All right, America, are you ready to find out which three acts made it through to the “X Factor” season finale and which artist had their dreams crushed?
Going into Thursday’s (December 13) results show, we predicted that Fifth Harmony would be packing their bags, in large part due to their underdog status, but as they sang on Wednesday night: “Anything Can Happen.”
After an excruciating hour of waiting to hear the name of the final act to be eliminated ahead of the season finale, Emblem3 was sent home. “I’m just so honored to have gone through this experience. We’re so grateful,” Emblem 3’s Wes Stromberg said, adding a special shout-out to their fans. “I know you voted your butts off. We love you, and we’re going to continue to make music.”
Their mentor Simon Cowell wasn’t as positive about the loss. “This is the way it goes on a competition. I thought they had a fantastic night last night,” he said. “I’m extremely disappointed. But you’re going to have a huge career,” he said to his group.
This means that your season-two “X Factor” finalists are Fifth Harmony, Tate Stevens and Carly Rose Sonenclar, who will be battling it out for the crown and the $5 million record-deal riches.
Mentor Cowell couldn’t hide his own shock when it was announced that Fifth Harmony were safe and Emblem3 and Sonenclar ended up in the bottom two. “I believe in miracles, and these girls, I thought they were sensational last night,” he said. “I could not be happier.”
“I’m very shocked,” L.A. Reid said when asked for his thoughts.L.A. Reid won’t return to “The X Factor” next season.
“I was a little disappointed,” added Britney Spears. “I thought it was going to be the other way around with the groups.”
On the lighter side of things, the final four performed a unique arrangement of Diddy-Dirty Money’s “Coming Home,” which offered each of the remaining contestants an opportunity to showcase their signature singing styles. Guest performers included up-and-coming pop star Bridgit Mendler from Disney Channel’s “Good Luck Charlie,” who performed her upbeat single “Ready or Not,” followed by recent MTV “Big & Best of 2012” performer Bruno Mars, who brought the house down with a lively version of his #1 single “Knocked Out of Heaven.”
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