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'X Factor': Vino Alan Thanks American Troops

To honor the Thanksgiving holiday, the theme for this week on " The X Factor " was things to give thanks for. Vino Alan had tried to sign up for the military after 9/11, but was rejected because of his extensive tattoos. So he honored their service by performing for them, and he did so again on "The X Factor" stage. Vino tackled Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA," which is a tricky song to tackle. In the wrong hands, it can come across as way too over the top, but most critics felt that Vino handled it masterfully. The judges were certainly on board, giving him a standing ovation. Demi Lovato even said she'd been wrong about him, referring to her criticism about failing to see him as a star. CarterMatt said it " felt more genuine and heartfelt than the original ," while Celebuzz suggested the song choice could catapult Vino into the lead . Not everybody was impressed, with TV Fanatic feeling that it had, in fact, slipped into over-the-top territory. What did you think of Vino Alan's performance? Tune in to see how he stacks up on "The X Factor," Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser. //feeds.huffingtonpost.com/~r/HP/Entertainment/~3/sktcdDF_iBc/the-x-factor-vino-alan-thanks-troops-video_n_2174764.html

Worst X Factor Performances From "Thanksgiving" on November 21, 2012

With great power comes great responsibility, which is why we blame Mario Lopez for the B- performances in this week's X Factor. While most of our contestants managed to sing their hearts out like Maria Von Trapp, three performers were slightly less than impressive. And why do we blame Mario? Because these hapless souls were clearly too transfixed by his dimples to sing. Also, we'd like to remind everyone that tomorrow is Thanksgiving, which means your ultimate fantasy of binge eating pie... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/hZY83f7VdJ0/worst-x-factor-performances-from-thanksgiving-on-november-21-2012

'The X Factor' Top 10 Give Thanks With Emotional Performances

Diamond White leaves Demi Lovato in tears with her rendition of 'Because You Loved Me' dedicated to her mother, and Vino Alan thanks the military with a cover of 'God Bless the USA'. //www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00055713.html

The X Factor Top 10: Who Are You Thankful For?

The X Factor Top 10 took to the stage tonight in a special Thanksgiving-themed episode of the Fox singing competition. Who laid an egg? Who stuffed his/her performance with holiday goodness? How many Turkey Day-related puns can we make in this review? Find out below! Tate Stevens , "I’m Already There" - Consistent, strong, perfectly suitable for who many consider to be the front-runner. Britney calls it "special." Diamond White , "Because You Loved Me" - Demi is "blown away" and rightfully so. Sung in honor of her mother, this teen really is "fearless and incredible," as dubbed by Simon. Emblem3 , "Secrets" - Blah. This group is all flash and little substance. Simon may have been down with the song choice, but we're with L.A. Where was the emotion? Arin Ray , "Hero" - He dedicates the inspiring ballad to his brother. In related news, we're very sorry to Arin Ray's brother. This was simply dreadful. CeCe Frey , "Wind Beneath My Wings" - In memory of her late sister, who passed away at the age of seven from Cerebral Palsy. The pain showed through here in her voice. She's moving on. Fifth Harmony , "I’ll Stand By You" - Easily the best group performance. Very well done on the arrangement and vocals that blow Emblem3 away. All four judges were on board. Beatrice Miller , "Chasing Cars" - A personal favorite as a song… but when not rendition. An odd choice for Miller, though Britney believes it was her "best vocal performance by far." We don't agree. Do you? Vino Alan , "Proud to be an American" - Yes, he actually held a flag in his hand. WAY too contrived and cheesy. Paige Thomas , "Everytime" - Always tough to sing the song of a judge, but Thomas doesn't embarrass herself. Britney was a fan, though L.A., Simon and Demi all think she may be voted off tomorrow night. Carly Rose Sonenclar , "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" - Someone had to sing it, but I'm glad it was Sonenclar. Beautiful all around. This is a unique talent who won't be going anywhere any time soon. Who was YOUR favorite, TV Fanatics? And who do you see going home on Thanksgiving Eve? //www.tvfanatic.com/2012/11/the-x-factor-top-10-who-are-you-thankful-for/

