke warm remarks?  Why and E3 does not have pimp spot but No Harmony does?  Very odd.  

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Finally a judge who offers specific well thought out feedback and opinions. That was pretty good judging from Simon as well. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/H3DCZQHD3T6WYVW2XXC6C3ZPMU Tyson

    Should be a rule that once a judge’s acts are gone, so is said judge.  Demi (and Adam and Christina on The Voice) would be getting vacations until the finale.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Wow 5H pimp spot! What a surprise!

  • elliegrll

    Tate was very good, but Simon is wrong.  People are going to vote for and be more loyal to those who sing songs that suit them, and show what type of artist they are.  We’ve seen from AI that voters reward those singers, who seem to know who they are, and who have a clearly defined artistic identity.  A lot of acts who were voted off would still be around if they were given songs that were a better fit.

    Also, what was up with the burning tires.  Maybe the producers should google bonfire.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYMZ43XMLLAE6RVHJS4M6KNC5Y Dennis

     Your exactly right. The thing with Carly is she starts off so low that I can barely hear her then halfway through the song, she hits some big notes then I’m like okay I get it now. lol

  • keware

    Britney says, “I’m so proud to be your mentor.”
    I think MJ could cut and paste that quote from every prior week. It’s really all Britney says! 

  • Nedsdag

    E3 is totally going to boy band it tonight, eh?

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    These guys are so damn corny and ridiculous. I can’t.

  • genius13

    My god this is horrible!!!

  • SullyD

    Oh no, don’t murder my guilty pleasure song :(

  • elliegrll

    Carly has a nice voice, but that’s about it.  She didn’t put any feeling into that song.

    Emblem 3 look like joke contestants during this performance.

  • Nedsdag

    Is it me or do I hear more from the backup singers than E3?

  • keware

    Wow. This is really horrible. 

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    Britney doesn’t deserve her pay if all she is going to say is 4 basic words to each contestant after they perform. What a waste of money.  

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    So, Emblem 3 has four backup singers as well. And they don’t get called for it.

  • SullyD

    Oh Demi, you let me down.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Too good to be true =((((. But that was 10x better than the other weeks. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Adam Sandler singing Hallelujah is better than Emblem3.,

  • Nedsdag

    Damn, Simon! You might as well send Fifth Harmony home after what you said about Emblem3.

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    E3 was AWESOME!!  Harmonies, artistic, unique and special.  All good.

    I too can see them as a successful recording group. 

    Going to be tough as I think Tate & Carly were also very good.  But this IMO besides Sunset Blvd is E3′s best performance.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYMZ43XMLLAE6RVHJS4M6KNC5Y Dennis

    These judges just be lying their a** off about Emblem 3, I swear. lol

  • shell29

    This season is really scraping the bottom of the barrel if that was a $5 million performance.  Ugh.

  • genius13

    I have a feeling that Simon is 110% invested in E3 and maybe 90% invested in 5H.. which is unfortunate because I think 5H is much more versatile and just as if not more marketable… Oh and vocally there is no competition between them

  • Nedsdag

    Here comes the bus for Fifth Harmony.

  • SullyD

    Simon is my idol? I feel for you and your family.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    SO SAD I ReALLY thought it was gonna be Santeria….. 

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    Ellie Goulding. Yes!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYMZ43XMLLAE6RVHJS4M6KNC5Y Dennis

     If Simon is your idol, then that’s sad and you need some role models in your life.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    I’m a country fan but I don’t like this song. He’s doing it pretty well though.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYMZ43XMLLAE6RVHJS4M6KNC5Y Dennis

    Why does she have that big bow on her head and what the hell is this song? lol

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    THE FUCK?! What is with the staging?!

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    Wow, look at what the contestants can do when they pick their own songs. (are we surprised) All four acts had better performances then they normally do. Especially 5H. So who’s getting booted for 5H to make the finals. Predictions now. Carly or Emblem 3

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    I thought Fifth Harmony were amazing! Best of the night so far for me!

  • SullyD

    They were actually good! Maybe there is hope that they can bring douche3 down.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Not much harmonies and week vocals, but the OTT production was funny.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYMZ43XMLLAE6RVHJS4M6KNC5Y Dennis

     They were good, I just wish they would’ve chose a different song.

  • shell29

    I hope Fifth Harmony does enough to knock off Emblem 3.  I’d rather see them make the final.

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    My daughter just said she would buy the 5th Harmony…loved it.  Teenage consumer…

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    Wow 5th Harmony just sounded the best they ever had. 

    So tough as every act did a very good-incredible job.

    First round for me would go

    5th Harmony
    E3
    Carly
    Tate

    This is unbiased as Carly is my fav.  While I loved her, I do not think she had a moment like I feel E3 & 5th Harmony did.

     

  • elliegrll

    5th Harmony was so good.  My only complaint is that at some point they all should have stepped out from behind the table.  It’s like they stay rooted in one spot for all of their performances.  

