The X Factor Semifinal Elimination Delivers A Surprise

By Jessica Rawden 2012-12-14 11:14:23 discussion comments
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Last night, after a few fun performances from Brigit Mendler and Bruno Mars , Fox’s The X Factor got down to business. Thursday’s episode was an elimination episode, meant to wheedle four finalists down to three. Tate Stevens, Emblem 3, and Carly Rose Sonenclar were considered to be the frontrunners, while Fifth Harmony was expected to go home. Instead, the night delivered a doozy.

After hemming and hawing for a while, hosts Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian announced that Fifth Harmony had made it into the final 3, which meant one of the favored three would be going home. At that point, it was a little inevitable that the votes for Simon’s groups had been split, and unfavorably for Emblem 3 (although I had my fingers crossed Carly Rose' poor showing on Wednesday would knock her out). Still, the boys handled their dismissal with aplomb, with Wes stating they would be sticking around in the music biz.
"I'm just so honored to have gone through this experience. We're so grateful. I know you voted your butts off. We love you. And we're going to continue to make music."

I personally liked Emblem 3 (as a group, less so as people), and was disappointed that they lost out to the final contestants when they performed such an exciting rendition of Peter Frampton’s “Baby I Love Your Way” on Wednesday. Just like The X Factor U.K.’s boy band, One Direction, Emblem 3 won’t be winning the competition, but hopefully they will find the same level of success in the States.

Next week, we’ll get to see whether Carly Rose, Tate, or Fifth Harmony take home the whopping $5 million dollar contract prize. Since Tate and Carly have been frontrunners all along, I’m guessing one of them will nab the win, but Fifth Harmony has been sneaky successful so far, and I wouldn’t put it past them to have a great run next week.
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