9:59 am - 12/18/2012

oh, how lackluster

'X Factor' Finale: Demi Lovato, LeAnn Rimes & Little Big Town Tapped as Duet Partners

As the "X Factor"'s remaining three competitors prepare for their final battle, they'll have a little professional help. Following suit with last year's tradition, each contestant will be joined by a celebrity musician for a star-powered duet.

At a press conference for the finale on Monday, judges Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and departing judge L.A. Reid joined their mentees Fifth Harmony, Carly Rose Sonenclar and Tate Stevens, respectively, and answered questions from Hollywood journalists.

Among the biggest revelations from the event were Wednesday's duet partners, which include two country stars and (surprise!) a neutral judge.

"Kinda irritating to say, the person we've decided to duet with is Demi Lovato," said Cowell of his all-girl group Fifth Harmony. And though it may pain Cowell to say, the decision is a good one. After constant fireworks between the sparring judges all season, it will be nice to see Lovato supporting one of Cowell's acts -- especially after two of their most memorable performances came during covers of her tracks ("Skyscraper" and "Give Your Heart a Break").

Though Stevens told reporters last week that he had requested Garth Brooks as a duet partner, only to be told that he was "not an option," the country crooner wound up with another Nashville-based superstar: Grammy nominee Little Big Town. "It's gonna be awesome," Stevens said of performing with the quartet.

Spears' 13-year-old mentee Sonenclar also landed a country act for her collaboration: LeAnn Rimes. Surprising, considering the teen with the huge voice hasn't once performed a country hit, instead opting for big diva ballads, sweeping serenades and even put her classic spin on a Bruno Mars track. "I think she's amazing," Sonenclar said of the "Blue" singer.

Last season, Avril Lavigne, Alanis Morissette and R. Kelly appeared on the closer, which saw Chris Rene, Josh Krajnik and Melanie Amaro battling for the $5 million recording contract.


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fight4thislove Carly Rose with Leann?18th-Dec-2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
hearthecity Re: Carly Rose with Leann?18th-Dec-2012 04:08 pm (UTC)

I loved Brandi last night. Faye was trying so hard for drama and instead Brandi just walked away
fight4thislove Re: Carly Rose with Leann?18th-Dec-2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
Faye is a hot ass mess. She is the Beverly Hills version of Danielle Staub.
forevergold217 Re: Carly Rose with Leann?18th-Dec-2012 04:10 pm (UTC)
She'll finally get 5 minutes of non-cheating relevance
when_itsizzles Re: Carly Rose with Leann?18th-Dec-2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
lmao exactly
forevergold217 18th-Dec-2012 04:09 pm (UTC)

forevergold217 18th-Dec-2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
ngl I would totally love it if demi and 5H marched around singing

bibbysbaby 18th-Dec-2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
I will be really pissed if they sing GYHAB or Skyscraper. I can't think of another Demi song popular enough to sing (maybe Don't Forget or a Camp Rock song) but maybe they won't sing a Demi song. or is that even a possibility?

If they re sing one of the 2 they already sang, that is confirmation for me that Simon doesn't want them to win. He should have gotten One Direction, but that might have given 5H a big voting bump.
faeriegodfag 18th-Dec-2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
pullmystrings 18th-Dec-2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
fred2265 18th-Dec-2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
when_itsizzles 18th-Dec-2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
that leann rhimes peformance is nagl...

but im not surprised the couldnt find anyone relevant who was willing to do it.
awkwardmumbles 18th-Dec-2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
not leanne!!
buffymovies 18th-Dec-2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
it has been reported that both Britney and LA are leaving. Britney didn't give them the ratings boost they hoped for and as a judge she's really dull to watch. Demi is supposedly already in negotiations to come back for another season
x_noisekisses 18th-Dec-2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
who reported it? cause the only report i've seen is from some random ass website. i need to know what my queen is going to do.
latexana 18th-Dec-2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
how underwhelming. idol (usually) does it better.
actxappalledx 18th-Dec-2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
Whatever, I know everyone hates LeAnn, but she has a great voice and I like watching and hearing her perform, so I like this
kurtvonnegut 18th-Dec-2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
hearthecity 18th-Dec-2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
ia, her voice is still pretty fantastic live
okay_awesome 18th-Dec-2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
beatlesluv 18th-Dec-2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
Can't deny she's got pipes that's for sure.
fight4thislove 18th-Dec-2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
i love her music, she's just a deplorable human being at this point. "We Can" and "Life Goes On" were my jams and I still listen to What I Cannot Change and Probably Wouldn't Be This Way on a regular basis.
msamericandream 18th-Dec-2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
why would they pair carly (a non-country artist) with leann (a country artist)? that makes absolutely no sense and i think they're just trying to get her to lose

and who the fuck is little big town? lol
bibbysbaby 18th-Dec-2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
I think the idea is that Leanne first found success when she was 13.
musicpsych 19th-Dec-2012 03:32 am (UTC)
limalemon LeAnn Rhymes?18th-Dec-2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
heartlockedx Re: LeAnn Rhymes?18th-Dec-2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
i miss true blood
pullmystrings 18th-Dec-2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
When do we find out who wins? Thursday?
tankmachine 18th-Dec-2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
this lineup is even more underwhelming than last year's lmao
mattthew 19th-Dec-2012 04:53 am (UTC)
i dont even who they performed with last year
kurtvonnegut 18th-Dec-2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
idgaf leann at least used to be really talented.
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