The X Factor recap: The Top 10

Two acts face elimination, Taylor Swift performs, and can you guess how a Mario Lopez vs. Simon Cowell face-off turned out?
Ep. 17 | Aired Nov 15, 2012

'RED' WITH ENVY If I don't get that toy mic for Christmas, I'm gonna scream like a front-row audience member!


Here's how the Acts (ha) ranked THIS week:

1. Tate Stevens
2. Carly Rose Sonenclar
3. Vino Alan
4. Emblem3 (+2)
5. CeCe Frey (+7)
6. Fifth Harmony (-1)
7. Diamond White (-3)
8. Beatrice Miller (+2)
9. Arin Ray (+2)
10. Paige Thomas

Just over three percent of the vote separates the top four, and less than one-third of one percent separates Tate and Carly at the top. "That's like, this much!" exclaimed Mario, or "Marrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh," as pronounced by Simon, with an ambiguous hand gesture. Who said math would never apply to reality? Not Marrrrrrrrrrrgh!

Mario and Khloe delivered one of the most brutal "The person going home…is…. GOING TO BE REVEALED AFTER THE BREAK!"s we've ever seen. It all could have been avoided had Taylor Swift proclaimed her advice for makin' it in the biz at the top of the show instead of midway through. "You have to be nice to people," Taylor insisted. What a monster!

I'm endlessly amused by how Taylor's special Red microphone looks like a toy. No one can convince me that thing did not come boxed up in some elaborate playset called Tuxedo Tunics and Daffodil Dreams. I want it! I want it all.

The opposite of a "State of Grace": What in the otherplanetary hell was up with Britney's bronzer?! You're not supposed to swim in it. This isn't the summer.

Did the right two acts go home? Did you cry? That picture-in-picture scene of Jennel covering her face with the mic as Demi "consoled" her totally made me tear up!

Read more:
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