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

     The same back up singers have been there for Tate, Carly & 5th Harmony. 

  • quickjessie

    Holy hell, you are missing one hell of a great concert!  Eddie Veddar – be still my heart – leading Pink Floyd.  Now Bon Jovi and really putting the zoom into it.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYMZ43XMLLAE6RVHJS4M6KNC5Y Dennis

    I think everybody wants 5th Harmony to make it over Emblem 3.

  • SullyD

    Whoa, Bruno Mars will be everywhere next week (I’m not complaining).

  • teekee

    Best for me too, so far.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    I wonder if Tate’s fanbase is watching that concert. That could hurt him.

  • SullyD

    Man, I know nothing about country.

  • teekee

    Yeah. The rehearsal led me to believe there would be more movement.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    I live in Arkansas. You get real tired of it fast. 

  • Nedsdag

    OK, Tate! See you next week!

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    I feel like they’ll still find his number and vote if they are. I also think this Clay Walker song was his best performance yet.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    I feel like they’ll still find his number and vote if they are. I also think this Clay Walker song was his best performance yet.

  • girlygirltoo

    Simon doesn’t….

  • girlygirltoo

    Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi duetting now. :)

    I wonder if this #121212 concert will beat XF in the ratings?

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    I don’t get tired of country music.  Country music like that?  WOW.  His voice on some of those low notes…that’s what keeps a woman happy.  Did I say that?  I’ll deny it, if I’m asked.

  • shell29

    Yeah Tate, you have nothing to worry about.  Win or lose, you’re going to get a deal.  I’m no country fan but I can’t help rooting for him.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    I was thinking the same thing Lexi. His wife is one blessed lady. That was beautiful.

  • Stavros

    I’ve always liked Tate–never anything more than that. I never thought he deserved that #1 over Carly week after week. This week, however, I just GET it.  He’s converted me into a fan, and I think he is going to deserve that #1 when he secures it this week.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Cowboy deserves the vote tonight people!

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Cowboy deserves the vote tonight people!

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    FARK why does my streaming always die on performances and are fine for the stupid ads. 

  • Stavros

    Also can we keep the 12/12/12 concert out of the XF feed? Heh, not really relevant to the comments.

    PS Go Carly! I hope she NAILS her second song!

  • Stavros

    I hope XF auditions come to the PA/NY/NJ area. These shows usually only have one city in the whole New England area, which makes no sense considering how populous they are. I would like to see the auditions.

    ETA: Nope. Unless I plan on traveling to South Carolina or Colorado, no auditions for me to watch. Ugh.

  • Nedsdag

    “Imagine” again?

    I wish John would come back from the dead to tell people to stop singing his song in reality show competitions.

    Nevertheless, I’m sure Carly will do well with this.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Very risky! RISKY!!! 

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    odd break. Whoever posted that she would sing this I give you props for getting it right.

  • SullyD

    Carly’s choices were all horrible today. I’ll reserve my judgement till after the performance, but I’m  cringing already.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    I don’t know why but I find it slightly admirable that she and Britney are willing to take this risk. I don’t think I’ve seen many young ones on these competition shows perform with an instrument. 

  • Karen C

    I think Tate was terrific,  I’m not really a country fan, but I do like him, and have since the live shows started.  I think he might do well after the show ends.

  • Karen C

    She was worried about playing piano for about 30 seconds?

  • Karen C

    I don’t like the way Carly is doing Imagine.  

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    mmmm she’s too nervous…. The beginning and ending was good. The middle not so much. 

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    I thought Carly did a wonderful job! 

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    I really wish she would have just SAT THERE and sang. That song is beautiful in it’s own right and there was no need for all that moving on stage. Just sing the beautiful song. Ugh

  • shell29

    I agree with Simon…it would have been better if she had just stayed at the piano for the entire performance.  I think it would have made a bigger impact that way. Carly has a great voice but I wasn’t a fan of that performance.

  • elliegrll

    Carly’s interpretation and the arrangement of Imagine didn’t work for me.  

  • Nedsdag

    Believe it or not, I agree with Simon who said she didn’t need the Little Miss Dynamite note.

    “Imagine” is a simple, delicate song. She Broadwayed it too much.

  • SullyD

    Maybe they’re bussing Carly to pimp her next week and use the “you’re 100% back in the game” bs?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I think they’re throwing Carly udner the bus, hahahaha, really. Simon FINALLY realized she’s a phenomenal 13 years old very good singer, but only a 13 years old very good broadway singer. How she’s gonna blow the charts is beyond my imagination. But again, it’s XF, anything winning is OK.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Mmmmm I have to agree…. but I hope she makes the finals cos she deserves it the way shes been nailing the vocals every week.

