So let's move onto the vote rankings of the top ten, shall we? With all the acts on stage, the hosts start filling out the leaderboard. Of course, Paige is at the bottom in tenth place. Ninth place went to Arin Ray, who barely escaped the bottom two twice in a row, so he should probably work extra hard on his second song for next week. Same for Beatrice, who is back in the spot right above him and not too thrilled even when they point out that she's up two slots from last week. They pause for some thoughts from Britney, who has three of her four singers in seventh, eighth and ninth place, and all she says is how proud she is of them. She so doesn't give a crap. They're all Carly-fodder as far as she's concerned. We learn that Fifth Harmony has dropped one slot to sixth place. CeCe shot up seven spots to fifth, which Demi's pretty pleased about, saying they're going in the right direction. Says her.
Before getting into the top four, Mario says that less than three percent of the vote separates them, which is an almost completely meaningless piece of information. Emblem3 came in fourth, up two spots from last week. Simon admits they have to work harder next week. Vino Alan is back in third place and he looks like he's feeling pretty good about it. So once again it's down to Carly Rose Sonenclar and Tate Stevens and while gathering them at center stage, Mario says they're only one-third of one percent of the vote apart. "That's, like, that much," says The X Factor's own Nate Silver. And Tate wins another week. As Carly leaves the stage, Tate gives a shout-out to "Tate Nation" and says it feels good. Mario signs off, reminding us how devastating it would be to get this far and have to go home next week. On Thanksgiving Day? Man, that's some bullshit.
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