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Who’s out next on ‘The X Factor’?

Marcus Canty was almost off the show but saved himself on Wednesday. CREDIT: Rick Mickshaw/FOX

Marcus Canty was almost off the show but saved himself on Wednesday. CREDIT: Rick Mickshaw/FOX

Lakoda Rayne and LeRoy Bell out

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Sorry. I was out at a party (as opposed to a tennis match last week). Missed “The X Factor” results show live and am catching up only now.

Paula Abdul’s final group Lakoda Rayne was cut first, placing them in 8th place. Again, no surprise. Groups simply have a hard time garnering the votes compared to individuals. I never even bothered to learn the ladies’ names, to be honest. They were put together by the producers, like a very pretty Frankenstein, and their voices never truly gelled.

As for the other bottom vote getters, Marcus Canty vs. LeRoy Bell, it was an easy call. Marcus is far younger, possesses more showmanship and star potential. LeRoy lacks that stage presence, though his voice is vastly superior. And we know that it’s all about the “act” on “The X Factor,” not just “The Voice.”

During the showdown, Marcus sang Christina Aguilera’s “You Lost Me” surprisingly effectively. Given that both singers use melisma to the nth degree, it worked. LeRoy goes for a Beatles’ classic “Don’t Let Me Down.” He clearly sang a better vocal. I personally would prefer to hear LeRoy on the radio.

Not that it mattered.

Of course, L.A. was going to keep his man Marcus. Nicole picked LeRoy, her team member, naturally. As robo-host harangued Paula, she finally picked LeRoy to stay. So it was up to Simon, who likes the sizzle of Marcus over LeRoy. In the end, the judges were deadlocked so the lowest vote-getter went home.

It was LeRoy, the 60-year-old ageless wonder, leaving only one 30-plus member left: Josh Krajcik, while all of Simon and L.A.’s singers remain.

Astro? Yep, his “Astro-nauts” kept him alive this week for sure. All that brouhaha this past week helped him, not hurt him. I predicted he would go home with Lakoda Rayne and was wrong.

At least, the actual bottom three were my bottom three.

In terms of the show itself, here are my thoughts:

- Kelly Clarkson “Mr. Know It All”: Just three days after performing the song on the AMAs, she is back! This time, she sings what will probably be her next single: “Stronger.” But the producers are so in love with the massive video screens, they use mostly shots of her seemingly miles away. Is that really Kelly? Maybe 10 percent of the time, we see anything close to a close-up of her. It’s as if they went out of their way to not avoid any solo shots of her hips and legs. She sounds great, as usual. “What a set of pipes! Extraordinary!” said robo-host.

- Group sing: Pink’s “Raise Your Glass”/”So What?” The Alice in Wonderland/circus set up is cool. I enjoy the rotating table. Best vocals were Melanie and Rachel on this particular song. LeRoy gets points for actually remembering his cue.

- Bruno Mars’ “It Will Rain.” Dramatic, beautiful, emotionally poignant. This man has pipes!

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

34 comments Add your comment

Branch Loveless

November 23rd, 2011
10:26 pm

In the totally unimportant battle of fan names I prefer the “Raynedrops” to the “Astro-nauts”.

Wonder what Josh and Melanie’s fans call themselves? Or should I even ask!

Mercedes S.

November 23rd, 2011
10:47 pm

Memo to self: spend Thanksgiving at home next year… draining 7 hr trip Atlanta-Savannah (normally 4 hrs 15 mins) …just got here, clicked on blog to see who’s out. Who IS out??


November 23rd, 2011
10:56 pm

Mercedes, Leroy and Lakoda Rayne got voted off!


November 23rd, 2011
11:10 pm

X Factor? I thought it would be about finding the next X-rated film star.


November 23rd, 2011
11:29 pm

@Mercedes S. – no matter that the drive was longer…I’m thankful you made it.

Seth T.

November 23rd, 2011
11:50 pm

A little food for thought — Last week, under DialIdol “raw numbers/votes” category; Stacy Francis came in 9th, Astro 10th. They were the bottom 2.

This week, Marcus was 7th, Rene 8th, and Astro 9th. Leroy placed 4th, Lakoda 6th.

I know the gross unpredictability of the Idol “score” screen, which is different from the Raw Numbers screen. The latter is a little more reliable in getting a ” big ballpark” idea, but don’t bet your mad-money on it.

I also seen the little “surveys” from a number of different sites this morning, that usually had Rene in the bottom 3, and Astro 8th or 9th.

I dough no if any source is tracking the twitter or facebook numbers, other than the X-Factor master control center (The Evil Empire), but it appears that either Facebook, Twitter, on-line voting, or a combination of the above is ruling the voting this week – or……………………? ?

Bruce Silver

November 24th, 2011
12:01 am

It is obvious to me that the fix is on. Simon couldn’t do the right thing and vote Marcus off. Leroy plainly sang better in the sing off. If it doesn’t matter how they perform in the sing off than why have one. They keep talking about what they think may happen in the contestants futures. Astro should have clearly been voted off anyway. I am no longer going to be watching the X Factor. It should be called the Fix Factor.


