‘The X Factor’ USA: Is this a defining week for Emblem3, Fifth Harmony?

Emblem3Wednesday night’s new episode of “The X Factor” USA is a big one, as we are set to see the top eight contestants potentially whittled  down to either seven or six singers. However, there is probably still one person who has more riding on the line this week than any other judge: Simon Cowell. It’s not just because he is also the show’s executive producer; he just has more to gain at the moment when it comes to his acts.

Here’s really how we figure this. L.A. Reid and Britney Spears each have their respective favorites already in Tate Stevens and Carly Rose Sonenclar, whereas we may as well be honest here in saying that CeCe Frey of Team Demi Lovato really has no shot at winning at this point unless she suddenly morphs into Lady Gaga overnight. Simon’s groups of Emblem3 and Fifth Harmony are each on the cusp of turning a corner, but they need something right to go their way in order to get there.

So what could this turning point be? We really chalk it up at the moment to two things: personality and song choice. Fifth Harmony needs to loosen up a little bit, and show that they are something more than five straight-laced young women who love Jesus and baking together. They also need to try having some more fun on stage and not just do ballad after ballad. Their harmonies are not actually their strong suit yet, and since that it is in the name of their group, it is probably better not to bring too much attention to that right now.

As for Emblem3, they clearly already have the attitude and the votes from young women. What they also need to do is show enough poise and focus to get some of the other voters, whether it be men or older viewers who are currently giving their support to Tate and Vino Alan. While the young female vote has carried artists on “American Idol” to wins in the past, it hasn’t quite worked like that on either this show or “The Voice.” You have to appeal to all demographics, while at the same time not losing the edge that makes them unique. Considering that we have no problem with this group’s song choices thus far, they have a much harder job cracking the top 3.

Which one of Simon’s groups do you think is poised to step it up? If you want to see what Tate and CeCe are teasing now about their performances, you can do so here.

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