Reigning champion Melanie Amaro returned to kick off the show! Last season's winner graced THE X FACTOR stage to perform her new diva-licous single "Long Distance" from her highly anticipated debut album, Truly.
Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian Odom sobered the audience up real quick! Diving right into the deep end of elimination night, the duo announced that CeCe Frey would be going home for the holidays after having the lowest number of votes.
CeCe kept it positive in her parting words. "I hope that I taught everybody at home to love who you are. The more you love who you are, the less you're gonna need anybody else," she said. Her mentor Demi Lovato fought back tears as she told her last remaining contestant, "I'm just so proud of you." Looks like the Semi-Finals won't be a Demi-Finals!
Next we learned which three of these acts would immediately advance to next week's Semi-Finals and which two would have to sing for survival! Emblem3, Carly Rose Sonenclar, and Tate Stevens were safe, leaving Fifth Harmony and Diamond White to sing for survival (in Diamond's case for the second time).
Animals (we're referring to what she affectionately calls her fans of course) in the audience went wild for deviant diva Ke$ha, as she hit THE X FACTOR stage to perform her single "C'mon," from her latest album Warrior. Loved her ultra sexy dancers and band members sporting animal headpieces, and the all-black outfit? $kin-$ational!
Back to the main event! Fifth Harmony poured their collective hearts into their survival song, Mariah Carey's "Anytime You Need a Friend." The girls capped off an emotional performance with a heartwarming group hug.
Next up was Diamond White, or as Britney introduced her, "the girl next door who sings like an angel," who added even more drama to an already emotional evening with her survival song, Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance." Would it be enough to send her to next week's Semi-Finals? Not this time.
It was time for the judges to decide who would give their exit interview and who would live to sing another day. Simon Cowell congratulated both artists on a job well done, but sent Diamond home. With a tear in her eye, Britney countered Simon picking Fifth Harmony. L.A. echoed Simon's sentiments and sent Diamond home. And, delivering the crushing blow was Demi, who sent Diamond home.
Top 4 Rank Order
4. Fifth Harmony
2. Carly Rose Sonenclar
1. Tate Stevens
Well, America, there you have it: Your Semi-Finalists! Join us next week when the Top 4 will go head-to-head for their chance to be in the finals.
Tune in next WED and THU at 8/7c on FOX to find out who goes home, and who will be one step closer to the $5 million prize!