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With only six contestants left, two performance shows to go, and $5 million on the line, the competition heated up as THE X FACTOR Season 2 comes down to the wire. This week the Top 6 doubled your pleasure with two performances from each contestant: An unplugged song and The Pepsi Challenge song, which YOU chose for them.
Well, you sounded off and we listened! And was it everything you dreamed of and more? Of course it was! Now the big question, who will be going home tomorrow night in this week's single elimination?
Before we rundown the action we want to warn you that the show is only going to get more intense, so be prepared for bigger performances and more drama! Now that that's out of the way let's see how it all went down...
CeCe Frey: Lady GaGa's "Edge of Glory": Tonight the beautiful blonde, who came out perched atop a red piano, showed a more intimate side of her. The judges had a standoff, with L.A. Reid telling her "sometimes we get it wrong because I'm starting to become a fan." Britney Spears disagreed calling it good, but adding "it should be great." Simon Cowell seconded that saying it was "not worth the $5 million contract." Of course Demi Lovato loved it.
Emblem3: Bruno Mars' "Just the Way You Are": The SoCal heartthrobs continued to show off their versatility with Drew busting out the acoustic guitar for the first time. L.A. loved it. "At least one of Simon's groups can sing harmony," he said. Britney called it "hands down one of your best performances." Demi disagreed calling it "a downgraded version of the Jonas Brothers five years ago." Simon snapped back telling Demi, "That was incredibly dumb what you just said."
Carly Rose Sonenclar: Justin Bieber's "As Long as You Love Me": Hoping to keep that number one spot for a third week in a row, the teen sensation continued to flaunt her vocal abilities. "I love you so much," exclaimed L.A. Demi agreed wholeheartedly saying, "you sang it better than the Justin did." Simon confidently declared, "I am seeing a star emerge," and Britney was proud with a capital "P!"
Fifth Harmony: Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain": Last week this fab five jumped from seventh place to fourth, and this week they hoped to keep the momentum going. L.A., who earlier quipped that they don't sing harmony, said, "They should've called you Fifth Unison." Demi said, "I feel like there's a couple of you that should just be solo artists." Simon strongly disagreed calling it "pick on Fifth Harmony week."
Diamond White: James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World": Contrary to the song title, Diamond set out to show America that it's HER world, singing the James Brown classic for the second time. The crowd screamed and the judges were mostly impressed L.A. loved it. "This week you brought attitude and I love attitude." Demi agreed. Simon didn't like the song choice and said it was "a little bit screechy." Britney disagreed, exclaiming "you not only nailed it you destroyed it!"
Tate Stevens: Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer": Last week Simon told Tate "Don't dance" and this week the country crooner abided, staying put for his soulful rendition of the Bon Jovi hit. Britney sang his praises saying, "I really feel like you'll be a huge country star." Demi agreed but felt that he "skipped out on the high note." Simon didn't like the song choice saying it was like "taking a goldfish for a walk. You can't." L.A. stood by his contestant...naturally!
Pepsi Challenge Song
CeCe Frey: Katy Perry's "Part of Me": Returning to the super-sized stage show the feisty Frey brought back the bright lights and big hair. L.A., who loved her unplugged performance was less fond of this one. "I feel like a windshield wiper because first I was here and now I'm over there." Britney fired back: "I disagree. I found it very entertaining." Simon appreciated her defiance. "If you do go I'm going to miss you," he said. Demi said, "If the Princess of Pop is right here saying you did a good job, then you did a good job."
Emblem3: Alphaville's "Forever Young": The girls in the audience were screaming before the "swoon-able" trio even sang a note. L.A. was a fan of the performance telling them "tonight you nailed it." Britney agreed, calling it "a superstar performance." Demi liked, but didn't love it, telling the boys, " I just want to see you command the stage more." Simon shot back at the even feistier than usual Demi, even asking her "what is the matter with you?"
Carly Rose Sonenclar: Beyonce's "If I Were a Boy": Our little "alien" continued to wow all. L.A. even admitted "every time you step onstage I get nervous because I know you're going to be very, very good." Demi liked it, but wanted to hear something up-tempo. Simon, continuing his season-long feud with his pop star cohort, told Carly, "Don't listen to a single word that this one [Demi] just said."
Fifth Harmony: Demi Lovato's "Give Your Heart a Break": Simon threw another shot Demi's way calling the song choice "annoying." Unlike their unplugged performance L.A. loved this one saying, "Unbelievable. I actually heard harmonies and it was really good." Britney agreed saying, "A friend of mine does this song very good and so did you guys." Simon loved it and even thanked America for the song choice, but it was Demi who gave perhaps the biggest compliment of the evening. "I think this song should've been your song," said Demi. "I think you guys definitely sang it better than the original." Wowzer!
Diamond White: Rihanna's "Diamonds": And shine bright she did! Lowered to the stage in a cage shaped like a diamond, the teen sang the song of her namesake like her life depended on it. L.A. wasn't feeling it. "I really like that song. Unfortunately I didn't like your rendition of it," he said. "I feel like you definitely did it justice," Said Demi. "Overall I think you've had a very good night," said Simon.
Tate Stevens: Garth Brooks' "If Tomorrow Never Comes": Assuming tomorrow does come, Tate is hoping to recapture that number one spot. "Now that felt like a Tate Stevens performance," said Britney. Demi didn't share her fellow pop star's enthusiasm saying it made her "a little sleepy." Simon, as always, disagreed with Demi. "Welcome back Tate Stevens to the competition," he said. And L.A. was proud of him as always.