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The X Factor USA – Results, Recap and Live Blog – Top 4 – 12/12/2013

Welcome to the results, recap and live blog of The X Factor USA Top 4 Results for December 12, 2013!

It’s the final elimination before the finale! Which three acts will make next week’s final? And which act will be eliminated? Also, Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Nettles perform!

Credit: FOX

Credit: FOX

Rickey.org readers predict the end for Carlito Olivero, who won a landslide in our “Who’s Going Home?” poll with 61.23% of the vote. The only other act that comes close is Restless Road, which took in 28.95%. There’s no sing-off tonight, so no safety net for the lowest vote-getter! Who’s going to be eliminated at the last stage before The X Factor USA finale? There’s still time to vote in the poll, so head on over and add your predictions, and vote on who’s your favorite among the Top 4!

Credit: FOX

Credit: FOX

Intro

-Just throwing out a cheap plug for the official Rickey.org Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide for 2013. Last year I did the Gift Guide solo, but this year, I got the rest of Team Rickey involved, and I feel it did wonders for the variety of gift suggestions offered. The new guide features gift suggestions from myself, Cassie, Joe, Noelle, Vickye and Trey, in a variety of different categories including TV, movies, music and quirky, random, nerdy stuff. There are some really cool gifts this year, so check it out!

Recap

-We kick things off with a brief montage from last night, followed by Mario’s introduction and a reminder that there will be no sing-off tonight. Whatever happens tonight, it’s all on America. From there, we head into our first musical performance of the night…

The Top 4 sing “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson: Everyone sounds great here. Carlito has a really nice, understated voice when he isn’t pushing it. As the song wears on, I once again wonder why the lead singer in Restless Road was ever cut from his category. He’s arguably a better vocalist than some of the boys who actually went through, and Paulina would have been a far more serious threat for the win with a solo male country singer. But I shudder to think what Restless Road would be without him. (I really do need to learn their names at some point)

-Mario asks the judges about who they’re predicting for the finale, and Demi says her money had been on Ellona (of course, Ellona went before Rion, so I guess she gave up long before Rion went home?). Simon is nervous but confident, and reiterates that last night’s show featured some of the best performances we’ve seen so far. I’m not sure I can even argue with him on that. I was impressed by just about everyone.

8:09 PM

-Back from break with Mario announcing that next week’s finale will feature the return of…One Direction?! OH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! LET THEM LIVE! Poor boys, stuck in an endless cycle of X Factor results show performances. From the UK to Australia to America and America again.

-We get a recap of last night with backstage comments. Carlito Olivero is hopeful about his final chances, while Restless Road talks about wanting to show America the kind of music they want to make after the show. Alex and Sierra are hyped about the positive comments they received, and Jeff Gutt is keeping things in perspective, recognizing that this could all go away in a moment. Kelly, meanwhile, is proud of Jeff and declared he huffed and puffed and blew the house down.

For the duets, Carlito feels he held his own and showed the world he means business. Restless Road feels they did what they had to do by making the song their own, while Jeff reflects on how much he loves Restless Road, adding that they’re great guys.

For the third performance, Carlito says he wants to be in the finale, adding that he gave his heart, and that’s all anyone can ever ask. Restless Road say tonight is the most important night of their entire lives, and they hope their families and friends pick up the phones back home. Alex and Sierra are incredibly moved by how touched the judges were, and Sierra says she hopes the feeling never goes away. Jeff and Kelly hug backstage, while Simon talks about not expecting that performance from Jeff. “It’s a fight,” Simon says.

-Mario interviews the contestants, who are backstage. Carlito says he loves each of the contestants, and that they all deserve it. Restless Road echo that opinion, saying that it’s always rough to see someone go. Jeff says he really hopes he’s not the one going home, and that he just hopes he’s advancing to the finale. Mario then throws back to Restless Road without ever asking Alex and Sierra anything. That was weird.

