For a while there, it looked like there might be a major shocker on "The X Factor" results show on Thursday night. (And I don't mean L.A. Reid's announcement, shortly before the show aired, that he would not be returning as a judge/mentor next season.) Had the insta-girl group Fifth Harmony, a major longshot even their hyper-confident mentor, Simon Cowell, was gobsmacked to see make it through to the finals, knocked favorite Carly Rose Sonenclar, who had had a less-than-stellar night on Wednesday, out of the competition?
Even Sonenclar and her mentor, Britney Spears, looked scared. (In fact, Spears' terrified, horrified, totally hilarious face upon learning Fifth Harmony was safe was a hot topic on Twitter.)
As it turned out, no. After waiting out performances by Bridgit Mendler and Bruno Mars, Sonenclar did make it through, as had fellow front-runner Tate Stevens. Fifth Harmony had only managed to sneak up on fellow group Emblem3 and swipe their spot in the finals. That was unexpected – Emblem3 was the more deserving group – but not fall-to-your-knees-and-curse-the-fickle-voters surprising.
That sayer of sooth Spears had been right when she said Wednesday night there was probably room for only one group in the finals. And she was right again Thursday to express disappointment that the group to get there would be the carefully constructed Fifth Harmony instead of the organically free-spirited fellows of Emblem3, who took the news in as optimistic and upbeat a way as you might imagine, and far more maturely.