The X Factor 2012 Season 2 Recap: Top 6 Performances (VIDEO)

The X Factor 2012 finale for season 2 is only two weeks away and we’re now down to just 6 remaining singers. The X Factor USA top 6 will once again perform live tonight with the hope of impressing the voters enough to make it through to the semifinals next week. The X Factor 2012 judges Demi Lovato, Britney Spears, Simon Cowell and L. A. Reid are all still in the competition this week, but it very likely that at least one of them will be out this week along with their last team member. Who will shine tonight on The X Factor season 2? Which singers will win your votes and move on to The X Factor semifinals next week? Read on for our The X Factor USA recap of the top 6 performance show!


This post contains The X Factor 2012 spoilers for the season 2 top 6 performances show. Please stop reading if you do not want to know what happened on The X Factor USA Wednesday night!


Last week on The X Factor 2012 USA, fans said goodbye to Paige Thomas from Team Demi Lovato and Vino Alan from Team L. A. Reid. The elimination of Vino Alan was something of a surprise as he had previously been ranked in the top 3 contestants repeatedly. CeCe Frey, who was predicted by many to go home last week, somehow managed to impress enough voters to propel her out of the bottom and even avoid the sing-off last week. Poor Vino Alan was put up against Diamond White instead and was sent home by The X Factor USA judges. Vino was good, but Diamond is cuter, younger and more marketable… so there ya go.

Here is the voting rank for The X Factor USA top 6 from last week’s results show:

1. Carly Rose Sonenclar (Team Britney)
2. Tate Stevens (Team L. A.)
3. Emblem3 (Team Simon)
4. Fifth Harmony (Team Simon)
5. CeCe Frey (Team Demi)
6. Diamond White (Team Britney)

On The X Factor season 2 tonight, the remaining finalists will each perform twice for judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, L. A. Reid and Demi Lovato and the voting audience. The performances from each contestants will include one song chosen by America (from a short list) and a special ‘unplugged’ song that has not yet been revealed.

This week on The X Factor 2012 season 2, I firmly believe it will take the performance of a lifetime to save CeCe Frey from being sent home in this round. She managed to save herself from near certain elimination last week somehow, but I just can’t imagine how she’ll avoid being cut in The X Factor results show tomorrow unless has a really, really powerful voting block this season.

As for the rest of the field, I think we can go ahead and predict Carly Rose Sonenclar and Tate Stevens will be moving on to the semifinals next week, but as for the rest of the field… frankly I just think it is a matter of time before they are all shoved out the door.

Ready to watch the top 6 throw it down on The X Factor season 2 live performance show? Join us right here for our live The X Factor recap at 8PM ET!

RECAP: The top 6 contestants will each perform twice tonight for the first time on the live shows. Up first will be their ‘unplugged’ performances of an acoustic song.

‘Unplugged’ Songs:

CeCe Frey – “Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga

Judges: The reaction from the judges is not fantastic after this incredibly mediocore performance. L. A. Reid kindly says he thinks the performance was pretty good and maybe she’s proven that they have it wrong. (Honestly, I just don’t think he sounds at all sincere.) Britney Spears tells it like it is and says it was not great and it needed to be. Simon Cowell says bluntly that CeCe Frey is just not worth a 5 million record contract.

Emblem3 – “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars

Judges: L. A. Reid praises Emblem3 while slamming Simon Cowell’s other group Fifth Harmony at the same time. He says at least one of Simon’s groups can sing in harmony! Britney Spears thought it was one of their best performances. Demi says it was just a lesser grade version of something the Jonas Brothers did five years ago. Ouch!

Carly Rose Sonenclar – “As Long As You Love Me” by Justin Bieber

Judges: Doing Justin Bieber is always risky. You don’t want to piss off his fan base, especially when they are the age group of YOUR primary fan base. Luckily for Carly, everyone seems to love it. L. A. Reid says the song was great and showed restraint. Demi says she thinks Carly sang it even better than Justin Bieber did. (Watch it Demi!) Simon says Carly is a star in the making.

Fifth Harmony – “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele

Judges: This is not going to go well. L. A. Reid, harkening back to his earlier snarky comment about them, notes there was absolutely no harmony on the song. They all sang it as individuals, not as a group. He says they should have been called ‘Fifth Unison’. Britney just doesn’t get what makes them special. Demi thinks they simply don’t click together as a group but a couple of the girls would be great soloists. (They tried that Demi, y’all shot them down.) Even Simon isn’t so glowing about his created girl group this evening but says they deserve a chance to try to make it in the music biz.

Diamond White – “A Man’s World” by James Brown

Judges: Apparently Simon Cowell is as sick of hearing this song on reality TV shows as I am. He thinks the performance was off pitch and he really thinks Diamond should have chosen another song. L. A. Reid thought she brought attitude to the stage. Demi says it was a risky choice but she thinks Diamond pulled it off.