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    Really scared for Carly.  I did not love that!  Sure it was sung extremely well but she did not make me feel.  That song when sung well can make me almost weep.  I was the hugest of Cookie fans but when David A sang Imagine I weeped.  It was that poinant and touching to me.  Carly’s did not touch me that way.  I am going to vote for her anyway, because I believe she deserves to win.  

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    That is exactly what they are doing IMO

  • CharlyBaltimore

     Same here – not a fan of either of Carly’s performances this evening.  I thought this was her weakest showing all season long.

  • shell29

    I wouldn’t worry.  I think Carly will be in the finals next week regardless of that performance.  I still think it’s Emblem 3 and Fifth Harmony battling for the last spot in the Top 3.

  • Nedsdag

    OT: Simon is about to lose his audience now.

    One Direction is one of Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People and it’s on now. 

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    To be let down is actually good experience for artists so they can improve. Just hope it doesn’t cost her. 

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    That loud note Carly made frightened me! Good Lord, it’s a simple song, no need for all that jazz. I agree with Simon it was too complicated. I’m not the biggest Beatles fan, but that’s one of my fave songs ever, and she just wrecked the song with too much embellishment. With her coming in second out of four now (in ranking), I think she could be in trouble. :/

  • teekee

    She’s gonna be fine. :)

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    I think Simon is REALLY desperate and wants Emblem 3 in the final. He knows they will be at the bottom with 5H and he does not want a sing off cause there is no guarantee the judges will vote his way in favor of Emblem 3. Sad that he is willing to throw a 13 year old who is an amazing singer under the bus all so some mediocre boys can put out mediocre music. He wants to sing them anyway. More reason to dislike Simon. 

  • Karen C

    Noooo!!!!  Douche 3 can’t do Hey Jude !!

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    THE NERVE!!!! THEY PLAYED SANTERIA IN THE BACKGROUND!!! 

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Common KEATON!!! 

  • SullyD

    I agree. With the 5h and Emblem3 pimping, I have a bad feeling about Carly.

  • NoBigDealDude

    except the judges dont vote this week

  • Karen C

    So the only one that did 2 recent songs was Tate, and 1 for Fifth Harmony, others did old songs?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1468223561 Jim Benson

    I find it strange people are being critical of Carly tonight.  She sang both songs flawlessly.  The 13 year old girl never misses a note…geez

  • angiedb

    Emblem3 are just those guys in high school who can kind of sing and all the girls swoon over them. Ugh. I just can’t take them.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    The guy on the left looks completely ridiculous when he sings.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I stopped watching Eric Clapton top see the trainwreck that’s coming. What’s wrong with me? ha ha

  • SullyD

    I can’t…

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    Well never mind then. Ugh, why did Simon let them RUIN Hey Jude.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    Douche3 are so terrible. 

  • Karen C

    Well, E3 doing a Beatles song was worse.

  • sandrajane

    They are aware that Jude is not Judy?  Too much helping with the backing tracks and it was obvious, as with 5th Harmony.

  • Nedsdag

    They sound like guys I went to high school with who after a few brewskis at a kegger who think they sing any song.

    It may have gotten them through with LA’s Beatlesque comment.

  • SullyD

    I don’t think Carly was good tonight, but see her being thrown under the bus and they pimping E3 is really infuriating.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    … fuck you Simon. You ruined Emblem3. Now people will just hate them regardless what they do. Your making me not like them.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Thanks God Simon gives a lot of support with back up singer and pre-recorded vocals to Emblem3. That would have been much worse without it.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    yeah, what is wrong with you? LOL Hahaha. go back to the concert, there ain’t nothing to see here. boring show tonight. :(

  • Karen C

    I thought he said Hey Dude for the first line…

  • wordnerdarchie

     Agree, they had pre-recorded vocals for sure.  Oh Simon.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    Oh yeah, now that i’ve seen Douche 3 perform, yeah she did do better. LOL

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    If Fifth Harmony pulls another performance like the first one, I think they will make it over douche3.

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    Yeah I know most of ya’ll do not like E3 but that IMO was incredible.

     

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYMZ43XMLLAE6RVHJS4M6KNC5Y Dennis

    It’s like that every week, throwing others under the bus and pimping Emblem 3 no matter how mediocre they are.

  • Jordana33

    Emblem 3 guys are talented enough, but there’s something about their personalities that make them so unlikeable, even when they’re saying nice things to each other. 

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    NO NO NO NO NO MORE REPEATS!!!!

  • Nedsdag

    5H is going out with a bang singing “Impossible” in Spanish.

    I’ll miss you girls!

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    holy crap. I honestly think that Simon is willing to get rid of douche3 since he wants to sign them anyways. He might be pulling to put Fifth Harmony into the finals after all.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Calling them Douchebag3 or any variation of the name kinda stopped being funny or cute after the first day >_>.

    Aside from that, they’re definitely not the worst I’ve seen. They’re pretty tolerable to me lol. That said, I do kinda like their music, but it’ll be hilarious (yet sad) when the reality of the music world post X Factor hits them. I don’t mind them leaving because that would deflate Simon so hard.

