November 24th, 2011
11:44 AM ET
"X Factor" got serious on Wednesday night.
Normally during elimination night, we watch guest musicians perform, the finalists do a group song and then in the last few minutes someone gets cut. But not this week.
Instead, we saw one act get their walking papers minutes into the show, and then the second singer get the cut minutes before the show ended. I will admit it was a weird roller coaster ride from the get go, but it certainly made the show interesting.
Let’s take a look:
So right off the bat, Drew Ryniewicz and the group Lakoda Rayne were pulled aside with their judges. And just like that, Lakoda Rayne was on the chopping block! (As this iReporter points out, Lakoda Rayne's elimination means there aren't any groups left.) But if their country music fans have anything to do with it, you will indeed see Lakoda Rayne again.
After that elimination, Kelly Clarkson took the stage to sing her latest single, “Stronger.”
Clarkson, who always seems to deliver a strong performance, did just that. With no background dancers, it was just her on stage in a tight beige bandage dress. She looked and sounded great, and it was nice to hear from the woman who won "American Idol" many years ago. She was a true inspiration to the contestants since she essentially showed them how their careers can have longevity. Nice job, Kelly!
Bruno Mars also performed, going with the hit from the soundtrack “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” called “It Will Rain." Mars is known for being and looking cool through every performance, and he looked the part last night. He hit all the right notes, and the chorus sounded just like he was in the studio – smooth!
The second and final elimination was VERY predictable! As much as we loved the nearly 60-year-old crooner LeRoy Bell, I think many people wondered how he got so far on "X Factor!"
What was surprising was the fact that Bell was put in the bottom two against show favorite Marcus Canty, which left Canty singing for dear life on the show and wondering what went wrong.
But after Bell’s stellar heartfelt performance and Canty’s good but average showing, the judges were split on who they should send home. L.A. and Simon wanted Marcus to stay, while Paula and Nicole wanted to keep around LeRoy.
This was the first time we've had a deadlock on the show, and so the viewers got the chance to decide! Host Steve Jones said in a situation like this, the judges lose their power, and instead the show looks back at how viewers voted in the past for Canty and Bell.
The act that got the lowest number of votes so far this season was going to be the one to leave, and so the eliminated contestant ended up being LeRoy Bell. And although I’m sure Bell was sad to go, something tells me he is relieved to not have to deal with the pressure each week and the constant negative criticism.
Before leaving, Bell said, “I’m actually feeling okay. It was a great ride. It was a wonderful journey. I learned a lot and gave it my all tonight.”
So, did "X Factor" cut the 2 weakest links? Let us know in the comments below, or chime in with an iReport.
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