The 10 Best Performances from X Factor: Season Two

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L.A. Reid, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell are ready to crown this season’s champion. (Photo property of FOX’s Ray Mickshaw)

By: Jacob Elyachar

Tonight, X Factor’s final three: Carly Rose Sonenclar, Tate Stevens and Fifth Harmony will take the stage one final time to make their respective mentors: Britney Spears, L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell proud and to convince America, why they are worthy of the $5,000,000 recording contract.

But, before the action starts on FOX at 8 p.m. EST/ 7 p.m. CST, I will be counting down the best performances from the season…. So which performance made the cut? Read on to find out….

10. Jillian Jensen, “Who You Are”

The Rochester, Massachusetts native was one of the big standouts during the Providence auditions as she opened up to the audience about her experience with bullying and how she persevered from the heartache and melted everyone’s hearts including judge Demi Lovato with an emotional cover of Jessie J’s hit song.

9. Beatrice Miller, “Chasing Cars”

Many of the contestants delivered their best performances during Thanksgiving week.  The feisty Beatrice Miller was one of the standouts of the night as she dedicated her cover of Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” to her twin sisters: Georgia and Esther.    This was an impeccable performance that showed off Beatrice’s amazing vocals.


Vino Alan received a standing ovation and strong feedback from all of the judges for his cover of "God Bless the USA." (Photo property of FOX's Ray Mickshaw)

Vino Alan received a standing ovation and strong feedback from all of the judges for his cover of “God Bless the USA.” (Photo property of FOX’s Ray Mickshaw)

8. Vino Alan, “God Bless the USA”

The Missouri soul rocker took the stage on Giving Thanks week to perform an incredible cover of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” which was a stunning tribute to the U.S. military.  That received a standing ovation from all four judges and won over his harshest critics: Britney and Demi.

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7. Paige Thomas, “Never Gonna Give You Up”

It’s very ironic to think that Paige’s best performance on the X Factor stage sent her home.   Her cover of “Never Gonna Give You Up” was worthy of getting her a record contract and Paige’s vocal runs at the end of the song was very impressive and L.A. stated that it was her best performance yet.

6. LYRIC 145, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”

LYRIC 145’s Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” was a pure joy to watch because it featured all three rappers at their finest and they took an impossible song to perform and transformed it into a memorable moment from this season.

5. Diamond White, “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word”

Diamond White had many memorable moments throughout the season that made this countdown.  Her first memorable moment was her first “Save-Me” song that she performed during the first live show.   Diamond’s vocals were spot on and this was a sign of things to come.


Jennel Garcia rocked the "X Factor" stage with her cover of Motley Crue's "Home Sweet Home." (Photo property of FOX's Ray Mickshaw)

Jennel Garcia rocked the “X Factor” stage with her cover of Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home.” (Photo property of FOX’s Ray Mickshaw)

4. Jennel Garcia, “Home Sweet Home”

There was only one standout performance on the first Live Show and that belonged to Rochester, Massachusetts native Jennel Garcia.   The rock goddess in training brought down the house with Motley Crue’s classic “Home Sweet Home.”

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3. Carly Rose Sonenclar, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

Carly Rose Sonenclar had so many standout moments during this season; it was hard to pick out one specific moment.   But since this is a countdown, I think Carly fans everywhere would pick out “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” because it showcased her dynamo voice and cemented her place in this year’s finals.

2. Tate Stevens, “If Tomorrow Never Comes”

Tate Stevens’ cover of Garth Brooks’ “If Tomorrow Never Comes” was his best performance of the competition because he sang it with conviction and breathed new life into the standard.


Diamond White's powerful "Because You Loved Me" was the performance of the season. (Photo property of FOX's Ray Mickshaw)

Diamond White’s powerful “Because You Loved Me” was the performance of the season. (Photo property of FOX’s Ray Mickshaw)

1. Diamond White, “Because You Loved Me”

The best performance of the entire season belonged to Diamond White’s “Because You Loved Me.”  This performance was not only her best performance during her time on the show but it was the true stand out of Giving Thanks week because it gave everyone goose bumps and made everyone including Demi and Britney cry.

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