Paula Abdul is left with no more proteges as Lakoda Rayne get eliminated, and LeRoy Bell is out of the competition after the judges find themselves in a deadlock over who to send home.
The Wednesday, November 23 result show of "The X Factor (US)" sees not one but two eliminations. First to find out about their fate on the competition were Drew Ryniewicz and four-member female group Lakoda Rayne. The former survived another round, while the latter received the lowest number of votes and were automatically being sent home.
Upon announcing the group's elimination, host Steve Jones told the girls, "The dream is over." Member Paige Ogle, however, was quick to respond by saying, "The dream is not over. We're still going to go on, and there's so much more from our group." Another member Hayley Orrantia chimed in, "You'll be seeing Lakoda Rayne in concert everywhere."
After the show, Paige shared her thought over Steve's send-off comment. Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter (THR), she said, "I took what Steve said a little bit personally, I found it offensive.The dream is over? That was inappropriate. You don't say stuff like that. That's why I like ninja-gripped the microphone." Hayley added, "I don't really plan on talking to him."
Following the announcement of the girl group's elimination, it was revealed that Melanie Amaro, Astro, Rachel Crow, Chris Rene and Josh Krajcik were all save. That put LeRoy Bell and Marcus Canty in the bottom two, forcing them to sing for their survival. LeRoy covered The Beatles' "Don't Let Me Down" and Marcus sang Christina Aguilera's "You Lost Me".
After the performances, the judges found themselves split evenly. Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid voted to save LeRoy, while Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul gave their votes to Marcus. With the judges in deadlock, America's votes were revealed, and the oldest act remaining in the competition, LeRoy, got the boot.
Speaking of LeRoy after the show, Simon said he doesn't think age was a factor in the 60-year-old's elimination. "It was personality-ism," he told THR. "You've really got to pop now, you've got to make people want to vote for you when you're competing with people like Drew or Rachel or particularly what Melanie did Tuesday night."
"At this point, you make a statement and I always felt with LeRoy that he was slightly embarrassed that he had to compete with 13 or 14-year-olds because he's a man and he's got dignity. And I kind of get it, but I felt that he didn't quite let himself go in the way that Josh lets himself go."