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"The X Factor" Recap: Diamond White Returns, 1432 Unveils New Name

Image courtesy of Fox (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Fox (via ABC News Radio)

A new edition of Fox's The X Factor aired Wednesday night, with 13 acts returning to the stage.

You may recall that only 12 acts advanced last week, but in a surprise announcement made early in the broadcast, Diamond White from Britney Spears ' team was invited back into the competition.

The contestants tackled popular songs heard in movies. Here's a rundown of what happened:

Teens/Britney Spears:

-- Arin Ray opened the show by singing "American Boy," by Estelle . It was featured in the 2009 Beyoncé thriller Obsessed .

Britney said she was so proud of Arin, telling him that he "owned the song." Both Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell believed that Arin is transforming into a pop star. Demi added that he has taken the mentors' advice to heart, and delivered a smoother performance.

-- Beatrice Miller tackled the Goo Goo Dolls ' "Iris." It was included on the soundtrack of the Nicolas Cage - Meg Ryan film City of Angels .

L.A. Reid said Beatrice's voice is sensational. Demi and Simon both marveled at how good she is at the tender age of 13. Britney told Beatrice that she's really special.

-- Given a new lease of life, Diamond White sang Whitney Houston 's "I Have Nothing," from Whitney's film The Bodyguard .

Reid said he was nervous when he learned of the song choice, but he believed she "brought it home." Demi was deeply moved by the performance. Britney told Diamond that Whitney would've been proud of her.

-- Carly Rose Sonenclar wowed the judges with Bruno Mars ' "It Will Rain," from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn –- Part 1 .

Demi said she could watch Carly Rose sing over and over again. Simon told her that she could score a hit with a song like "It Will Rain." Britney stated that Carly Rose should have closed the show because no contestant could top that performance.

Young Adults/Demi Lovato:

-- Paige Thomas applied her soaring vocals to the Berlin hit "Take My Breath Away," from Top Gun .

L.A. Reid liked the production -- which included a male love interest and plenty of fog -- but he thought something was missing. Simon said it could have used more imagination. Demi scoffed at Simon's suggestion.

-- Jennel Garcia tackled Joan Jett 's "I Love Rock 'n' Roll." It was featured in Coyote Ugly and Wayne's World 2 .

Reid called it a Joan Jett parody, eliciting boos from the crowd. Britney -- who released a cover of "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" in 2002 -- exclaimed that it was "hot, hot, hot." Simon, expanding on what Reid had said, told Jennel that Demi was taking her in the wrong direction. Demi snapped back, "I'm her mentor, and you're not."

-- CeCe Frey added a dash of pop to Survivor 's "Eye of the Tiger," made famous in Rocky III .

L.A. wasn't blown away by what he heard. Simon said the song choice was horrible and that CeCe's rendition lacked originality. Demi, clearly bothered by Simon's comments, stood by the selection.

Over 25s/L.A. Reid:

-- Vino Alan had L.A. bopping his head as he sang "When a Man Loves a Woman," from the movie of the same name.

Spears said the performance was "stripped" and demonstrated how unique and special his voice is. Demi said she was impressed by what she heard, but she's not sure if he can become a pop star. The feisty Simon said Demi's criticism was "stupid" because Vino has a lot of talent. L.A. declared that Vino "nailed it."

-- The cowboy-hat-wearing Tate Stevens brought rock music to the proceedings with a cover of Bon Jovi 's "Wanted Dead or Alive." It was heard in the movie Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man .

Britney described him as a "slice of America." Cowell said Tate reasserted himself as a threat in the competition. L.A. implored viewers to vote for his contestant.

-- Jason Brock tried his hand at the R. Kelly hit "I Believe I Can Fly," from Michael Jordan 's animated/live-action film Space Jam .

Britney said that while it was an improvement from last week, Jason still came across as a Las Vegas lounge act. Demi called his act predictable and cabaret-style. L.A. reassured Jason by telling him his fate is in the viewers' hands, not the judges.

Groups/Simon Cowell:

-- Emblem3 put a boy-band spin on The Temptations classic "My Girl," which they fused with the Katy Perry song "California Gurls."

Britney said the group did a good job of putting their own stamp on the songs. Demi suggested they were too similar to One Direction , but Simon brushed away the comments. Cowell felt Emblem3 did an outstanding job.

-- Lyric 145 rendered the Mary Poppins song "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" almost unrecognizable. They turned the famous pop song into a hyper rap ditty.

Reid said it was a good choice, though the performance wasn't his cup of tea. Britney said the group's theatrics were intriguing and entertaining. Simon thought they were "bloody fantastic."

-- The female group formerly known as LYLAS and 1432 debuted their new name Wednesday night: Fifth Harmony , which was chosen by the fans. Simon demanded the name change last week.

They closed the broadcast with a rendition of another Twilight song, Christina Perri 's "A Thousand Years."

Britney said it was a vast improvement from last week. Demi said she wasn't crazy about the arrangement of the song but enjoyed the vocals. Simon was pleased overall with what he saw and heard, saying they have a lot of potential.

This is the first week in which the eliminations will be decided by fan voting. The results show, featuring two performances by One Direction, will air Thursday night on Fox at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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