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It appears Fifth Harmony has a hit on their hands. Since they released “Bo$$” it’s been climbing the Billboard Hot 100. It currently sits just outside the Top 40, easily becoming the girl group’s biggest hit to date. It definitely has potential to become even bigger.

Naturally, the girls are in overdrive promoting their scorching girl power anthem. They recently stopped by Billboard to perform to it, along with a new ballad titled “We Know.” Not surprisingly, 5H slays it. I almost prefer the stripped-down version of “Bo$$.” Normani Hamilton has really come into her own with this track. I used to think Camilla was the star, but Normani is giving her a run for her money. Check out both performances below.

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Not loving Alex & Sierra’s debut single “Scarecrow?” Truthfully, it’s alright, but since I adore the X Factor act so much, I’ve supported it.

Little Did You Know,” on the other hand is simply sensational. The stripped-down ballad is pure money and absolutely everything you loved about the duo on the FOX show. It reminds me a lot of their “Say Something” performance. Sierra’s vocals are heavenly while Alex’s sexy rasp perfectly contrast and complement his love’s voice.

I can see why Columbia Records chose “Scarecrow” as the act’s debut single. It’s uptempo and has that pop-folk thing that’s really hot these days. Sadly, the lead cut isn’t doing much damage on the charts or on radio.

Hopefully, “Little Did You Know” gets an official release complete with an accompanying video. Right now, it appears it might be just a buzz single. If you pre-order their forthcoming album, It’s About Us out October 7, “Little Did I Know” will download instantly. Give it a listen below and weigh in afterward.

listen to the track after the jump

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While I find the Kesha ‘$’ signs absolutely annoying, I’m loving the girl group’s new single. Fifth Harmony returns with a more mature sound (and look) with their sexy urban track “Bo$$.” The Ricky Reed-produced track harkens back to the glory days of TLC and Destiny’s Child. It has the swag from the 90s but with a contemporary vibe. With that being said, I wish the hook was catchier. The verses, however, absolutely slay.

With most of the girls of 5H now 18-years-old or older, this new era shouldn’t be a surprise. They teased this was coming during their opening set on Demi Lovato’s Neon Lights tour. The girls covered Destiny’s child and crowds witnessed the genesis of their new sound. Gone is their teeny-bopper sound. I can’t wait for the forthcoming visual and other tracks off their debut album. It’ll be interesting to see which X Factor US alum, 5H or Alex & Sierra, have a more successful career. Simon Cowell has once again done it.

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The X Factor Season 3 Winner Is…

In: Donovan, Music
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Is it me or did this season feel especially long? Even with lackluster ratings and questionable judging, I hope FOX renews the show for another season. My advice is to keep Kelly Rowland. She was my favorite judge this year. Even her “greatest hits” judging clip on the finale was the best. Perhaps, it’s because it featured all the cute guys she hit on during the audition process.

Speaking of the judges’ clip, departing judge Demi Lovato wasn’t impressed with her “annoying juice” segment. You can see her mouth “that’s f**ked up” to Kelly and Paulina Rubio in the bottom corner while it played out. Personally, I think she overreacted. No one believed for one second that she was actually drinking alcohol.

Since I have plans immediately after the finale, I’m going to make this recap short and sweet. Find out the winner below along with some of the performances. Sadly, there was no number as epic as Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera’s surprise duet on The Voice, but still a few standouts.

check out all the performances after the jump

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Apologies for the late publish of my recap. With only a week before the big day, I finally started my Christmas shopping tonight. Sufficed to say, I needed time to decompress and relax after braving the malls. In other words, I fell asleep ;)

Before we get to the performances, reports surfaced earlier Wednesday that Demi Lovato was leaving the judging panel after two seasons. During the red carpet preceding the show, Simon Cowell confirmed the “Skyscraper” singer was indeed exiting stage right. No wonder, the acerbic judge recently began talking about his dream judging panel which included Miley Cyrus. Keeping wishing Simon. I don’t think that’s going to happen for Season 4.

To convince America they deserve the title, each act took to the stage three times. First a brand new original song, then a duet with a superstar performer and lastly, a reprisal of their song of the series. Surprisingly, Alex & Sierra didn’t walk away with it tonight. Maybe the nerves got to them because they weren’t at the top of their game. On the flip side, Jeff Gutt gave it his all and then some. It’s going to be closer than I previously thought.

check out all the performances after the jump

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HOLY FILLER BATMAN. With no “Save Me” songs this week, Mario Lopez draaaaaaaagged out the results. No lie, it took until half way through the show before Lopez announced the first person to advance. Up until then, there was an extensive recap of the previous night’s performances and a group number. For the latter, the Final 4 teamed up to cover “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson. Find out who was eliminated below.

Before we get to the eliminations, congratulations to Alex & Sierra for having three tracks on iTunes Top 20 list. “Little Talks” and “Gravity” peaked at #14 and #2 respectively, while last week’s epic “Say Something” cover still sits at #9. Ironically, the original version held down the top slot. Props to Jeff Gutt as well for hitting #5 with his “Hallelujah” rendition.

find out who after the jump

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It’s do or die time for Season 3′s Top 4 acts. Which act will fall just short of making The X Factor finale next week? Surprisingly, it’s a tougher prediction to make. After stealing the show with their chart-topping “Say Something” performance, Carlito Olivero, Jeff Gutt, and Restless Road raised their game to take on Alex and Sierra.

Had you told me at the beginning of the season that Jeff and Carlito were still in it while Demi Lovato’s girls were all gone, I would’ve called you crazy and asked you to share whatever you were smoking.

I love how Demi acknowledged the fact she was the first (again) to have her team completely wiped out. If Simon loses one of his acts tomorrow, then all the judges will have a shot at still winning, with Demi not invited to the party once again. I’m shocked Paulina has anyone left, let alone the fact it’s Carlito. Without further ado, check out all the performances below.

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It’s another double elimination on The X Factor. If the FOX show factored in iTunes sales like The Voice, Jeff Gutt, Restless Road and Alex & Sierra wouldn’t be in any danger of leaving. Gutt hit #5 on iTunes rock chart, Restless Road peaked at #2 on the country chart and Alex & Sierra topped iTunes main singles chart. Their “Say Something” cover even bested A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera’s original version.

Even more impressive is the fact all the downloads were live performances and not studio ones like The Voice releases. Sufficed to say, it’s the best showing for any performance ever on The X Factor. Could that be enough for FOX to renew the show? It certainly makes things more interesting.

In other non-eliminated happenings, Little Mix and Emblem3 engaged in a battle for X Factor supremacy. While the Emblem3 guys are decent eye candy, they were no match for the sassy quartet from the UK. From their vocals to their choreography, everything was tight. I absolutely love these girls. If you haven’t purchased their latest album, Salute, you should (UK release only). It’s EVERYTHING. They’re a modern day All Saints meets Destiny’s Child with a dash of En Vogue realness.

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