Only one eliminated act tonight and it was not Franken-group. It was Emblem3, Simon’s mildly noxious boy band!
Fifth Harmony surprisingly made the finals next week thanks to an impressively strong take on an Ellie Goulding song last night. Good for them. They were true underdogs throughout this competition, a group made out of five solo singers who struggled to become a group. (They even had trouble coming up with a name.)
Britney Spears looked flummoxed, like she had just sucked a really big lemon. Simon Cowell couldn’t be happier. “I believe in miracles. I thought they were sensational last night,” he said.
Simon mishandled Emblem3, trying to make them feel vanilla goody-two-shoes with oddly bland song choices (The Monkees? “Forever Young”?) when that doesn’t seem to be what they really are about. But he did manage to get Fifth Harmony into gear just in time.
So for Simon, it’s a split decision.
Fifth Harmony now have to compete against Tate Stevens and Carly Rose Sonenclar for the $5 million. That may be an insurmountable hurdle.
In related news, Deadline.com reports that L.A. Reid is going back to focus on his day job as a record label mogul and end his run on “X Factor” after two seasons. Honestly, he came across a bit arrogant at times, cold other times, affected occasionally. He and Simon scaled back the insults at least season two. And he did get Stevens into the finals.