David Correy fought hard Thursday night to convince the judges he has “The X Factor,” but it was not enough to keep the Brazilian-American singer around for the next live show.
Correy, 26, from Annapolis, Maryland was sent home after giving a touching, acoustic performance to Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You’ve Been Gone.”
“I've been through a lot in my life like we all have,” said Correy, who was clearly sad about being eliminated. “That never stopped me and I promise you this is not the last time you will see my face. Don't ever give up on what you love.”
Despite showing that having a chance to win the singing competition is all he wants judge Demi Lovato was not swayed by Correy’s performance.
“I didn’t like the rendition of that song,” she said. “It sounded like you were screaming.”
Record label giant Simon Cowell, credited for bringing up acts such as One Direction, agreed calling the performance “melodramatic” but gave Correy props for his passion.
“I see how much this means to you,” Cowell added empathetically.
Correy’s mentor music producer L.A. Reid chose the flamboyant Jason Brock A.K.A. Mr. Entertainment, to stay in the competition over Correy.
“Do I go with Mr. Entertainment or do I go with the star?” he asked rhetorically.
Like Reid, Lovato also had her work cut out for her when it came to her “young adults.”
Jennel Garcia was her first choice to keep in the competition in the final 12, because she saw “that something that we describe as ‘The X Factor,'” she said. Garcia was followed by Lady Gaga-esque Paige Thomas.
"Music is all I have," said an excited and emotional Garcia, who had her entire family of about 10 cheering her on backstage.
“Over all I'm very proud of my acts,” Lovato told ‘The X Factor” judges Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian. “They took my notes into consideration.”
Lovato, who looked like she was going to burst into tears, had CeCe Frey and Willie Jones battle it out for a spot in the top 12.
Frey crooned an emotional ballad while Jones went for the classic Smokey Robinson tune “You Really Got a Hold on Me.”
“You just saved yourself,” Redif told Frey, who broke down in tears. “That was beautiful.”
Judge Britney Spears was happy to see Frey pull through after seeing her have “an identity crisis” the night before, and Cowell told Frey she should have done something similar the previous evening instead of her elaborate production.
Jones did not have the same luck.
“I believe in you,” Lovato told him. “But I don't think it’s your time.”
As for Spears, she shocked everyone (contestants included) when sending Diamond White home and Cowell traded in the country sister group Sister C over the pop singing girls 1432, formely known as Lylas, with the condition that they would change their name--- again.
“I’m going to ask the public to send in their options for a new name,” he said.
The act 1432, who sang a rendition of Lovato's come back song "Skyscraper" nailed it.
“When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” Reid said.
Lovato nodded in agreement.
“I don't know who that song is by,” she joked. “But you did better than the original singer.”