'X Factor' Top 6 Results Recap: Ke$ha Gyrates to New Single 'C'Mon,' Two Acts Are Eliminated (VIDEO)
This week, the contestants performed not one, but two songs: an acoustic track hand picked by their mentors and a tune chosen by America in the Pepsi Challenge. Underdog CeCe Frey finally managed to wow judge L.A. Reid after her first performance, but failed to impress Simon Cowell when she performed Katy Perry's "Part of Me" for her second song. Meanwhile, frontrunners Carly Rose Sonenclar and Tate Stevens both had strong performances, though judge Demi Lovato claimed that the latter had hit a "plateau."
Thursday night also saw double the star power as Ke$ha and X Factor Season 1 winner Melanie Amaro hit the stage for show-stopping performances.
Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched Thursday’s Top 6 elimination episode.
The first instant elimination was CeCe Frey, the last singer from Lovato's team. Though she was able to show her vocal prowess with her acoustic rendition of Lady Gaga's "Edge of Glory," it wasn't enough for America and the 20-year-old was sent packing.
Hosts Khloe Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez announced the first five to move on in this order: Emblem3, Carly Rose Sonenclar and Tate Stevens -- making Fifth Harmony and Diamond White left to sing for their survival.
In the end, Cowell, Reid and Lovato all voted to send White home -- though the young singer chose to remain optimistic about the elimination.
"I'm thinking of [former X Factor contestant] Cher Lloyd right now. She came in fifth and look where she is," the 13-year-old said before making her exit.
1. Tate Stevens 2. Carly Rose Sonenclar 3. Emblem3 4. Fifth Harmony
Vocal powerhouse Sonenclar lost her No. 1 spot after two weeks at the top, while Stevens regained his title as this week's champ. Meanwhile, Cowell's two groups remained in the bottom two spots.
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