They’re so close to reaching the finals on The X Factor… And Ally Brooke Hernandez, Camila Cabello and the rest of the members of their group Fifth Harmony aren’t letting their underdog status keep them from their dream…
During Wednesday night’s semifinals on Fox’s reality singing competition, Simon Cowell’s all-girl group – who won a sing-off with Diamond White to survive elimination last week – gave two great performances, including executing the show’s first bilingual song, to show America that the ladies deserve a spot in next week’s finals.
In the first round, the contestants’ choice, Hernandez, Cabello and the ladies performed Ellie Goulding’s “Anything Could Happen,” a song that gave them a great opportunity to do the one thing that judge L.A. Reid seems to criticism them about constantly… harmonize.
But that’s not all, Fifth Harmony even brought some serious staging and a whole lot of flair to the performance, which featured the ladies in pretty prom dresses. Sitting at a long table, Cabello even donned an oversized bow on her head (a tilt of the hat to her signature headwear), while over-the-top waiters and… a wedding cake… shared the stage with them.
“I loved everything about it,” said judge Britney Spears. “It was like magic when you guys got up there.”
Demi Lovato agreed, saying “you pulled out the little sparkle that I think you guys need sometimes.” And even Reid seemed impressed with the group’s vocals.
“That performance was the very best vocal performance you’ve ever done,” he said. “I thought that was a really inventive vocal and I’m really proud of you.”
Cowell acknowledged the girls’ fourth place finish last week, saying, “to get into the final is going to take a miracle because of who you’re up against. But after that performance, like the lyric said, anything could happen.”
In the second round, the mentor’s choice, Fifth Harmony returned to their roots, so to speak, performing Shontelle’s “Impossible,” their audition song during the judges’ homes round. But the ladies put a new spin on the tune, singing a few of the verses in Spanish.
The strategy was an attempt to show a new side and, hopefully, garner votes from the show’s Latino viewers, while reminding the audience of the first moment that Cowell fell in love with the group.
“The hard thing about being the underdog is that you have not a lot of people supporting you on the judges panel, but I think that it’s gonna come down to your fanbase and how much they support you… I hope they pull through for you, but I’m a little worried,” said Lovato.
Cowell didn’t hide his worry, but did plead with America to vote the ladies through.
“You’ve been one of the strongest acts tonight. If you are gonna judge based on tonight, I really hope and I pray that America gets behind you and puts you into the final because I really think you do deserve a place there.”