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The X Factor – Top 4 Results Video – Live Blog – 12/13/2012

Welcome to the live blog for The X Factor Top 4 results show for December 13, 2012.

Tonight we have performances by Bruno Mars and Bridgit Mendler. Also, three acts will advance to next week’s season finale, while one act will fall just short of the finish line.

Rickey.org readers predict Emblem3 will get the boot!

Credit: FOX

And here we go!

8:02 PM EST

Khloe doesn’t look like a hot mess, for once. That’s pretty much the front page story for me.

And now the finalists are out, performing “Coming Home” by The Artist Formerly Known As Puffy.

It’s actually not bad at all, though I could do without Drewchebag’s “rapping.”

8:08 PM EST

Since the show is on commercial break, I might as well take this opportunity to make a plug of my own, as I recently posted Nick’s Last-Minute Holiday Shopping Guide and Trey posted our Weekly X Factor Power Rankings. Both are decent reads, even if you vehemently disagree with them. And Lord knows, I attract disagreement like flea markets attract wishy-washy buyers who will haggle on the price for a $4.00 ashtray.

8:13 PM EST

Recap of last night’s show with comments from the contestants. It’s the usual array of contestants talking about how badly they want it, particularly Carly Rose, in the first round. Emblem3 is stoked that Demi approved of their first performance, while Fifth Harmony is over-the-moon with the comments they got. Camille in particular is adorable, looking like Minnie Mouse with a big-ass bow on her head and a mile-wide grin to match it. Tate, meanwhile, is as nervous as ever, in the second round, despite having gotten good comments. He embraces his wife backstage and tells her “Now we wait.” Carly is worried that her bad reviews could mean the end of her journey. For round two, Emblem3 believe that if they can just make it through this week, they have a “straight shot” at winning. Lastly, Fifth Harmony is scared of going home when they’re this close to the end.

8:18 PM EST

Khloe asks Simon if there will be any surprises tonight, and Simon claims that he’s worried about his girls, though he reiterates that he truly believes in miracles. Britney, meanwhile, states that she’s confident Carly will get through to the finale.

8:19 PM EST

Okay, can we just take a minute during this commercial break to REJOICE in the news that LA Reid will not be returning for season 3? That man is the homicide of all joy and good taste on this show, and one of the prime factors that makes this show as routinely annoying as it tends to be (though I still love it, for whatever that’s worth). I don’t think a judge’s exit from a reality show has ever made me this happy. They could put Kathy Griffin in there, and she’d be a more welcome addition to the panel than LA Reid, for me.

8:23 PM EST

Each contestant talks about why winning this competition means the world to them. Tate claims “I have no mom and dad to go home to. I am mom and dad. I have a family.” Emblem3 talks about how they’ve always wanted to do music since an early age. Fifth Harmony wants to give back to their family. Carly Rose grew up watching the VMAs, which makes me feel a million years old. She once again states how badly she wants this, as if it didn’t already go without saying for each of the four finalists.

Results, part 1

The first act through to next week’s finale is…

FIFTH HARMONY!!!!!!!!!!!

LA Reid leaving the show + Fifth Harmony in the finale? It really must be Christmastime after all.

Seriously, this result is so fly it needs a stewardess.

8:31 PM EST

So this means Emblem3 gets to steppin’, no? I can’t imagine it’s Carly or Tate, or rather, I’m hoping it’s not, simply because the world couldn’t take the explosion of smug that would issue from Simon Cowell if he had TWO acts in the finale. It’d bring the Apocalypse eight days early.

8:33 PM EST

We’re back, and Mario and Khloe interview Britney and LA. LA is surprised that the girls made it through, while Britney seems kind of annoyed that the girls got the nod over Emblem3 (well, she’s assuming that they took E3’s spot, but for all we know, they could still have made the finale). This does nothing to disabuse me of the notion that adult women inherently hate seeing other young women succeed.

And Bridgit Mendler is up, performing her single “Ready or Not”. I’d like to think of myself as a relatively up-to-date guy, but I have absolutely no earthly idea who this woman is. Cute as all get-out though.

