Singing their gratitude: The 'X Factor's' American Thanksgiving tradition

Singing their gratitude: The 'X Factor's'  American Thanksgiving tradition
Diamond White, Photo courtesy of FOX
by: Lindsay Zier-Vogel

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In what is becoming a Thanksgiving tradition, the Top 10 “X Factor” contestants belted out their thanks on Wednesday night’s episode.

From “Wind Beneath My Wings” to “God Bless the USA,” the competitors were all vying to stay off the chopping block on Thursday night’s episode when two more contestants will be heading home.

Among the highlights of the Thanksgiving show, Vino Alan in the The Over 25s received a standing ovation from his version of  "God Bless the USA" that he dedicated to the American military and Emblem 3 got a bit sappy performing "Secrets" by OneRepublic for their youth leaders.

Diamond White got three out of four judges standing for her version of Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me" dedicated to her mother and fellow teen, Carly Rose Sonenclar belted out a stunning rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” dedicated to her brother.

The Young Adults had the most heart breaking stories – with CeCe Frey dedicating Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath my Wings” to her sister who was born with cerebral palsy and died at age 7, and Paige Thomas who sang Britney Spears' "Everytime" for her adoptive mother, who took Thomas in after her mother was killed in a car accident.

Though their stories were powerful, their singing wasn’t up to snuff. CeCe was off-key, but couldn’t even continue the song through her tears and Lovato told Paige (her very own protégé) that she was "pitchy."

For more of the Thanksgiving “X Factor” highlights, check out

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About LindsayLindsay Zier-Vogel has been working for since 2008. Lindsay’s highlights include interviewing the famed American choreographer Bill T. Jones and Canadian prima ballerina Karen Kain, as well as covering the Juno Awards. Follow her on Twitter!