"This is the way it goes on these competitions," Simon shrugged. "I'm very, very disappointed. I am gutted."
Britney Spears wasn't too thrilled, either. The expression on her already easily GIF-able face made that pretty clear. But in case there was any doubt, she freely admitted, upon hearing that Fifth Harmony were safe: "I was a little disappointed. I thought it was going to be the other way with the groups." And she said this before she'd even learned the fate of the other three contestants. Real nice.
But all is not lost for Emblem3, who took their elimination in their usual casual-dude stride. For weeks, L.A. Reid, who bizarrely compared the boys to the Beatles this week, has been loudly announcing his intentions of signing them to Epic Records no matter what. So Emblem3 still have some chance of becoming the U.S. equivalent of One Direction in the long run. (Remember, One Direction didn't win "The X Factor U.K.," either.) We shall see.
However, Fifth Harmony deserved this, and they'll definitely be bringing some girl power to the final showdown next week. While it's still unlikely that they'll repeat the success of last year's "X Factor U.K." winners, girl group Little Mix, when they're going up against season-long leaderboard-toppers Carly Rose Sonenclar and Tate Stevens...well, you never know. As the Ellie Goulding song that Fifth Harmony so memorably covered this week says, anything could happen.
See you then.
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