RECAP: Surprising Double Elimination on X Factor


I am THISCLOSE to giving up on this show, but just like a bad train wreck, I can’t look away. In a surprising double elimination, Sweet Suspense and Rachel Potter were sent packing.

Right at the top of the show, the first elimination was announced. Sweet Suspense was sent home, and everyone’s look of shock was not unwarranted. Simon put it best, in the worst pep talk ever, “There were acts far worse.” How Carlito or Tim were not the first to be let go confuses me beyond belief.

But then last season’s Fifth Harmony performed, and showed all the contestants what they could become. If only Fifth Harmony had a better first single… The girls had some pitchy moments, and the song was annoying, leading to a performance which made them look like contestants still. Selena Gomez also performed in the middle of the show, showing the X Factor hopefuls that sometimes lip synching is the best option if you want to dance.

But it’s not about them, so moving on… The contestants were called to safety in the following order: Carlito Olivero (WHAT)

Josh Levi, Rion Paige, Jeff Gutt, Restless Road, Tim Olstad (DOUBLE WHAT), Ellona Santiago, Lillie McCloud, and finally, Alex & Sierra (Don’t scare me like that, Mario!). The contestants were NOT called in the order of their votes like Mario had promised last week. But this left two contestants to sing for their lives: Kaya Cohen and Rachel Potter.

With both girls not deserving to be in the bottom two, Kelly Rowland pleaded with America to “Get it together.” Demi believed that the only reason they were the bottom was because America didn’t vote, thinking these girls would be safe. That could be true, or people just don’t care enough to vote anymore. While I spend hours of my week watching the show and recapping, I admit I have never voted. Oops.

Kaya sang a beautiful rendition of Solomon Burke’s “Don’t Give Up on Me.” Her performance completely blew Rachel’s “From This Moment” (Shania Twain) out of the water. Rachel started off shaky, probably knowing her fate.

Alas, Rachel was sent home, with the judges all voting her off, except her mentor Kelly.

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