Last week, when it was announced that the three "X Factor" contestants moving on to Season 2's finale were Tate Stevens, Carly Rose Sonenclar, and girl group Fifth Harmony, I predicted that Tate would win the competition. With Tate being the only male contestant, the only older contestant, and the only country singer left on the show--not to mention the finalist who'd topped the leaderboard most often this season (three times, compared to Carly's two and Fifth Harmony's none)--he seemed, at least statistically, like the obvious frontrunner. I still believed that Carly, this season's most consistent and most technically proficient contestant, had a good chance of taking home that $5 million prize instead, but I figured it was likely that she'd split the vote with the similar-in-age/genre/gender Fifth Harmony, and therefore come in second. And of course, I assumed Fifth Harmony had about as much chance of winning as Britney Spears had of getting through a critique without saying "I feel that..." or "amazing": ZERO.
Will Fifth Harmony pull off an upset? [photo: Fox]
But, dear readers, after watching this Wednesday's top three competitive episode, I've changed my prediction. I can't believe I am even typing this...but I actually think there will be a "shocking" upset on Thursday, and Fifth Harmony will win.
There are several reasons why I think Fifth Harmony could pull off a dark-horse victory this week. First of all, they got the pimp spot, singing last, just like last week--and even though Wednesday's performance order was supposedly randomly determined by the contestants drawing names from a hat, this helped. (Especially since their final song was "Let It Be," which always seems to go over well despite the fact that it has been performed way too much on all of these singing shows.)
Second, when all three contestants did duets with special star guests, Fifth Harmony were paired with the show's own Demi Lovato, making them likely to appeal to all of the diehard Demi fans who'd tuned in. (It was also the superstar pairing that simply worked best of the three; more on that later.) Third, their biggest competition, Carly, was quite possibly bussed by an ill-advised star pairing that did NOT go quite as well. (More that later, too.)
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Fourth, Tate seemed to sort of give up this Wednesday, phoning in surprisingly lackluster and barely memorable performances at a crucial point in the competition. Fifth, America loves underdogs, and the judges called these girls "underdogs" more times this Wednesday than Britney used the adjective "amazing."