Rachel Crow Elimination

December 9, 2011 by staff 

Rachel Crow Elimination, More tears flowed on Thursday’s X Factor than any episode prior as Rachel Crow, the sassy 13-year-old from Longmont, Colorado, was sent home in what turned out to be a genuine season shocker.

It wasn’t the “save me” song that failed her, and Rachel never once visited the bottom two. No, it was America that sent her home, as the lowest vote-getter after Nicole Schrezinger tied up the score and forced a deadlock.

Now, many were quick to blame Nicole for Rachel’s exit, marking the second week in a row when the P**ycat Dolls singer felt the sting of harsh-as-hell criticism, but in speaking to reporters after the show, head judge Simon Cowell emphatically came to her defense.

“[Nicole] didn’t do this out of spite,” said Simon. “What she was trying to do was to let Marcus [Canty] go with some dignity. No question, if she knew Rachel was going to be in the bottom, she would’ve gone the other way.”

It’s a refrain Nicole herself repeated not long after. She reasoned: “Marcus has been in the bottom two twice, this was his third time and Rachel’s never been in the bottom so the probability was that America would’ve sent Marcus home. I wasn’t going to be the one to send anyone home.”

The unexpected twist made for some great television, but the subsequent knee-drop breakdown by the usually poised Rachel was difficult for all too bear, especially Nicole. “When I saw that look on her face,” she says, still wiping back tears. “That I let her down, like I dropped her when I could’ve been holding on. I didn’t want to make the decision but if I had to do it all over again, I would’ve done the same thing. Because, how did I know? I have a big heart and I care so much, I feel it on me.”

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