X Factor 2 Finale Pairings Revealed!

THE X FACTOR: Simon Cowell with Fifth Harmony at THE X FACTOR Final Three Red Carpet and Press Conference, Monday, Dec. 17 in Los Angeles, CA. CR: Ray Mickshaw / FOX.

The X Factor  two night finale will be broadcast by FOX on Wednesday and Thursday of this week at 8/7c pm. . The judges, including Simon Cowell, LA Reid, Demi Lovato and Britney Speaars, hosts Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez, plus the remaining 3 final acts, met with reporters in Los Angeles tonight (Dec 17) to answer questions.

The big revelation were the duet partners who will sing with each of the 3 finalists on Wednesday. Here’s how it will shake out:

  • Fifth Harmony will perform with Demi Lovato (!!!)
  • Tate Stevens will perform “Pontoon” with Little Big Town (via Music Row)
  • Carly Rose Sonenclar will perform with Lee Ann Rimes

So, kids. What’s wrong with this picture? I think it’s cool that Simon Cowell set up his girls, Fifth Harmony to sing with his “frenemy” on the panel,  Demi Lovato. The group has performed two of Demi’s hits–“Give Your Heart a Break” and “Skyscraper” during the competition, so that pairing is perfect.

Reportedly, Tate wanted to sing with country superstar, Garth Brooks, but was told he “was not an option. But Little Big Town agreed. The country hit makers aren’t legends like Garth is, but they are a successful country act, and apparently, Tate is stoked. “It’s going to be super awesome,” ‘he says.

And we come to Carly. The Broadway pop singer. Who is paired up with...Leann Rimes? There are a couple of problems here. The least of which is that Carly has never sung a country tune on the show, and I’d wager a bet–ever in her life. Leann’s country stylings are totally out of the young singer’s wheelhouse.

But that’s minor compared to the tiny image problem Leann brings with her. Actually it’s not tiny. Leann is pretty well loathed by lots of people who consider her a homewrecker for breaking up the marriage of the man she is now married to. What’s more, Leann is a total trainwreck, suing ordinary folk after engaging in twitter wars, and publicly feuding with her husband’s ex-wife who ALSO happens to be one of those annoying Bravo housewives.

YUCK. I’d almost think that Simon was trying to throw Carly under the bus. Hm.

Via The Hollywood Reporter

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  • http://twitter.com/ITS_KJB_OMG Kyle Bianchini

    Carly is either going to sing Cant Fight the Moonlight, or as I am thinking it will be, How Do I Live. Yeah those songs are country but they are in Carly’s ballad/pop wheelhouse.

  • alt28023

    I don’t mind LeAnn, she’s one of the few country singers I enjoy. Plus she brought Brandi to the RHOBH. 

    ….what? I like watching trash…!

    But yeah that is an out of the blue pairing.

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

    Woah we have a country finale!!! Ye haw……….

  • chessguy99

    Leann Rimes doesn’t seem to be a good fit for Carly. This may be Simon bussing her, as they rarely give real bad comments at XF finales. I will add to the potential songs, Written in the Stars, a duet she did with Elton John on the Elton John/Tim Rice concept album for their musical Aida.

    Tate scored a good duet partner in Little Big Town. They’ve been around for years and are only now hitting country stardom. Their song Pontoon was Single of the Year at the CMAs last month.

    Fifth Harmony is getting the real advantage here. There are many Demi fans who will vote Fifth Harmony because of the duet. That coupled with any momentum from last week, could just eek out a win for them and Simon.

  • EvenMoreron

    The best song for Leeann and Carly would be Blue, which is one of my favorite Haley moments actually.

  • briguyx

    I thought Demi sounded pretty bad on “VH1 Divas” last night, so I don’t think Simon’s doing Fifth harmony any favors.

    Two things about LeAnn: she started her career very young and has made a place for herself in music, giving Carly Rose something to shoot for. She also has a powerful voice that will be able to blend with Carly and is more than comfortable singing pop songs.

  • Incipit

    YUCK. I’d almost think that Simon was trying to throw Carly under the bus. Hm.

    Yeah. You’d “almost” think that, wouldn’t you?  After all, Country, Broadway, what’s the difference? Simon wouldn’t know – he doesn’t like either one. 

    Of course, the irony would be if Carly, being a Broadway singer, was able to kill a Country tune, by treating it ‘as if’ it came from a stage show – like “Oklahoma”, or “Annie Get Your Gun”, or the musical version of ‘9 TO 5″ – But maybe not “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” –  Heh.

    I really don’t know if Carly has ever sung a Country song in her young life – or was ever in any shows where the score was country music – but if she has the chops as an artist, she ‘could’ pull this off…and stay out from under the bus that’s “almost” certainly coming for her. IMO.
    Whoever Cowell doesn’t want the most ought to win – for the sake of poetic justice – the only kind of justice available. Looks like he REALLY doesn’t want Carly. But Tate would work too – So, there you go. *snerk*

  • mtthew

    carly and leann are more alike than you guys would think. both started out very young. both did musicals. both had their moments on talent shows.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LeAnn_Rimes#Early_lifemaybe everybody’s someone would be a good song for the two to perform? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BePkLgDWdSI it’s already structured as a duet and not significantly country or anything. i think it could work.

