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‘The X Factor’ top 4 performance show recap

THE X FACTOR: TOP 4: Carly Rose Sonenclar performs live on THE X FACTOR, Wednesday, December 12 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Ray Mickshaw / FOX.

THE X FACTOR: TOP 4: Carly Rose Sonenclar performs live on THE X FACTOR, Wednesday, December 12 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Ray Mickshaw / FOX.

I apologize for not finishing my recap in a remotely timely fashion. I have been tied up with the Frank Ski/Wanda Smith departure on V-103.

I still think it’s going to be Tate vs. Carly Rose. Fifth Harmony had a moment of life there thanks to their first performance. I’d say Emblem3 has a small shot of knocking Tate or Carly Rose from the finals. We shall see.

1) Tate Stevens (”Bonfire’ Craig Morgan/ Team L.A.) – Clearly, Tate picked this song himself. L.A. looks ridiculous in a cowboy hat. But Tate feels like home, even with the over-the-top pyrotechnics behind him. This song with its upbeat country/rock vibe is right up his alley. “You look like a man who believes he can win this competition,” Simon said. Britney, clearly aware he is Carly Rose’s biggest competition, said it wasn’t his best performance. Grade: A-minus

2) Carly Rose Sonenclar (”Your Song” Elton John/ Team Britney) – I always found this song boring. She does okay with it but as Demi Lovato likes to say, I was a wee bit bored by it, even with Carly’s vocal stylings giving it a little bit of spice. She said this was her father’s favorite song so I can’t blame her for picking it. “It’s still very predictable,” Demi said. “Another slow song. But the R&B side of your voice is so magical. I don’t care it was predicable.” Grade: B-plus

3) Emblem3 (”Baby, I Love Your Way” Peter Frampton/ Team Simon) – If this show is trying to find a modern artist, why does Emblem3 keep carting out songs long before they were born? What is Simon thinking? They do modernize this a bit with some reggae feel and a bit of rapping. It’s actually not half bad. They shake it up enough to make it work. “I saw you as stars. It was inventive,” L.A. said. “The very first time since the first auditions: that’s what Emblem 3 is,” Demi said. Grade: A-minus

4) Fifth Harmony (”Anything Could Happen” Ellie Goulding/ Team Simon) – I have never heard this song but it’s a winner for this group. I have not been a fan of anything they’ve done until last week and this performance was impressive across the board. The look, the vocal mixes, the harmonies, it all worked really well. They are finally feeling like a group. Good timing. “That performance was the very best vocal performance you’ve ever done,” L.A. said. Grade: A

5) Tate Stevens (”Fall” Clay Walker) – Another ballad and he’s very earnest. He’s likable, which helps him get through a fair slog of a song. “You’ve done enough to make it to the final,” Simon said. Grade: B-plus

6) Carly Rose (”Imagine” John Lennon) -  She takes a risk by adding some big notes on such an iconic song. I tend to agree with Simon that she worked the vocal gymnastics a bit much but she is so good, I still enjoyed it. All the movement from piano to stage and back “made the song fussy,” Simon said. “I’m not sure the song needs big notes. It was overcomplicated.” Grade: B-plus/A-minus

7) Emblem3 (’Hey Jude’ Beatles) – Another ancient song for a group that needs to be doing more modern stuff. This is sweet and cute but is this really what Emblem3 wants to be? One of the guys is reminding of Bobby or Peter Brady. It’s a perfectly amiable version of a Beatles classic but I am confused what they ultimately are going to be in the pop marketplace. Grade: B

8) Fifth Harmony (”Impossible”/ Shontelle) – This attempt at drawing a Hispanic audience wasn’t nearly as embracing as their first song. There were even some bum notes. A bit of a letdown and a bit of a snooze to boot. L.A. said they had sung this before, a “lazy song choice.” Britney said she would be surprised if they survived. Grade: B-minus

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99 comments Add your comment

Lil Red

December 12th, 2012
6:39 pm

We miss you RoHo. I like any except Emblem3. They have changed since
the beginning of the show.

Harriett

December 12th, 2012
8:04 pm

I’m here! Anyone else?

Lil Red

December 12th, 2012
8:06 pm

I’m here but a little behind. Well I don’t but I am here.

Harriett

December 12th, 2012
8:07 pm

Lil Red

December 12th, 2012
8:08 pm

DanJ

December 12th, 2012
8:09 pm

Hello Everyone!

Lil Red

December 12th, 2012
8:09 pm

Looks like we are all alone and feeling blue?

Lil Red

December 12th, 2012
8:10 pm

Now we are a crowd.

Harriett

December 12th, 2012
8:15 pm

Hey, Dan! Tate acquitting himself nicely

Lil Red

December 12th, 2012
8:17 pm

Pretty good for country.

Harriett

December 12th, 2012
8:18 pm

I am not a Tate fan but he brought it

DanJ

December 12th, 2012
8:19 pm

Well my post is awaiting moderation so I will try it again. harriett if I didn’t already have a drink I’d want one after that. Tate was very good and Brittney is an air head. I think saying co(ktail was my no-no!

Harriett

December 12th, 2012
8:22 pm

Yes. You have to use the numeral zero instead of the letter o.

Agree about Britney. Got my vodka!

