Mamaroneck's Sonenclar Makes It To 'X Factor' Finals

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Mamaroneck 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar made it to the finals of "X Factor" Thursday night. Photo Credit: X Factor
Carly Rose Sonenclar, an eighth-grader at Rye Neck Middle School, was standing next to her "X Factor" mentor, Britney Spears, Thursday night when her name was called for the finals. Photo Credit: X Factor
Carly Rose Sonenclar's parents, Bob Sonenclar and Terri Edelman, celebrated backstage after their 13-year-old daughter made it to the "X Factor" finals on Thursday. Photo Credit: X Factor

MAMARONECK, N.Y. – Mamaroneck teenager Carly Rose Sonenclar was voted into the "X Factor" finals Thursday night during what she called a "nerve-wracking" night.

After spending two weeks on top in viewer votes, Sonenclar dropped to No. 2 last week. She received harsh criticism Wednesday night from judge Simon Cowell for the first time in the competition.

The 13-year-old sang "Your Song" by Elton John and "Imagine" by John Lennon. Cowell took issue with her confidence level and song arrangements, but the other judges were still impressed.

"It's a little discouraging to get negative comments," Sonenclar said in a pre-show interview. "I want it so badly because I worked so hard to get here."

Fifth Harmony was the first act called to the finals. The girl group previously ranked last in the semifinals. Country singer Tate Stevens, named No. 1 in votes last week, was called next, leaving Sonenclar and Cali boy band Emblem3 up for the last spot.

Although the acts weren't called according to their ranking, Sonenclar was visibly worried that she might not make it to the "X Factor" finals.

“I'm feeling really nervous right now,” she said to host Khloe Kardashian Odom backstage. "This means the world to me, so to even be in this position is really nerve-wracking."

The waiting paid off though, when her name was finally called.

Onstage, Sonenclar thanked her fans and told Emblem3 that she'd be looking forward to buying their album. She then took to her Twitter account to thank her followers, nicknamed "Carly’s angels." 

"How do I even begin?! Thank you so much to all my #CarlyAngels for getting me thru to THE FINALS!"

Sonenclar returns to the show next Wednesday night to sing in the finals and make her ultimate bid to take home a $5 million recording contract and become America’s next "X Factor" star.

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I couldn’t be more proud of Carly and her accomplishment on The X Factor this year. She has an amazing voice and stage presence which I think is why such a young woman could win over so many voters. Playing the piano and signing is difficult and yet she did well with that too. Even if she doesn’t win I know she will continue to do amazing things with her voice. I know I was glad to know the results when I picked up my DISH coworker for work the next morning because he “forgets” I don’t watch live, and he blabs who left. I have a DISH Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR which saves me time because I watch X Factor while I’m getting ready for work. I can start in the bedroom, pause and then continue in the kitchen and living room, right where I left off. I watch more TV now than I used to when I had to find time to set aside, which is difficult with a busy family.

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