    I kinda hope Fifth Harmony breaks through somehow as a popular group. I won’t buy their stuff (or anyone else this season except maybe Carly, Tate and Lyric 145), but a popular girl group would be awesome. They are no Little Mix, however.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    So they’re singing Impossible. Oh Carly I’m so sorry that you had to find out this early how cruel the world is and it’s not always about who does the best. 

  • Christopher Auyeung

    As much as I like them… 99.5% sure that Fifth Harmony’s vocals are prerecorded except for their solos.

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

     There is no sing off.  The act with the lowest votes goes.

  • Karen C

    Weird, this is the Uk winners single.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Nervous Carly fan here. *crosses fingers*

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    This is so lame. They were great… probably their best performance. But we ALREADY KNOW THAT! Did not like the dance beat at the end though.

  • SullyD

    5H was just ok.

  • Tera2

    I liked the first reggae song Emblem 3 sang.  It fits them.  I’ve always felt, ska with reggae vibe/rap mixed with pop-rock like mark mgrath and sugar ray type music fits them.  That vibe ft fits the lead singers voice well too.  This second song was alright too.  I didnt know they just turned 16.  I thought 2 of them were older.  I cut them some slack for that.  They are good for their age.  I prefer 5th harmony in the group category though.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Thank You judges! for being honest!

  • Karen C

    So, maybe now Simon sees that doing the same song twice in a competition isn’t always good.

    ETA: Guess he still doesn’t

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1468223561 Jim Benson

    Your time is up 5th Harmony…

  • jcabby

    Fifth Harmony were great. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYMZ43XMLLAE6RVHJS4M6KNC5Y Dennis

    Honest is not in the judges vocabulary. If that was Emblem 3 they would’ve been losing their minds lying telling them how great they are. 5th Harmony was still a hell of alot better than Emblem3 and I really hope they make it over them.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    5th Harmony was my favorite tonight. Carly was my second. I’d send home the Brahhhs.

  • Kitwana

    The Emblem 3 “critiques” tonight seemed more like the judges reading off the briefing notes of an Emblem 3 publicist. It was such a transparent attempt to convince people Emblem 3 is unique and different that I had to laugh. Simon’s marketing strategy from Day 1 was to market this obvious boyband as the “anti-boyband”. It obviously wasn’t working so I guess all the judges wanted to drill that point in tonight

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Tate >>>>>> everyone else for me tonight. 

  • Tera2

    I loved 5th harmony singing “impossible”.  It was great in judges house and great today too.  They are my 3rd favorite behind Arin Ray and Paige cause those are the ones who have pop potential to me.  I hope they make it to finals.  I was hoping for this show to produce some pop acts this season but obviously a broadway kid and an aging country guy is gonna take it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    “Anything Could Happen” >>>>>>>>>> “Impossible”

  • iluvai

    I don’t have a horse in this race, but my 12 year old just ran for the phone. smh.

  • iluvai

    I liked Tate and Fifth Harmony best tonight. Good luck to all!

  • Karen C

    Just a thought, hope the results aren’t affected because a certain concert is on tonight.  This might affect Tate the most, if his audience are mainly adults and they are watching the concert tonight.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    Do you know who your child is voting for

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    If it were based on tonights performance I would say Carly is in grave danger. Except it shouldn’t be! Vote for Carly! E3 and FH had pretty good first choices. But Simon’s choice was first weird and then lazy. Tate was the bomb tonight.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    I thought everybody was easily better in Round 1 than in Round 2, with Fifth Harmony winning Round 1 and a tie between everybody in round 2.

  • iluvai

    Of course!  Emblem3!!! 

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    I figured but didn’t want to assume. 

  • Nedsdag

    It was so predictable what Simon did. He wants Fifth Harmony out so he made them sing the song from Judge’s Houses so they can go out in style.

    The problem with Emblem3 being Simon’s US version of 1D is they lack 1D’s charm. Their frat boy act is going to wear thin with a lot of people.

  • iluvai

    I totally agree.

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    No I was only talking about FH not E3. E3′s one was completely weird and I didn’t really enjoy it I disagree with the judges. I thought the critique for FH’s second performance was honest and I agree with them. Except Simon of course. In other words I thought they were both unpleasant and the only one that deserves the finals is Tate. Well its not that E3 or 5H did bad technically. For E3 it’s because that song is completely wrong for them and for 5H because they did a version of a song worse than the original one. But if I had to pick who was better dw its I thought 5H was better too.

