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Aaron Parsley
December 06, 2012 10:25 AM

On The X Factor Wednesday, the remaining six contestants fought hard – singing first an acoustic version of a hit song and then a song picked by fans – for one of four spots in next week’s semi-finals.

Thursday, the results, based on America’s votes, will be revealed. And after last week, when the popular Vino Alan was sent home, anything can happen.

CeCe Frey, who seems to be hanging on by a thread, did well with a stripped down version of Lady Gaga‘s “Edge of Glory,” earning praise from the usually critical L.A. Reid: “I’m starting to become a fan,” he said. Her colorful version of Katy Perry‘s “Part of Me” was “very entertaining” to Britney Spears, who appreciated that she’s having fun on stage.

Boy banders Emblem3 took on “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars, which Britney called “your best performance in the competition.” But Demi Lovato remained hard to please. “I used to really, really love you guys,” she said before calling them a “down-graded version of the Jonas Brothers.” Even with their second song, “Forever Young,” which was almost universally praised, Demi wished they had commanded the stage more.

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Carly Rose Sonenclar, who’s been in the No. 1 spot the last two weeks, performed Justin Bieber‘s “As Long As You Love Me.” “You sang it better than Justin did,” Demi said. Simon Cowell told her, “I am seeing a star emerge.” In round two, she sang Beyoncé‘s “If I Were a Boy,” and was “the definition of The X Factor,” according to coach Spears.

Simon’s other group, Fifth Harmony, did well with Adele‘s “Set Fire to the Rain,” but there continues to be a dispute on the panel over whether the five ladies are doing harmonies. “They should have called you Fifth Unison,” L.A. said. But with Demi’s own “Give Your Heart a Break,” he said, “I actually heard harmony and it was really good. Your very, very best performance.”

Diamond White “brought showbiz,” L.A. said, with “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World.” Simon thought it sounded a “bit screechy in parts.” Later, singing (what else?) Rihanna‘s “Diamonds,” she “definitely did it justice,” according to Demi. “I really like that song,” L.A. said. “Unfortunately I didn’t love your rendition of it.”

And another favorite, country singer Tate Stevens, had a little trouble singing Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer.” “You’re getting away from what you do best,” Britney said of the rock song L.A. chose for him. But he came back swinging with “If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Garth Brooks. “Now that felt like a Tate Stevens performance,” she said in round two. “That was brilliant.” Simon assured the former road worker, “We’re going to see you next week.”

But we want to know what you think ought to happen on Thursday’s elimination:

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