Tate Stevens – “Living On a Prayer” by Bon Jovi

Judges: The audience is loving on this performance by Tate Stevens but the judges seem not quite as happy about it. Britney thinks Tate is well on his way to being the next great country star but her praise is lackluster. Demi says Tate missed the high note in the song, but she is a fan and she’ll buy his albums. Simon says he wants to see Tate picking out his own songs. He thinks Tate doing this song for unplugged week is “like taking a goldfish for a walk”–which means, I guess, that it is impossible or stupid or likely to get PETA really mad at you, who knows with Simon.

Pepsi Challenge Songs:

CeCe Frey – “Part of Me” by Katy Perry

Judges: L. A. says he doesn’t know how to feel, it’s like a windshield wiper. One song he likes her, one song he doesn’t. Britney at least thought the song was entertaining (and that is saying a lot). Simon says she keeps trying and likes her attitude. That’s about it. Really, if this girl makes it through the elimination tomorrow, something is really wrong.

Emblem3 – “Forever Young” by Alphaville

Judges: L. A. is really loving this performance and thought it was great. Britney is all over these cute boys and thinks they were superstars tonight. Demi says it was better than their first performance of the night but they still need to learn how to work the stage better. Simon, of course, thinks his boys are the ****.

Carly Rose Sonenclar – “If I was a Boy” by Beyonce

Judges: Could the judges love this girl any more? L. A. thinks it was awesome and knows Carly will never let him down with a performance. Demi says it was phenomenal although perhaps a bit predictable. She’d like to hear her do something more up tempo. Simon says not to listen to Demi one bit. Simon thinks it was incredible, of course, as he seems to be an even bigger fan of Carly than her own coach! Britney, naturally, thinks Carly was a little goddess up there.

Fifth Harmony – “Give Your Heart a Break” by Demi Lovato

Judges: L. A. is actually liking this one and thinks it is one of their best performances. He says he actually heard them singing harmony and it was very good. Britney thought it was a good performance as well. Demi is very kind about them performing her song and said it was great, although I don’t believe her when she says it was better than the original and should have been their song because she knows that is BS.

Diamond White – “Diamonds” by Rihanna

Judges: L. A. didn’t really think it was all that awesome. Demi thinks it was great though and she really did the song justice. Simon thinks the first half was not as good as the second half but she had a good night. Simon makes an interesting comment when he says Diamond is very lucky she is in a very competitive top 6, “or maybe I should say top 5.” Hmmmmm.

Tate Stevens – “If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Garth Brooks     

Judges: Tomorrow on The X Factor will certainly come for this guy and next week as well. I’m sure. Once again the crowd is roaring for him. The judges are also in love. Britney says he was just amazing and this was really a Tate Stevens performance. Demi thinks he has a bright future ahead of him. She admits she did get a bit sleepy though, but she’s also really tired, she says. Simon says he thinks Tate actually reminds him of Garth Brooks and he is glad he’s made it so far in the competition.

That’s all for our The X Factor USA recap for tonight. Join us here again next Tuesday night for our next X Factor 2012 season 2 recap! Bookmark us or friend us on Facebook or Twitter for all our latest updates.


  1. Wow America … Are you voting on not liking someone or liking country without giving a glance to someone that has made every song her OWN and hit every note including the high ones? If you are fair last night was not Tate’s best night
    nor AGAIN was it CeCe’s. However every week one contestant has not only improved but ALL the judges agree has remarkably astonishing talent. Flawless!
    I agree with “ann” Please vote for TALENT vote Carly Rose Sonenclar because like it or not she has consistantly showed her worthiness to win!

  2. Please correct the writeup: Forever Young is not by Rod Stewart. It’s by Alphaville.

  3. Tate Stevens should be Number 1. Vote for him America!

  4. Tate Stevens is the best! He is the TOTAL PACKAGE! Please vote for him America!

  5. At this point I am rooting for Cece to go home more than I’m cheering for any particular contestant to win. I cannot stand her. Her performance tonight was awful. One of my co-workers loves her, but I think she should have gone home weeks ago. Hopefully this week is the last time we’ll have to see her.

  6. Tate Stevens is going to be a Country STAR!!! no dobt…. You are fantastic Tate and I hope you win it all, I will be the first in line to buy your CD…. I am and always will be a Garth Brooks FAN…..and you are following right in his footsteps!! would love to hear you sing something like RODEO or FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES…..

  7. I love u diamond keep on shining like the diamond that u are

  8. well I think x factor seems to be a joke this year, and your right cece cannot sing to the point of having a hit. However to pick “forever young” for those three little ones whatever they are named was such a wrong pick, what is wrong with you all.

    They need to dance around, move , challenge the crowed. Something like Eminem’s song “not afraid” would have been more suited for them.


    • agreed — it’s one thing to be snarky with fellow judges, but her comments about contestants from other teams have been uncalled for and obnoxious. they’re just regular people chasing their dreams, and it’s more than a game for them.

  10. can someone tell LA to let Tate sing his music from his heart and Kick Carly’s…ass…………!!!

  11. velma butt says:

    I love to see Tate Stevens to win it all

  12. X Factor is a joke when people like Cee Cee get thru….this girl can not sing ,period
    !Sad that talented people were let go!

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