  • iluvai

    lol, I don’t think I’m hearing what she’s hearing. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

     E3 til either her fingers bleed or I enforce her bedtime.  LOL

  • Nedsdag

    Enforce her bedtime, take her phone, and vote for 5H on her phone. ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1638805698 Jason Scott

    5th Harmony was AWESOME tonight. I didn’t mind them repeating a performance…b/c it was still better than anything else that went down tonight.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WL5GWMEWBFT4BBHSNKNZ7TYJRU Jess

    I’m not sure it’s all recorded because that short one with the curly hair and highlights missed the mark on that first set of “impossible’s” Not completely off but she definitely didn’t hit the note. The fun one that wore the giant bow in her hair during the first performance just doesn’t blend well vocally with the group and the black chick just isn’t very good. Long wavy hair girl and the shorter haired girl have the best voices. Either way, if Carly goes home it’ll be sad. Emblem 3′s “Hey Jude” was awful. And brother screechy voice did the “hey jude-a-jude-ajude-a-judy judy judy” part right before brother old school beiber hair was supposed to. So much for having faith that he could nail the note. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WL5GWMEWBFT4BBHSNKNZ7TYJRU Jess

    There is an actual part where Paul McCartney says “Judy”. It’s between all the nanananananana’s. Maybe it’s because I just heard the actual Paul McCartney sing that last month at his concert but Emblem 3′s version was pretty bad. And to compare them to the Beatles?! Um no.  maybe 98 degrees… Beastie Boys even. NO where near the Beatles

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WL5GWMEWBFT4BBHSNKNZ7TYJRU Jess

    There is an actual part where Paul McCartney says “Judy”. It’s between all the nanananananana’s. Maybe it’s because I just heard the actual Paul McCartney sing that last month at his concert but Emblem 3′s version was pretty bad. And to compare them to the Beatles?! Um no.  maybe 98 degrees… Beastie Boys even. NO where near the Beatles

  • kcostell

    Someone really needs to sit Carly down and explain to her how some songs can take a gazillion glory notes and embellishments, but other songs can’t.  This has been a problem with her before this week too (e.g. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”).

  • Kitwana

    I’ve never seen Imagine sung with so much anger. At one point, her face had the expression of Demi Lovato just before she clocked out her backup dancer. I wonder if Carly understood what she was singing about.

    LA reminding everyone that Emblem 3 are teen heartthrobs like the Beatles and Demi saying they are on their way to becoming the Beatles was hilarious. Why not just say they are teen heartthrobs like 98 Degrees?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Fifth Harmony >> Emblem 3

    Come on America, make it happen!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    I have to admit E3 was not a train-wreck I thought they were going to be after realising what songs they were going to perform.  The act that disappointment me was Carly, and that was due to the song arrangement given to her.  

  • mchcat

    I love country music and I thought he was good – I don’t watch this show just the videos here.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Does Fifth Harmony remind anyone of Glee’s girl group the “Trouble Tones”?

  • durbesque

    After a great first song, Simon bussed 5H into “Impossible”.  English/Spanish…with their diction, I couldn’t tell the difference.

    Hated Carly’s yelling in those 2 quiet songs. 
    Slept through Tate’s first song.  Didn’t like “Fall” with the 3 high notes faked (falsetto).

    For the first time, my faves were Emblem3.  They put on a damn good show! 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IDXVM7NCMXZVHX4M2RFBYOTYDA Robert

    E3 should get sent home just for the judges putting them in the same sentence as The Beatles.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WL5GWMEWBFT4BBHSNKNZ7TYJRU Jess

    Nope because the trouble tones had better harmonies, and better vocals. 

  • luvmy5guys

    me too… i did not think she was awful.. they werent my favorite performances of hers but her worst is still better than most of the others bests…I know Tate is good but I just hate country so i kind of tune him out… the girls are good but the set up and costumes on the first performance just too much for me… and E3… no….  i have been voting my butt off for Carly tonight because she has earned that spot in the final.. hopefully Simon dissing her will cause people to vote for her

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    The thing about Tate is, he is incredibly talented, but he is a dime a dozen in the country music business. I don’t see what makes him different than any other country male artist yet. And I know people will say “He sings with soul”, but so do a lot of country artists. I just want to see Tate distinguish himself in that genre. It’s nothing personal against Tate, it’s just my opinion.

  • Paddy Baylis

    I think 5th Harmony are good and same with Tate. Emblem 3′s audition and their original music is great but this competition they’ve only be good. Until tonight Carly has been incredible.
    I’m wondering how they can drag it out to 1hr for the results show with no sing off or leaderboard. 25 minutes of ads. 10 minutes of artists performing. 10 minutes of mindless drivel from the hosts. 2 minute elimination.

  • Nedsdag

    It’s simple. Just tune in at 8:57 in time to watch Fifth Harmony’s departure video.

    Besides, Bruno Mars will be on The Voice, so I don’t have to watch him Thursday night.

  • journey1

    I admit I am not a country fan, but I still think Tate sounds like a whole bunch of other country singers.  I have trouble telling any of them apart. 
    Emblem3…Keaton is probably going to turn out to have the best voice, but he is so awkward on stage.  He is always hanging out right by his brother and they often bump into each other.
    I think Carly is a very talented young lady, but I didn’t like her rendition of Imagine.  That one big loud note was totally out of place in that song.
    Fifth Harmony just kind of bores me.  Cute girls, some have good voices, but I just can’t get into them.

