This week, each of the top 10 acts sang a song dedicated to someone special in their life. So some tears and a lot of “chill bumps” were to be expected.

First to perform was the number one contestant two weeks in a row: Tate Stevens, who dedicated the song “I’m Already There” by Lonestar to his father, who was also a musician back in his day. As someone who’s not a huge country fan, I got goosebumps. Britney said, “Your performances are always so special and so touching, I think L.A. is doing a great job with you.” Demi said, “I feel as though this maybe wasn’t your best performance, but it’s still incredible.” Simon said, “Your voice was breaking in parts of the song. It wasn’t as confident as previous weeks. But does that mean you’re going home? Not a cat’s chance in hell.” L.A. said simply, “America loves you.”

Diamond White was up next. She sang Celine Dion’s “Because You Love Me,” to her mom, who raised her as a single parent. Diamond looked like a true performer up on stage, and her voice sounded great. I admit, I teared up a little. All of the judges (except for Simon) gave her a standing ovation. L.A. said, “You’ve had many amazing moments on that stage, but you’ve never had a moment like that, baby.” Demi started crying while she said, “I totally related. The fact that you just gave your heart and soul in it? I’m blown away.” Simon said, “You were both fearless and incredible. I believed every single word of that lyric.” Britney said, “It was really beautiful.”

The first Group to perform was Emblem3, who dedicated their performance to their youth leaders, Sean and Ben. They sang “Secrets” by OneRepublic, and honestly, I didn’t think it sounded good at all. L.A. said, “For me, your performance lacked emotion.” Britney disagreed, saying, “I felt like it’s a really nice change of pace from the previous performances.” Demi said,” I think it was a really great job.” Simon said, “I thought it was a fantastic song choice. I want to thank you guys for being an absolute pleasure to work with.”

The second of Britney’s four Teens to go was Arin Ray, who sang Enrique Iglesias’ “Hero” to his older brother, Aris. I thought his voice sounded a little off at times, and like maybe he wasn’t quite as into it as he could’ve been, likely because it wasn’t really a literal interpretation of what he wanted to say to his brother. L.A. said, “I felt like it was too big, and it was a tough one for you. I don’t think you gave me a five million dollar performance.” Demi said, “If I owned a record label, I wouldn’t have signed you. I was just so bored.” Simon asked Arin how he felt getting these comments, to which Arin replied, “I just want to be me on stage.” Simon said “It’s like you’re trapped in a cage with these songs. I don’t blame you.” Britney basically ignored that interaction, saying, “I think it takes a pro to come out here and nail it like you just did.”

Cece Frey was first to perform for the Young Adults. She dedicated her performance to her big sister, Kelsey, who died from cerebral palsy at the age of seven. I was crying before she even started singing “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Personally, I felt like Cece sounded a little nasally, but she poured her soul into the song, and it was obvious. L.A. said, “I have to praise you because your emotion was so genuine and so real, and I felt every word of the song. You’ve really come a long way against the odds.” Britney said, “It’s really, really hard to critique someone when they’re pouring their heart out like that. I just thought you were amazing.” Simon said, “I don’t know how you managed to sing that song… it breaks your heart. I really like you.” Demi said, “I’m so proud of you because I know how hard it was for you to get through that song. It was awesome.”

After a disturbing encounter between Simon and Khloe, Fifth Harmony sang “I’ll Stand By You,” by The Pretenders, which they dedicated to God. L.A. simply said, “My critique is that that was great.” Britney said, “What a beautiful rendition of this number. It was touching and beautiful. Bravo.” Demi said, “I love watching you girls together because it’s genuine. I wasn’t too crazy about the song choice, but you made it beautiful.” Simon said, “I WAS crazy about the song choice. And I was crazy about the performance. I think each of you individually were great, the harmonies were great.”

Next up was Beatrice Miller, who dedicated her performance to her little twin sisters, Esther and Georgia, who surprised her by showing up to hear her sing Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars.” I liked that she finally got the chance to really sing and not jump around like she has been. L.A. said, “You are so cute, and I think you’re an inspiration to every little girl like you. I want to hear you sing all the time.” Demi echoed him, but added, “I’m getting a little concerned that I feel like it’s not progressing. I would like to hear you do something different and fun.” Simon said, “I sort of disagree: I could tell that this song really meant something to you, and you were choking up in the middle there. I preferred this week to last week’s performance.” Britney said, “I think it was your best vocal performance yet.”

Vino Alan has always had a strong connection with the U.S. Military, so he sang the song “God Bless the U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood. It’s a hard song NOT to get chills from hearing, and in his voice, it was all the more powerful. Britney said, “I personally think this is the first performance from you that’s been spot on. It was amazing.” Demi said, “I’ve been really hard on you the past few weeks. I think that I’ve been wrong.” Simon said, “Who knew that under this really hard surface was this really soft interior? I love that you’re not ashamed to devote the song to the troops; you’re really sincere about it. I think that we could be seeing you at number one tomorrow.” L.A. said, “I’m really, really proud of you. You stand for the troops of America, and I stand for you.”

Get ready for more waterworks: Paige Thomas dedicated her performance to her adoptive mom Colleen, who took Paige in after her mother passed away. She pulled a bold move and sang Britney’s own “Everytime,” and definitely started to break down during it, but managed to keep singing. L.A. said they should see what Britney thought first, and she said, “I think you performed it beautifully.” L.A., however, said, “While I thought it was good, I didn’t think it was good enough to get you out of the ’10’ spot.” Simon said, “I thought there were moments where you sang it really well, but there’s no question the emotion took over, and your voice was muffled. It could be a tough night for you tomorrow.” Demi said, “I understand how hard it was for you to sing this song.”

Finally, the perfect Carly Rose Sonenclar sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” for her older brother, Russell. If her story about her mom suffering a stroke wasn’t enough, her incredible voice and flawless performance set me off. She got a standing ovation from the judges and the crowd. L.A. said, “You are an absolute force of nature.” Demi said, “I really honestly don’t believe you when you say you’re 13. You’re going to be around in this music industry for the rest of your life.” Simon said, “I’ve heard that song a lot of times; That was one of the best versions of it I’ve ever heard. I think you’ve just blown this competition wide open.” Britney said, “I agree with everyone. You’re unreal.”

Tomorrow is another double-elimination, featuring a performance by Cher Llyod, of The X-Factor UK fame.