‘X Factor’ Semifinals Recap: Fifth Harmony Fights for a Final 3 Spot

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With one week left until the finals on FOX’s The X Factor, the judges and the Top 4 acts are pulling out whatever they can to capture votes.

First up, the singers performed a song of their own choice. Then, the judges and the singers mutually decided on the second song, one they believe will get them into the finals. Would the performances make the difference they’re looking for?

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched Wednesday’s episode.

Tate Stevens: The country singer picks “Bonfire” by Craig Morgan. With a fiery background to match his spirited performance, Tate looked every bit the superstar country act. And if America loved his unapologetically country performances last week, I’m thinking this is going to really liven up his fan base. Judge Britney Spears thought it wasn’t his best performance (earning some jeers from the crowd). Demi Lovato disagreed. Simon Cowell gave him props for choosing a song that Tate would want to record and called it one his favorites.

For his second performance, Tate takes on “Fall” by Clay Walker – a song he thinks definitely fits his weekly dedication to his wife, especially since last Friday was their 15th Anniversary. Britney thinks there have been some hits and misses for the singer but believes this definitely paid off.

Carly Rose Sonenclar: The young singer, who’s currently in second place after dropping from the top spot, chose Elton John’s “Your Song.” Clearly, it’s what we can expect from her if she records an album. A crowd pleaser, L.A. liked what she did with the song. Demi says what I was thinking – it’s predictable, though she says the song was her favorite from the star.

Britney says that Carly’s second song shows a different side of her. The singer played the piano alongside her take on John Lennon’s “Imagine.” There was some fear on the singer’s part about the magnitude of the song and playing the piano. But, really, does anyone doubt that Carly can do it? She ended up delivering a rather adult, sometimes angry, version of the song. There was also a bit where she hit a really loud, long note, which was jarring. L.A. felt she was able to find a space there to belt. Demi loved the risk-taking. Simon felt she overcomplicated the song, which I agree with.

Emblem3: Peter Frampton’s “Baby, I Love Your Way” was the boys’ first song choice. It was something the Stromberg brothers grew up listening to. L.A. called it their $5 million song. Britney feels it’s unfair to call them a “boy band,” because they’re more than that. And even Demi, who has been hard on the guys, said she felt they finally showed who they really are. I think it was a fun performance, but Wesley really sold it for me. He was feeling himself.

For their second song, we have another from a Beatles alum: Paul McCartney’s “Hey Jude.” And here’s the thing: I wouldn’t say it’s the best vocal performance I’ve heard of the song. But, I was sort of fascinated with the guys while they were singing and wondering what they would do next with it. So, that definitely accounts for something. L.A. said he was ready to tear them apart, but that they actually did come off like heartthrobs. Demi kind of agreed, but wanted to make sure they weren’t letting the Beatles comparisons go to their head just yet.

Fifth Harmony: In fourth place, Fifth Harmony sings a Ellie Goulding hit, “Anything Could Happen.” That could have been their most stylish performance of the season. L.A. gave their vocals props. Britney said she loved everything about it – calling it “magic.” Demi agreed, saying it felt really great.

For their final song of the night, Fifth Harmony performs Shontelle’s “Impossible,” a song they performed during the judges’ homes round. In order to make it different, the girls are performing parts of the song in Spanish. I was really in love with their previous performance of the song. And I think they really do deliver it well. But, how will the judges rank the do-over? L.A. thought the song choice was “lazy” and called it a “decent job.” I think he’s being too hard. Britney didn’t think it was good enough at this point in the competition and earned some boos when she said she didn’t think they’d be around next week. Demi agreed with them.

Who do you think will be Season 2’s Final 3? Sound off below.

On Thursday’s elimination episode airing at 8PM on FOX, Bruno Mars and Bridgit Mendler perform.

Oh, and the show announced the audition dates and cities. Click here for the information.

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