Judges' deadlock sends one finalist home on 'The X Factor'by jmaloni
Rachel Crow is out; two-night "The X Factor" finale airs Dec. 21-22
After Thursday's dramatic elimination, only four finalists remain on "The X Factor": Melanie Amaro, Marcus Canty, Josh Krajcik and Chris Rene. Tune in Wednesday, Dec. 14 (8-9:30 p.m.), when the top four take the "Pepsi Challenge" and perform two songs each - one of which will be chosen by viewers. Who has what it takes to make it to "The X Factor" two-night finale airing Wednesday, Dec. 21 (8-9:30 p.m.) and be crowned the winner on Thursday, Dec. 22 (8-10 p.m.) on FOX?
On Thursday's shocking results show, Rachel Crow, one of Simon Cowell's finalists from the Girls category, was eliminated from "The X Factor." Host Steve Jones revealed that Crow and Marcus Canty both received the fewest votes. Judges Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger split their votes as to who should go home. The judges' deadlock caused Crow, who received the lowest number of America's votes following the performance show, to be sent home.
In addition, Mary J. Blige performed "Need Someone" and Lenny Kravitz performed a medley of "Rock Star City Life" and "Are You Gonna Go My Way?"
Next week, the finalists -Amaro, Canty, Krajcik and Rene - 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.
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. 15 (8 p.m., to the live results show as one more act is eliminated from the competition and the finalists who will compete in the grand finale are revealed.
Visit www.TheXFactorUSA.com for up-to-the-minute news, videos and information. Follow the series on Twitter @TheXFactorUSA and join the discussion at #XFactor. Also, follow the judges: @SimonCowell; @PaulaAbdul; @LA_Reid; and @NicoleScherzy.