November 24th, 2011
12:01 am

X-Factor has become for losers. It enables contestants with bad attitudes to gain ratings. The good singing contestants would probably be better off getting kicked out than being part of that circus.

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claudia carter

November 24th, 2011
1:49 am

Drew I feel should have been gone she is very boring and sings the same tempo song every week.


November 24th, 2011
4:03 am

i am with Bruce i don’t understand why they have a sing off if they don’t base the vote on it .Leroy is clearly the better singer grant it that Marcus Canty is a better performer but i would rather listen to Leroy Bell anyday !!!

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B. White

November 24th, 2011
6:49 am

It should have been Leroy Bell and that non singing girl Drew. This chick definitely has 9 lives, hopefully next week she’s gone.


November 24th, 2011
7:12 am


My Thanksgiving yesterday was lovely. I wish you all a wonderful day!

Obviously I’m unhappy about Leroy but could see it coming a mile away.

Seth, the judges’ save was put into place so the show would feel no need to cheat on the numbers. If the show DID cheat on the numbers, the FCC would be on them like flies on roadkill and they don’t want that, believe me. The fines are astronomical and the danger of being put off the air is even greater but the real problem would be that the cheating would be made public and what do you think their ratings would look like after that? Dialidol is notoriously bad at predictions(especially considering the vast number of ways that XF has to vote). The only time they get even close to accurate is when there’s only 2 singers left and when the voting is only done by telephone(which hasn’t happened in YEARS)


November 24th, 2011
8:02 am

I’m not sure about Astrothug…I haven’t heard him sing yet. I’ve heard him talk with beat playing in the backgroung but that’s not music. I think L.A. Reid should’ve been voted off. How did this guy ever make it in the music business?


November 24th, 2011
8:25 am

I’ve loved Leroy the whole time. He’s the only one that I know I would buy a CD from. Lakoda Rayne was alright, but I just hate that a manufactured group got through when real groups got sent home.

Also, Robo-Host? Spot on, as always, Mr. Ho!


November 24th, 2011
8:29 am

Oh, and I agree with Noble–Send LA home! I know he does hip hop, but you can’t be biased on this show. I can’t believe the country talent he sent home in favor of only hip hop (and one horrible Sinatra wannabe.)


November 24th, 2011
8:54 am

Happy Thanksgiving all!
Simon is a lot of things but stupid isn’t one of them. No way is the show fixed. As Deirdre pointed out the FCC would come in and my guess is the show would be pulled off the air. It would destroy everyones career especially Simon’s. Astrotude save this week came from the astrobrats IE his fans.

With LR and Leroy gone the person sent home next week will be a girl or boy. I think Josh is safe for awhile now with Leroy gone. Any boy could go but Astro and Chris both being rappers/hip-hop will start pulling votes from each other. Same with Drew and Rachel by being young girls. Their voting blocks may shift one way or the other. Mt guess and purely a guess is the next two weeks you’ll see Astro and Rachel go. I think it will end up like this:
7) Astro
6) Rachel
5) Marcus
4) Chris
3) Drew
2) Melanie (Finals Loser)
1) Josh (Finals Winner)


November 24th, 2011
9:12 am

I believe that next week we have another double elimination.


November 24th, 2011
9:34 am

Lakoda is gone…Ding, dong, Lakoda is gone!!! Sorry LeRoy, maybe this show has opened a door that didn’t exist before the show.

Next, the kids need to go. Drew should be first up to go, but people seem to like one-trick pony acts (ie Scotty). She’s just not that great of a singer IMO, but the girl can yodle. Kids love rap, so Astro should do well for a while. So, Rachael may be our first kiddie victim.


November 24th, 2011
9:35 am

DAN, You’re prediction… “A boy or a girl will go home” LOL Really?!?!? Ya think?!?! No Alien, or chipmonk? How about a monkey? ha ha ha ha a boy or a girl…… yep. I can say that your 100% dead right on that one.

By the way, I hpe you’re dead on with your final prediction of Josh winning it. He gets my vote (about 10 of them) each week.

Mercedes S.

November 24th, 2011
9:44 am

Morning – just noticed I don’t have enough sweet potatoes for my candied yam dish!!! HOPE Kroger is still open down here. Thanks, Pitchy, for kind thought. I am grateful I’m down here. Sun shines, hubby just put boat boat in water, and all is good.

I like “the Fix Factor”. Can’t believe Astroturd is still there. Surely this is NOT who America wants in a SINGING competition…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Summit Dawg

November 24th, 2011
10:37 am

To say Lakoda Rayne’s voices “never gelled” is crazy…..You need to have your ears checked….Thoses two Rap guys, at least the white guy should have never gone forward!!!!


