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It was a night of ultimate heartbreak for one contestant and complete shock for the judging panel who never saw this result coming, actually no one saw it happening.

The night before the contestants had to perform two songs each for the first time in the show, Marcus Canty and Rachel Crow found themselves in the bottom after America voted, Marcus Canty was facing the exit door for the third time in a row.

Marcus Canty performed I’m Going Down by Rose Royce and the Pips whilst Rachel Crow sang her rendition of I’d Rather Go Blind by Etta James, both acts nailed there performances, giving it 110% and not letting the occasion bring them down.

After the performances the judges gave their votes, which produced a deadlock Reid and Scherzinger opting to elimated Rachel and the other two to eliminate Marcus. As it was tied the decision was left to the public votes, with the lowest votes being elimiated, Rachel Crow has the least votes and therfore was eliminated.

The decision was shock to Simon Cowell her mentor who reflected that he did not see this coming, LA Reid was also surpised at the result but grateful his act was staying to fight another night. The judge who took the decision the hardest despite voting to eliminate her was Nicole Scherzinger. Nicole was seen backstage in some distress admitting she didn’t mean to eliminate the girl.

usxfactor.com On December - 9 - 2011
  • Claudia

    Its not just about last nights elimination. Nicole and L.A Reid are all about themselves. They are not judging the talent. They are the ones competeing for attention. They are ignoring the Talent! If they are on as judges next season i will not be watching!

    • Richard Craig

      why is that simon gets to add another person making it 17 and then has a fit when drew got bounced? it’s all about ego issues between the judges. made to look like fierce competition but i can’t help feel that it’s a put on for our ‘enjoyment”. I want Dexter back but i don’t blame him for bowing out. what stupid song choices were made for him. aerosmith, funk, the stones and other stuff was right for him. he may be derivative in style but he was fun to watch and i was pulling for him.

      • Kerrymatt26

        you are right richard. weve had the x factor in england for years. simon did the same here and bought back an act. he also sacked a judge and then bought him back. he likes to create drama. says its good for ratings. he is a businessman after all

  • Carreirorose2010

    Nicole took the easy way out. Played it safe for herself. Didn’t want to decide…you are a judge. If you had gone with the right thing to do a little girl wouldn’t be heart broken. Leaving Marcus in was wrong. I like him but he has been in the bottom 3, three times!

    • E SPERA

      I TOTALLY AGREE NICOLE SHOULD NOT BE A JUDGE,SHE JUST WANTS TO PLEASE LA REID,IF SHE IS ON NEXT YEAR I WILL NOT WATCH IT,RACHEL IS THE BEST AND DESERVED TO BE THERE,BEST OPF LUCK RACHEL YOU ARE GREAT.

      • Mila

        agree 110% they are totally wrong…

  • Cgoetz65

    Rachel was my pick to go all the way from her first audition…she has more talent, for her age, in her little finger, than all of the other contestans and the judges. I agree with the other comments about Nicole. She has no backbone and she tries to be a pleaser, she is not a qualified judge. I only hope the Rachel can go on in this business she can go along way and could be the next teen-preteen pop star. Marcus obviously is not the public at large pick. Last nite was a BIG mistake!!!!!

    • Andunham34

      Embarrassing…seriously Simon I know you are kicking yourself in you underpants right now Nicole just messed your show up something fierce. It’s obvious during rehearsals people pumped Rachael up how else does a look of shock like that hit someone unless EVERYONE including Simon told her she was good. What a let down. Now I have to hear Marcus and his screechy voice another week bleh. Also someone please let Nicole know she was not doing her job and anywhere else she would have been replaced so as to not f:&# up again.

      Poor Josh I would beg to have a new coach not that I was happy to see her managing that group to begin with.

      Rachael you are good now worries head up this will make you better. Look at the last few Idol contact ack what a mess sometimes things happen for a reason Disney=better.

  • Waterfrontpizza

    The Xfactor should be renamed the Y factor. Y is Rachel gone, Y is Nichol a judge, Y am I still watching. Think I’ll wait for American Idol where All the judges have musical knowledge. Unlike the poor excuse for a judge Nichol. Let’s eliminate her!

  • Alitia

    Rachel should still be in the compitition, Nicole did the wrong thing. She is a judge and she copt out. Rachel Crow is such a talent. I hope Simon signs her because she will be a hit one day. Nicole maybe you should consider NOT being a judge next year if you cannot make a choice. Marcus has been in the bottom three times now-he should have gone HOME. So sad. Rachel you were not the only one crying about this very bad decision last night. You had me from day one and you still do. When your first record comes out I will be sure to buy it. Nicole you should be ashamed of yourself. Rachel did a better job on her “save me song” than Marcus did.

