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We’ve been a little curious how the X Factor is going to fill the two-hour slot previously occupied by a dozen or so acts, now that there are only six contestants remaining.

Well, consider our question answered. On The X Factor December 5, each remaining competitor will be performing twice: an unplugged version of a popular song as well as a full-on production of songs picked by fans.

The Pepsi Challenge sponsored the pick of the second songs, and we are glad for the balance. In the beginning stages of the competition, we got to see so much more of the contestants in raw form. Since live shows began, however, we find the heaps of backup dancers and bright lights a little overwhelming.

CeCe Frey sang a stripped-down version of Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory“ and Emblem3 made fangirling an Olympic sport with their rendition of Bruno Mars’s “Just the Way You Are” (although we are still confused why they brought instruments onstage when they didn’t play them). Carly Rose Sonenclar seems to have no bounds — even her version of Justin Bieber's "As Long As You Love Me" was excellent while Fifth Harmony's cover of Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" featured a lot of turn-taking by each girl. As for Diamond White's "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World" cover, we think James Brown would be proud. The only thing we were confused about was Tate Stevens's performance of Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer."

What did you think of the acoustic bent on the big stage show?

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