8:21 PM

-Back from break with pretty much the exact same dramatic video package from last week, about how badly each of the contestants want this, and how huge this opportunity is. Jeff says he won’t let anyone take this away from him or his son, while Carlito says life isn’t about proving everybody else wrong, it’s about proving yourself right (that’s…pretty poignant, actually. Well said, Carlito). Restless Road talk about doing this for their hometowns, and Alex and Sierra talk about the pressure of potentially making the finale. Interspersed throughout are comments from the finalists’ family and friends. Pretty compelling stuff. Surprisingly so, given that we’ve gotten variations on this video package for at least three weeks now.

-It’s time to learn the first act going through to the finale. All the contestants are brought out onto the stage and Mario does the long, dramatic pause…a longer pause than usual…a pause that lasts an eternity…a pause that borders on sadism…before throwing to a commercial break.

Dude, American Idol could get away with that kind of tease at the height of its popularity, but ya’ll aren’t pulling in those kinds of ratings, so it might be best not to jerk people around, lest they decide to see how things are going over on The Sing-Off. Don’t jerk your audience around, Simon. Particularly when you don’t have many to jerk, in the first place.

Results, pt. 1

-So we’re back and we get right to it. Mario has the envelope and stresses this is in no particular order…

CARLITO OLIVERO is through to The X Factor USA finale!

OH MY GOD! DID THAT JUST HAPPEN?!

-Carlito breaks down and says how much he loves America, and how they’ve made his dream come true. Paulina echoes his sentiments, and the crowd is losing it. This is a great moment. Say what you will about Carlito, but he worked his entire ass off to get here, and so it’s exceedingly hard not to feel happy for him. Of course, the question now is, who goes home in his place? I swear, if it’s Alex and Sierra, they might as well just cancel this show now.

Carlito Olivero advances to The X Factor USA 2013 Finale

-Carlito celebrates with a performance of “Suavemente” by Elvis Crespo, and I’m surprised he didn’t sing this sooner in the competition, because this is among his smoothest, most effortless performances. I’m sure part of it was his sheer joy, basking in the moment. He even gets a standing ovation. All in all, I really enjoyed this. But then, maybe that’s just a result of my appreciation for the song, which is from a musician who’s Puerto Rican, and currently being sung by a Puerto Rican, on a reality talent show currently being reviewed by a Puerto Rican. We’re through the looking glass here, people.

8:35 PM

-Back from break with Mario hanging out in the audience with Jeff Gutt’s parents and reiterating that One Direction will be on-hand for the finale, although I’m not sure why he’s so joyful about the continued imprisonment of five innocent boys in an interminable prison of results shows with performances cloaked in mood lighting.

-Mario asks Simon and Kelly backstage what was going through their minds when Carlito was announced as safe. “Thrilled,” they each say, in a sly way that suggests they’re considerably less than happy about their acts still being in danger. But I’d like to think it’s simply that they’re offended that Paulina Rubio could theoretically win this thing.

Enrique Iglesias performs his new single, “Heart Attack”: I wonder how Demi feels about this. And Trey Songz. And the litany of other people who’ve released a song called “Heart Attack” over the last year. “Heart Attack” is the pop music title equivalent of indie artists naming their one good song “Untitled”. But hey, I kind of enjoyed this. I mean, I’m not going to download this or anything, but I can appreciate that Enrique is trying to mix it up, although I wish he’d taken a different path than soft-dubstep.

Results, pt. 2

-And now it’s time to find out the next act going through to next week’s final…

ALEX AND SIERRA advance to The X Factor USA finale!

YES! YES, DAMMIT! This is a good Thursday.

Alex and Sierra advance to The X Factor USA 2013 finale

-Mario interviews them, and they’re obviously stoked. Simon, meanwhile, is proud of his act (unfortunately, it’s looking less likely that his prediction of having two acts in the final will come to pass. Seriously, I’ll be FLOORED if Jeff Gutt goes home).