  • dd999

    Disappointed in the songs Carly sang, wish she had taken Demi’s advice and sung an up-tempo song. Could not believe Brittany chose ‘Imagine’ for her … not very original its been sung to death. Tate, I thought, was really good tonite. 

  • Paddy Baylis

    True. Fifth HArmony aren’t bad but too many other strong acts. And not enough of a fanbase.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    On the topic of Carly’s performances of “Your Song” and “imagine” I have two thoughts.
    1.) I want to hear the contestant’s version, not a carbon copy of the original. If i want to hear the original version, I’d listen to the original artist’s version. I want contestants to pay tribute to the original, but take some creative licenses to be “original”. 
    2.) I do think the big note in “Imagine” was out of place and I would have kept Carly at the piano, but again, I can only comment on what happened. I thought Carly did great versions of two classics. Were they perfect? No. But they were classic Carly. 

    Overall I think Carly had a good night, but IMO she has not recaptured the magic of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. 

    P.S. Simon’s advice that Carly should stick to ballads, from a few weeks back, is the worst advice you can give someone on a reality show. You have to mix it up to keep the audience interested. Singing ballads week after week is what puts a roadblock in front of female contestants. It’s called the “One Trick Pony Curse”. Carly, if you are still here, which i hope you are, sing uptempo songs and have fewer big notes. We know you can do amazing things with your voice. You need to listen to Demi and sing uptempo.

  • http://twitter.com/RKOBlackSwan

    EMBLEM3 goes. It couldn’t be any more obvious. Fifth Harmony were given the underdog edit and America loves an underdog.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3XJE5GRAUMYR7Y5RYZUW7SC4U md

    Right, they’re just like Justin Bieber.

  • Paddy Baylis

    After what happened with CeCe I agree with you about the underdog thing. But I don’t think emblem 3 will go home. Too many teenage girls watch this show.

  • fantoo1

    I wonder if Carly could be the shock boot.

  • girlygirltoo

    13 year olds singing ballads are just so relevant…not. Carly Rose really needs to sing something young and upbeat. However I think she has a strong enough fanbase to keep her safe even though this was probably the worst she has been all season.

    Tate does what he does fine. But he does the same thing pretty much all the time. He’s pretty generic. But again, he likely has a strong enough fanbase to make it to the finals.

    Both groups were ok. Fifth Harmony was probably better overall than Emblem3.  But the (sorta? maybe?) cute guys will make the finals and the cute girls will go home.

  • iluvai

    I was surprised they made it into 2 hours tonight. They did better tonight with 4 singers left than other episodes with more finalists. Khloe really didn’t even bug me tonight.  ;) The good thing about XFactor is that it tides me over until AI starts. 

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    I hope you’re right but I doubt it. :(

  • http://twitter.com/RKOBlackSwan

    Actually, I prefer E3 and thought they were the strongest tonight than they have been since their audition but I think a combo of….

    1. 5H fans being scared of the bottom placement last week
    2. Underdog edit
    3. Simon’s final words

    will equal an E3 elimination.

  • girlygirltoo

    The choir on Your Song was total overkill. She also started that performance in too low of a key

  • Nedsdag

    From your lips to tween girls’s ears.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2K6LL4WPUTAY6TKG2VG3SYFA5M Erlinda

    Wow! Love Emblem3. Best of the night! Fun to watch.

  • alt28023

    America has been missing a decent girl group in these past few years. I really enjoyed both performances by 5H today. I just hope they don’t suffer DK syndrome with getting put together in reality TV.

  • kcostell

    I have this sudden horrifying image in my head of Carly Rose deciding to prove her critics wrong next week by going for a young, upbeat song by the other Carly. “Call Me Maybe” it is.

  • kcostell

    I have this sudden horrifying image in my head of Carly Rose deciding to prove her critics wrong next week by going for a young, upbeat song by the other Carly. “Call Me Maybe” it is.

  • Mariyas

    IMO, the worst act tonight on the two songs rendered is Carly.
    And I have always been rooting for her but so disappointed tonight really.
    Her two songs didn’t need too much embellishments or high wailing notes.
    Both Your Song and Imagine are songs that should touch the heart and soul when sang but she miserably failed.
    All the other 3 acts were much much better than her.
    It’s Tate Stevens to lose.

  • Tera2

    I tried voting for 5th harmony and the line was busy for 2 hours.  I only got through a couple times and that was in the last 10 minutes.  It happened last week too for the first hour.  (It was busy for an hour the day Paige was voted off too.)  I hope 5th Harmony makes it tomorrow.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    My sister voted for Carly and we got in like crazy. Going from two different phones at the same time. So take it for what it’s worth.

