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‘X Factor’ top 8 performance recap: I’m a believer in Carly Rose Sonenclar

THE X FACTOR: TOP 8: Emblem3 performs live on THE X FACTOR, Wednesday, November 28 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Ray Mickshaw / FOX.

THE X FACTOR: TOP 8: Emblem3 performs live on THE X FACTOR, Wednesday, November 28 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Ray Mickshaw / FOX.

Here’s the holding spot for tonight’s live “X Factor” top 8 performance recap.

Stretching eight performances over two hours? Unfortunately, that’s what viewers watching live had to suffer through. At least the performances were longer, giving us closer to a full song, though it also meant longer intros and longer judges’ comments. (One of the Fifth Harmony’s grandfather died!)

CeCe Frey is a goner, as Simon Cowell said. I think Fifth Harmony is out, too.

Paige Thomas surprised me with a decent performance that may have saved her for a week. But as usual, my favorite by far is Carly Rose Sonenclar. She is a star, pure and simple.

1) Diamond White (”I Wanna Dance With Somebody” Whitney Houston/ Britney’s team) – For some reason, this song exposed Diamond’s vocals as not quite ready for stardom. Somehow, she missed the joyous nature of Whitney’s original rendering while adding nothing terribly interesting to the song despite some efforts to throw in a few vocal tricks.  It was merely okay. “I give you an A effort, and B for executive,” L.A. Reid said. “With uptempo songs, I’d like to see more form you,” Demi said. Simon liked her more. Grade: B

2) Vino Alan (”You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” Righteous Brothers/ L.A.’s team) – He changed songs at the last second. Uh oh. L.A. wants goosebumps. This is not it. Terrible song choice for him. I really want something more more modern for him, something with more edge. He does try to inject a bit of himself, his inflection of white soul, toward the end. The second half was much better than the first. “It’s the same thing each week with you,” Britney says. “You have a lot of soul in your voice but I wasn’t totally entertained,” Demi says. “It just didn’t work,” Simon says. “It was uncomfortable.” Grade: B/B-plus

3) Paige Thomas (”Never Gonna Give You Up” Rick Astley/ Demi’s team) – I have had a hard time liking her, even when Demi tries to make her vulnerable. For the first time, I actually liked her giving this pop nugget a little slinky sultriness. They didn’t dress her up in a ridiculous outfit and add 500 dancers (only  a nine for the final 30 seconds). It worked. She’s still not going to win this competition and I doubt we’ll ever hear from her again.  “That was by far your best performance yet,” L.A. Reid says. “You found your voice. You felt comfortable. Demi, you got it right.” Simon: “This is the first time you look like a legitimate pop star.” Grade: B-plus/A-minus

4) Fifth Harmony (”Stronger” Kelly Clarkson/ Simon’s team) – This Frankenstein group lacks any real identity. It’s a blur of five good singers with names I still don’t know. The lady with the thick eyebrows started strong and the vocal blending was pleasant but I just don’t know how they are going to be around much longer. “I wanted groundbreaking. It was good,” L.A. Reid says. He felt there weren’t any real harmonies, just everyone singing melodies. Demi: “One of the best performances you’ve given but I have to say the energy was sucked out because you didn’t move.” Grade: B

5) Carly Rose Sonenclar (”Rolling in the Deep” Adele/ Britney’s team) – This song is a bit worn out but she brings a new spin to it, slowing it down, adding even more melancholy to it, a bit less anger. Her phrasing is impeccable, her maturity for her youthful age a revelation. She impresses me week in, week out. She  is the runaway talent of this crew. Grade: A

6) Tate Stevens (”Somebody Like You” Keith Urban/ L.A.’s team) – I have found him pretty overrated. I find him okay but nothing special. In this case, he does a very solid cover of a great Keith Urban song but I prefer Urban’s voice. Grade: B plus

7) CeCe Frey (”Lady Marmalade” Labelle/ Demi’s team)- Trying to turn her into a diva does not work. In reality, she really lacks the “X Factor” in terms of personality, dance skills, vocal depth et al. She did stay in pitch this week but really, so what? There is no substance here. “You’re going down but you’re going down fighting,” L.A. Reid says. “I felt like I’ve eaten 62 portions of chocolate cake,” Simon said. “Way too much going on.” Grade: B