-Alex and Sierra sing a celebratory song, and it’s “Let Her Go” by Passenger. This is exactly as great as you’d expect it to be. Once again, Sierra completely runs away with the performance, and I wonder how she hasn’t auditioned for a singing show before this. But hey, I’m glad she waited to go with Alex, as I doubt either singer would be the same without the other.

-After the performance, which receives a standing ovation from the judges, we get a brief finale promo once again pimping the musical acts that will be on hand. #FreeOneDirection

Results, pt. 3

-And I guess we’re skipping the Jennifer Nettles performance?

JEFF GUTT advances to The X Factor USA finale!

Jeff Gutt advances to The X Factor USA 2013 finale

RESTLESS ROAD has been eliminated from The X Factor USA!

-Restless Road thank their fans for even bringing them this far, and add that this isn’t the end for them. Simon is, of course, disappointed but reiterates that this isn’t the end for them, adding that they’ve been a pleasure to work with. The guys were among the more admirable acts in the competition, if only for how they kept their nose to the grindstone and learned and grew from the criticisms they received. They also took their lumps like men and set out to prove they were worthy of their spots, and it’s hard not to respect them. Hell, their final few performances were among their best in the entire competition. I’m still listening to “Wake Me Up” and “Wanted”. I guess the finale just wasn’t in the cards for the boys, but that doesn’t mean it has to be the end for them.

-We hear from Jeff, who thanks his fans for putting him in the final, and he also thanks Kelly. “America rocks!” Kelly states, while Jeff says he’s ready to start working towards next week’s finale as soon as he sings his celebratory song.

-Jeff sings “Open Arms” by Journey, and anyone tuning in right now might mistakenly think Jeff is on his way home, particularly when they cut to his emotional family in the audience. But this was a performance worthy of the finale, I thought. Jeff has a great, throwback rock voice. The video backdrop is making me motion sick though. Still, this is a really good vocal, to the point where I kind of hope it finds its way to iTunes.

We meet our final three:

CARLITO OLIVERO
ALEX AND SIERRA
JEFF GUTT

And that’s our show! Thanks for hanging out guys! It’s been fun, as always.

So what do you think of these results? Did the right acts go through to the finale? Was the right act eliminated? Who will be the winner of The X Factor USA 2013? Sound off in the comments! I’ll see you next week for the finale!

Goodnight

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    60 comments
    chiccaandwee
    chiccaandwee

    This show is so set up....I have no further interest in it. I'll stick to the voice :/



    mamashmoi
    mamashmoi

    Did they really skip Jennifer Nettles?

    khaleesi
    khaleesi

    why is carlito even there? smh...

    titina
    titina

    Yay! Finally Restless Road goes home! They sucked!


    Carlito deserved it so much more!

    A& S FTW! Carlito, Jeff and A& S are the perfect top 3.

    GoldieMichaels
    GoldieMichaels

    ❤️You RICKEY!

    Shocked by Carlito BUT ... Happy for Jeff!!

    We all know A & S takes all w Jeff finally getting contract.

    GREAT GIFT GUIDE. TAKE CARE

    Annarocks
    Annarocks

    What the hell is wrong you people how the hell is Jeff gutt still here restless road deserved it 100x more the gutt did I'm so pissed if Jeff wins I will never watch this show again I'm so pissed

    dps851
    dps851

    top three should have been - alex and sierra , josh levi, and elona santiago

    NickRoman1
    NickRoman1 moderator

    Well, I'm tapped out. Thanks for hanging out everyone! 

    Klope62
    Klope62 moderator

    Well thank heavens.

    tonytank7777
    tonytank7777

    Damn, I have to watch one more week with Carlito trying to be center stage with his theatrics. 

    ArchieSue
    ArchieSue

    Wtf! I'm not home. OMG. ..Carlito safe.....Lols

    Fabio C
    Fabio C

    Suddenly things don´t look TOO screwed up 

    tonytank7777
    tonytank7777

    If Jeff Is gone than this was fixed so that Alex and Sierra won't have any completion. I think Jeff should come in a close 2nd place just seeing the ITunes chart. That's what happened to Elona.