X Factor Finalist Carly Rose Sonenclar Recalls Her Mother’s Frightening Medical Emergency

Compared to some of her fellow contestants, Carly Rose Sonenclar may seem to lead a pretty charmed existence, but her life has not been without its brushes with the darker side of life. In fact, when she was just 10 years old, she found herself the only person in the room when her mother suffered a "severe" stroke. "Her speech started to slur and she kind of, like, fell down to the floor, and I didn’t know what was happening." The only person in the room, Carly... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/SvkpbFEDnhQ/x-factor-finalist-carly-rose-sonenclar-recalls-her-mothers-frightening-medical-emergency

'X Factor' Thanksgiving performances: Diamond White shines, Carly Rose Sonenclar wows the judges

Thanksgiving eve was an emotional night on "The X Factor" as the Top 10 contestants dedicated their performances to the people they're thankful for.In almost every case, the theme led to extremely impassioned video packages and tear-jerking performances.Tate Stevens, Arin Ray, CeCe Frey, Beatrice Miller and Paige Thomas all made moving dedications to family members, while Emblem3 praised their youth leaders, Fifth Harmony gave it up to God and Vino Alan rather shamelessly warbled "God Bless the U.S.A." in honor of the military (and fell fall short of his soulful best -- but of course the judges couldn't say a bad word about it).But it was Diamond White who really surprised with her rendition of Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me," which she dedicated to her single mom. It was one of the few performances of the night that completely scored on both an emotional and vocal level.And Carly Rose Sonenclar closed the show in... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/11/x-factor-thanksgiving-performances-diamond-white-shines-carly-rose-sonenclar-wows-the-judges.html

X Factor's CeCe Frey Remembers Sister Kelsey in Thanksgiving Performance: “My Guardian Angel”

Pardon us while we ugly-cry while screen-printing "CeCe Is My Queen" t-shirts, because The X Factor finalist just bared her soul to live audiences tonight. Turns out, CeCe Frey lost her sister, Kelsey, in 1991. Kelsey, CeCe’s big sister, had cerebral palsy — and every year, in her honor, the Frey family decorates the Christmas tree purple, Kelsey’s favorite color. CeCe, showing amazing composure while discussing such a devastating personal tragedy, explained her... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/i5LQc4GZqKo/x-factors-cece-frey-remembers-sister-kelsey-in-thanksgiving-performance-my-guardian-angel

X Factor Finalist Diamond White: My Mom Died On The Operating Table

Tonight on X Factor, Diamond White dedicated her performance of "Because You Love Me" to her mom, expressing how thankful she is to have her — because she nearly lost her not too long ago. Suffering from scoliosis, Diamond’s mom required back surgery. While on the operating table, she was clinically dead briefly, but came back with the aid of her doctors. Losing her mother would have orphaned the 13-year-old singer, whose father left when she was 7. While Diamond used... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/Dgsl3zKjW-w/x-factor-finalist-diamond-white-my-mom-died-on-the-operating-table

The X Factor’s Carly Rose Sonenclar on Singing While Sick and Watching Her Friends Go Home — Exclusive

X Factor contestant Carly Rose Sonenclar has been on top since day one. The 13-year-old Mamaroneck native has gotten a crazy amount of positive feedback for her performances on this season of the show, and has been ranked second for the last two weeks. It seems like the only thing standing between her and the crown might be time — and an unexpected illness. Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Carly Rose at the Top 10 party to chat about where she’ll go from here. Wetpaint: How... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/xvYxbADpGUw/the-x-factors-carly-rose-sonenclar-on-singing-while-sick-and-watching-her-friends-go-home

Are The X Factor's Mentors More Harmful Than Helpful to the Contestants?

Who is to blame when contestants go home on The X Factor ? Sure, the singers perform as well as they can before leaving their fate in the hands of America's voters, but if you ask the singers , The X Factor 's well-hyped mentors also bear some of the responsibility for shaping that performance. In theory, it sounds good: Successful music producers and artists coach wannabes into becoming stars. But as we've already seen, there are apparent flaws to the formula. //www.tvguide.com/News/X-Factor-Mentors-Harmful-1056750.aspx?rss=breakingnews