8) Emblem3 (”I’m a Believer” Monkees/ Simon’s team) – Yikes. Simon, really? A Monkees song? Aren’t you trying to make this group feel like it’s 2012? A slightly rap-ish portion kind of works. Still, they do upbeat quite well. Last week was not so good but this week at least is entertaining. Still, I would rather hear them do something with more edge (as I would Vino.) “I don’t understand what Simon is doing to you,” Demi said. Grade: B plus

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88 comments Add your comment

DanJ

November 28th, 2012
8:29 pm

I like Vino a lot but that was horrible! He lost that loving feeling! Diamond was not good either IMO!

DanJ

November 28th, 2012
8:34 pm

Pitchy it seemed to me that Diamond’s voice broke a few times. It didn’t sound clear if that makes sense. Plus I’m tired of Britney having her sing Whitney.

Seth T

November 28th, 2012
8:36 pm

He lost that loving feeling? ha ha.

Brit, Demi and Simon all dissed him tonight, and LA only partially recovered for him; mentioning timing issues. Another example of “changing-up the song just yesterday”, which has already trapped some of the hopefuls.

Harriett

November 28th, 2012
8:38 pm

Absolutely HORRIBLE song choice Vino. Huge fail! Drop the freakin posturing. Simon absolutely right

DanJ

November 28th, 2012
8:38 pm

Vino should have stayed with his first choice. If You Don’t Know Me By Now would have been better suited for him!

Harriett

November 28th, 2012
8:39 pm

Pitchy

November 28th, 2012
8:39 pm

Repost: I wanted to say this again: LA just said “one of the best songs in the World,” but did he do it justice? No, LA said he did “good.” Heck, with one of the best songs in the world, not good for your mentor, who picked the song, to say you only did “good.” Not “great!” LA, you are the Bama of the week, and it’s only Wednesday…lol

DanJ

November 28th, 2012
8:40 pm

Hello Harriett and Seth!

Pitchy

November 28th, 2012
8:41 pm

I’m a fan of sexy, holey jeans (lol). Page looks FAB!

DanJ

November 28th, 2012
8:42 pm

Okay I like Paige tonight! Good choice…don’t listen to Demi!

DanJ

November 28th, 2012
8:43 pm

Ditto Pitchy! Paige looks hot!

Pitchy

November 28th, 2012
8:43 pm

I concur, Vino messed up that “Loving Feeling.” The love flew out the window!

Harriett

November 28th, 2012
8:45 pm

Hey Dan and all

Pitchy

November 28th, 2012
8:46 pm

DanJ, visualize me with my fingers signaling from my eyes that we are here…lol

DanJ

November 28th, 2012
8:46 pm

I wish Vino would have taken a stand and stuck to his original song. Right now both he and Diamond are in trouble.

Harriett

November 28th, 2012
8:47 pm

Pitchy

November 28th, 2012
8:47 pm

YAY, Harriet is in the house.

Hopefully, we will be blessed with Sam-A’s presence.

Where’s Rickster?

DanJ

November 28th, 2012
8:49 pm

I did it Pitchy. My favorite on X-Factor got booted but has four offers from different labels to sign her. Here is her last performance. Watch it when it goes to a commercial.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cW7IJIvmcU

DanJ

November 28th, 2012
8:50 pm

Favorite on XFactor UK that is!

DanJ

November 28th, 2012
8:51 pm

Yeah Harriett, Paige and CeCe will be in trouble regardless how they sing!

Harriett

November 28th, 2012
8:51 pm

Rickster only posts during the day

Seth T

November 28th, 2012
8:52 pm

Paige – Judges are now promoting her, so could be a battle between her and the Vino fans to hold-on to a 3rd to 6th place finish. Double elimination again tomorrow I believe.

