The X Factor Top 5 Results: Shocker!

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The X Factor went from five to four tonight, eliminating one more contestant before next week's semifinals. After listening to performances by two people who would be in the Over 30s group on this show - Lenny Kravitz and Mary J. Blige - Steve Jones and the gang got to the results. 

So Long To...

In no particular order, it was revealed that Josh Krajcik, Chris Rene, and Melanie Amaro were safe for another week. Not a huge surprise here, as Marcus Canty is always a bottom dweller and Rachel Crow finished with the least amount of votes from America.

That's when things got interesting. Both contestants sang songs from Top 11 week. Marcus was great with his second performance of "I'm Going Down," but Rachel was ridiculously awesome in her second outing with "I Would Rather Go Blind." I gave her a 9/10 and touted Rachel "BEST OF THE NIGHT" with this song a couple weeks ago, and she might have been even better here. There was just so much emotion in the performance as she feared elimination.

As always, it next went to the judges.  Let's see what they decided...

L.A. wanted to send home Rachel.

Simon quickly countered by sending home Marcus.

Then, Paula admitted she was moved by Rachel's performance and had to send Marcus home.

Finally, Nicole - who obviously thought Rachel deserved to stay but didn't want to be "the one" to give Marcus the boot - picked to make it a DEADLOCK by sending Rachel home.

So with a 2-2 judges' vote, we got to the second Deadlock of the season, and who did America send home? Surprise, Surprise! Rachel Crow left The X Factor this week, which means Marcus Canty survives once more, and will back for next week's Final Four.

Then came my favorite moment of the night, and maybe of the entire season. After Rachel realized she was done, she burst into cries that could be heard a mile away, and pleaded with her mother to promise her that everything was going to be okay. She was very sad, and that type of behavior is reasonable for a 13-year old.

What Steve Jones did next had me rolling on the floor laughing. He tried to go in with the microphone to get a sound bite from Rachel, which would have been nothing but loud, annoying cries, only to then back off quickly. He pushed his earphone tighter into his ear, as he was most likely listening to producers and directors telling him to talk to Rachel, and Steve just shook his head and mouthed "Nope." The unintentional comedy is through the roof with reality television.

I'm sad to see Rachel go. After a brilliant "save me" performance, and the fact that Marcus had been in the bottom two three straight weeks, it would have been easier to say goodbye to Mr. Canty. And now, L.A. is the only one with two acts left, so he is going to be even more insufferable.

Next week's the final four, but how did you feel about how the final five went down? Weigh in below.


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Last night Rachel Crow clearly out sang Marcus Canty. I should not have had to come to a dead lock. Paula as well as Nicole had to stand to their feet through out Rachel's performance. Nicole should have been true to herself however, Marcus will be leaving next week without a doubt. He is not in the league with the others.


We have to remember that it is not to a singing contest. The show is in quest of a recording artist. Ask yourself which person is most marketable…. Which one can you see doing a commercial? That’s who they’re looking for. If they were looking for a good singer they got rid of most of them already! I would like to see Chris Renee because of his story and his writings or Astro because he’s just too cool to be the next recording artist and neither of them can sing very well. I do miss Astro (wish he was still in the competition)…. Good luck to the remaining contestants!


I never thought much off Rachel nor do I think much off Marcus or Melanie for that matter there music just doesn't really appeal to me there just like many other artists before them. After watching Rachels' reaction last night I think the right person did go she clearly wasn't as prepared to go as they all should be they have to be prepared knock backs only one person can win & she done well just to make it that far. I've only been watching American X Factor for CHRIS RENE


Won't watch this show again, unfair, judgemental, needs at least two judges replaced. Love Idol dislike XFactor.


OMG! What a fixed show! How obvious it was and how stupidly it was played out! 10 seasons of american idol and now experiencing the X factor Please! Marcus SUCKS! how can you market marcus when he is just like the other zillion black male singers all the same age and the same boring package,he is NO Usher and cant sing worth a crap. How can you be in the bottom 2 the last 3 shows and survive that again ! Obviously Nicole KNEW or she would not have done that , tell me they dont know what america voted? as for being the bad guy, her ego would never let her be too damaged, and as far as not being the bad guy, she sunk her azz right in the bad guy seat ! Rachel was awesome,she deserved to stay there another week,I never knew what they ever saw in Marcus and all the others just like him, hes not even attractive,I keep trying to figure out any kinda angle with him and I simply dont get it , he should of gone along time ago! Pathetic Nicole deserved to get booed for being well such a Pussycat,Im sick of all the fighting just for ratings!


I love Rachel crow, she didn't deserve to go home, I'm so angry at nichole, she should have sent Marcus home


Yeah the fact of the matter is that America voted to send Rachel home. We all should not be hating on Nicole as much as we are, because in the end, Marcus was the one that the majority of people wanted to stay. The only reason I will come down on Nicole is because it was obvious that she thought Rachel was better. She thought Rachel was better and should have stayed, and just didn't want to be the one to send Marcus home, so she left it up to America. In this case it worked out for her, because America sided with her decision, but the point is that she didn't know that. In that situation, you have to go with the person you think should stay. Don't leave it up to America just because you don't want to be the bad guy. -Dan


Nicole made this personal. She doesn't get along with Simon, so she didnT vote. Rachel was far more better than Marcus and Josh. If Nicole and Paula can't vote to send someone home, then they don't belong there.


If the rumors are true then Rachel won't be hurting after last nights debacle. LA Reed.... UGH some of the stuff that comes out of that man's mouth. Nicole.... Really? I love you Rachel and you deserve one more week but Marcus is so cute and he sings just to me..... So I'm gonna have to throw you under the bus but aren't I a beautiful crier while I do it? Seriously will not watch another season of this. I haven't been able to really get behind any of the contestants. I'm so annoyed with the judges constant snide little attacks on each other. The format makes certain they have their favorites and will never vote against them. And I wonder if sometimes the judges aren't trying to sabotage one act in favor of one of the others.


Rachel was 100% better than Marcus. He should have went home. But Nicole being the cry baby she is,could not vote. If she can't get with the program she needs to be replaced.