7:21pm PT by Jethro Nededog
'X Factor' Results: Stacy Francis Sings Goodbye (Video)
After throwing a rock-themed week in which very few of them actually rocked, the X Factor went into Thursday's results show to see who America would punish for not bringing it on Wednesday.
In case you have short-term memory, the contestants opened up with Queen's "We Will Rock You." By the way, did you catch LeRoy Bell's little memory lapse during his part of the song? Old age or carefully placed plant to prove they weren't lip syncing anymore? You be the judge.
When the first two safe contestants – LeRoy and Lakoda Rayne -- are announced, you can feel the shock reverbing through the television. Finally, the show has found a way to rock us and Paula Abdul gets to say, "I told you so."
In the break before finding out who else was safe, the contestants get spiffy for a professional photo shoot/Sony camera product placement. Next, guest boys mentor, Rihanna, returned to perform her hit single, "We Found Love." Her advice to the contestants: "You have to love it. It's a lot of hard work and you have to love it."
In the second cut, four more safe acts are named. They are: Chris Rene, Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik, and Marcus Canty. The eliminations are shaping up to be a nail-biter and I'm sure Stacy Francis is about to faint.
After the break, Steve Jones continues, and the following are safe: Drew Ryniewicz and Rachel Crow. Simon Cowell's girls breathe a sigh of relief, while Rachel wipes away her tears.
Stacy and, surprisingly, Astro are in the bottom two. Neither one of them were expected to be in this position this early in the competition. Astro, who has proven himself to be one of the hardest working contestants in the competition by writing his own lyrics every week, asks fans not to be sad. After all, he says, hip hop made it this far in a singing competition.
Stacy is first up with her survival song, bringing us to church with "Amazing Grace." It seems to be a move to highlight her strengths, but it doesn't seem like enough to convince the judges that she should be the their winner.
Astro approaches his survival song with a bad attitude, acting as if he doesn't believe he should be in that position. He performs a rap rendition of The Jackson 5's "Never Can Say Goodbye" as if he could care less if he went on in the competition.
After the break, the judges make their decisions. L.A. Reid gives Astro a lecture on his lackluster performance and bad attitude, but decides to stick with his team member. Nicole Scherzinger proclaims her respect for both performers and sticks with her girl, Stacy. Paula gives a lecture on having gratitude, and appears to be ready to let go of Astro, but no -- her vote goes against Stacy.
Simon could either send Stacy home or send the show into a tie-breaker, counting America's votes. First, Simon decides to give Astro a lecture about his attitude, as well. Astro responds by telling Simon that he'd rather not perform for people who don't want him there. It's a startling reminder that this is really just a kid, despite his monster talent. And after all that, Simon decides to send Stacy home.
Stacy clearly has the pipes and a career history of ups and downs that has made her a fan favorite from the moment she auditioned. While performing her heart out during the competition, she got into a heated back and forth over in the media with gossip blogger, Perez Hilton.
Did you agree with the judges' elimination? How has Astro's behavior affected your view of him going forward? Tell us in the comments section below.
Rewatch Astro's insolence and Stacy's elimination below.
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