Before we get to tonight’s results, I just wanted to quickly chat about the latest “X Factor” judging rumor. Did you hear that the powers-that-be are contemplating swapping Kelly Rowland and Nicole Scherzinger for next season? Obviously being a huge Kelly fan, I’m in favor of this. Nicole has a better sales track record across the pond and vice versa for Kelly here in North America. Plus, I haven’t been super impressed with Scherzinger this season so I’d welcome the change. If they don’t do a switcheroo, I’d be up for Cheryl Cole coming back also.

Speaking of Cole, doesn’t it seem like Simon Cowell is pushing a UK agenda on “The X Factor“. He’s brought over Steve Jones and the aforementioned Cole, albeit a short stay. Then Jessie J performed a couple weeks ago and tonight UK rapper Tinie Tempah did his thing. Not that I’m complaining because I love London and UK pop music, but just noticed the heavy Brit presence.

Top 7 Group Performance

Keeping in line with this week’s Michael Jackson theme, the Top 7 sang the iconic “Man In The Mirror“. For me, Melanie stood out. With LeRoy Bell eliminated, no one missed their cues when it came time to sing. TGIF!!!

The Eliminations

Let’s get to the task at hand. First one to be called safe by Steve Jones is Chris Rene. WOOT. WOOT. Definitely loving this. Melanie Amaro and Rachel Crow are next to advance. After Tempah’s performance, the last to automatically go forward to the next round is Josh Krajcik. I have to admit, I’m a bit surprised. I thought Drew had a bigger fan base than Rachel or Chris Rene.

This leaves Astro, Drew and Marcus Canty in the bottom three. Jones reveals that Astro received the least amount of votes and is eliminated. He’s surprisingly upbeat and gracious. Say what you will about him, but it seems he learned a big lesson from his tantrum a few weeks ago. Bravo, Astro.

Save Me Songs

Drew

Song: Listen To Your Heart by Roxette

She did a much better job of singing Roxette’s other ballad during the judge’s home. Drew’s voice cracks up a few times during her performance, which is understandable given the circumstances. Keep in mind, she’s still young and the amount of emotions she’s experiencing, I can’t even imagine. Especially for her age.

Marcus Canty

Song: Neither One of Us by Gladys Knight & the Pips

One of my favorite songs ever from Gladys Knight. Marcus is also a bit crackly but he’s definitely emoting. His elimination might not be a foregone conclusion.

The Deliberation

Obviously both Simon and LA stand by their singers, which leaves it up to squiggly and diddley as Cowell likes to refer to Paula and Nicole. It looks like Scherzinger is leaning towards keeping Drew, but shocks me and saves Marcus instead. If Paula keeps Drew, then America’s vote is the deciding factor. Shockingly, she also saves Marcus, thereby eliminating Drew. SHOCKER. I can’t believe Drew is gone.

At this point, Drew is inconsolable and crying her heart out. I feel so bad for. Simon on his part is visibly pissed at the other three judges. He won’t even answer Steve’s questions and refuses to comment about Nicole and Paula’s decision. Drew you will be missed.

Next Week’s Viewers Choice

Earlier in the show Steve announced the Top 5 will be performing two songs each next week. In a fun twist, each singer’s second song will be decided by America’s votes. LOVE IT. Here are the options for each act. Be sure to head to http://www.thexfactorusa.com/ to cast your vote.

  • Chris Rene: My Love Is Your Love, Angel Of The Morning, Fly
  • Josh Krajcik: Chasing Pavements, Everytime You Go Away, Come Together
  • Marcus Canty: We Belong Together, Saving All My Love For You, I’ll Make Love To You
  • Melanie Amaro: Hero, I Didn’t Know My Own Strength, The Voice Within
  • Rachel Crow: Forget You, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Valerie

What did you think of the results? Are you as shocked as me? Will you miss either Astro or Drew? Who do you think will be eliminated next? Post all your thoughts below.