The X Factor
She auditioned in Kansas City, Missouri with "Unchained Melody", but Demi Lovato was disappointed and stopped her midway, with L.A. Reid asking her to pick another song. She then sang "Ain't No Other Man", a Christina Aguilera song. During Bootcamp, Frey was compared to Paige Thomas: at The Part 1, they both sang Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You & at the Part 2, they sang Secrets by OneRepublic. She sang the acoustic version of LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It" for the "judges' homes" phase.
Her mentor Demi Lovato chose Frey to compete in the live shows. Frey performed "Because the Night" during the first live show on October 31, 2012. During the first live results show on November 1, 2012, Frey and Willie Jones were put into the bottom two where they were asked to "sing for their lives", in order for one of them to remain in the competition. Frey performed "Out Here On My Own", and Lovato selected her to remain in the competition, sending home Jones.
Frey reached #12 in the next week, expected as in Demi Lovato's view, and had to sing off against Brock, of which she was saved in deadlock. During Week 2's results, Frey gained 7 spots, placing her in the fifth spot. She then shifted from the Bottom Two to fifth place, until, on December 6, 2012, Frey was eliminated when she received the lowest amount of votes from the public, which made her 6th place overall.