Pitchy

December 12th, 2012
8:25 pm

Good evening! Late start.

I want Emblem 3 to leave.

DanJ

December 12th, 2012
8:25 pm

Harriett I was in the mood for a Manhattan! Haven’t had one in a while!

DanJ

December 12th, 2012
8:25 pm

Hello Pitchy.

Pitchy

December 12th, 2012
8:31 pm

Hello DanJ. Hello EVERYONE!

Carly Rose can sing anything thrown her way.

DanJ

December 12th, 2012
8:31 pm

Holy….Cow! She is a future superstar!

Pitchy

December 12th, 2012
8:31 pm

Got my Brandy and Gingerale!

Lil Red

December 12th, 2012
8:37 pm

Got my diet coke and a short nap. Hi Pitchy!

DanJ

December 12th, 2012
8:38 pm

Carly Rose may be the most mature 13 year old ever. What she has is a gift and I’m glad her parents support her in her dream. Unlike many kids like Beatrice who are pushed into trying out I get the feeling she wants this.

Pitchy

December 12th, 2012
8:39 pm

Hey there, Lil Red! How have you been?

Harriett

December 12th, 2012
8:39 pm

I did not like that song for Carly

Pitchy

December 12th, 2012
8:41 pm

Harriett, glad you’re here. Nice to have another female on board.

Sidebar: My cat is destroying my tree!!! But, was glad to come home and see that it’s still standing.

DanJ

December 12th, 2012
8:41 pm

Harriett I thought it was a safe song for Carly. I would love to have heard Bridge Over Troubled Water from her!

Lil Red

December 12th, 2012
8:41 pm

Hi Pitchy. I’m good. Working long hours but having fun reading here every week.

Lil Red

December 12th, 2012
8:44 pm

That was okay but I am not a teen.

Harriett

December 12th, 2012
8:45 pm

Ooh, Dan, that would have been awesome

Pitchy

December 12th, 2012
8:46 pm

I think the judges are drinking right along with us. LA more drunk than the rest.

Pitchy

December 12th, 2012
8:47 pm

Exactly, Lil Red. It was OK. All this blowing smoke up their pants is quite annoying.

Harriett

December 12th, 2012
8:50 pm

LOL@Pitchy! Up their “pants!

DanJ

December 12th, 2012
8:51 pm

E3 was okay but it’s obvious the judges are pushing them! Peter Frampton is probably shaking his head somewhere!

Pitchy

December 12th, 2012
8:53 pm

There are 2 great singers in 5th Harmony. I just don’t know their names.

Pitchy

December 12th, 2012
8:56 pm

1. She’s wearing a tiara

2. She’s wearing gold necklace.

Must admit, they are harmonizing.

Pitchy

December 12th, 2012
8:58 pm

I too think it was their best vocal performance.

Pitchy

December 12th, 2012
8:58 pm

PLEASE, PLEASE, DO NOT BRING BRITT BACK!

DanJ

December 12th, 2012
8:59 pm

I didn’t like the outfits! But vocally 5th harmony was good! I still prefer them to E3! It was kinda like watching Alice in Wonderland!

Pitchy

December 12th, 2012
9:03 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: @DanJ. On point with Alice in Wonderland. Too fairy dusty for me. I know fairy dusty isn’t even a phrase, so what (lol).

Harriett

December 12th, 2012
9:07 pm

Do not like. Song for Tate. Predictable

Pitchy

December 12th, 2012
9:07 pm

Listening to the lyrics and knowing he’s feeling the words fits the strength that his wife exudes is very touching to me. A tear is forming, but I won’t let it drop (lol).

Pitchy

December 12th, 2012
9:10 pm

He felt those lyrics. That was way cool.

DanJ

December 12th, 2012
9:10 pm

I think Tate’s second song is good but on the safe side which is probably the right thing to do. However if I picked a song for him I would have picked Chiseled In Stone!

Lil Red

December 12th, 2012
9:18 pm

Ok my guess for tomorrow night. Tate, Carly Rose and (my preference) Fifth Harmony. The boys just don’t do it but Simon can smell the money. Night all.

Seth T

December 12th, 2012
9:18 pm

Ho Ho Ho, just got back from Santa pushing-up my credit card balance. The motly crew that took-over my house, tell me that so far, Tate has stayed “even”, which in his case, is a good thing for making the finals.

Pitchy

December 12th, 2012
9:19 pm

DanJ, never heard that song, but I’m loving the title and what it conveys. I can only imagine the lyrics. Will Google it later.

DanJ

December 12th, 2012
9:23 pm

Here you go Pitchy. The only song that’s ever made me cry! Hope the link works!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTrPJvEzmwQ

Pitchy

December 12th, 2012
9:27 pm

Perhaps it’s just me, but wished she didn’t scream that note.

Seth T

December 12th, 2012
9:28 pm

Carly sings soft, the hollers — personally, I don’t care for her version of “Imagine”, another over-done talent show song, imo.

Pitchy

December 12th, 2012
9:29 pm

A beautiful song, made fussy. I somewhat agree.

DanJ

December 12th, 2012
9:32 pm

Simon was correct. She should have stayed at the piano and as Pitchy put it so well not screamed the big note. Her voice is amazing and she didn’t need it on the song.