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The X Factor Recap: Top 4 Sing for Survival

6 years ago by Nadya Vlassoff

The Top 4 singers on The X Factor strike poses in the latest Fox photo shoot – Photo: FOX

The X Factor returned to the Fox airwaves on Wednesday night as the Top 4 remaining singers performed two songs each ahead of next week’s season finale.

After a grueling four months on The X Factor, with so much on the line, Tate Stevens, Carly Rose Sonenclar, Emblem 3, and Fifth Harmony knew they had to sing their hearts out for a shot at the $5 million prize.

Like last week’s episode, each singer performed twice, one song chosen by their mentor and the other a personal favorite.

Although Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, and Britney Spears were busy with their remaining singers, Demi Lovato could now look at the competition with more impartial eyes than weeks past after the departure of Cece Frey.

So, how did it all shake down this week on The X Factor?

Tate Stevens:

For the first performance of the night, Tate channeled his inner rocker and hit the stage with Craig Morgan’s “Bonfire.” It was a fun and playful number that most of the judges loved. For Simon, Tate made a huge statement that emphatically said, “This is who I am! This is the record I want to make!” It was the most appropriate statement at the right time in the competition.

Stevens went back to his country roots on the second song with “Fall” by Clay Walker. Although the first song was hard to top, “Fall” was another heartfelt dedication to his wife that connected with the audience. Tate proved that the emotion within country music never goes out of style.

Carly Rose Sonenclar:

This week Carly Rose took on Elton John’s “Your Song” for her father backed by a children’s choir to help give the tune an original feel. Although Carly has been one of the strongest contenders on The X Factor, Simon was quick to let the young phenom know that “Your Song” wasn’t her greatest performance. Still, like L.A. Reid said a few weeks ago, Carly’s second best is better than most on the show.

For the second number, Carly had perhaps the hardest song choice of the night with John Lennon’s “Imagine.” It was the first time that Carly was able to sit behind a piano and separate herself as a diverse artist, which only upped her credibility and potential to win the competition. Although the piano was a little confusing for Simon, who said it felt “fussy,” Carly hit all the right notes. I’m sure it goes without saying that everyone will be shocked if Carly goes home on Thursday.


The boys of Emblem3 impressed with Peter Frampton’s “Baby, I Love Your Way.” Who knew they had the ability to shine on classic rock? With so much on the line L.A. Reid told the trio it was their $5 million performance.

On the heel’s of Carly Rose singing John Lennon, Emblem3 took on the Paul McCartney topped Beatles classic “Hey Jude” for their second performance. Emblem3 had the best all-around night after nailing their second song to go 2 for 2. Although Demi let the boys know they weren’t quite at Beatles level just yet, they were well on their way after such a strong performance.

Fifth Harmony:

Only a week removed from knocking Diamond White out of The X Factor, the girls of Fifth Harmony went big for production value on Ellie Goulding’s “Anything Can Happen” in front of an Alice in Wonderland inspired backdrop. After being criticized by L.A. Reid for their lack of tight harmonies, Fifth Harmony was in fine form on Wednesday night to close out the show as true contenders. Well, on their first song at least.

For their second number, the girls revisited Shontelle’s “Impossible,” the same song that convinced Simon to take them to the live shows in October. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite as lavishly potent as the first effort. Despite a strong first performance, the judges cautioned the girls that they were in danger of going home on Thursday.

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Nadya Vlassoff joined The Deadbolt in 2009 and currently serves as associate content director and contributing editor. A former writer for the boutique apparel and accessories blog, Nadya has interviewed and worked with a variety of top names in pop culture, fashion, entertainment and sports.