Harriett

November 28th, 2012
8:53 pm

I am angry with LA for the Vino switch

DanJ

November 28th, 2012
8:57 pm

Okay I admit it I LOVE 5TH HARMONY! I thought they were good!

Harriett

November 28th, 2012
9:00 pm

They are growing on me the past two weeks

Seth T

November 28th, 2012
9:01 pm

IMO – I liked 5th Harmony and the song choice.

Did not like all the flames background, which can be more negative to the perceptions by the viewing audience, than positive in many cases. Staging director should be sent to bed with no supper.

Harriett

November 28th, 2012
9:03 pm

Pitchy

November 28th, 2012
9:04 pm

Thanks for Harriett.

DanJ, video doesn’t open up.

DanJ

November 28th, 2012
9:04 pm

Seth the flames were a subliminal message to mean hot! At least I think that’s how Simon’s brain works! lol

DanJ

November 28th, 2012
9:05 pm

Sorry about the video Pitchy not sure why it doesn’t open. May be my computer.

Pitchy

November 28th, 2012
9:05 pm

OMG, looking forward to hear “Rolling In the Deep.”l Love, love, love this song. It was my ringtone for a long time (lol). I’m not even concerned because I know Carly Rose will sing to the high heavens!

Pitchy

November 28th, 2012
9:08 pm

I love the song so much, that I don’t like her version. Hopefully, at the crescendo of the song she will get better. NOPE!

DanJ

November 28th, 2012
9:11 pm

The first part of the song with her sitting was too soft when she stood up it got much better. She should be safe. It wasn’t my favorite from her.

Pitchy

November 28th, 2012
9:12 pm

Yes sir, too soft!!!! Not sure if I would have thought of the word “soft,” but you are correct.

Seth T

November 28th, 2012
9:16 pm

I thought Carly’s version of the song was ok, not great – but she won’t have any problem in placing in the top 3 in votes.

DanJ

November 28th, 2012
9:16 pm

@ Pitchy, Crescendo? That’s a big word! My first thought was that was a french dinner roll!

DanJ

November 28th, 2012
9:18 pm

Trust me Tate will never have to pave roads again!

Seth T

November 28th, 2012
9:23 pm

Tate be fine, but was somebody using a welder on the tower behind him – all the sparks and all?

Harriett

November 28th, 2012
9:27 pm

I know he’s good but I still contend he has only an average voice. Lots of singers so much better working in Nashville bars

DanJ

November 28th, 2012
9:29 pm

One of my favorite quotes from a movie (Oh Brother Where Art Thou) is: “Momma said he was bona fide!” That is kinda apropos for Tate. Bona fide country star! Not great tonight but very good!

DanJ

November 28th, 2012
9:35 pm

CeCe screams. Yikes! Plus she has all the charm and warmth of a gaboon viper!

Seth T

November 28th, 2012
9:35 pm

Cece – corny song choice, not right for her voice – cheesy costuming – should be over for CeCe.

G

November 28th, 2012
9:36 pm

No one’s hitting the mark tonight. When CeCe is not the worst of the night, things are not going well.

G

November 28th, 2012
9:38 pm

I’ve been watching The Voice for the past two days, and now XF. The level of talent and performance isn’t even close this week. The Voice>XF

Seth T

November 28th, 2012
9:39 pm

Be sure to get to this link later – this is CeCe’s real wheelhouse:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51fq832-M2g

Seth T

November 28th, 2012
9:43 pm

Britney & Will.I.Am —– average modern synth-pop – so what.

G

November 28th, 2012
9:46 pm

yeah……..sounds like everything else in the club today. Whether you’re sober or not, the stuff all sound’s the same.

Harriett

November 28th, 2012
9:47 pm

Ho hum. Gotta run. Nite all. Disappointed about Vino still. :(

G

November 28th, 2012
9:53 pm

If I didn’t know any better……….Simon is a fraud. Emblem 3 and Lyric 145 are the easiest groups to mentor and he has failed them.

Squishy

November 28th, 2012
9:53 pm

I’d swear that XFactor is piping all of that cheering & screaming for Emblem3. the audience just doesn’t seem to be that into the performance.