The X Factor: Season 2, Episode 26:: Season Finale Part 1
Sandy Hook Elementary Tribute
In honor of the students who lost their lives in the shooting at Sandy Hook School recently, The X Factor opened the first part of their season finale with a tribute song for the departed, with a few familiar faces who have already left the show (Diamond White, Arin Ray, Emblem3, and Paige Thomas) joining in to sing Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone."
Carly Rose Sonenclar
Going back to the beginning 13-year-old Carly Rose decided to go with the song that first blew the judges away at her first audition, "Feelin Good" by Nina Simone. Demi said that she was "impressed," and both L.A. and Simon agreed that it was even better than the first time, and said that he liked Carly's competitive spirit and could tell she was here to win. Her whole hometown was also rooting for her, the mayor of her hometown of Westechester New York called her voice a "gift to the gods!" and declared December 19th Carly Rose Sonenclar Day!
In the second half Carly picked a softer ballad, "How Do I Live," a song that's perfect for a small girl with a big voice, and that's not all Carly was joined by the original artist - LeAnn Rimes! LeAnn said that Carly was so talented she just wanted to wrap her up and hold her. For her final song of the night Carly performed a moving rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." The judges agreed that she looked and sounded like an angel.
Tate struck a homerun with his first song of the night, the country classic "Anything Goes" by Randy Houser, which sounded like a man willing to risk everything for what he wants. Simon said that he loved how authentic and "made in America," Tate was. Demi declared that she was "obsessed" with Tate and L.A. said that he was " loveable the day we met you and loveable tonight." When they panned to his hometown, his boss in Missouri said they won't be expecting him back at work!
Tate's second song of the night was another classic, but this one was a little more relaxed, singing the party anthem "Pontoon," with Little Big Town. His final song was Chris Young's "Tomorrow," and Simon told him they would be hearing about his record sales in a year's time.
Fifth Harmony also decided to go back in time and pick one of their best songs for the first pick of the night with Ellie Goulding's "Anything Could Happen"! The judges loved it, L.A. said "you were the underdogs, now you're the one to beat," and Britney gushed that "magic happens when you guys perform." Demi was in awe of their energy, saying "you are so powerful together."
For their second number you might be familiar with both the song and their guest, the girls chose "Give Your Heart a Break" and their guest singer was none other than The X Factor judge Demi Lovato! For their final number Fifth Harmony went for a true classic, "Let it Be," by The Beatles. The song showcased how the girls had grown as a group and their individual voices.
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