The X Factor USA 2012: Fifth Harmony Make Massive Comeback With “Give Your Heart a Break”

Fifth Harmony - X Factor USA Season 2 contestantsFifth Harmony has a lot to prove to L.A. Reid on The X Factor USA as he continuously picks on them for “not harmonizing.” The music mogul feels they sing in unison and try to pass it off as harmonizing, which is not a great thing for a girl group. This week they set out to tack the Adele hit “Set Fire to Rain.” Big shoes to fill. 

As a big Fifth Harmony fan I have to say I felt disappointed after watching tonight’s performance. It was nice to see each girl tackle a larger role in the song, but it was a bit boring. Though some judges would say they heard no harmonies, I did, but not as much as I expected after all the talk about them. From time to time they also seemed to fall off the melody, but not in a great way. Overall it was an okay performance, but I hope these girls can redeem themselves in the second performance.

  • L.A. Reid: I saw two background singers over there, I see five girls in front of me. I still didn’t hear any harmony. I think you have the wrong name. I think they should have called you Fifth Unison.
  • Britney Spears: i felt it was a nice rendition, but I am trying to figure out what separates you from the other girl groups.
  • Demi Lovato: I still feel like it didn’t really click for me. I heard harmonies, but I still feel like there is a couple of you that should just be solo artists.
  • Simon Cowell: It’s pick on Fifth Harmony week again because that was unfair criticism, L.A. There are no girl groups out there. There is a gap in the market.. I think they deserve a shot in the semi-finals last week. That was a really nice song.

Part Two: “Give Your Heart a Break” by Demi Lovato

America proved this week that they know this year’s X Factor USA talent better than the mentors. Fifth Harmony fans chose Demi Lovato’s “Give Your Heart a Break” for their Pepsi Challenge songs and it was given to the girls at just the right moment. There could be no better song for this girl group as it was full of harmonies (loud, clear and beautiful), energy, confidence and pure vocal talent. For a moment you felt like you were at a Fifth Harmony concert. The judges loved it.

  • L.A. Reid: Unbelievable I actually heard harmonies and it was really good. For me that was your very best performance.
  • Britney Spears: A friend of mine does this song very well and so do you guys.
  • Demi Lovato: I think this song should be your song. You killed it.. I think you guys sounded better than the original.. It felt like you were a real girl group. It was energetic and fun.
  • Simon Cowell: I want to thank America for choosing a great song. This is what we’ve been trying to do.. show that you are a legitimate girl group.

Unreality Rating: 8/10.. Vocally Fifth Harmony should be in second place this week. They proved they have the talent and confidence to sing circles around most of the contestants this year.

by Melissa Warner on December 6th, 2012

Melissa is Unreality TV's X Factor USA expert, bringing you all the gossip on the contestants and religiously recapping their performances each week! You can follow her on Twitter and on Google+

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4 thoughts on “The X Factor USA 2012: Fifth Harmony Make Massive Comeback With “Give Your Heart a Break”

  1. I like Fifth Harmony! I think there’s a lot of potential for them as a group, and I thought it was unfair that the judges came down so hard on them after the first song. There’s nothing particularly wrong with singing in unison, especially on a week where they had two tracks to rehearse and one of the group was missing at the start of the week!

  2. Charl Pretorius says:

    I have to agree with Gerard. There was nothing wrong with that song. I would have to say that 5H for me has actually more potential musically than E3. I have also re watched a lot of the performances and Stranger was my least favorite one. That might be due to the changes at the last minute. Also in my view to sing an Adelle song that takes guts

  3. fanfan says:

    Girls power, ok, but it was not good for me.
    Some sing well, some other aren’t good at all.

  4. efg36 says:

    “Set Fire to Rain.” an amazingly great performance/rendition – I loved their interpretation of it.

    I don’t like Demi Lovato, never cottoned to her voice/vocals – 5th Harmonys’ rendition of “Give Your Heart a Break” showed how that song should be performed/rendered!

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