    RealityDude
    RealityDude

    Who should be put through to the finals? Jeff.. Who did the fan girls swoon more for? RR... Could go either way

    misscreative
    misscreative

    Finally America did something right...GO ALEX & SIERRA!!! 

    tonytank7777
    tonytank7777

    Carlito  is nowhere to be seen on iTunes but takes spot 1.

    Rickey
    Rickey moderator

    YAAASSSSS!!!!

    jewels
    jewels

    Go my Latin "E"!!!!!!

    tonytank7777
    tonytank7777

    Oh no Enrique is on show. Now Carlito is going to really think he is going to be a star after watching a real Latino star.

    Fabio C
    Fabio C

    Are those 4 mil viewers who watch this show all 12 year old girls? i dont think so...frustrating...

    paulo_SA
    paulo_SA

    carlito gona pull off a jermain paul and win this show^

    tonytank7777
    tonytank7777

    How is someone saved when two thirds of the vote on every poll has him gone. I am mystified!!!

    paulo_SA
    paulo_SA

    this is why no1 takes x -factor seriously..its all staged

    tonytank7777
    tonytank7777

    He really thinks he is Marc Anthony. This kid is going to get the worst fall down when he doesn't make it in the industry.

    amandanoa
    amandanoa

    @khaleesi I actually think Carlito is the one most likely to succeed outside of the US of all the finalists.  Restless Road will likely do okay in the US because of their country routes.  I'm not sure about Alex and Sierra - Jeff Gutt will likely not be heard of again - but here in our country, I can see Carlito being heard on our radio, providing he has a decent song to sing.

    takakupo
    takakupo

    @Annarocks  WAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH








    RealityDude
    RealityDude

    Don't be too upset... I wouldn't be surprised if Simon signed them to his label & released a record like Emblem3.. Although I thought Emblem3 was better

    jewels
    jewels

    I prefer UK....USA needs improvement

    Fabio C
    Fabio C

    @tonytank7777 And making those faces that i can never figure out if he´s happy or constipated

    tonytank7777
    tonytank7777

    @Fabio C Only if Carlito  takes the prize next week. If that happens Simon will get back to England as fast as he can.

    misscreative
    misscreative

    @tonytank7777 He is #5 on the iTunes Latino Chart, so I think he definitely has a lot of the Latino community backing him up and a bunch of little girls lol

    Fabio C
    Fabio C

    @tonytank7777 He will definetely think that, except he will never be even near Enrique´s shoes...

    Klope62
    Klope62 moderator

    Nevermind it already happened.

    BairesLover
    BairesLover

    @amandanoa @khaleesi completely disagree. alex and sierra will be VERY successful. have u not been following the itunes chart? Name 1 song where carlito has made it on the charts. Jeff was top 5 today with hallelujah. and A&S had two #1 songs in 1 week, and more than 3 songs in the top 10. 

    amandanoa
    amandanoa

    @BairesLover @amandanoa @khaleesi I really don't see what's so special about Alex and Sierra and do wonder if their success is going to reach beyond the show. Likewise Jeff - often the most popular on the show fade into obscurity when they have to stand on their own 2 feet, singing their own songs.  I think song choice has been a  real disadvantage for Carlito and, given the right songs, he is the most marketable for international recognition.  I'm sure if he'd been given decent songs throughout the competition, he'd be in the charts too.

    amandanoa
    amandanoa

    @Annarocks I tend to agree with you - Jeff continually sings old songs that will not help him release a current cd - so many people in these shows make this mistake.  (and I am over 25 :)).  He's just too old and old fashioned to make it after the show.

    Annarocks
    Annarocks

    You are probably over the age of 25 he ruined one of the best songs last night by turning it into rock I'm sorry but this isn't the 80s