  • mtthew

    and i am really excited for demi and fifth harmony!! i wonder what song they are going to perform, because they already did giver your heart a break, and they better not be reprising it (as much as i love the song!!)

  • Incipit

    carly and leann are more alike than you guys would think. 

    So I see, from Leann’s checkered music history – and thank you for the link. There’s a lot of country and a lot of cheese – Debby Boone and Diane Warren? And even a track record of singing songs too old for her – 
    “Rimes was also known for choosing mature material that was beyond her age range. In her first album, Rimes recorded such material as Deborah Allen’s “My Baby”, whose lyrics provocatively say, “my baby is a full-time lover, my baby is a full-grown man.”[2] Other material such as Diane Warren’s “How Do I Live” had also been considered too mature for Rimes’ age and was the main reason why her version of the song was not chosen to be used in the soundtrack for the film Con Air.[70]” 

    So what is the point? Cross-over Country Pop at best? Schmaltz at worst.  If ‘This’ is the best choice Cowell had in his Rolodex, or the equivalent there of – I don’t think much of the direction he sees for Carly. And I’m not sure he ever met a Diane Warren song he didn’t like – so there’s that scary possibility. It’s still a bus…IMO. 

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

    ew Leanne!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000487285329 Willis Dunlow

     I was not to excited about Leanne BUT come to think of it-might be a CLEVER move to have CARLY do a country song and outshine ole Garth buddy…oops, TATE I mean!…maybe appeal to the country lovers and take a few votes away  from mister “I love my wife, I might loose my old job now cause poor pitiful me went Hollywood,I am the only one here that it’s “MY DREAM” to be a star all my life, and I know how to look down at the floor and act REALLY humble”….nah,Carly doesn’t have a chance–America loves a TATE type!..Alright already-lets just rename the show THE XY FACTOR!

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Ew. This duets thing again? Cos it worked out so well last time. They should just let them have 2 songs. 

  • kmd23

    I don’t think that it is so great to have Demi perform with 5th Harmony. Kind of a boring choice and Demi can’t sing that well but I am not a 5thH fan anyway. I really like LeAnn but I think Tate got the best pairing with Little Big Town.

  • http://anibundel.wordpress.com/ anibundel

    I expect Simon’s thinking behind LeeAnn is the child star aspect. But it’s a bad image–he should have found a child star who has their sh*t together, not one that proved the perils of early fame can skew one’s perspective on how to be a functional adult.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Other material such as Diane Warren’s “How Do I Live” had also been
    considered too mature for Rimes’ age and was the main reason why her
    version of the song was not chosen to be used in the soundtrack for the
    film Con Air.[70]”

    That’s interesting, Incipit. I happen to really like that song (yeah, I’m a sucker for these kind of “glurgy” (tm Eilonwy) ballads lol ) and prefer the Yearwood rendition (which was used of Con Air), but didn’t realize that there had been a problem with LeAnn’s version for that movie. LeAnn’s rendition is good too, but I’m more of a melody person wrt music, so “inappropriate” lyrics really don’t register with me. lol

  • mmb

    Fifth Harmony and Demi make a lot of sense and I think Demi’s pretty rabid fanbase will help them out.  But Carly and LeAnn?  Um wow.  LeAnn is a true talent but has just lost her way and isn’t at all the type of successful, current act that X Factor prides itself on attracting (at least not right now) — they couldn’t get Selena Gomez/Miranda Cosgrove/Miley Cyrus/Bridget Mendler etc?  None of the late teen/early 20 something Disney/Nick girls were available?  Or was Simon trying to clear the decks for that demo for Fifth Harmony/Demi?   NOt that it matters bc I think Tate will win this thing in a walk

  • Trina

    I dont know how much Demi’s fanbase actually votes considering how fast she lost her team and didnt even end up with anyone in the finale. They couldnt have gave 5thH someone more exciting than someone they see every week? lol IMO Tate got the best deal. Obviously not Garth level big but LBT are great and perfect for him.

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

    Carly should be singing with her mentor. That would be fun!

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

    As much as I adore Britney, we all know she rarely sings live and when she does, can we even call what she does singing???

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

    LeAnn is definitely the most talented out of the three acts, but she is also the most hated. Britney has enough pull in the industry that she could have gotten someone better if she wanted too, this simply reaffirms how little she cares.

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

    I disagree with the comment that LeAnn Rimes songs aren’t in Carly’s wheelhouse, if she has shown one thing throughout this competition, it’s that she can sing ANYTHING!!

  • cam_lo

    GENIUS move by Simon. Not only does he bring all Demi’s fans on board with his group — a collection of fans, mind you, that was just named by MTV as the most powerful fans in music or something equally stupid yet significant — but he also associates the frontrunner with music’s biggest embarrassment at the moment. 

