'X Factor' Recap: Rachel Crow, 13, Kills The Competition!

Thu, November 10, 2011 9:01am EST by 12 Comments
Rachel Crow X Factor

She’s BACK! Rachel Crow finally performed to her full potential on ‘The X Factor’ Nov. 9. I think we’ve found our winner!

Flash forward a couple months and I know we’ll still be watching Rachel Crow slay it on The X Factor! Despite a couple less than stellar weeks, the 13-year-old singer was back and better than ever for Movie Night Nov. 9. Adorable, but wise beyond her years, Rachel reminds me of a Beyonce and Shirley Temple mix — she’s a star!

Here were my thoughts on the contestants tonight:

Stacy Francis: Stacy started the night out with Whitney Houston‘s “Queen of the Night” from The Bodyguard and although she hit the notes, it wasn’t my favorite performance. I felt like I was getting screamed at the whole time. I like Stacy, but this song wasn’t a good choice on Nicole’s part.

Marcus Canty: Marcus was trying to show off his vocal abilities more than just focusing on his dance moves and charisma — and it definitely worked for me. I had no clue he was that vocally gifted. “Everything about you, from head to toe, resonates star,” Paula raved.

Drew: Drew gave me chills with her rendition of Coldplay’s “Fix You.” Her voice is piercing and the emotion she brings to table is astonishing for a 14-year-old performer. L.A. had a good point, though. Drew is always the same…but I don’t know it would be smart for her to change it up. Also, I definitely agreed with Paula: her crazy, puffy strapless dress was horrible.

LeRoy Bell: I say this every single time LeRoy steps in front of the camera: he must be drinking from the fountain of youth. There’s just no way he’s 59 years old! It’s like he’s a real life character from the movie, Death Becomes Her. As far as his song was concerned, I thought he was good. I’m not a die hard, but I enjoy watching him. “The fact that you’re 60 years old and you sound like you’re 20…I think this was your best performance,” Simon said.

Lakoda Rayne: All of the girls in Lakoda Rayne are super hot, which is keeping them around. They aren’t bad, but they aren’t vocally killer either. I loved their song choice — “Somebody Like You” — but over all, they aren’t the strongest contestants. That said, the judges were complimentary and I expect to see them around next week. “You are the group I always hoped and wished you’d become,” Simon said.

Astro: I think Astro is phenomenal. What 14-year-old kid writes his own raps that he performs in front of millions of people LIVE every single week?? He’s crazy talented. And his shout out to the rapper who died this week? Genius. “You have that work ethic. You are incredibly creative. I think you are actually a great role model right now…Astro, you have the X factor,” Simon said. I have chills still from watching him! #swag

Melanie Amaro: Melanie’s throat was bugging her this week, but you never would have known by listening to her. She killed Michael Jackson‘s “Man In the Mirror” and I loved seeing a lighter, more smiley side to her. There’s no doubt in my mind Melanie will make it very far. She’s awesome. “You’re a great singer but I don’t see the range in choice,” L.A. complained.

Stereo Hoggz: Although the Stereo Hoggz are talented and entertaining, I don’t think they have what it takes to make it right now in the music world. Are people still into boy bands like this? They seem very 2000s. At this point, I’d rather see the Stereo Hoggz in Las Vegas, not on The X Factor. “You’ve got to become less cabaret and you’ve got to become more recording artist,” Simon recommended. I completely agreed.

Josh Krajcik: I love Josh. No matter what he sings, he makes me happy. Even though I don’t think he’ll win the entire competition, I need him around for several more weeks. “Your voice is comforting. It’s like chicken soup for the soul,” Paula said, with a huge smile. Couldn’t have said it better myself!

Chris Rene: When Chris made it to the live shows, I was upset with L.A., but he’s proven me wrong. Tonight his rap was crystal clear and grounded. It was fantastic and I see him doing well outside of just this TV show. “Welcome back, Chris Rene,” Simon said.

Rachel Crow: Simon admitted he hasn’t done a great job with Rachel and I agree. She’s full of potential and she finally reached it tonight with her song from Cadillac Records. We finally got to see her maturity again — both vocally and emotionally. She also looked fabulous. “Tonight you proved you have the eye on the target. You were GREAT! My favorite yet,” L.A. said. Side note: How funny was it when Nicole went to congratulate Simon on the song choice and Rachel said it was HER idea? She’s BRILLIANT. Rachel for the win!

Who do  YOU think will be cut tomorrow? Who’s your favorite to win right now?

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Random Orbit Sander

Posted at 4:24 AM on April 19, 2012  

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Posted at 11:39 AM on December 4, 2011  

I love Rachel Crow , i am watching the show for her but Simon chooses the wrong song for Rachel and it is hurting her . Now , good news , Drew was sent home and Simon blame himself for that – SO – now maybe he will be more carefull with his choice of songsfor Rachel , i sure hope so . Simon is really out of touch , i am really disapointed by him .

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james virgin

Posted at 4:51 PM on December 3, 2011  

astro is disgusting i guess his parents if he has any never paid any attention to his behavior he is arogant and rude josh is your winner he deserves it more than a 14 year old girl i think love ya josh when u sing i listen

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Posted at 8:17 AM on November 23, 2011  

this modern curly top Shirley temple is just as adorable. She’s melodious, hits the high notes, and unlike others seems to be doing just that, not screaming.
What a difference between this young little lady and that rude boy Astro. Good luck to yuo little darling. Follow the path you’re on today, never change and you’ll go far.

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rachel crow

Posted at 12:12 PM on November 19, 2011  

i love you you hafe to win

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Posted at 2:49 PM on November 11, 2011  

You’d have to be in your 60’s to relate to this but does any one else think Rachel Crow is a lot like the little “Dynamite” BRENDA LEE who also sang “Sweet Nothin”. She had other hits besides these two, “I’m Sorry” is another one that comes to mind. The stage is full of winners. No losers here.


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Darla Kramer

Posted at 10:11 AM on November 11, 2011  

Rachel was totally amazing this week. I have not been able to delete this weeks show. I have watched Rachel Crow over and over. Listening to her sing a song with all that soul. All I can say is WOW! She brought tears to my eyes. Way to go Rachel.

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Posted at 4:03 PM on November 10, 2011  

Josh Krajcik is by far the best in this show!

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Posted at 10:28 AM on November 10, 2011  

Rachel Crow is truly a rare gem. Her voice is so inspirational! I love you Rachel keep doing what you have been. I can’t wait for your 1st albulm because I know that you are going to win!

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Posted at 2:29 AM on November 10, 2011  

I love Rachel Crow! This lil mama is the best, I’m praying for you Rachel! I hope she wins. My grandfather use to say “your life identifies who you are”, this is so true for you Rachel. Rachel is a star hands down!

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Posted at 2:10 AM on November 10, 2011  

Drew is the best!!!! TEAM DREW all the way baby!!!!

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Posted at 7:32 PM on November 17, 2011  

No my darling the best is RACHEL CROW!!!!!!

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