‘X Factor’ Top 12 Results: Voters Reap What They Sow
Simon Cowell is not amused
Thursday's "X Factor" results show kicked off with an odd but well-intentioned tribute to the late Lou Reed, as the top 12 crooned a walk-on-the-mild-side version of Lou's classic "Perfect Day." (I suppose "Heroin" would have been inappropriate. But here's a fascinating factoid: Lou had a connection to Simon Cowell's Syco Records empire, as he was bizarrely given a "creative director" credit on the music video for Susan Boyle's "Perfect Day" cover.)
However, it was not a perfect day for Sweet Suspense or Rachel Potter, who were sent home in a shocking and just plain infuriating double-elimination. "America, get it together!" exclaimed Rachel's outraged mentor, Kelly Rowland, upon hearing the news.
The bottom three actually comprised Sweet Suspense, Rachel Potter, and Khaya Cohen. I don't know if, even with the help of a thesaurus, I can come up with enough adjectives to describe just how shark-jumpingly WRONG this result was. This Wednesday, Sweet Suspense and Khaya had delivered their best performances yet, and Rachel had always been one of the strongest overall contestants of this season. As the singers who'd been weaker this Wednesday (Carlito Olivero, Rion Paige, Tim Olstad) were declared safe by host Mario Lopez, Simon, Kelly, and Demi Lovato couldn't resist rolling their eyes in shock/disgust. And I eye-rolled right along with 'em.