    Just remember that when there were three people left, no one thought there was a shot in hell that Kris could beat Danny or Adam… 

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    Leann Rimes, huh?  Last I saw, she was doing some bad acting in a Lifetime movie.  That pairing makes me scratch my head for sure, but who knows?  

    Tate will win, anyway.

  • tati83

    I think the Demi and Fifth Harmony is perfect! Can’t wait!! Wondering what they will sing though since 5H has already covered Demi’s only 2 real hits. Maybe Fix a Heart???

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Nah, that would be embarassing for Britney. lol

  • http://anibundel.wordpress.com/ anibundel

    The LeeAnn choice is just one more bit of proof that Simon *really* doesn’t have a grasp of American pop culture.

  • http://twitter.com/happylittlefish Amy Beth

    Maybe Simon is trying to get Carly to reconsider show biz altogether. When your mentor is Britney and they partner you with Leann, the not so subtle message is that child stardom wrecks your life.

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

    WHOAH! What’s hapenning? I think the world is going to end a day earlier than the date predicted which is 12/21/12. 5th harmony and demi lovato?? yeah, demi is talented but..she’s one of the judges right? It’s SO SO SO not right! So bias! yeah? 

    ..and carly and leanne? tsk! tsk! i dunno what to say! 

    for sure simon will say that there will be a big big big changes on season 3!  

    i think season 1 is much better that season 2!

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

    I just realised that they are making a statement that Demi could sing live whilst Britney can’t sing a note live!!!  Furthermore Britney would sound shit singing next to Carly.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Leann Rimes has a song “Borrowed” that went to country adds yesterday. I wonder if that is what she will be singing with Carly tonight.

  • Montavilla

    Where is Britney in all this?  Isn’t she the one who is supposed to be making these decisions for her protegee?

  • Klaine

    Not impressed with these stars. Not A list… And don’t like Demi singing with another category.. No one wanted to perform with 5th Harmony? And I agree with the Leanne thing. That’s the best they could get & someone with so much scandal performing with a 13yo girl? Very fishy indeed… But I lost faith in Simon a while ago

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

    Whhhatt? Simon intentionally throwing someone under the bus? No way…….

    Carly Rose is not going to be country, I can bet on that, so where the hell did the choice of Lee Ann Rimes come from? Come on Simon, for someone who boasts he sold a lot of records, you make some some stupid decisions sometimes.

  • girlygirltoo

    It does seem like Sabotage to pair Carly Rose with Leann. The only excuse I could hear TPTB making about that pairing is that Leann was a country star at a very young age. But since Carly Rose isn’t a country act, that really makes no sense, either.

  • girlygirltoo

    yeah but they didn’t do duets with famous artists on Idol S8 until after the finale performance show was over and all the votes were in, so they didn’t really throw Kris under the bus Top 3 or even Top 2 week (even if Apologize was not a great judges’ choice for him Top 3 week, Danny’s judges’ song choice was probably worse, in retrospect). This is a different situation with with XF, since the duets will come on the finale performance show, so people will likely consider those duets when voting.

  • emlz

    I would love to hear Lightweight, My Love Is Like a Star or Fix a Heart for Fifth Harmony. I also think we tend to overestimate the number of people in Demi’s fanbase who will vote for Fifth Harmony. A lot of Demi’s fans are foreign and many of them only care about Demi, not about voting for someone with whom she’s performed. I don’t think Fifth Harmony will catch up to Carly or Tate, esp. now that he’s paired up with Little Big Town.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1597688623 Josie Barrett

     I think it’s potentially a truly diabolical set of pairings, depending on song choices.  LeAnn’s image may hurt Carly’s votes, and poorly chosen country song could further hurt her chances of winning (especially if it’s a song that doesn’t suit her very well, or that simply isn’t a very good song for a competition of this sort).  But while Carly singing a country song may cost her some of her voting fans (some of whom may turn to 5H), it may also take some of the country music loving vote away from Tate.  This, coupled with Demi’s popularity, could allow 5H to win.

    Demi fans ==> 5H
    Some Carly fans ==> 5H (because of song choice)
    Some Carly fans ==> 5H or don’t vote (because of LeAnn’s image)
    Some Tate votes ==> Carly (because of song choice or liking LeAnn)

    For insurance, give Tate *another* Bon Jovi song, or something not in his wheelhouse.

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

    I love Leann. I’ve been a fan since I was a kid. I choose to ignore her personal life and focus on her music.

    She’s so underrated, musically.

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

    Carly is good for broadway and boring. Throw her under the bus. Tate is a doucheybag and oldie. Throw him under the bus. Simon knows who he wants to get the 5 mil.

  • girlygirltoo

    If she sings Can’t Fight the Moonlight, can they have her do the whole Coyote Ugly production walking across the bar? Because that would be so appropriate for a 13-year-old :)