  • Chuck

    Nicole should not be a judge. She has no backbone. Rachel should still be in it. Teflon Marcus should have gone home .

  • Amb

    Nicole needs to be eliminated from this show, not Rachel Crow, she is an amazing singer….. Nicole is a fool and LA is arrogant!!! They’re both only concerned for themselves, and making decisions they way they have makes them look selfish and ignorant. Neither should not be on this show, next year I hope they are gone or I most certainly will not watch!

  • mila

    the judges did do thier job,nicole and la ried sucks…

  • http://www.facebook.com/lani.dupre Lani Lojek

    Can someone explain to me the purpose of a “save me song?” Shouldn’t the judges be required to judge based on the performance of that final song? Clearly Rachel’s performance exceeded Marcus’s performance by a land-slide. It is unfortunate and unfair that this young girl was sent home because a judge could not make a fair decision, based on an obviously exceptional performance. A judge should only go to a deadlock when there is no other alternative, not because you cannot make a logical decision. I have enjoyed both Rachel and Marcus, but comparing last nights performance….hands down Rachel has proven to be the more talented.

    We shouldn’t be too harsh on Nicole. I was just as sure that the votes would save Rachel. But as a judge who clearly saw the same performance the rest of us saw, she should have done the right thing.

    • Susan Muse

      How dare anyone blame Nicole when the entire america public did not want Rachel, so easy to pass your sin to another.

      Nicole am all in for u

  • Jeff

    how can NICOLE and LA sleep…wrong wrong wrong

  • Timka771

    HI ! ….Rachel Crow – is the best ;) ) Regards, Slovakia ;)

    • LARRYK

      I am through with the X-Factor, I ditto all of the above mentioned comments. Anyone that had any common sense knew who the winner was that night. For a judge who was placed on the show to be a judge and judge someone with an X-FACTOR, what is sense of having a sing off. Even LA who in his heart knew who the winner was had to stick with his guy. My husband and I are done with the so called X-FACTOR…JOKE.

  • Timka771

    I LOVE USA ;)

  • Georgiasgaze

    Hey Racheal Crow this is love from the UK baby you are awesome-Nicole had to get rid of the competition so that her act can have a better chance but baby you will be bigger than any of the acts that have gone through and even bigger than the winner-let me tell you we got stuck with Nicole over here in the UK and we soon sent her packing-she has to use her body to get her fans you my angel use your voice big difference-i would by your record tomorrow i wouldnt even entertain Nicole CD except to put my cup on as a coaster love & Light my Angel you are gifted from above

    • Missvondak

      Georgiagaze your statement, ” Nicole had to get rid of the competition so that her act can have a better chance” is right on. The judges have a stake in voting off the good contestants so that their singers have less competition. I agree!!!

  • Sewbyhand

    Rachel was the better singer in the sing off and it was so heartbreaking to watch her get eliminated off. I am sure it won’t be the end for her as she has it all to be a star,Simon will make sure she is okay.Chin up Rachel you are amazing.

  • Birds

    Okay..this is what I do not understand. Nicole gives RACHEL a standing ovation…yet she cannot make a decision….hmm…point blank, this girl is supposed to be a judge and she can’t even do that. It doesn’t take a lot of brains to know that Rachel was a better singer… love Marcus and all..but I thought this show was about who can make it as a star… and between Marcus and Rachel…welll the girl got it. GO RACHEL ! NEVER GIVE UP GIRL! NEVER BACK DOWN.. WE’LL SEE YOU SOON CAUSE YOU CAN’T KEEP YOUR TALENT FROM THE WORLD MUCH LONGER! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo.

  • IRENEC45

    Hi Rachel, the people here in UK all love you. You brighten up our room when you come on singing.Your name will be in lights soon so don’t be too disappointed.You are an insperation to the teens of today,and your parents must be so proud of you.Will be watching out for your CD. So come on Simon and sign Rachel up,she is amazing. x

  • Gael_rodger43

    Overall Marcus has delivered, Rachel is alright but she has not been the strongest singer of the competition and if everyone liked her she would still be in the competition

    • Ann Jelly2A

      what show were you watching

  • Mamamick

    Nicole blew it!!!! Marcus had been in the bottom 3 times. Get a clue Nicole. You just lost a fan and a viewer and I’m spreading the word.

