Double-elimination sends home Lakoda Rayne and LeRoy Bell on 'The X Factor
Wednesday, in a double-elimination, it was announced that Lakoda Rayne, Paula Abdul's last remaining group, and LeRoy Bell, one of Nicole Scherzinger's Over 30s finalists, were eliminated from "The X Factor."
In a surprising turn of events, Steve Jones announced that Lakoda Rayne received the fewest votes following Tuesday night's "Giving Thanks"-themed performance show, and the group immediately was sent home. Then Jones revealed that Bell and Marcus Canty both received the next fewest votes.
Judges Simon Cowell, Abdul, L.A. Reid and Scherzinger listened to the two finalists perform their "song for survival," but split their votes as to who should go home. That deadlock forced the elimination to be determined by who of the two finalists received the lowest number of votes after the performance show, and Bell, of Tacoma, Wash., was sent home.
In addition, Kelly Clarkson made her broadcast performance debut of "What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)" and Grammy Award-winning artist Bruno Mars performed his hit "It Will Rain."
Next week, the top seven finalists, including Girls - Melanie Amaro, Rachel Crow and Drew; Boys - Astro, Marcus Canty and Chris Rene; and last remaining Over 30s finalist - Josh Krajcik - will continue to battle it out for America's votes, "The X Factor" title, a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony Music and an iconic Pepsi commercial. The top seven finalists perform live on Wednesday, Nov. 30 (8 to 9:30 p.m.) on FOX.
Immediately after next week's performance show, fans will be able to vote via 1) Twitter atwww.twitter.thexfactorusa.com; 2) Verizon Touch Voting on The Xtra Factor App on Verizon Android devices; 3) toll-free calling; 4) text messaging for Verizon Wireless customers; and 5) online at www.TheXFactorUSA.com. Fans with valid Facebook accounts can also vote at www.Facebook.com/TheXFactorUSA.
Tune in the following night, Thursday, Dec. 1 (8 p.m.), to the live results show, when the finalists face another double elimination.
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