'X Factor' Semifinals Results Has Britney Spears Giving Horrified Face

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Here’s one way to kick off your semifinal elimination day: have one of your judges announce their resignation. L.A. Reid did just that on Thursday afternoon.

I’m here backstage at The X Factor and it’s business as usual. One act will leave the competition on Thursday, leaving the Top 3 to battle it out for the Season 2 prize next week.

The acts performed a medley to kick off the show. The show then reminded us of what the performers presented as their proof that they should advance to the finals.

On Wednesday, Tate Stevens reinforced his country roots, finding that that has enlivened his audience to push him back to the No. 1 spot. Tiny dynamo Carly Rose Sonenclar took a couple risks that had the judges (and the viewers) divided as to whether they were right for her. Emblem3 delivered two songs that clearly solidified their heartthrob status. And in fourth place, Fifth Harmony made it a point to prove they could be more than a one trick pony by delivering a stylish performance followed by a span-glish one.

Who gave enough to move on to the finals?

Um, huh? Fifth Harmony pulled it off! Britney Spears’ peeved face said it all: The entire backstage here is equally stunned and going nuts over her annoyed look. Honestly, it couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of gals.

After a performance from Disney Channel’s Bridgit Mendler, co-hosts Khloe Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopezannounced the second act. And it is… Tate, the show’s lone country singer. Having gotten to know him this season, he’s truly a good guy. And it makes it so that L.A. can leave on top after this season.

After a performance from Bruno Mars (pre-recorded, by the way), we find out that Carly will go through. Clearly, she’s earned the spot and she has the singing talent to be at this level in the competition.

Yet, it’s not even a little bit of a shocker that Fifth Harmony is the group to advance rather than Simon Cowell’s (seemingly more prized group), Emblem3. The boys seemed to have a very good evening on Wednesday. And, let’s just say that Simon has basically said that he will sign the group. In many ways, losing a competition can be a big blessing.

What are your thoughts on the Final 3? Sound off below.

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  • Shannon

    Typical of Simon, he's found another boy group to promote and make hoards of $$ from. I can see it already; Emblem 3 coming out with an album next summer, maybe possibly a tour if they hit it big and all these teenage fan girls will be purchasing like no tomorrow.. Simon, you are one smart mogul. Rooting for Carly! At 13, this girls got exceptional talent.

  • Sonya Paterson
    Sonya Paterson

    Britney's facial expressions were hilarious but what disturbed me was how Carly Rose was so nervous and Britney was just standing there not doing much to support her. When Carly Rose found out she would be moving forward into the finals Britany gave her a hug and that was it. So to Britney Spears I have a few words to say...this show is about the contestants. Carly Rose has done a phenomenal job and yes you have assisted in her progression to date, good job. BUT I think you should have put your arm around Carly Rose as she stood there waiting for the results and then hugged her tight and HELD ON to her to show you really cared about her. She is only 13... be a little more motherly! She is not a commodity but a young lady...who kept looking to you and you were just standing there looking nervous. Poor Carly Rose.

  • rolph

    Even if she didn't like them she didn't have to look disgusted. That was really immature for a 31 year old.

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  • lex

    Britney Spears is a MORON! Kick her ass off the show, she is useless!

  • Sonya Paterson
    Sonya Paterson