Bum-out alert! On tonight’s elimination episode of ‘X Factor,’ the bottom three consisted of our faves: Drew, Astro and Marcus Canty. The defiant Astro and a tearful Drew both ended up being sent home.
It was Drew’s first time facing elimination, while Astro and Marcus have both experienced life at the bottom before. Can we protest somewhere? Sign a petition to bring ‘em back? Actually, that’s probably not necessary, since both will have record deals soon.
Why, you ask, is it that two acts were going home? There’s no clear answer, they just changed the rules. The contestant with the lowest amount of votes was being bounced automatically while the other two had to perform “save” songs for the judges. Sadly, it was Astro who was voted off by America for his performance.
The cocky and confident rapper, who took heat for his attitude last time he was in the bottom, was gracious in defeat this time out. “I loved my time [here]. I gained a lot of fans. Team L.A. Reid, it ain’t over,” he said, showing support for his fellow singers on Reid’s Boys team. Nice move, Astro.
Who wants to wager that when Astro signs to Jay-Z‘s label in a few days? He has to. It’s not like Reid doesn’t have the straight up BatPhone line for the Hova.
But back to our story, with Drew and Marcus singing for survival. Drew was totally a wreck upon learning she had to do so, crying and saying she was scared, while Marcus was a bit more composed. He was also in this position last week, which sucked. “I was hoping I wasn’t here again. I am giving you my soul tonight,” he said. But America wasn’t digging last night’s performance.
The “save” songs have to be “knock it out of the park”-style numbers. Drew went with Roxette’s ’90s pop ballad ‘Listen to Your Heart,’ which she sang for her mentor Simon Cowell at his home early on in the competition. She gave it her all, and she showed her vocal range. Adult contemporary songs and a sweet, dreamy vulnerability are Drew’s things, and that’s the direction in which she wants to go with her career, so she chose wisely.
Canty sang Gladys Knight and the Pips’ R&B tearjerker ‘Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye.)’ How fitting a song choice, since both he and Drew had to be feeling that emotion. Canty funneled all of his heart and soul into this song, which was way better than his “save” performance from last week.
L.A. Reid elected to stick with his team member and voted to send Drew home. Cowell was not the tie breaker this week. He took the blame for Drew being in the bottom, saying that he chose the wrong song (we disagree) and having her seated while singing was a mistake (another thing we disagree about.) His vote was to send Marcus home. Nicole Scherzinger sent Drew packing, even though she believes the teen has a long career ahead of her.
Paula Abdul had the tie breaking vote. She said the “save song” has “to move, move move me.” Apparently, Drew didn’t move her times three, so she sent the teen on her way.
Cowell was bloody furious as Drew sobbed. PopCrush had to grab tissues at this point, since we felt so bad for her. Drew, baby, you have a bright future. You are the new Sarah McLachlan.
“I don’t want to say anything,” Cowell barked when asked if he had parting words, as he shot Paula the death stare.
Before Drew left the stage, she threw a big shout out to Jesus. Remember, when we first met her, Drew proclaimed she was obsessed with Justin Bieber, who gave major props to JC during an acceptance speech at the 2011 VMAs. It’s all cyclical in the pop universe.