‘X Factor’ Top 13 Performance Show: 9 Things You Didn’t See on TV

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FOX’s The X Factor had some tricks up its sleeve on Wednesday’s Top 12 13 performance show.

Along with the expected backup dancers, a choir and a flying Paige Thomas, the show revealed that it had invited back one of last week’s eliminated performers. Diamond White burst back onto the scene. That wasn’t the only reveal of the night as Simon Cowell revealed the new name for girl group 1432.

Celebuzz was there live in the audience and we’ve got some behind the scenes dish.

Here are nine things you didn’t see on TV:

1. The warm-up guy isn’t as annoying as I remember. I’ve been covering The X Factor since it debuted and I’ve always given the audience warm-up guy a really hard time in my behind the scenes stories. But, either I’ve gotten used to the very loud, very cheesy antics designed to keep the crowd excited or he’s not as annoying as last season. Either way, I vow to leave him alone this season — for the most part.

2. The undiscovered talent. Every week, the audience is full of people who think they’re good enough to be on the show. This is Los Angeles after all. You trip over a wannabe star walking out the door in the morning. So, when people from the audience volunteer to perform during breaks, it’s pretty much a given that The X Factor won’t be giving them a call next season. But, the warm-up guy actually found a woman who was pretty skilled at rapping (an ode to boy group Emblem3 by the way) and another who did a fairly good rendition of a Mary J. Bligesong. That was refreshing.

3. Boy bands will be boy bands. Emblem3 made a triumphant return by singing a mash up of Katy Perry’s “California Girls” and The Temptations’ “My Girl” to One Direction’s “That’s What Makes You Beautiful.” Easily one of the most entertaining moments of the night, the girls love these guys and the guys love them back. They loved the crowd’s attention so much that production guys had to pull them off the stage as they set up for the next performance.

4. Judges need a break or two, or three or… Yes, pretty much every commercial break the judges got up and left their tables. Who knows what they can accomplish in four minutes or less, but it’s a free country. One note: Britney Spears is especially good at timing her breaks and she’s usually back before the others.

5. Khloe is loved. I only realized that new hosts Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian Odomwere prepping for an intro from the top row of the audience (where the press sits, so as to be off-camera with all our tweeting and general lack of desire to show enthusiasm) by the throngs of fans calling out Khloe’s name and how much they love her. She returned the favor with a big wave.

6. He reeks of country. Despite the fact that two country acts were eliminated last week, Tate Stevens waved his country flag high during his rendition of Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead Or Alive.” If the stage show didn’t emphasize his big country roots, the audience also got a very good (and prolonged) whiff at the smell of gunpowder in the studio after his performance.

7. Fifth Harmony: Is the third time the charm? The warm-up guy teased the audience with the reveal of 1432’s brand-spanking new name as voted on by the American public for the full two hours. It was a pretty underwhelming moment when their new name, Fifth Harmony, was finally announced. My fellow journalists just looked around with a befuddled look on their faces as if to say, “That’s it?”

8. Emblem3’s last minute song change. Emblem3 landed on a pretty good song mash up in the end, but that was after another had been ruled out and the guys barely finalized their song choices on Tuesday morning. “I was going to play the ukulele,” Drew Chadwick told reporters after the show. “We were going to do ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow,’” Wesley Stromberg adds. “It was pretty badass… It was going to be like [Jack Johnson’s] version but a little more punked out.”

9. Diamond White’s was really surprised too. Diamond told reporters that she had no idea she would be returning. And if it looked like she didn’t recognize Britney Spears’voice at first on the video of her return, that was pretty true to life. Diamond says she was told it was a phone call from the show’s lawyers to talk about contracts after being eliminated from the show.

What do you think of the behind the scenes antics? Sound off in the comments section below.

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