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After last night, it was pretty obvious that CeCe Frey needed to go home. And it’s not even because she was at her worst. It’s just because now that it’s down to halfway point, it’s more and more clear that she’s the worst of the group. And it’s not like this is a super fantastic group.

Because they are eliminating two people again this week (and I’m still not clear why they want to zoom through the season), the second person who should leave isn’t so clear. Tate Stevens hasn’t been great in a few weeks. Fifth Harmony keeps getting picked on by LA Reid and probably would’ve been better on a 2013 version of Popstars. And Diamond White is hit or miss with the judges.

So what happened?

Demi and CeCe rocked the leopard forehead paint as a sign of solidarity, which probably also means that they fully believe they have a chance to lose.

Melanie Amaro performed her new song and if she was on the show this year, it would be a two girl race between her and Carly Rose.

Ke$ha dirtied up my TV and hurt my ears as she performed live. She really looks like a shorter Brooke Hogan. And that’s not a compliment.

Demi pointed at Ke$ha and told CeCe, “See, that’s who I’m trying to get you to copy!” Okay, that never really happened.

Who went home?

CeCe Frey was eliminated first and made a speech about loving oneself so that you don’t need to rely on others for love. Sounds like baby girl is lonely.

The two remaning acts with the lowest votes were Diamond White and Fifth Harmony. Fifth Harmony butchered one of my favorite Mariah Carey songs ever, “Anytime You Need A Friend.”

Diamond White didn’t do much better, singing “I Hope You Dance” but she kept her composure so well. It was almost robotic in that she didn’t show a whole lot of emotion. But it didn’t matter. Both LA Reid and Demi booted her out. I was surprised. LA hasn’t really liked Fifth Harmony all season long, but he still kept them. I expected Demi to send it to dead lock and have the actual lowest vote-getter be sent home, but she didn’t.

What was the voting order?

1. Tate Stevens
2. Carly Rose Sonenclar
3. Emblem3
4. Fifth Harmony

What does it all mean?

I think this means Tate fans were really worried that they needed to save him and came out of the woodwork to get him through. I think it’s pretty clear that he’s a one-trick pony and he’ll have to country it up for the rest of the show. I’m bored of him by now. This should be a Carly Rose and Emblem3 final. We’ll see if it breaks down that way.

Mario Lopez out!