'The X Factor' Recap: An Eliminated Contestant Returns, the Top 13 Sing for Your Votes
'The X Factor' Recap: An Eliminated Contestant Returns, the Top 13 Sing for Your Votes
Jilliane Johnson
Jilliane Johnson
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and LA Reid may have lost a number of fans last week for their unpopular elimination decisions, yet the show must go on! Tonight on The X Factor, the live shows continue as the Top 12 perform.

Get those thumbs ready, folks, because after the next two hours of what we all hope to be mind-boggling performances, Khloe Kardashian-Odom and Mario Lopez will prompt America to vote for the first time this second season. Hopefully, the duo can set their how-do-I-look cares aside long enough to do so!

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Before the show even starts tonight, the hokey announcer man lets the audience know that there will be a big twist this season. What on earth could he be suggesting? Khloe Kardashian-Odom will suddenly vanish on live television and Cheryl Cole of Season 1 will reappear in her spot? No, we could only be so lucky. 

Britney, Simon, Demi and LA make their way down to the judges' table while Khloe and Mario step out on stage. "What exactly is going on," asks Mario. Thanks! I want to know what this twist is, too.

"We believe we made a mistake with one act," Simon says. Looks like the Top 12 will now be the Top 13. Diamond White has re-entered the competition! She walks back out on the X Factor stage and joins Khloe and Mario. I'm sure Simon encouraged Britney to change her mind and bring Diamond back onto her team, so how will this work out for Diamond, having to work with the woman who kicked her out just a week ago?

Tonight's Theme: The Movies

Arin Ray
Category: Teens
"American Boy" featured in Obsessed (2009)

This kid's vocals are strong right out of the gate. Dancers are dressed in matching uniforms and hold checkered flags as Arin sits on a motorcycle. The performance as a whole is great and not overdone. 

"You look like a star up there," Demi says with a blush. Simon jumps on the bandwagon to commend Britney for doing such a great job with Arin and, helping him to turn into the artist he should be. "Well, you can definitely be my American boy," says Khloe who takes things to a very awkward and possibly illegally suggestive tone.

Paige Thomas
Category: Young Adults
"Take My Breath Away" featured in Top Gun (1986)

She descended from the ceiling! Demi really has some big ideas for this Rihanna-esque performer. The set is just as thought-provoking as Paige's sultry voice is on this particular track. The absence of dancing works in her favor because now she can focus on those vocals.

"Well, Demi I don't think you could have put any more on that stage," Simon explains. I get what he means because Paige is constantly given these awesome sets, yet the song itself could have had more focus. Simon tries again and again to explain his point to Demi, yet she gets so wrapped up in sarcastic comments that she fails to hear. I'm guessing that if Paige sticks around, we'll see the same thing from her next week.

"Why are you sweating so much," Khloe asks Tate Stevens back stage. Well, he's only performing live for America's vote at some point tonight. No pressure.

Vino Alan
Category: Over 25s
"When A Man Loves A Woman" featured in When A Man Loves A Woman (1994)

This is more like it! Cut the rock, Vino. Soul is where your voice really stands out. It's just him on stage with a microphone and good lighting. 

"I'm so impressed with how you just poured your heart and soul out on the stage," says Demi. Simon comes back arguing, "That was kind of a stupid thing to say." Vino has a distinct voice that wouldn't find him in the same league as, say, Demi Lovato. His soul and story would carry him on his own path to the top of the charts.

EMBLEM3
Category: Groups
"My Girl" and "California Girls" featured in My Girl (1991)and Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)

Simon has done it again with these guys. It starts off with the background music to a One Direction song, so immediately the girls are screaming. "My Girl" and California Girls" are fused together in a really cool way. The only thing that's awkward is Keaton's odd jerking around as he sings.

Demi makes a good point. She says that, had she been their mentor, she would not have plugged a song by another of her artists. "I think it was a bad move," she tells Simon. What do you think?

Beatrice Miller
Category: Teens
"Iris" featured in City of Angels (1998)

Another wacky wardrobe choice for Beatrice. Tonight she resembles a circle ringmaster. As far as her vocals, I believe she sounds flat. The song is out-singing her. The most interesting part of this performance would be Beatrice's green boots.

LA likes it, saying, "The tone of your voice sounds like a hit record." Demi's on board, too, along with Simon. He says, "I can see you working ... You got more confidence this week." Seriously, is it just me? For those of you who are fans of Beatrice, please give some insight on the appeal.

