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CeCe Frey
Names CeCelia Marie Frey
Age(s) 23
Hometown Decatur, Illinois
Category Young Adults
Mentor Demi Lovato
Elimination Information
Place 6th Place

Cecelia Marie "CeCe" Frey (born June 26, 1991) is an American pop singer from Decatur, Illinois who finished in 6th place on season 2 of The X Factor. She was a part of the Young Adults catagory, mentored by Demi Lovato.


CeCe was born and raised in Decatur, Illinois. She had an older sister, Kelsey, who died of celebral palsy when she was 7. On the show, CeCe dedicated the Bette Midler classic "Wind Beneath My Wings" to her sister.

Before trying out for The X Factor, CeCe was working as a postal clerk. One of her musical influences was Whitney Houston, whose songs CeCe grew up singing in front of her piano.

The X Factor

CeCe tried out for the show in Kansas City, Missouri. However, her first audition song, "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers, disappointed Demi Lovato, who stopped her, while LA Reid suggested that she sing a different song. CeCe chose "Ain't No Other Man" by Christina Aguilera and got through to bootcamp. During bootcamp, CeCe found herself compared to Paige Thomas. Both made it to the next stage after they each sang the Whitney Houston classic "I Will Always Love You". Though her group performance wasn't aired, CeCe found herself singing with Paige on the OneRepublic song "Secrets", which got them both to Judges' Homes with Demi Lovato as their mentor. CeCe then did an acoustic version of LMFAO's hit "Sexy and I Know It", which impressed both Lovato and her guest advisor, Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. That performance earned CeCe a place in the live shows.

During the live shows, CeCe worked hard to show that she belonged, taking on such songs as "Because The Night" by Patti Smith Group, "You Haven't Seen The Last of Me" by Cher, and "Because of You" by Kelly Clarkson. However, CeCe's singing ability was frequently questioned by the judges due to her not having the strongest voice out of all of the contestants. Critics were often confused as to why she was still on the show because other contestants who were vocally better then her were getting eliminated. Still, with support from her fans and her mentor, CeCe solidered on until she was eliminated on December 6, 2012, finishing in 6th place. She was the last of the Young Adults to be eliminated.


Show Theme Song Original artist Order Result
Audition Free choice "Ain't No Other Man" Christina Aguilera N/A Through to bootcamp
Bootcamp 1 Solo performance "I Will Always Love You" Whitney Houston Through to bootcamp 2
Bootcamp 2 Group performance Not Aired Through to bootcamp 3
Bootcamp 3 Duet performance "Secrets (with Paige Thomas) OneRepublic Through to judges' houses
Judges' houses Free choice "Sexy And I Know It" LMFAO Through to live shows
Week 1 Made in America "Because The Night" Patti Smith Group 9 Bottom Two
Sing-Off "Out Here On My Own" Irene Cara 1 Saved by Demi Lovato
Week 2 Songs from Movies "Eye of the Tiger" Survivor 10 Bottom Two
Final Showdown "You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me" Cher 1 Safe
Week 3 Divas "All By Myself" Céline Dion 12 Safe
Week 4 Giving Thanks "Wind Beneath My Wings" Bette Midler 5 Bottom Two
Final Showdown "Because Of You" Kelly Clarkson 1 Safe
Week 5 Number Ones "Lady Marmalade" Christina Aguilera 7 Safe
Week 6 Unplugged Songs "The Edge Of Glory" Lady GaGa 1 Eliminated
Pepsi Challenge Songs "Part Of Me" Katy Perry 7

Post X Factor

Since the show, CeCe has been working on her music and keeping her fans up-to-date via Twitter as well as singing cover songs on YouTube. CeCe's first single, "Dead 2 Me", was released independently on October 7, 2014 with the song's music video premiering on her YouTue channel on October 14, 2014.



  • "Dead 2 Me" (2014)
  • "Broke AF" (2017)


  • CeCe's loyal fans are known as "Warriors"
  • During her time on the show, CeCe became known for wearing leopard print that she painted on her face, which became her trademark. On the night of her elimination, her mentor Demi Lovato had some painted on her face as well.
  • Despite the show portraying them as rivals, CeCe and fellow contestant Paige Thomas are actually friends.
  • In Week 4, Miller received more votes than Frey which meant that if the result went to deadlock, Miller would have been saved.