The X Factor returned for another double elimination episode on Thursday night that narrowed down the contestants to the Top 8 on Thanksgiving Day.
The X Factor opened on a lighter note than the previous night of personal dedications with footage of the original Top 12 who surprised students of Bancroft Middle School with a new music room. Before the results were announced, the Bancroft students joined the remaining Top 10 singers on-stage for a performance of Coldplay’s “Fix You.”
The first elimination of the night sent Arin Ray home after the Top 10 singer received the least number of votes. Although it was sad to watch Arin leave The X Factor, mentor Britney Spears gave words of advice that Ray should use the show as a learning experience since he has the potential to be a great singer. Unfortunately, bad song choices led to Arin’s downfall. Good luck to you, Arin!
As the night continued, The X Factor UK’s Cher Lloyd took the stage with Becky G. for a performance of the new single “Oath.” Although Lloyd didn’t win the seventh season of the The X Factor UK, she went on to sign a record deal and has since sold over 3 million albums worldwide. Lloyd proved that there’s still success beyond The X Factor, you just have to find it.
When it came time for the second elimination, Beatrice Miller and Cece Frey fell into the bottom two. Beatrice was shaken by the news but Cece tried to comfort the young teen before the two took the stage for their sing-off.
Cece hit the Fox stage first with Kelly Clarkson’s “Because of You” before Beatrice took on Dido’s “White Flag.” Beatrice held it together to give fans an emotionally magnetic performance, but Simon, Demi, and L.A. chose to send Miller home instead of CeCe.
At 13, it’s hard to fully grasp such a big disappointment. Although we didn’t see a replay of Rachel Crowe’s meltdown from season one, Beatrice was absolutely crushed.
According to Simon, Beatrice wasn’t ready for The X Factor at this time in her life. We believe in you, Beatrice. Your voice is just too unique for you to give up on music.
With both eliminations out of the way, the Top 8 returned to the stage for the new rankings. The Top 4 were the same four acts as last week. However, Carly Rose Sonenclar finally took the top spot after two straight weeks at #2. She deserved it after an incredible performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on Wednesday night.
Top 8 Rankings
1. Carly Rose Sonenclar
2. Tate Stevens
3. Vino Alan
5. Diamond White
6. Paige Thomas
7. Fifth Harmony
8. Cece Frey
Did you agree with the eliminations this week on The X Factor?