8:37 PM EST

Audition information for next season’s X Factor (which reveals that Carly auditioned in one of the audition booths that are placed in random area nationwide).

The audition cities are Los Angeles, CA, Charleston, SC, New Orleans, LA, Long Island, NY and Denver, CO, though you can also audition online. Given the dearth of talent this season, I suggest five of us in the comments section get together and form a group and go audition. Let’s go, Hot Mess Collective!

Results, part 2

The next act through to the grand finale is…

TATE STEVENS!

It’s now down to Carly Rose Sonenclar and Emblem3, and to borrow a line from every Star Wars movie ever made, I have a bad feeling about this…

Tate, meanwhile, fights back tears as he pulls a “Yo Adrian” and gives a shout out to his wife, saying re: the finale, “We’re here.”

8:45 PM EST

Khloe is backstage with both acts, and they’re both obviously nervous. Drew says that, despite the outcome, he’s happy to have had this experience, and says that the knowledge he’s earned over the course of this competition is worth more than the $5 million. What the hell? Maturity from DREW? The hell outta here…

And like that, we throw to Bruno Mars, performing “Locked Out of Heaven.” It’s a catchy song, though I’m partial to “Young Girls” as a potential single.

8:50 PM EST

As Bruno finishes up, let me just apologize for whatever the technical difficulties are that are putting all my updates to the post on a 90 second delay. I really do try to keep you guys updates as quickly as possible. I have no idea what the deal with WordPress is, but it’s officially chapped my ass. And I’m curmudgeonly enough as it is!

On that topic, if I never see this Drew Brees/One Direction commercial again, it’ll be too f****** soon.

8:54 PM EST

Results, part 3

And we waste no time. The third and final act going through to next week’s grand finale is…

CARLY ROSE SONENCLAR!

Emblem3 must now return to their home planet.

Wes states how thankful he is to have been a part of this competition, and we get the accompanying elimination video. The video is peculiar in two ways: a) it shows that they really weren’t all THAT bad, but b) also that they never really grew throughout the competition either.

Simon tells Emblem3 that they are going to have a huge career off the back of this show.

And that’s it for this week! No rankings were revealed, since it would contaminate the voting pool for the finale.

I’ll be back next Wednesday for the live blog of the performance show, and then again on Thursday to see if Fifth Harmony could pull off one of the biggest upset since [fill in unexpected winner of a reality show].

See you then!

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156 comments
jbeee
jbeee

E3 was the weakest of the four acts left. They were sort of a one trick pony. Fifth Harmony has tremendous potential but some of the arrangements have not done them any favors. I favor Tate to win in all, I think he has earned it and has the best chance of making it fast out of the gates in his genre. I can see Carly Rose going the way of so many other youth phenoms (Charlotte Church anyone?) that blaze brightly for a short period then are gone.

realGary
realGary

Ok we have the final three, but where do the E3 votes go now?

gordillo
gordillo

Fifth harmony got their spot after last night performance..

realphill
realphill

5th harmony goes into the final in a great spot, they peaked at the right moment! i hope the momentum keeps on going..if they have another couple of great performances on the finale i wouldnt be too shocked if they end up winning!!!!!

BairesLover
BairesLover

they announced yesterday that there was going to be no rankings. but they said that the results tonight were in no particular order. in other words, fifth harmony came in 3rd, tate 2nd and carly 1st. 

carlosr1993
carlosr1993

I hope they release the studio version of the Winner's Single as they do in the UK. It's needed, even if it flops.

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

Boy do I need a drink. lols   Well maybe now E3 is gone I won't see D-Band this and that on every single board. :)  Love ya Emblem 3 keep your head up, your fans love ya!!!!!  I know Simon will sign you guys regardless.  Good luck with the future.

Trey_
Trey_

Fifth Harmony through to the finale + L.A. Reid not returning next season + D****** BAND IS GONE!Merry Early Christmas Y'all!!

realphill
realphill

SHAMAZING RESULTS! yes, we lost beatrice and Jannel in the way but i like the final 3! and the douchies got kicked to the curve in the last moment! cant wait for the final..

