November 22, 2011 2:07pm PT by Jethro Nededog
'X Factor': The Final 9 Acts Preview Their Thanksgiving Song Choices
If there’s one thing we learned from last week’s The X Factor results show, no one is safe.
There was an audible gasp heard in the studio when Lakoda Rayne was able to change the trend of Paula Abdul’s groups landing in the bottom two. And that meant all bets were off. Many fans were shocked to see that favorites Astro and Stacy Francis ended up performing for their survival with the very talented Francis ultimately leaving.
This week, X Factor has increased the stakes for those left in the competition. The show announced earlier this week that two acts will be eliminated. So much for the holiday spirit, huh?
It looks as if we’re in a for a very emotional set of performances as each act has been asked to dedicate this week’s song choice to someone they’d like to thank.
The Final 9 previewed their choices for The Hollywood Reporter.
Rachel Crow: “I’m not telling who I’m dedicating my song to. I’m keeping it a surprise from everyone. It’s a very uplifting song. It’s almost like a gospel choir song. So, I can’t wait to sing it.”
Drew Ryniewicz: “This week’s song is dedicated to very special person to me. And so I chose this song and it means a lot to me. So, it’s going to be, I’m hoping, my best performance, because I really feel the emotion and it’s true emotion.”
Melanie Amaro: “My song this week is a dedication to God. It’s a big part of me. With him, I can be whatever I want to be. I can be anything. I can be the greatest. So, that’s my dedication, it’s to God.”
Paige Ogle, Lakoda Rayne: “We can’t exactly tell you who we’re dedicating the song to, because that’s a surprise. The artist that we picked is thankful, she’s grateful – it’s everything we want to convey if we get that big. The artist in particular has helped us overcome so much in our lives, whether it be bad times, good times. I can’t tell you any more.”
LeRoy Bell: “My song choice for this week is a song I’m singing for my mom. And, it so happens to be her favorite song and it’s one of my favorites. She passed away about two years ago, so it’s going to be a really personal take, more personal than any other ones.”
Josh Krajcik: “The song this week is going to be an emotional one for me. I’m going to show an element of myself that America hasn’t seen yet. I’m excited about it. I just want to show them what I’m capable of week to week. And I’ve barely touched that in this competition. So, it’s going to be great.”
Astro: “I don’t want to describe the song I’m performing, but it’s dedicated to my fans. That’s all I’m going to tell you about it. Hopefully, people will enjoy it.”
Chris Rene: “It’s dedicated to someone important in my life. I dedicate prayers to all the people that I care about, even people that I don’t know. I pray for the whole world every day. This song has a lot of meaning. It’s beyond real for me and my story. You guys are really going to see it. You’re going to see more of who I am. It’s going to be epic.”
Marcus Canty: “I won’t tell who I’m dedicating the song to. The lady I’m dedicating the song to is the special lady in my life. I’m going to keep it sentimental. I want America to understand where I’m coming from. I want America to understand why I chose this song. I want America to know that special lady – she’s not going anywhere.”
This week, The X Factor airs on Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Fox.
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