First, before we get to the show, did you notice that front row? Kim Kardashian and boyfriend Kanye West, Bruce Jenner, and Kylie and Kendall Jenner were in the house to support our hostess with the mostess, Khloe Kardashian Odom! Nice!
Get your hankies out, these packages, mostly about their families, are true tearjerkers!
All right, onto the show...
Tate Stevens: Lonestar's "I'm Already There" dedicated to his father: The man at No. 1 kicked off the show and set the tone of a highly emotional, family-oriented night. Britney thought he was special. Demi agreed. "I feel as if maybe this wasn't your best performance, but it's still incredible," she added. Simon said, "It wasn't as confident as previous weeks. Does that mean you're going home? Not a cat in hell's chance." Khloe snapped back saying Tate sings from the soul. Indeed!
Diamond White: Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me" dedicated to her mother: Who didn't get chill bumps when Diamond talked about growing up without a dad? So heart-breaking! And, then chill bumps again when she nailed the notes, when her mom cried, when the judge stood in tears. "You've never had a moment like that, baby...You are the truth," said L.A. A choked-up Demi was "blown away." Simon said, "You were both fearless and incredible." Britney said her story "just broke my heart."
Emblem3: OneRepublic's "Secrets" dedicated to their youth and spiritual leaders: Backed by strings, the guys showed off their more serious side beautifully. "This being Thanksgiving week, for me your performance lacked emotion," said L.A. Britney thought it was "well-done." Demi agreed with Brit. "It was a great change of pace." "I wouldn't listen to the Grinch on my right," said Simon of L.A. "Because it is Thanksgiving, I want to thank you guys for being an absolute pleasure to work with," he added.
Arin Ray: Enrique Iglesias' "Hero" dedicated to his older brother Aris: "My brother is like a hero to me," said Arin in his dedication. Cutest moment? Arin introduced his brother to Fifth Harmony's Normani Hamilton as his "friend." "I felt like it was too big and it was a tough one for you," said L.A., who still doesn't think he delivered a $5 million performance. Demi said she was "so bored" and wouldn't give him a record deal. "I felt like that was good, but if I make it to next week, I just really wanna be me onstage," said Arin, who wants to do more upbeat songs. Simon agreed with Arin.
CeCe Frey: Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings" dedicated to her sister: CeCe showed her sensitive side in her dedication to her sister with cerebral palsy who passed at age 7. "I believe [she's] my guardian angel," said CeCe, who got chocked up on the last few words. With tears streaming down her face, L.A. said, "I felt every word of the song. You've come a long way. You're a champion and I'm really happy for you." "I don't know how you sang the song after watching that film. Seriously, it breaks your heart," said Simon. "CeCe I'm so proud of you," said Demi.
Fifth Harmony: The Pretenders' "I'll Stand By You" dedicated to God and their families: Living up to their name, the girls showed off their big vocal chops in an inspiring performance. "That was great," said L.A. "It was touching and beautiful and bravo," said Britney. Demi said, "I wasn't too crazy about the song choice but you made it beautiful." Simon was crazy about the song choice and the performance.
Beatrice Miller: Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars" dedicated to her sisters: After an emotional chat about her sisters, the little girls sprung out to surprise Bea who had no idea they were coming in for the show. The reaction? Priceless! "I think you're an inspiration to every little girl like you in this country," said L.A. Demi loves her but feels like it's "the same song every week." Simon disagreed and Britney thought it was her best yet. Bea teared up when she saw her sisters in the audience crying.
Vino Alan: Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" dedicated to the U.S. military: Fun fact: Vino tried to serve after 9/11 but says they wouldn't take him because of his tattoos. All four judges gave him a standing ovation. Britney said it was his first performance that was "spot on." Demi admitted to being hard on him in the past. "I think that I've been wrong," she says, adding that there is something special in him and she finally saw it tonight. Simon said, "You don't judge a book by its cover. Who knew on that hard surface was this really, really soft interior." Simon predicts he'll be at No. 1 tomorrow! L.A. was p-r-o-u-d. "You stand for the troops of America and I stand for you," he added.
Paige Thomas: Britney Spears' "Everytime" dedicated to Colleen, the woman who raised her after her mother died one Christmas Eve: Waterworks galore! Paige even started the song with tears running down her face. Tears aside, it was a brave move to perform a Britney song! Did the tough judge like it? "I think you performed it beautifully. It was really beautiful," said Britney. L.A. didn't think it was good enough to get her out of the 10th spot. Simon thought the emotion took over and thinks it'll be a tough night for her tomorrow. Demi said it was pitchy and agreed that emotions took over.
Carly Rose Sonenclar: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" dedicated to her brother Russell: Carly closed out the emotional night with yet another hyper-emotional performance that brought the house down and brought the judges to their feet. "Carly Rose, wow, girl. You are an absolute force of nature," said L.A. "You're an alien or something but that's okay because I love aliens," said Demi. "You are the best alien I've ever heard sing in my life," joked Simon, who predicted that she'll be No. 1, not Vino now!
Flirty fun moment of the night: Khloe sat on Simon's lap because Ryan Seacrest told her to do it! Simon's reaction? "This is quite difficult, but I'm enjoying it," he said, smiling.
And, in case you missed it, the Pepsi Challenge is back! As Mario explained, "Next week, you'll be able to vote on which songs the contestants choose AND you can help them design their performances, you can interact with them about their wardrobe, or maybe adding a choir, whatever you want." For more information, check out our Pepsi Challenge page.
Tune in THU at 8/7c on FOX to see Cher Lloyd perform and to find out which TWO acts head home. That's right, two heads are on the chopping block on Thanksgiving night!