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'The X Factor' honors Newtown shooting victims

Dec. 20, 2012 at 10:36 AM  |  Updated Dec. 28, 2012 at 12:44 PM   |   Comments

Dec. 20 (UPI) -- As the country continues to mourn the victims of the tragic Newtown shooting, The X Factor USA launched their season finale episode with a solemn message from Simon Cowell and a tribute rendition of Michael Jackson's 'You Are Not Alone' for the victims.

"Words cannot describe what happened a Sandy Hook Elementary School last week," Cowell began. "We're all deeply saddened by the tragedy and our hearts right now go out to the families, you will always be in our prayers and you will always be in our heats, and this it our tribute to you."

The Top 13 finalist (10 of which had already been eliminated) performed Jackson's 'You Are Not Alone' as the names of the 26 victims glazed on the screens behind them.

During last night's Season Finale (Part 1) finalists, Carly Rose Sonenclar, Tate Stevens and Fifth Harmony sang three songs each to complete for the $5 million prize. The winner will be announced tonight during the Season Finale (Part 2).

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