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'The X Factor' Recap: Top 7 Revealed - Who Was Double-Eliminated? (VIDEO)

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 23rd 2011 9:15PM
X FactorWhat better way to cap off a week of giving thanks than with a double elimination?

'The X Factor'
found an excellent way to make the hour of filler pass more speedily this week, fitting in performances from Kelly Clarkson and Bruno Mars as well as two "save me" songs and two remarkably drama-free exits.

Without further adieu, the two acts eliminated this week were ...

Lakoda Rayne and LeRoy Bell.

We were treated to our first exit before the show hit the 25 minute mark, when Steve Jones called Lakoda Rayne and Drew to the center of the stage for the verdict. Even after Simon and L.A.'s childish argument during last night's show, there was no real danger of Drew going home, and though she had the good grace to look honestly nervous, it was the the end of the line for the Lakodas.

It was clear that the group knew that they had been living on borrowed time (didn't we all?) but they exited with composure and grace, with one of the interchangeable girls insisting "the dream is not over ... you'll be seeing Lakoda Rayne in concert everywhere!" It's an ominous threat, but somehow, I'm not too concerned that it'll come to fruition. Paula took it well, all things considered, and if this is anything like the UK 'X Factor,' she now has a front row seat at the judges' table for the rest of the season, without the bias that the other mentors have.

Perhaps the biggest shock of the night was that Astro wasn't in the bottom three, proving that his tantrum last week hasn't sullied his image -- or that his "Astro-nauts" are more of a force to be reckoned with than we thought. That left Marcus Canty and LeRoy Bell to sing for survival.

Marcus sang Christina Aguilera's 'You Lost Me,' which I found a little weak at the beginning. He gained strength as he went, and I think the stripped-down performance was just what he needed to show off a little more of his range. LeRoy gave a raspy rendition of 'Don't Let Me Down' that started strong but got wobblier as it went, but his higher notes are always a pleasure to listen to. I thought the pair were fairly evenly matched this week, although Marcus is undoubtedly the more charismatic performer overall.



L.A. unsurprisingly sided with his boy, imploring his fellow judges, "Marcus Canty has delivered time and time and time again -- if we're talking about who could be a massive star, it's Marcus Canty."

Nicole naturally went the other way, praising her contestant for proving that it's never too late to follow your dreams and never too late to change, voting to send Marcus home.

Paula loved both artists and thought that both could have strong careers (doubtful), but chose to send home Marcus because she felt that LeRoy had given a stronger "save me" performance.

Simon thought that Marcus was nudging ahead of LeRoy in the overall competition, but admitted that LeRoy had delivered more than Marcus did with tonight's song. He decided to send the vote to deadlock by choosing to eliminate LeRoy, meaning that the contestant with the lowest total votes out of the pair would be the one going home.

America's vote thus eliminated LeRoy, and he, too, had a classy exit. "I'm actually feeling okay," he told Steve. "It was a great ride, it was a wonderful journey ... I gave it my all tonight. I'm okay."

A farewell as bland as many of his performances have been, but respectable nonetheless. Now that we've cut much of the dead weight (by ridding ourselves of the groups entirely and taking out two-thirds of the Over 30s) here's hoping that the competition can really begin. At this stage, I think it's safe to say that Melanie and Josh are the ones to beat, but did Astro's close call in the bottom two invigorate his fans to fight harder for him? Only time will tell.

'The X Factor' airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8PM ET on Fox.

Were you surprised to see LeRoy or Lakoda Rayne exit? Did you think Astro would be in the bottom two?

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Vinny

'Astro' the little baby boy should out on his petulant ass, but we know why he's still there. The whole damn thing is a FARCE and they drag it out, week after week like a ball of chewing gum. Nicole and Paula are REAL, the other two are just fake 'experts. The reason they are keeping Astro on is they know they will retain 90% of the aydence that are waiting and hoping his arrogant little ass is grass on every show. So he's a kind of 'audence retainer' but Simon better let the air out of this little brat pretty soon or 'X Factor' is D-O-N-E. They can only hang on to him for so long, then it all gets kind of weird. Josh should win the big enchalada, however Drew and Rachel have really improved as the show has dragged on.

November 26 2011 at 1:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cheby53

Frankly, I think it will be Josh, Drew and Rachel to the end. Astro ticked me off from the beginning. Did anyone else notice him saying that he wasn't going to learn groups way back in groups? He has always thought he was too good to be there and I think he needs to go home.

November 24 2011 at 8:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Vinny

Astro's done because Rap is dying out fast and he has no other 'talent'. The brat is abnoxious. I believe that only the 'no brains' people tolerate him. What's even more sickening is seeing his 'mentor' doing his finger twisting and 'signing' and bouncing around acting even worse that his 'mentoree', (if there's such a word).

November 26 2011 at 1:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BGee

I'm waiting to see any X Factor vote count audited by an accounting firm -- it's sooo fixed. Astro stays on because he's controversial. He creates interest with viewers just waiting for him to be booted. More viewers mean higher ratings, more bucks. He's the Chaz of X-factor. It's all about the ratings. I watch just to enjoy the fake drama. But I KNOW it's fake. Do you?

November 24 2011 at 10:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Albert

This brat "ASTRO" has made a joke to the world and to the judges on this show "X-FACTOR",....Come on Simon
he's making fools out of the bunch of of you's. He is no good, he raps the sme thing every week. the song that he rapped Tues.by "ICE-T"...JUMP....by listening to the words, in which I listen to, to try and make sense of. At first he raps about hate (To all), next he talks about himself (ASTRO), next he raps about "X-Factor" in which he raps as being (Better) than the show,..next he talks about the judges,..on how he got over on (Them),...and last talks about himself as being the best one in the (Competition). What's this?. A little "BRAT" that is better that all his singing peers, no his peers are better than him,......RAP IS OUT!,........And he has to be put out to pasture somewhere down the Music World, can't he just sing a regular song, (No) I don't think so, once a kid always a kid.

November 24 2011 at 12:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rebeccad55

God Bless you LeRoy!!

November 23 2011 at 11:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
larryd1231

when the judges talk on the x factor,the noise is so bad, you cant hear them. the fighting among the judges is rotten
how long will simon keep him?

November 23 2011 at 11:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
larryd1231

..even when the judges talk the noise is so bad you cant hear them the x factor.the fighting among the judges is
rotten.

November 23 2011 at 11:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rebeccad55

Although I haven't watch it yet, since I'm on the west coast...but I am SO PISSED RIGHT NOW,, that Astro is safe....GOODBYE X-FACTOR....WON'T WATCH AGAIN......

November 23 2011 at 10:53 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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larryd1231

you are 100% right

November 23 2011 at 11:36 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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