|Names||CeCelia Marie Frey|
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.
|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.