In a surprising twist, Britney Spears brought back one of her contestants for the live rounds this week. The judges all agreed, Diamond White was deserving to remain in the competition, thus bumping the top twelve to the top 13. The show did the same thing last year with Melanie Amaro and she went on to win the first “X Factor” crown.
On last night’s performance episode, Diamond belted out her rendition of “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston. All of the judges enjoyed the performance and gave her nothing but good words of wisdom. Simon Cowell told her, “Diamond, this just proves dreams can come true. You were kicked out of the competition, you’ve come back, fighting, gutsy. Great vocal, great song, great performance, and I am so happy you are back in this competition.”
Britney Spears told her, “I feel like you definitely channeled Whitney in that performance and she would be very proud.”
After the episode, Diamond said, “It feels awesome being back and just knowing that I got this second chance — I’m pretty much the Melanie Amaro of this season, so hopefully I end up the same place she does: winning. That would be awesome.”
She also said that she was clueless about the judges calling back an eliminated contestant to rejoin the competition. She said, “Just knowing that I am the wild card this season kind of shocks me because people believe in me and I’m glad those people believe in me.”
Of coming back to the competition, she added that it makes her “want to work extra hard because now that I have gotten a taste of being eliminated, I don’t want to go back to that.”
Who are you rooting for this season?