‘The X Factor’ USA review: Did Fifth Harmony, Emblem3 survive elimination?

The X Factor LogoIf we are being kind about “The X Factor” USA this season, one of the best adjectives we can use to describe it is “uneven.” There have been some performers who have made it pretty far who are in a word bland, and we are not quite sure how many of them will do in the actual recording industry once this is over.

While she was far from the best singer in the world, we have to admit that we are sad to see CeCe Frey leave. She did try hard to make her performances entertaining, and she was someone who we were interested in watching every week just for the sheer theatrics of it all. Think of her as the Rylan Clark of this show, if you watch the British version in addition to this one.

After some performances from reigning champ Melanie Amaro (who has received about as much promotion since the show as a movie released in January) and Ke$ha (who was surprisingly not told by Simon Cowell to pack her bags), we then found out the “stunning” news that Fifth Harmony and Diamond White would have to sing for survival. It really doesn’t matter who makes it through here, mostly because we feel that whoever advanced would be send home before the finale, anyway.

Fifth Harmony – Their performance was solid, but maybe not spectacular. The good news? There was harmony, but there was not really a great deal of connection to the song.

Diamond White – This was a far better vocal than either of the ones that the teenager performed the other night, but was it too little, too late? It just feels at times like she is trying a little too hard.

Diamond was ultimately sent home in a 3-1 vote, and we give her credit for defying the “upset teenager” trend on this show and kept it together rather well. Granted, she has already been eliminated once so she may just be happy to be there.

As for the rankings, here are (yawn) where the top four stand.

4. Fifth Harmony

3. Emblem3

2. Carly Rose Sonenclar

1. Tate Stevens (who went last on the show, so he likely had the voting edge)

What did you think about the eliminations this week? If you want to see where these exits lined up with our pre-show predictions, you can do so over at the link here.

Photo: Fox

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