The X Factor Season 2 Live Recap: Top 4 Performances! (VIDEO)

The X Factor season 2 semi-finals are finally here! Only four acts remain to battle it out in the last live performance show before The X Factor 2012 USA finals next week. Still in the running are teen Carly Rose Sonenclar of Team Britney Spears, country singer Tate Stevens of Team L. A. Reid and Team Simon Cowell’s last two group acts, Fifth Harmony and Emblem3. Who will give the performance of a lifetime on The X Factor 2012 season 2 tonight? Watch all the action with us in our live The X Factor recap of the semi-finals!


This post contains The X Factor USA spoilers from the top 4 live semi-finals performance show. Please stop reading if you do not want to know what happened on The X Factor season 2 Wednesday night!

After weeks of amazing (and abysmal) performances, buckets of tears and endless snarky comments from Simon Cowell and the rest of The X Factor USA judges, it all comes down to this. Only four acts remain in the competition and tonight they will be singing their hearts out for one last chance to make The X Factor 2012 season 2 finals.

Three team mentors also remain in the competition with Britney Spears, Simon Cowell and L. A. Reid all still in the running to watch one of their singers win The X Factor season 2. Demi Lovato, unfortunately, won’t have the pleasure of cheering on any of her team’s singers tonight as they have all been eliminated.

Here’s the current ranking of The X Factor season 2 top 4 singers based on the votes from last week’s results show:

1. Tate Stevens (Team L. A.)

2. Carly Rose Sonenclar (Team Britney)

3. Emblem3 (Team Simon)

4. Fifth Harmony (Team Simon)

Unless The X Factor USA producers decide to shake things up this season, only two acts will survive the semi-finals to make it through to The X Factor finals next week. I would not be shocked, however, if there was some kind of sudden announcement that only one singer is going to be sent home on The X Factor 2012 season 2 this week.

The problem is that the odds are way too heavily in favor of Tate Stevens and Carly Rose Sonenclar being the obvious winners in the semi-finals. They have consistently been running in the top two spots in the voting ranks for weeks. Thus, it seems that no matter what happens on The X Factor tonight, both will probably move on to the finals.

This would leave Simon Cowell with no acts in the finale if both his groups are eliminated. I could easily see him working some kind of plot twist with the producers so he ends up with one of his groups in The X Factor 2012 finals for season 2. While I hope the producers will not be so cheap as to copy The Voice season 3 in sending an extra act to the finals this year, it would not surprise me at all.

Still, as it stands right now, only two acts are supposedly going on to The X Factor USA finals next week. If that continues to be true, I think it would take a serious miracle for either of the group acts to take down either Tate Stevens or Carly Rose Sonenclar. Will one of the groups manage to give us a truly miraculous performance tonight worthy of that kind of upset? Join us for our The X Factor recap of the semi-finals performance show right here at 8PM ET!

RECAP: On The X Factor semi-finals tonight, each of the four remaining acts ill perform two songs. The first will be a song they chose for themselves and the second will be a song chosen for them by their mentors.

Hosts Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian announce there will be no sing-off this week on the The X Factor results show tomorrow night. The voters will apparently have complete control over who goes home on The X Factor USA this week. Plus, you probably guessed it, only one act will be voted off this week. So Simon Cowell will have one of his groups in the finale.

Now it’s on to the first round of live performances!

Contestant’s Choice Round:

Tate Stevens – “Bonfire” by Craig Moran”

Judges: Britney Spears says this was not his best performance and at this state in the competition it needs to be. Demi Lovato totally does not agree with Britney and says it was an amazing performrance. He made her feel like she was home in Texas. Simon says he could have done something sappy to appeal to the voters, but instead he performed what he’d want to record. That made it one of Simon’s favorite performances by Tate because he was being himself. He thinks Tate looks like someone who thinks he can win. L. A. says Tate set the stage on fire and it was great fun.

Carly Rose Sonenclar – “Your Song” by Elton John

Judges: L. A. says this was a risky song but he heard things from her in it he had never heard before. He says he can tell she really wants to win and she did a great job. Demi says she has no bias because she has no singers left. She felt it was a bit too predictable. It was another slow slong, but she still really liked it and thought it was well done. Simon says it was a beautiful version of a fantastic song, but it was not his favorite performance from her. She was giving off a nervous vibe. Britney says, as usual, she is so very proud and praises how Carly has blossomed right in front of her.

Emblem3 – “Baby I Love Your Way” by Peter Frampton

Judges: L. A. says the group is lucky they are so charming. He wondered if they would ever have their $5 million moment until this performance. Britney says the performance was very special and it was not fair to just call them a boy band because they are more than that. Demi says this is what she was talking about. Great job. Simon says it reminded him of their first audition. If this doesn’t get them to the finals, nothing will. (And the stage is set for Fifth Harmony to go home tomorrow… as if we didn’t know that already.)

Fifth Harmony – “Anything Could Happen” by Ellie Goulding

Judges: L. A. says this was vocally their best performance in the whole competition. He thought it was very inventive and he’s proud of them. Britney says it was magical and she loved the whole performance. They are full of girl power and inspiring. Demi says it was cute and great. They worked the stage well. (Demi obviously just does not like these girls.) Simon says they came into the competition as underdogs and it would take a miracle for them to make it to the finals. After that performance though, anything could happen.

Mentor’s Choice Round:

Tate Stevens – “Fall” by Clay Walker

Judges: Britney says this performance was a hit! Demi says Tate’s wife must just feel like the luckiest woman in the world. He’s amazing and so talented. Simon says it was a great song and there is about as much chance of Tate going back to his old job as there is him flying to the moon. He deserves to be in the finals. He’s really happy Tate came to the competition. L. A. says he is always great and he was great once again.

Carly Rose Sonenclar – “Imagine” by John Lennon

Judges: L. A. says Carly showed off her artistic side with the piano. It was a hard song but she found the right spots. Demi says the only predictable thing this time was how amazing it was! Simon says he would have preferred she stayed at the piano and he thought the performance was overly complicated. Britney thinks Simon is wrong and it is time for Carly to go out and compete with the big stars.

Emblem3 – “Hey Jude” by The Beatles

Judges: L. A. says they are teen hearthtrobs. He says he was going to tear them up over the song choice but they did great. Britney says it was a top level performance and they should take a bow. Demi thinks they have great potential, although they can’t be compared to The Beatles. Simon says he is proud of how they did tonight and they nailed both their performances.

[More coming soon in our The X Factor recap of the top 4 semifinals performance show… stay tuned!]

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