The X Factor returned on Wednesday night as the Top 10 contestants gave it their all for Thanksgiving while sharing personal stories of gratitude.
When The X Factor got down to business on Wednesday night ahead of Thanksgiving, each act showed their appreciation for a special someone through song. Fans got an opportunity to learn a little bit more about their favorite singers, who shared personal stories of tragedy and triumph.
The heartfelt moments meant that each singer had a personal connection to the chosen songs and more than a few tears would be shed both on stage and at home. Even the much-maligned screams from the crowd were tempered with common sense at the right times. Kudos to the production team of The X Factor for finally getting it right!
Ahead of Thursday night’s double elimination, the tears flowed, emotions ran high, and the Top 10 gave some of their best performances to date.
Tate Stevens hit the stage first with Lonestar’s “I’m Already There” as a dedication to his father. After two straight weeks at #1, Tate gave fans another great country song. Although it wasn’t quite as powerful as some of his earlier performances, the meaning within the message was what mattered most. Tate always wanted to be just like his dad. With such a loyal fan base, Tate should be safe. We’ll be shocked if he ends up anywhere near the bottom on Thursday.
Diamond White dedicated Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me” to her mother who was watching from the audience. It was her best performance of the competition. Holding back tears, Diamond showed maturity beyond her 13 years. With The X Factor crowd on their feet, L.A. Reid was honest in his assessment. “You’ve never had a moment like that,” stated Reid. “You are the truth.”
Emblem3 took on One Republic’s “Secrets” for teachers and spiritual leaders across the country. Although the guys managed to show more control this week, “Secrets” lacked the emotion of earlier performances. Still, the Emblem3 boys are just too darn sellable. The young girls loved them!
Arin Ray needed a breakout performance on Wednesday night with the Enrique Iglesias hit “Hero,” which he dedicated to his older brother. Unfortunately, it was good but not great. We so badly wanted Arin to do well. Although Simon question the song choice, Arin simply wanted to sing and dance for the crowd. Hopefully we’ll see more dancing if he makes it past Thursday’s double elimination.
Cece Frey finally got her moment to shine with Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings” as a dedication to her sister who passed away when Cece was a baby. It was a tough song choice but Cece gave it her all. We really didn’t think Cece had it in her, but she definitely proved us wrong!
Fifth Harmony nailed “I’ll Stand by You” by The Pretenders, which the girls dedicated to God and their families. After stepping up their game last week, Fifth Harmony was nearly perfect with the right amount of emotion necessary to be contenders. Simon Cowell has done an amazing job of harmonizing their vocals in such a short amount of time. Even if Fifth Harmony doesn’t win The X Factor, they still have a future in music.
Beatrice Miller dedicated Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” to her younger sisters on Wednesday. No words could properly describe how incredible Beatrice’s performance was this week. The young singer poured her heart and soul into “Chasing Cars,” and it showed. Three X Factor judges agreed that it was her best performance to date despite Demi’s critique that she should stick to upbeat songs
Vino Alan paid tribute to the U.S. Military with Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.” Since Alan used to sing on military bases, it was an opportunity to give back to the military on national television. Vino gave an emotionally raw and moving performance. Don’t be surprised if Vino lands in the Top 3.
Paige Thomas dedicated the Britney Spears song “Everytime” to the woman who took Thomas in when she was only 14-years old. Paige was brilliant on the big notes but let emotion get the best of her pitch during the song. Although Paige gave 110 percent, the judges warned that she could be in trouble for Thursday’s double elimination.
Carly Rose Sonenclar closed the show with the Judy Garland classic “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which she dedicated to her older brother. What can I say? It made me cry. Seriously, she absolutely KILLED it! Carly made a powerful statement that she’s the one to beat. I still have chills.
Who do you think should go home this week on The X Factor?