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The “X Factor” Goes To Public Votes

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11/03/2021 04:56 PM ET

The X Factor - Fans of Fox’s “X Factor” have been watching and waiting for weeks to weigh in, and Wednesday they finally got their chance. The 12 finalists performed LIVE for the first time for the public, and it was the first time the viewers will decide their fate by voting for their favorites to stay on.

The show is open to solo artists and vocal groups aged 12 and above, with no upper age limit.

Every single act tried to bring their “A” game to stay in “the game.” Stereo Hoggz took on Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation,” and all five members really nailed the energy and moves of Jackson’s song.

Stereo Hoggz has been a favorite from day one, and last night was no different. All of the judges praised them, and Simon even gave them one of the best seals of approval, saying, “I don’t think there is a band in the world right now who are as good as you!”

Rachel Crow, a 13-year-old phenom belted out “Walking on Sunshine” and changed the words. The judges loved Rachel, but the lyrics not so much. Simon didn’t take the criticism of his protege so well, telling Nicole that it was called “being inventive, darling.”

Simon believes Rachel will be around for a long, long time. Rachel has the “cute factor” and a great voice that will no doubt take her to the last few weeks of this competition.

On the other end of the spectrum, LeRoy Bell nearly 60 years young, looks phenomenal and has a stellar voice, but last night he seemed to have two things going against him: a bad song choice and lack of stage confidence.

He sang the country hit “I’m Already There” by Lonestar, but it seemed to fall on deaf ears. The judges were polite, and only Simon kept it real saying, “I think you are a really good singer but I think you have a confidence issue.”

Tonight someone will go home. The winner of the show will receive a $5 million recording contract and will also star in their own Pepsi commercial, which will air at Super Bowl XLVI on NBC.

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