This week’s X Factor 2012 theme was No. 1 songs, so you’d think the performances would’ve been better. Eh, not so much. Aside from a few good moments, most of the night was just sort of flat

Diamond White, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”

Another day, another Whitney song. I liked the slow, ballad-y start. That was nice to switch it up a bit before breaking into the up tempo song that we all know it to be. But then the performance got a bit rocky and was kind of sloppy. She had fun with it though and displayed a lot of energy. B-

Vino Alan, “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”

This is an old song, but Vino made it not feel that old. I was going to say new, but no one can do that. But he did make it feel less old. It was a bit boring until the little rap/reggae moment near the end. But his vocals were spot on the whole time. B+

Paige Thomas, “Never Gonna Give You Up”

Maybe Paige should ignore Demi’s advice more often because this was the first time her performance didn’t make me want to put my head in my microwave and turn it on. The staging and dancers and all that still got on my nerves, but her vocals were good. B+

Fifth Harmony, “Stronger”

This was a smart song choice. And the styling was great. And the solo vocals were all spot-on. It was lacking harmony, however. Simon was right about this performance. I think it might gain them some new fans. It definitely made it feel like they were a very close group that wasn’t just assembled at the start of this season. A-

Carly Rose Sonenclar, “Rolling in the Deep”

OK, let me get this out of the way: the hat and the look was stupid. But the performance? Fantastic. I think doing Adele has already become cliche, but Carly is so good it doesn’t really matter. She did change it up a bit, so that was refreshing. But that voice? How is she that young? A+

Tate Stevens, “Somebody to Love”

Well that was as country as it can get, so Tate isn’t going anywhere. His vocals were great and the energy was great and he was Tate. He’s good. I wish I liked country more, though, so I could appreciate it more. A-

CeCe Frey, “Lady Marmalade”

Wow, this was bad on so many levels, I don’t even have words. Wait, yes I do. The vocals were spotty. I think she missed words. The staging was atrocious and the outfits? Honey Boo Boo wouldn’t even be caught dead in that garbage. D-

Emblem 3, “I’m a Believer”

What? This song? Really?Hmm. Interesting. I thought it was awful. It was only slightly better than CeCe. I guess Simon is putting all his eggs in Fifth Harmony’s basket this week. C-

What did you think of the performances? Who were your favorites?

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