  • Quaribea

    Carly Rose lost me at the second note in “Heaven” in Imagine and it was way down hill after that.  It just proved she doesn’t have the experience and the emotional maturity to pull that off.  She’s no Archie, and I won’t be voting for her.

  • http://twitter.com/RKOBlackSwan

    I didn’t see Simon bussing the girls at all. If it were a true bus job, he wouldn’t have went on and on at the end about how they deserve to be in the finals and everything. He would just give them sort of faint praise. 

    I bet Simon isn’t really interested in who out of his groups makes it to the finale because he knows they can’t win but plans on doing business with both. Yes, more business with E3 but I do think he is going to try with 5H.

  • http://twitter.com/Girltalkbf AlesheaDominique

    My sister also REALLY loved 5H. Her exact words after they sang Impossible, “I was cheesin’ so hard my teeth was catchin’ air and started hurtin’!” She then had me replay the performance a million times. 

  • iluvai

    awww… your sister is funny.  I think 5H deserves to go on to the finals. They have some real stars in that group. And they do have fans just like the other top 4 or they wouldn’t be there! I really didn’t like Lakoda Rain or whatever that Simon put together in season one, I actually thought he was mocking them. I hope the 5H girls make it tomorrow.  :)

  • iluvai

    I think E3 is out tomorrow. It’s way too soon for a “boy band”, a subpar one at that. Fifth Harmony has some really great singers who should not have been put into a group, Carly is just the amazingly, otherworldly teen who will find her place, and Tate is just pretty good and likeable. I think 5th Harmony and Carly are the lock for tomorrow.

  • http://www.celebritybug.net/ Amanda (Celebrity Bug)

    Just finished watching the show and dare I say it, but for the first time, I actually feel like Carly could possibly be in trouble.

  • http://twitter.com/AwesomeWillis Willis White

    I kind of think 5th Harmony was the best for me tonight. They were the most interesting at least.

    Carly stuck with the ballads, which she should at this stage. I agreed with Simon that her Let It Be had too much staging.

    Tate’s Tate. I think I want him to win this and I’ll never buy his CD. I’m part of the problem.

    Emblem3 are easily the worst for me. Maybe they DO have talent as original artists, but they have killed all credibility with me. Lots of hopping around, pandering, and gift shop ball caps. Not much else.

    All of the judges comments seemed forced tonight. Even “mean” Britney was light on the hammer.

    Watched the pre show with CeCe and Marcus Canty. The top 4 made a video saying goodbye to CeCe and they showed some unseen audition footage from her. Marcus is releasing his EP in January on his birthday, and his mom is not sticking to that “give it two years then you’re going to college” thing. Being signed to Epic seems to have pleased her ;)

  • Listening

    Fifth Harmony were the best of the night w/ Anything Could Happen. I loved it, everything was clicking. They had great Harmonies it was a good song and their vocals were on point. Also they did more w/ their staging rather than just having them just stand there. Yeah they just basically sat there but they were like acting while singing and using props. It felt like something you’d see on an expensive tour.
     
     The only thing wrong was minor it was the girl who had that stupid huge bow on her head. She looked ridiculous.

  • Listening

    Fifth Harmony’s second song Impossible was a lazy song choice. Also b/c they sang that song already you can’t help but compare it to the first time they sung it and it suffered in comparison. 

    I’d love to see Fifth Harmony knock off Emblem 3 b/c well Emblem 3 can’t sing. And for the the life of me I can never understand why the judges keep praising them.

    Fifth Harmony making it into the top 3 comes down the strength of their first song, which was awesome. It’s possible but it will take the causal viewer picking up and voting not simply their die hard fan base.

  • Reflects On Life

    “She performs the Ellie Goulding arrangement [of Your Song].”

    Actually, I think Carly’s version has more in common with the Your Song sung by Ewan McGregor in the movie Moulin Rouge.  The choir and the “bombast” (I mean that in the best possible way), in contrast to the typical intimate approach to this song, is a celebration & a mimicking of the euphoric feeling of love.  It’s a great song, and it can support either interpretation. But the MR version is more similar to Carly’s Broadway-trained vocal styling.  (She should have had a male opera singer sing in Italian at the end, along with the choir, LOL.)
    http://youtu.be/jzZWz2zhCxQ?t=1m

    Carly is so fantastic – I hope being on XFactor is not a curse on her career in the long run.

    5H could do no wrong tonight. I didn’t mind the song repeat – the first song was so long ago (judges houses) and it was acapella, so I didn’t even recall the original performance when I heard this one.  I only wish they had done more harmonizing on this go around, instead of lets-take-turns-soloing.

    Tate is a solid and reliable singer, always on pitch and on tempo, always works the stage with ease. But does he have a voice or a style that you could ID on radio? 

