'The X Factor' Recap: Rock Bottom
Stacy Francis gets the boot, while pint-sized Astro acts his age
By Jilliane Johnson
It's results night once again on "The X Factor." On Wednesday night, I expressed my worry for Paula, having only Lakoda Rayne left on her roster. After seeing those performances, though, I believe anyone could go home.
The Final 10 -- "We Will Rock You" by Queen
Forgive me, but this is my least favorite moment of the week. Oh, this is great: LeRoy Bell totally just missed his cue. He was so busy swaying and clapping along. Yes, sir. You are on a nationally televised talent competition. Aside from that minor slip, this has been the best group performance.
Hold on tight for the montage of Wednesday night's performances. I think I would rather watch Josh Krajcik sing everyone else's songs.
Steve sends some finalists through early tonight:
Honestly? Well, I guess Paula has secured her job for at least another week.
Oh, how nice. The contestants got some celebrity treatment with photographer Brian Smith. So, basically for nine people, it was an entire day of "this is what you probably will never have." It was just a sweeter way for them to digest it. So sweet.
Special Guest Performance
Rihanna -- "We Found Love"
Is it Occupy the "X Factor" stage night and no one told me? There are so many people onstage. After an explosive way to show the contestants how it's done, Rihanna gives advice that you've got to love what you do.
More finalists going through:
Astro and a very choked-up Stacy Francis must sing for their lives. I suppose I was wrong last night: America is not ready for a hip-hop performer to win a national talent search. That's sad.
Stacy Francis -- "Amazing Grace"
No fair! I feel so wrong ripping apart a gospel performance. OK, I have to do it. She's still a little flat, yet that could be because of her emotions getting the best of her. Bottom line is, though: She has struggled to climb back to that initial tryout performance.
Astro -- "Never Can Say Goodbye" by the Jackson 5
First of all, he walks out and states that he doesn't want to perform. He leaves it up to his mentor and the audience. While the lyrics are again original and relevant to the competition, his performance is weak and somewhat rude. His back faces the crowd most of the time. Does somebody need a whooping?
The Judges' Table
Who will the Fab Four vote to send home?
LA. -- Stacy (but he expresses his disappointment with Astro for acting as if he's given up)
Nicole -- Astro
Paula -- Stacy
Simon -- Stacy (after giving Astro the chance to set his record straight … to no avail)
Eliminated: Stacy Francis
What a controversial night. I'm sure this one will blow up the headlines. It all comes down to who will sell records, just as Simon stated. Astro shows entirely too much attitude, upsetting the judges, the audience and probably his mother watching at home. In the end, Stacy just could not find that spark she once had when we first saw her. Astro has more potential, even though he has got to get a hold of that mouth of his.
Because of Thanksgiving, "The X Factor" will air Tuesday, Nov. 22, and Wednesday, Nov. 23, next week at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
Anything goes. Look how we pay the people from Jersey Shore show big bucks to lower the standards of our country. Reward the idiots and punish the people who add class and work hard.
Simon..GO HOME!!!!!! Take L A with you!!!!
Signing off on this show.....
AMERICA'S MAD !!! If a Judge can bring back a contestant (Melanie Amaro) after being eliminated .... they should darn well be able to bring back STACEY & let America decide !!!
This is a 1 season show in the U.S. after that BS.
Do the right thing SIMON & REVERSE your vote & let AMERICA decide.
Astro should have been sent home clear and simple. Because he didn't get his way! I'm sorry, this is real life kid, get used to it! But wait, we reward him for bad behavior! Too bad for stacy, to be beat out by a lousy no good can't sing punk! The judges should be ashamed.
Someone needs to knock the arrogant chip off Astro's shoulder but instead of penalizing him for his unseemly behavior, the judges enable him to continue his unprofessional way by slapping him lightly on the wrist and cautioning him to be a good boy in future. I'm not saying that he doesn't have talent in his chosen genre and may go further in the competition than Stacy might have done. But there's more to being a winner that just talent. He's no younger than Rachel Crow or Drew and you don't see either of them acting like petulant children.
And, a propos of nothing at all, Astro Boy cannot sing and this is a singing competition. In MHO rapping is not singing.