Jennel Garcia
Category: Young Adults
"I Love Rock 'N Roll" featured in Wayne's World 2 (1993) and Crossroads (2002)

Jennel is channeling some Joan Jett tonight, but taking it to a new level with some powerhouse vocals. It's sexy, it's rock, it's a spectacle without being too much. Gotta love the yellow boots, too.

"My problem is that it was a Joan Jett parody," LA says. Simon has to agree and take it the extra mile. "I don't like the way you look," he says. His argument is that when we first met Jennel, she was fun and now she seems to be steering away from who she truly is. Demi cuts in to his comments once again, pointing out the screaming girls. I think I can see where both of them can be right about this one. Plus, was she mimicking Joan's version or Britney's? That could be the deciding factor here!

Guess what, screaming girls? Mario announces that during tomorrow night's live results show, One Direction will perform not once but twice! Make sure you tune in!

Tate Stevens
Category: Over 25s
"Wanted Dead or Alive" featured in Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991)

For a performer who is usually standing in one spot, belting out a country sprinkled ballad, Tate has really taken on a character. He's walking around the stage in all-black cowboy attire. And, of course, the vocals are on point.

"Well, you definitely are a true cowboy," Britney says. With a bit more of an in-depth comment, Simon adds that Tate has arrived back into the competition with this performance.

Lyric 145
Category: Groups
"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" featured in Mary Poppins (1964)

This is genius. Mary Poppins has been fused with hip-hop. Who could have ever imagined? The only negative thing I have to say is that it's from Mary Poppins and the set suggests Alice in Wonderland. The interaction with the crowd and the judges make it even better.

"You guys got me so hyped!" Demi gushes. Poking fun at Simon, she actually gives him a pat on the back for coming up with something so creative. 

Diamond White
Category: Teens
"I Have Nothing" featured in The Bodyguard (1992)

What a great song choice for her to jump back into the competition with. Diamond needed this moment. Her vocals may not be on Whitney Houston's level, but she definitely held her own.

"I feel like you definitely channeled Whitney in that performance and she would be very proud," Britney says and I would have to agree with her.

CeCe Frey
Category: Young Adults
"Eye of the Tiger" featured in Rocky (1976)

Will she always having reference to animals? The leopard print is back and resembles a gross fungus on her face. Again, Demi knows how to put a spectacle together, but CeCe needs to work on her vocals. This costume looks ridiculous, too.

"I think anything recognizable about you from the beginning has been thrown away," says Simon. Is this a good thing or a bad thing, though? If you recall, CeCe wasn't very likable in the beginning. So now, she isn't likable and she sounds bad. Not a very good combination.

Carly Rose Sonenclar
Category: Teens
"It Will Rain" featured in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011)

Britney got it right this week by listening to Carly Rose and adhering to what kind of performer she wants to be. Forget the dancers, forget the school girl outfit. This may look a lot more grown up and dark, but it fits her vocal abilities.

"This is you in your element," says Demi. "I feel like you should have closed the show because nobody can follow that," adds Britney. Too bad for the person who does have to close the show.

Jason Brock
Category: Over 25s
"I Believe I Can Fly" featured in Space Jam (1996)

Thank heavens there aren't any half dressed men dancing around the stage during this selection. Jason is in his element tonight with a choir backing him up. His vocals are better than dance tracks and tonight proves it.

Britney, Demi and Simon all agree that the Jason resembles either a lounge, cabaret or Italian restaurant singer. Whatever you want to call it, apparently it still isn't working for everyone. 

Fifth Harmony formerly known as 1432 formerly known as LYLAS
Category: Groups
"A Thousand Years" featured in Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2012)

Take Carly Rose's performance and multiply it by five and Fifth Harmony is what you get. Sitting on chairs and doing what they do best, harmonize. It's perfect.

LA may not like the name that America chose, but he's impressed by their singing. Simon is more encouraging, explaining that he has a really good feeling about this particular girl group. Are we looking at the female version of One Direction? I think so!

Alright, so there you have it. The Top 13 have all performed for America's votes. Do you know who you will be voting for? Who should go home tomorrow night? Leave your comments below!

Tomorrow night's results show will be one you shouldn't miss out on! One Direction will make their first appearance on the American version of The X Factor, the same franchise that kicked-off their success. 

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