Would Carly sing with her mentor Britney for the celebrity duets round? What an unexpected and redeeming moment that would be! Nah, why bothah? Leann Rimes had graciously taken some time out of her busy schedule of sifting through wet trash to clash horribly with Carly on "How Do I Live". Apparently Leann had been sick, so her efforts could be considered heroic (though so, sometimes, is picking up the phone and cancelling a live television appearance because you know better). But the whole time I just very much wanted the strung-out lady in galoshes to stomp off the stage and let Carly sing by herself. The two took turns looking aghast at the other as they fought for vocal dominance. I wonder if they got a chance to rehearse this even once. How incredibly awkward! "That was one of the most fun moments I've ever had on this stage," Carly dutifully gushed according to the script. Good girl.
Mario's knee-jerk retort following Leann's claim that she "loved this girl so much I wanna wrap her up and just hold her" -- "Well, you're doing it!" -- is in the running for one of the most fun moments I've ever had watching The X Factor. See how that works?
Tate, bless his big wide-open heart, could barely contain his incredulity about the fact that he was performing with real, live celebrities during Little Big Town's "Pontoon" -- his cutesy facial expressions and absurdly hokey dance moves were cute, but didn't he seem like a little kid out of his element up there? Maybe that's his charm. I like that he's a normal guy and not show business-y, but sometimes you gotta play the part, you know? Oh, well, at least he was being himself. These adorkable (SORRY) few minutes marked the most onstage personality Tate has ever shown, and I know country fans will go nuts over this one. That's really what it's all about.
Demi Lovato's duet with Fifth Harmony (#SixthHarmony? Sure!) on her own single "Give Your Heart a Break" seemed the most natural to me, so I'd say the ladies swept round two. I'd say this song, "Anything Can Happen" and "Pontoon" were the only legitimately fun numbers of the night. I've never liked Demi more than when she feistily belted out "There's no turning back nowww!" So true, Lovato. You're now a member of a reality show girl group. Deal with it.
NEXT: Carly sang, and it pleased the Lord