‘The X Factor’ USA notes: Fifth Harmony, Emblem3, and One Direction

X Factor NewsIn this edition of “The X Factor” notes, we salute the groups. Specifically, we salute some of the most-successful groups to come out of both the American and British shows over the past few years.

We begin with Fifth Harmony, who were actually featured in a new YouTube video starring Boyce Avenue. These boys have a connection to the coaching aspect of the show from this past season, and they’ve also maintained a familiar / nice studio presence for Ally, Normani, Lauren, Camila, and Dinah Jane over the past several months while they crank out some original tunes (which we haven’t even had the opportunity to hear just yet). They’re also kind of a big deal on YouTube, even if none of them have that trademark Ron Burgundy mustache.

The song thrust them into center stage with the Justin Timberlake smash in “Mirrors,” and overall, the ladies deserve some props for nailing the lines and some of the emotional connection to the song which, from our vantage point, is the best thing that JT has going for him on “The 20/20 Experience.”

Emblem3’s performance – Ready to take a trip down to “Sunset Boulevard”? You know the song, and Emblem3 had a shot to rock out to this and many other during a Wango Tango event this weekend. Getting to be involved in this event is practically a golden ticket into the pop music world, so the boys have to be feeling rather amazing about themselves right now.

A One Direction announcement – May 16. That’s really all we have: A date. What could it mean? Our guess is that this will mark when more details are available on their upcoming 3D concert film, but let’s emphasize the word “guess” one more time. This could be anything. Maybe it’s when Louis Tomlinson will actually get into his Mystery Machine dressed as Scooby-Doo.

Remember when Demi Lovato performed with Fifth Harmony? Well, she’s got a rather cool concert gig of her own coming up soon. You can find out more about it over at the link here.

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