We’re one week away from crowning the “X Factor’s” first ever winner and I for one, cannot wait. I just want this season to be over with so that Simon Cowell and company can go back to the drawing board and find ways to improve it for Season 2. If the “X Factor” wants to surpass both “The Voice” and “American Idol” it has to do it with superb talent and not gimmicks, over-the-top production and judging politics. That being said, this season’s “shocking” results from Stacy Francis, Drew and Rachel Crow have been amazing for generating headlines. Will tonight be another shocker?

Like so many results show, tonight was one big drawn out process. Sooooo much filler. The Final 4 kicked off the show with a group performance of “No Diggity” and “Shout” by Blackstreet and Tears for Fear respectively. How embarrassing was that for Chris Rene to mess up his cue? He started the second verse a few bars ahead. With Dexter Haygood and Rene’s bloopers, so many of the group performances on this show have been error proned. Do the producers not give the contestants enough time to practice? You don’t see this happening too often on Idol. Side note. The group performance reminded me how much I loved Tiah Tolliver’s “No Diggity” performance at the judges’ home. God, I miss her.


Before I get to the results, I just wanted to write about British Seacrest. Poor guy can’t get any R.E.S.P.E.C.T. from the judges. During a backstage Q&A with the judges, Paula Abdul took off and then reappeared while Jones was asking LA Reid a question. Jones seemed ticked off and told Paula to get out of his shot. He then tried to ask LA the same question three times before LA finally acknowledged him. Hilarious.

The Results

Steve Jones revealed that over 30 million votes were cast. First to be called safe was Chris Rene. Holy SHIZZ!!! Are we in for another shocker? Next person moving on to the finals was Melanie Amaro. Phew. At least Simon Cowell won’t see another one of his girls knocked off by Marcus. This leaves Canty and Josh Krajcik in the bottom two. Who’s going home?

At long last, Marcus Canty is finally voted off. He doesn’t seem shocked by the results and takes it all in stride. The only thing I hated about his speech was the clichéd “you haven’t seen the last of me“. So what did you think of the results? Do you think Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik and Chris Rene deserve to sing in the finals? Post all your thoughts below.

Performances

I should probably mention that both Florence + The Machine and “X Factor” judge Nicole Scherziner performed on the show. Neither were particularly memorable, especially Scherzy’s. Why she sang this song instead of something more upbeat is beyond me? The best part of Nicole’s performance was Simon’s critique of her afterward. He channeled Nicole and spewed off a lot of rainbow, love and light, and waterfalls type feedback.

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