X Factor Season 2 Live Recap: Episode 17 – Top 12 Performances! (VIDEO)

The X Factor season 2 live performances continue tonight as the top 12 take the stage for ‘divas’ week. After last week’s shocking revelation of the voting rank for all of the contestants, all the singers know exactly where they stand this week going into tonight’s live performances. Once again, The X Factor 2012 judges Britney Spears, Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and L. A. Reid will have no say in who goes home this week. That choice will be entirely up to the voters. Ready to watch how your favorites did tonight on The X Factor season 2? Join us right now for our live The X Factor USA season 2 recap!


This post contains spoilers from The X Factor 2012 season 2, episode 15. Please stop reading if you do not want to know what happened on The X Factor season 2 top 12 performances show this week!

Last week on The X Factor 2012 season 2, flamboyant crooner Jason Brock was eliminated after it was revealed he had the lowest votes among the competitors. In a totally unexpected move, The X Factor USA also revealed the voting rank of ALL the remaining contestants. CeCe Frey was at the bottom, just barely topping Jason Brock to move on to the next round. The top singer in the pack was, somewhat surprisingly, country singer Tate Stevens, followed by heavy favorite teen singer Carly Rose Sonenclar.

Heading into The X Factor top 12 live performances for divas week, here are the  top 12 finalists and their voting ranks:

  • Team Britney Spears (Teens): Arin Ray (11th), Beatrice Miller (10th), Diamond White (4th) and Carly Rose Sonenclar (2nd)
  • Team Demi Lovato (Young Adults): CeCe Frey (12th), Jennel Garcia (7th) and Paige Thomas (8th)
  • Team L. A. Reid (Over 25): Tate Stevens (1st) and Vino Alan (3rd)
  • Team Simon Cowell (Groups): Fifth Harmony (5th), Emblem3 (6th) and Lyric145 (9th)

Can’t wait to find out who rocked the house tonight on The X Factor USA 2012? Join us right here for our live The X Factor season 2 recap at 8PM ET.

RECAP: The theme tonight on The X Factor USA is ‘divas’ and Britney says the competition is going to boil down to “true talent” folks. Or, you know, the cutest person with some talent. Or the hottest person with a bit of talent. You know, the typical reality TV talent show mantra.

Anyway, let’s shut up now and move right along to tonight’s performances, shall we?

Jennell Garcia (Team Demi Lovato) – “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner

Judges: L. A. Reid says Jennell started off the show great and she’s back in this.. Britney Spears actually says Tina would be proud, although I think Tina Turner would probably not be pleased to see some wannabee acting like they are awesome enough to sing “Proud Mary”. Simon Cowell likes it too, amazingly enough, and thinks Jennell now has her head back in the competition. Meh.

Tate Stevens (Team L. A. Reid) – “From This Moment” by Shania Twain

Judges: Huge reaction from the crowd and the judges are on fire with this one. Britney says she could hear the incredible heart in the performance. Demi Lovato says she just cannot believe how great he is. He is just so good. Simon says he is ready to write the 5 million check right now and that was even better than last week. Guess Tate is earning that number one spot with the voters tonight!

Diamond White (Team Britney Spears) – “Halo” by Beyonce

Judges: L. A. Reid says it was a tough song to choose, but she did a great job. Demi says Diamond is a diva in the best way. This week was kind of perfect for her because of that. Simon says she is a future star in the making.

Beatrice Miller (Team Britney Spears) – “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper

Judges: L. A. says he wasn’t that fond of the song choice and thinks it just didn’t show her off enough. Demi actually loved the song choice because she got to show a different side of herself. Simon says he thought the song was okay but boring, better than last week though. Britney says Beatrice has more talent in her pinky than all his acts combined.

Lyric 145 (Team Simon Cowell) – E.T. by Katy Perry/We Will Rock You by Queen

Judges: Simon says they bring a energy to the show that is needed. However, the rest of the judges are not loving on it so much. L. A. wants to know if Freddie Mercury was a diva? (YES) He thinks it was some better than last week but they have gotten off track. Britney says the group should stick more with their genre. Demi just doesn’t get what they are doing.

Arin Ray (Team Britney Spears) – “Crazy for You” by Madonna

Judges: Simon says something weird about cats, which as usual means he didn’t care for the performance. A bad song choice all around the judges seem to think. Everyone is lackluster about the performance. Simon says he thinks Arin hated it as much as everyone else did.

Paige Thomas (Team Demi Lovato) – “Last Dance” by Donna Summer

Judges: L. A. says that was her best performance so far. Simon says he thought the dancers on stage were a distraction. Paige says she liked her dancers, thank you very much. Demi says she wanted to do something different with the stage production. I though the dancers were annoying.

Fifth Harmony (Team Simon Cowell) – “Hero” by Mariah Carey

Judges: Britney says she thinks Simon is doing an amazing job with the group. Demi agrees. L. A. says it got good in the middle, but he just seems snarky about it. Simon, of course, is puffed up like a proud daddy.

Carly Rose Sonenclar (Team Britney) – “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion

Judges: The judges are actually kind of deer in the headlights a bit. I hate Celine Dion and I was blow away too. L. A. Reid says we could be looking at the winner of this competition after that performance and he might just be right. Demi cannot believe how young she is and is so young. Simon thinks she must not be human because no 13-year-old should be able to sing like that.

Vino Alan (Team L. A. Reid) – “Let’s Stay Together” by Tina Turner

Judges: Britney says she loved the soul in his voice. Demi says it was okay and she liked it but it was boring. Simon says the song just didn’t give Vino any of those special moments his voice is made for.

Emblem3 (Team Simon Cowell) – “No One” by Alicia Keys

Judges: Britney says they are heartthrobs and she totally gets why the girls swoon when they are on stage. Demi is equally moon-eyed over the cute boys. Yeah, yeah, they are adorable and stuff. At least they also seem to have decent talent.

CeCe Frey (Team Demi Lovato) – “All By Myself” by Eric Carmen (as performed by Celine Dion)

Judges: Despite getting the ‘pimp’ spot of being last tonight, I don’t think CeCe has redeemed herself enough with this performance. The judges are not thinking so either. L. A. says it was good but not enough to get the votes she needs. Britney just doesn’t get her. Simon likes CeCe but thought the performance was too cabaret and not great. The judges are not loving CeCe and it will be a miracle if she doesn’t go home tomorrow night.

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