Last night on “The X Factor” the three remaining acts sang for the chance of a $5 million recording contract. Fifth Harmony is a girl group brought together for the show, Tate Stevens is a family man who is probably the most likely winner, and Carly Rose Sonenclar is an angel. I mean…she’s a pitch perfect teenager who was born to be a star.
Well, that’s nailed my preference colours to the mast, I guess, so let’s have a look at the finale performances from everyone.
First was the “Song of the Season” round.
Carly sang “Feeling Good” and just as she’d done before, she nailed it. Her hometown mayor seemed very impressed. Her “great talent is truly a gift from the gods,” he said.
Tate Stevens sang “Anything Goes” again. It was OK, but for Simon’s comment, that he liked it because Tate “didn’t try to do something stupid” read that he played it safe this round. Demi claimed to still “love” and be “obsessed” with Tate. He’s good, but is he really that good?
Fifth Harmony’s hometown visit was a bit weird, with only Ally’s shown – San Antonio. The girls repeated their performance of “Anything Could Happen,” and it could, but I doubt if that will include this group winning “X Factor.” “Magic happens when you guys perform,” said Britney, which was nice. L.A. Reid was right in that the group have come together well and it doesn’t look like they were manufactured for the show. “Something special, I believe, would happen if you won this competition,” Simon predicted. Well, things will be pretty special for whoever wins the show, I guess – for a few weeks, at least.
The duets round is always fun. I like seeing how the contestants look beside established artists.
Carly sang with Leann Rimes on “How Do I Live”. I like this song. A lot. So I was disappointed that an avowedly sick Leann was clearly off form here. This was more like the duels. Carly stuck to the script, though, excitedly saying,”That was one of the most fun moments I’ve ever had on this stage.”
Tate was just adorable, so excited to be singing with Little Big Town on “Pontoon.” The performance had bags of personality and any country fans would have just lapped this up.
Fifth Harmony dueted with Demi Lovato on her own single, “Give Your Heart a Break.” Forget that this was egotistical and just a little bit of showing off, the performance was natural, comfortable and just really, really good.
Carly’s performance of “Hallelujah” was my favorite performance of the night. I cried buckets (several times as it’s been on my PC ever since) during the tribute to the victims of the Newtown shootings. Visually a little schmaltzy, Carly’s performance really had the wow factor, the X Factor, whatever you want to call it.
The family man angle on Tate was really starting to grate on me even before Khloe Kardashian excitedly yelled, “CAN HE WIN A BETTER FUTURE FOR HIS FAMILY?” Seriously now – enough. Money doesn’t make you happy. Fame certainly doesn’t make you happy. And there are millions of people working 9-to-5 in offices and other crummier workplaces to make a future for their families.
That said, Tate‘s cover of Chris Young’s “Tomorrow” was OK. Nothing special, but OK. I can’t now escape the feeling that although he’s undeniably talented, he doesn’t have that special something: the X factor. Sorry.
Fifth Harmony sang “Let It Be”…with a choir. Now, I kinda like gospel choirs. And I get why judges put them with solo performers. What I don’t really get is why Fifth Harmony need a choir when there are already five of them. This isn’t enhancement; it’s more like covering up for a lack of something. L.A. Reid freaked out. “You guys are really like magic happening right before our eyes” he said, before they were better than the Beatles. Uh…that’s debatable on soooo many levels!
So, that was the “X Factor” finale performances. Who’s going to take the title home? My bet (and hope) would be Carly since I think she is not only amazingly talented but also a relevant pop singer. Fifth Harmony has the relevancy too, but their singing talents don’t match up to Carly, for me. And Tate? Well, Tate’s a really nice family man who can sing a bit of country real good. But since it’s public votes who decide the winner, and Tate really does seem to be a very nice man…