November 24th, 2011
11:01 am

I actually thought Leeroy was one of the best last night. I don’t think he deserved to go home, but I also know there was no way he could win so it was inevitable.

Bruno Mars performance was one of the best live show performances I’ve ever seen. He was a true pro showing the kids how it’s done. Loved the special effects that went along with his song too. It truly gave me goosebumps. Bravo.

Rodney Ho

November 24th, 2011
11:58 am

@RxDawg. I agree. Bruno Mars is the real deal. He can sing and he has class.


November 24th, 2011
12:22 pm

Clearly Leroy Out sang Marcus Last night. sadly that was the Only Night he sang his heart out. Marcus I didnt feel or even know the song but he Is a better Performer/Entertaner than Leroy . Good thing the Young girls gave him more Votes than Leroy. Few folks in Leroy’s age level are even Voting or watch the show for that matter so hes not getting their votes. and the Teen age girls arent voting for a 60yrs old man. X Factor and American Idol viewers Want Young Fresh Raw Talent even if it is hard edged and rude and in your face.

Also, Its mostly YOUNG people Voting for YOUNG People..I am not Suprised Astro-Ego didnt have a nice little group of RUDE teens thinking he was Is a Hero.not to mention thats Whos voting. Teens. Truth is there Is no market for Leroy or Stacy Too OLD. they may look ok.but afraid their Clocks have Run out. Its all About the Youth now..rudiness and all. Its All about Marketing. You can Market some one Young but not some one Old..Its about Youth. always has been.

Mercedes S.

November 24th, 2011
1:50 pm

Ahem…youth… Tony Bennett!


November 24th, 2011
2:20 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to ALL OF YOU!

@G – I agree with you. Hopefully, a better door will open for Leroy. Too bad his best performance was his last performance.


November 24th, 2011
4:57 pm

Simon made such a wrong decision….Leroy was incredible..what a voice!!! this Astro arrogant little %^$# should be out long time..what a waste…and no..Marcus was not better than Leroy Bell..but no courage on Simon’s part and ahve lost Sooooo many viewers..thank God you kept Josh in..and Amara..the rest is just dressing..I was very dissapointed to say the least….


November 24th, 2011
5:09 pm

I am with you..why have a sing off if the better man is not chosen… EX Fact!!! Let us boycott the cheats and fixers….DEFACTOR us!!!


November 25th, 2011
8:13 am

Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!

It seems to me if the show was really about finding an entertainer worth $5 million, it would make sense to go with someone who could reach a greater audience. A larger span of listeners. …And Astro-punk definitely ain’t it!

I don’t believe Drew is, either. Neither is Rachel. Both need more seasoning. (Yeah, that does sound kinda odd coming right after Thanksgiving!) :-)

Marcus is an Usher wannabe …and we already have the real thing.

Melanie is a good singer – good, not great! (Witness Kelly on the results show! ‘Nuff said!)

Josh is also good and is my favorite choice but, although I would buy his CD, I’m not sure there is a real place for him in the market (in terms of mass appeal).


November 25th, 2011
8:26 am


Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

I have already said that I think the kids need to go. I’m not a fan of child performers no matter how “amazing” they are. We’ve all heard way too many stories about the toll fame takes on the very young and I would not have been willing to risk it with my kids so why would I want to see other kids put through it?

The little rapper boy, Rachel and Drew need to go home. Not because they’re not talented but because they’re too young.


November 26th, 2011
1:57 am

Guys go to justindottv tomorrow at 3pm and watch the UK show. You’ll see their judges (KellyRowland is better than Nicole)…an a really good host in Dermot. Stevebot has to go -hes got to be the worst live host – no personality, no spontaneity, no rapport with contestants, total awkwardness……..The finals are usually 3 acts so Josh, Melanie, Drew are probably the faves…I don’t know whose watching and whose voting…Dont think any of these are worth $5 MILL. Id like to see Josh with just because he’s not your typical pop star and he wouldn’t have qualified for Idol. Melanie would’ve. Melanie needs to sh ow something this week outside of a Celine/Whitney type ballad. Do something fast, fun, youthful, dance-pop….Same with Drew- do something a bit uptempo and show some surprise. If the fix is in , its for Simon…thats why he got the girls. LA got the boys which could’ve been a strong group – he also showed how out of touch he is when he didn’t know that Skyscraper is sung by teen Demi Lovato. The sh ow is a bit of a train wreck…but Im surprised it hasn’t gotten Idol type numbers. But with this and then the VOice and Idol in Spring..its too much. Who’s talking about Javier Colon these days? exactly. Voice has better judges/mentors…but I t bought was rather boring…After t he blind audition, its not really different…I guess the whole boxing ring thing is ok only beucase they have to sing the same song

Trevor Lucken

November 29th, 2011
6:24 pm

I See Chris Renee leaving the X Factor I Don’t Think he’s that good at all, Here are my Thoughts
7) Chris rene
6) Astro
5) Melanie
4) Marcus
3) Josh
2) Rachecl
1) Drew Winner