  • Rehema Nzabo

    how cud so called nicole do that to a young talented gal??????is it because the gal is more talented than her????? you dnt deserve to sit on that panel. cherl was better than you

  • Jacbouz

    X-factor is done, the whole principle of having four judges is useless, it seems that only Simon understands the rules and judges the contestants on their merit; as for Nicole, she sshouldn’t be there, LA has the expertise but is too self centered and bias; I feel that he should have sent Marcus home; no matter what, on merit only, he should have done it, and would have earned our respect as a judge and an expert. Simon, please, take back the control of that show, it is your monney on the line; they are sabotaging your show!!!!!!

  • Sylvia

    It is all down to personal opinion, I thought Marcus was brilliant with his save me song. Lots of people must agree with me otherwise Rachael would not have gone home. Nicole may have voted for deadlock because they were both good.

    • Vince_barron

      Well said all this is a show if you loved rachael as much as you say why is she out.
      Nicole is a great artist and wanted america to decide and they did.
      And to all the people claiming they wont watch next season are full of it.
      Rachael lost and that it someone has to get eliminated .hahaha

  • John

    X Factor Judging just lost its credibility. Nicole was totally lost in space. I am not watching this anymore.

  • Lauren

    What were you thinking Nicole? ahhhhhh i know, YOU WERE NOT THINKING

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cammie-Holis/100001364552425 Cammie Holis

    Iam so proud of you Rachel,you totally amazing.. proof to everyone who don’t see your talent n how good you are. you will be more shining than Nicole because you are not only have beauty but you have an amazing talent n you also have a Good Heart.

  • Hollandblank

    Nicole Scherzinger and LA Reid make me sick. Miss Scherzinger never use her brain to think. And Mr. Reid said he is “a man of Principle”…What kind of principle is that? The principle of “blindly support Marcus Canty” because you are his mentor? Wake up, idiot! You should judge base on the last performance and clearly, Rachel’s performance was much much better.

    To Simon Cowell : Well done, Mr. Cowell, I think the US X-Factor is very successful… simply because of your great vision! You hired 2 unlikable judges that make the show very dramatic. But if those 2 idiots appear in next season’s show, I will never watch it.

  • sueg

    omg cannot believe what nicole did on x factor, if she stopped the stupid dramatic crying and did her job properly, instead of looking for attention, she wouldnt have got rid of the possible winner of the show, nicole is a disgrace and should be booted off next year…boy simon got it wrong in getting rid of cheryl!!!!

  • Twwrn

    What IS the point of the SAVE ME song? Just go straight to Americas votes….so stupid and a waste of emotional energy!
    Nicole…why are you a judge again? Refesh us.

  • Marion

    Why is Nicole even a judge anyway? Nicole wimped out and said Rachel when she knew Rachel was the better singer. Marcus has been in the bottom two for three weeks in a row. That should tell you something……………………………………..FYI Nicole… Simon looking like a saint compared to you.

    • Angie

      Rachel did sing her heart out.

  • Angie

    How would Nicole know talent when she sees it or hears it anyway. She has none herself. Rachel was 10 times better singer than Marcus on thursday night.

    • BWESNER

      WHEN YOUR A JUDGE YOU HAVE TO MAKE DECISIONS SHE DIDN’T THEY SHOULD ALLOW RACHELL A PASS AND BRING HER BACK ..THEN FIRE ANY JUDGE WHO CAN’T MAKE A DECISION….GET REAL XFACTOR

      VANCOUVER WANTS RACHELL BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lacy

    Call me crazy but why do people like the Chris whats his name so much. He has the look and the attitude but his performance live is cr@p except for the song he wrote himself on last wednsday. To me if you can’t perorm live you blah. Thank goodness Asstro gone who doesn’t even know how to sing…..Now back to Rachel.. A girl who sweet and polite and refreshing. A girl who had awsome parents for her to be this way. One more thing. She’s also the girl who one of top 3 singers in compition because she CAN sing.

  • Carmelino Divino

    Simon is the Best Judge and Mentor . We gonna buy Drew Album absolutely , For me Drew is the
    winner

  • Capturedsoul

    Nicole should have done the job she is paid for.Rachels save me song was amazing and surpassed Marcus hugely.What point is a save me song if if a judge decides to take the easy way out?Rachel will be fine but her dream of being in the final ,when she so deserved to be there,will leave a hurt forever.

  • Curly_ike

    Yeah.I’m 100% agree that Chris Rene is really crap!.And i’m so confuse why he’s always in safe place. I Think because he sells the sad story of his job as a trash collector and former junkie who become sober cause of this competition. This show has totally turn in to a lame show. I don’t like to watch it again.