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

5th Harmony will win X-Factor this season mark my words.  lols   They are the US version of Little Mix.

Nedsdag
Nedsdag

What a night.

I don't care who wins now. As long as Fifth Harmony made it to the grand finale.

JoeyCumley
JoeyCumley

Just to clarify, they didn't announce rankings this week?  :(

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

I will crawl into my corner now.  :(   I  love you EMBLEM 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  TEARS!!!!!!!!!!!  :(

JoeyCumley
JoeyCumley

Where do we think Emblem3 votes go?  Clearly they wont go to tate... that wouldn't make sense.  Are they SIMON fans therefor go to Fifth Harmony?  Or do they go to Carly?

JoeyCumley
JoeyCumley

Let us know if they announce the voting results this week....  super curious if Fifth Harmony was above #3 or if this really is a 2 person race now....

NickRoman1
NickRoman1 moderator

Emblem3 is eliminated and must now return to their home planet. 

LinBrand
LinBrand

WOOT!  Another week to freak out =)

realphill
realphill

CARLY IS SAFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NickRoman1
NickRoman1 moderator

CARLY ROSE SONENCLAR IS THROUGH TO THE FINALE!

NickRoman1
NickRoman1 moderator

Hey guys, I have no earthly idea what the deal with Wordpress is, but all of my updates to the post are on some kind of delay. I'm going to keep updating the post above, but I'll also be updating in the comments as well, as a placeholder until it starts showing up in the above post. 

Because I really hate that technical difficulties are making me look this staggeringly incompetent. I can do that on my own, thanks!

NickRoman1
NickRoman1 moderator

@JoeyCumley No rankings this week. Guess we gotta keep some measure of suspense for the finale. And also to keep from people arbitrarily voting against whoever would have been revealed to be number one, just to upset the apple cart.

Trey_
Trey_

@Mikhail XO  1) Last night they announced that they actual rankings would not be revealed until the winner is announced 2) Fifth Harmony was considerably lower than Tate & Carly on DI, so it is hard to believe they weren't neck & neck for third with Emblem 3

JoeyCumley
JoeyCumley

@realphill @JoeyCumley I feel like they finally GET the group thing...  this was the first week they LOOKED like a group with their outfits and costuming, and the first week they had staging... so if they rock it next week I think it's possible.

MarianneMooreHarms
MarianneMooreHarms

@Mikhail XO @Trey_ @BairesLover Frankly, I don't think Carly WASN'T 1st last week, particularly after what was thought to be the Tater's worst week (last week). I don't believe for a second that any of this rankings "thing" is above-board. I think the times CeCe seemed to place higher than people thought - people were correct. It's all for production and shock value a.k.a "good T.V." lol

Trey_
Trey_

@Mikhail XO @Trey_ I don't mean like actual numbers or the actual eliminations, but usually someone near the top is right and someone near the bottom is right. No one who usually lands in the top or bottom isn't. The middle of the pack is usually what is interesting. Also, they are absolutely horrible at the beginning of seasons, but as time gets closer to the finale they get more accurate. I don't believe Carly was 1st either, I just think its extremely hard for her to have been 3rd. 

BairesLover
BairesLover

@Mikhail XO @Trey_ also if they mentioned that it was in no particular order than carly either got 1st or 2nd for sure. cause she was announced last 

NickRoman1
NickRoman1 moderator

@BairesLover @Mikhail XO @Trey_ Dial Idol. A system for predicting who will be eliminated by measuring the busy signals on a contestant's voting line, which generates a percentage of the vote that can be measured. Or something like that. I can't really explain what it is, other than to kind of agree with Mikhail, in the sense that I can't remember the last time it routinely got anything right.It was all the rage in the earlier seasons of Idol, before the prevalence of texting and online voting. Now, it's right more often than not, but only because it allows a margin of error for itself to the degree that it technically can't be wrong, no matter who goes home.