The X Factor USA 2012: Carly Rose Sonenclar Pays Homage to Father With Elton John Classic

Carly Rose Sonenclar

Carly Rose Sonenclar was a little shaken up when she fell from number one to number two on The X Factor leader board last week. however, this week she turned to some rock classics to regain the number one position.

She first chose Elton John’s “Your Song” as her contestant choice song. The performance was a dedication to her father who introduced music to her as a young child. This was one of the first songs he ever played for her. It was a challenge, but Carly was ready to step up her game while showing her father how much she loves him.

The performance sounded great and resembled more of the Ellie Goulding version than anything. However, after last week’s performance of “As Long As You Love Me,” I officially have high expectations for the 13-year-old girl wonder. At times I felt a little bored and almost disappointed. I know that Carly can do a ballad well, I wanted more.

The judges loved her performance.

  • L.A. Reid: For this point in the competition you picked a very risky song. You’ve done things with that song that I’ve never heard before. I can feel you wanting to win this competition.. I’m so proud of you.
  • Demi Lovato: It’s no secret that I don’t have any contestants left in this competition.. I still have to be honest with you. It’s still very predictable.. I think this was my favorite song that you’ve ever performed. The R&B side of your voice is incredible.
  • Simon Cowell: I thought that was a beautiful version of a fantastic song. That’s the first time I’ve seen any emotion from you so far in the competition.
  • Britney Spears: I feel that you’ve blossomed into a huge superstar already. I’m so proud to be your mentor.

Part 2: Your Song

Britney Spears asked Carly to tackle one of the most intimidating songs with John Lennon’s “Imagine.” The conversation basically went, “I mean, no pressure, but let’s put you in front of a piano and you can not only sing one of the world’s most beloved songs, but you can also concentrate real hard on not messing up the lyrics AND piano parts.” Poor Carly Rose! The good news is she’s a professional and is divinely talented. The song maybe wasn’t one of her best performances of all time, but it wasn’t entirely her fault.

Carly began at the piano, got up and belted out some unnecessarily large notes and then returned to her seat. The song is simple and doesn’t call for these “memorable” moments and it was a little disappointing that changed the “you-hooo” at the end of each verse. However, we can’t really criticize her for falling victim to a bad arrangement.

The judges had mixed reactions.

  • L.A. Reid: What I love is that you took your artistic credibility one notch by playing the piano. It’s a hard song to find a peak, but you always know how to go in and find that note.
  • Demi Lovato: The only predicatble thing about that performance was that it was going to be incredible.
  • Simon Cowell: I would have kept you on the piano. The weird thing was that like five things went on during that song. It made a beautiful song fussy. I think when you hit those big notes it was great, but I’m not sure that song needs big notes.. I thought it was over complciated.
  • Britney Spears: I feel like it’s time for you to go beyond this stage and compete with the biggest stars in the world.

Though Carly Rose didn’t use the best arrangement, it’s doubtful that “Imagine” will hurt her chances of entering the finale.

by Melissa Warner on December 13th, 2012

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3 thoughts on “The X Factor USA 2012: Carly Rose Sonenclar Pays Homage to Father With Elton John Classic

  1. Funny, I’m finding myself swayed more by the video sequences than the performances. In Carly Rose’s case, it was the scene with her father in the street. I thought their dynamic was adorable. And I’m normally far more cynical than that!

    The songs? Great vocals as always. This girl is an accomplished singer and her biggest fault this week was in some of the performance choices rather than the technical singing. It’s what reminds me that Diamond White was in a completely different league, vocally. I think she’ll be safe though, and I still think it’s going to be a Tate Stevens/Carly Rose final 2.

  2. DrRob says:

    I am a big fan of Carly and have been since she sang her first lines at the open auditions. She peaked with her rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow which still gives me goosebumps. But she has been sliding since then and last night was one of poor song choices and even worse arrangements that often muffled her or put power vocals in odd places. Even the garb she wore was too old and boring.

    Simon is usually right but this time Demi Lovato is right. Carly needs a change-up – . some youthful, more current song choices with an up tempo beat but ones that can still show off her remarkable vocal chops. She will make it to the finals despite last night – Fifth Harmony will be going home (even though their first song was one of their best), but Carly won’t win against Tate Stevens if she keeps on the same tack. Tate had his best night by far last night, especially with his closing performance.

  3. wei wei says:

    Carly Rose Sonenclar is better than Tate Stevens and the Fifth Harmony. Clearly, she’s got a greater vocal ability than the rest – as Demi and Simon said she is an alien. She is also more versatile than anybody else in terms of singing performance. Next, she is the most stable singer throughout the competition than the others. Finally, she is the most loveable among all, and – as Demi said, she would be around in the music industry for the rest of her life.

    I believe she is the winner. She is apparently the right choice. So let’s vote for Carly! Let’s vote for a real future star for America. Remember what Simon first said, a star just walked out on the stage. LA Reid added, I agree with what Simon said, remember everybody, this day a star is born.

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