“The X Factor” pared its field to the Top 6 on Thursday (Nov. 29), with one surprise elimination and one that was maybe not as big a surprise.
The rankings of the Top 6 didn’t hold many huge surprises either — although it was apparently a very, very tight race for No. 1. According to host Mario Lopez, less than one percentage point separated the three top vote-getters.
Carly Rose Sonnenclar came out on top in the audience vote, with Tate Stevens and Emblem3 right behind her.
At the other end of things, Paige Thomas got Rickrolled early, getting the boot after performing Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” on Wednesday’s show. The Bottom 2 after her, though, was a bit of a surprise: Vino Alan and Diamond White had to sing for survival — and had to follow a performance by Alicia Keys.
Diamond performed Beyonce’s “I Was Here,” while Vino reprised Ray LaMontagne’s “Trouble” to make his case. The judges seemed visibly torn, with just about everyone expressing surprise they had to choose between these two. (Simon Cowell’s prediction that Cece Frey would be leaving turned out to be wrong.)
As expected, L.A. Reid (Vino’s mentor) and Britney Spears (Diamond’s coach) chose to keep their team members alive, giving the deciding votes to Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell. Demi chose to send Vino home, and Simon was uncharacteristically uncertain — uttering a bleeped, “Oh, c**p” at one point.
He ultimately voted Vino out too, though. Here’s how the remaining six acts ranked in fan votes this week:
1. Carly Rose Sonnenclar
2. Tate Stevens
4. Fifth Harmony
5. Cece Frey
6. Diamond White
What did you think of this week’s “X Factor” results? Were you surprised at either of the eliminations?