    DB3 – if Simon signs them, I hope he lets them do their thing on their album.  It’s ok if they are a little throwbacky (they remind me of rock-rap era Linkin Park) but maybe enabling them to define the new wave of “current” will be more lucrative than making them “current” per today’s music landscape.

  • WestiesRule

    I half watched because I wanted to catch the 12-12-12 concert. I have to say this wasn’t a good week for Carley to tank. 5th Harmony peaked, Tate sounds the same and Emblem 3 showed more in the Frampton number. This show showcases how little the judges really know their contestants. As for Emblem 3, calling kids a bunch of douches is getting old. They don’t act much different than the multitudes of teens I have worked with over the years.
    ETA: All four are getting signed so they all won. Simon hasn’t said he was signing 5th armony but they are worth the gamble. More coaching and image consultants will turn these gals around ala 1 Direction. Simon (and LA) are moguls for a reason.

  • alonzo7

    Thanks for the videos-just cannot watch two hours of this show live.
    Poor Carly-just too much on both songs-she looks nervous-she’s 13-nuff said.  Can’t think of what they would do with her if she should win and after this week I don’t think she will.
    Have never connected to E3 so anything they do has no meaning for me.
    Thought 5th Harmony was cute on their first song-hope they get in over E3 but could be Carly in a surprise boot.
    Tate was Tate and I really enjoy his vibe-I just keep remembering how LA reacted when he realized he had the overs-he’s about to win with this guy.  More experience-hard to ruin a good country song!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4MHKTE4BRHH3IQBF3UBKBVXPJY Samantha

    I really hope this is not a Tamyra gray (AI, season 1) repeat. Tamyra was great through every single week except for that one single week in Top 4, where she had her worse night and everyone else was on top of their game. IMO, Carly earned her spot in the finals. Was I disappointed at her performances tonight? sure, but that’s only because she had been exceptionally good every single week. I absolutely loved “as long as you love me” last week and hope that she will get the chance to redeem herself in the finals next week. *fingers crossed*

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.mitchell.3954546 Bill Mitchell

    Im sorry but butterfly wings on waiters?  huh?

    Its strange to me that the production values for X-Factor Australia were SO SO SO much better than our version.

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    Oh my WOW! 5th harmony’s Anything could happen performance was just A +++ for super duper awesome!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/alencarthiago Thiago Alencar

    For me, Simon’s decision to work more with E3 may have something to do with wanting to take Little Mix to the US next year. I don’t know if he would want to put two girl groups against each other (though i don’t think they are very much alike). Still, i’ll be cheering for them.

    The moment i saw britney telling Carly to sing Imagine was the definition of the trainwreck she has been throughout the season. It was sad.

    I don’t think it will happen, but Carly doesn’t need the pressure of winning this show. Her face while Simon was talking after Imagine… She seemed on the verge of crying. She needs some time to mature and to be ready to face such a tough industry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.mitchell.3954546 Bill Mitchell

    Carly fell victim to the great downfall of most early leaders – poor song choice.  These were just dull and in spots a little weird.  Carly benefitted early from the OMG SHES ONLY 13?! vote but now she has to really deliver to win.

    I blame her mentor for the song choice obviously.

    She is safe no doubt and should win based on pure talent but it is awfully hard to defeat the country music voting block.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    For me, Tate wins hands-down. Especially on “Fall.” Clay Walker is one of my favourite singers. Clay has an amazing range and his songs aren’t that easy to sing. I thought Tate did a very good job. And he also sold Bonfire very well.

    No idea if he can become a star – that depends mostly on song choice (does he write or is he going to be dependent on getting songs from other people) and backing from the record company and management. I know several amazing  singer/songwriters who haven’t made it big in country for reasons that I can’t fathom. But Tate should be able to make a good living singing.

  • nncw

    This show is all about feeding Simon’s ego.

  • http://twitter.com/lucy__luz Luz Mae Salvador

    i like all tate’s performances as well as emblem3′s performances especially the hey jude. i like fifth harmony’s first performances and carly’s your song. i agree with simon about carly’s second song. too much going on! ‘

    good luck to all of them! 

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    Hey Jude wasn’t performed by Emblem3. It was performed by Emblem2. Drew was practically useless.

  • Ratna12

    Carly’s Imagine was weird. It was a beautiful song and out of nowhere, she hit that high notes because I think that she thought she should.
    I wish that she got more criticism because I think that it would help her in the long run.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    I want E3 to be out and 5th Harmony to be in the top 3.
    I really like the girl with huge ribbon on top of her head.

  • calliebeckett

    Not sure where to put this but they are saying on twitter that Paige got signed to Roc Nation?!

  • calliebeckett

    Not sure where to put this but they are saying on twitter that Paige got signed to Roc Nation?!

  • elliegrll

    Not sure where to put this but they are saying on twitter that Paige got signed to Roc Nation?!

    People said the same thing about Astro.  The X Factor has a deal with Sony, and they aren’t going to let anyone sign these contestants until the season is over.