The X Factor: Season 2, Episode 18:: Top Finalists Perform #3

Nov 22, 2012

Last night on The X Factor the Top 10 Finalists revealed who they are thankful for this Thanksgiving, and performed for a song to honor that person. Find out more in the Kidzworld Recap of Season 2, Episode 18 which aired November 21st, 2012.


This week The X Factor allowed to take a peek into the lives of the remaining contestants by asking them who in their lives they are thankful for and why, and that person is brought out to the show to see a song dedicated to them this week.

The Best

Tate Stevens, who has topped the voiting the last couple of week, dedicated his "I'm Already There" by Lonestar to his dad, a man who had his own musical ambitions and put them on the backburner to raise his family. The judges loved the performance.

Diamond White told us the story of how her single mom has raised her alone, and how she almost lost her one year to surgery. She sounded incredible belting out "Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion.

Carly Rose Sonenclar's version of  "Over the Rainbow" took everyone's breath away, and Simon declared that it was hands-down one of the best versions he had ever heard. She dedicated it to her older brother.

Just Okay

Emblem3 performed "Secrets" OneRepublic, and dedicated to the leader of a youth group that teaches young men skills in the outdoors. The judges felt that Emblem# sang it well, but they're up against some very emotional performances, and the judges thought they could have gone deeper.

Fifth Harmony sang "I'll Stand By You" by The Pretenders beautifully, but it was difficult given that there are 5 girls in the group to find out much about who they're thankful for. Their harmonies are perfect week after week, and Demi noted that although the song wasn't her fave, she still liked it.

Beatrice Miller potentially has the most interesting homelife by far, she not only has two moms who are out of work, but two younger adopted twin sisters from Vietnam who love her no end. She sang "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol.

Vino Alan chose "God Bless The USA" by Lee Greenwood because he used to perform shows for the American troops, and wanted to dedicate this song to them. Everyone in the room felt patriotic and touched. 

The Worst

Arin Ray sang "Hero" by Enrique Iglesias, and dedicated it to the older brother who helped raise him, the issue the judges had was whether or not the song choice was simply "too big" for his kind of vocals, and Arin admitted to hosts Khloe and Mario that ideally he would like to return to a genre that's more upbeat in coming weeks.

CeCe Frey was thankful for her mentally challenged and disabled sister who she lost a long time ago, but who still had an impact on her life and she believes watches over her. Overcome by emotion, her rendition of  "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler wasn't as great as it could have been, but the judges loved the raw feeling she poured into it.

Paige Thomas made a bold move and performed "Everytime" by none other than Britney Spears, and told everyone the story of the woman who adopted her when she was 14 years old, and made all the difference in her life. Like Cece, Paige's vocals were muffled by sheer emotion, which may hurt her standing next week.

Have Your Say

Who do you think had the best performance of the night? Let us know in the comments section below!


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