  • Missvondak

    Why did Simon give Drew a standing ovation after she sang her “save me” song, which was good but pitchy; however, he did not give Rachel a standing ovation. I believe it hurt Rachel that he did not stand and fight for her. Paula and Nicole stood and applauded after she sang, and Paula even tried to coax Simon to stand but he never did. I don’t understand why he was so passionate over Drew but not Rachel. Drew deserved to go home, IMO. Watching back her past performances, Drew was consistently pitchy for three weeks in a row. Rachel however has never sang a note off-key. I don’t feel like she was supported by Simon as much as the other two girls and if he had fought for her like he did for Drew I believe Nicole, who is easily swayed, would have surcombed to the emotions. JMO

  • Albertatrue

    Nicole isn’t worthy of being a judge. What she pulled off between Marcus and Rachel is unacceptable…it was Marcus’s time to go not Rachel’s…..she’s paid to judge so make a decision…..

  • Albertatrue

    It should be like american idol whereby they can use a ‘SAVE’….

  • Zion

    A superb performance to both Rachael and Marcus, however Rachael performed the save me song way better then Marcus on that day, given that Marcus was at the bottom three for the last consecutive weeks, it’s a signal to the judges that his on his way being eliminated. Secondly Nicole needs to get her emotional melodrama checked, if she cannot make a decision, why take up the offer of being Judge, hello American Idol has been in industry for the past 8 years, and every American who watches the show knows very well the pressure this Judges will go through, It is very dissappointing that Nicole cannot not make the decision and her emotions got the better of her which utterly dissappointingly led to Rachael being eliminated, she did not take responsibility in making a decision, this goes to show her level of maturity, and to be comforted by a 13 year old after the show, goodness me. We do not want another Christ breezy….. if LA Reid looking into that perspective of making Marcus into, we need alot of Adelle, Christina Perri, Amy Winehouse kind of voices etc. Enough with the Chris Breezy, Reihana, Beyonce, mind you I do like this singers but music should be inspiring it tells a story and not how many girls you slept with and whose banging who…money lovemaking machine etc……on another note Nicole might have been scared to make the decision, given LA Reid’s connection with alot of R&B producers, so maybe she was playing it safe, only time will tell, given she is in the process of compiling another album. XFACTOR may you please get in professional judges, let me suggest Smokey Robinson, Whitney Houston, Yolanda Adams, Paul Mcartney, Cece Winans, not judges who are sexy looking but has a phalick head. Rachael my little angel “Fiji Loves You” my family convey their Abrahamic blessings as you embark on your theatrical and musical career, and if you do happen to visit Fiji just let us know, will get you boxes of “FIJI WATER TO ENJOY”

  • Gussie

    Rachel is amazing. But, truth be told – at the end of the day it’s down to the public vote, and Rachel received less votes than Marcus. Which shows that he is more popular than Rachel.

  • marces Cnaty and melanie amaro

    hei marces is gona winn so uf your sellf

  • Ken

    This showed is flawed. The rules were not constructed correctly and the integrity of the show is in question. The purpose of the save me song is useless under the current way. Nicole is only good for eye candy, they should just make her the host. Rachel performed her heart out and got crushed. America judged her on her previous performance not the save me song. I will most likely not watch this show next season.

  • MAMAPHYLLIONO

    I FEEL THE SAME WAY THE JUDGES SHOULD OF MADE THE DECISION. WE KNOW WHAT JUDGE WAS A COWARD. SHE WAS PRAISING RACHEL FOR THE PAST FEW WEEKS, BUT WHEN RACHEL DESERVED HER VOTE TO STAY ON THE SHOW SHE LET RACHEL DOWN. I HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THIS JUDGE AT ALL. RACHEL WILL GO ON TO BE A BIG ARTIST IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS, THE TALENT THAT RACHEL HAS AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE IS A TRUE GIFT FROM GOD. SHE WILL WIN IN LIFE, KEEP SMILING RACHEL YOU WILL BE FAMOUS SOMEDAY SOON. YOU HAVE IT ALL SWEETIE AND I WILL BE IN LINE TO BUY YOUR FIRST CD. GOD BLESS UTMOST RESPECT 57 YEAR OLD LADY IN NORTH DAKOTA.

  • Miracle

    Really? I mean Seriously Nicole?

  • Pamela4905

    It is not possible that they have eliminated Rachel crow, that him happens to these jurors, marcus canty does not sing for anything, his voice is ugly is ugly, is not in order that it is an idol, since they have stopped to go to one of the best voices of this contest that was rachel, remind yourself simon that you equivocastes the first time in eliminating melanie and look at her it is better now in this contest, since they have stopped to go to a promise of the music as rachel, I write to them from peru … if this way estan as sera the end, serious the limit that gains cris that has not even voice …. a question already was the final of the factor x

  • Maria

    I hope Simon find better judges next year. Those women need to go especially Nicole

  • Alejandro cabrera

    NICOLE TE ODIO!