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Last night's elimination episode on The X Factor can be summed up in one simple word: Shocking! Fan favorite Rachel Crow's journey abruptly came to an end when she ended up in the bottom two with Marcus Canty and then finally got the boot.
Judge Nicole Scherzinger left the elimination up to the public and told E! News, "At this point in the game, I don't want to send anyone home. Marcus had been in the bottom twice already. I wasn't going to make the decision. I just couldn't make the decision, so I left it up to America to vote."
Simon Cowell jumped to Nicole's defense and said he didn't think Rachel had the lowest number of votes. "I went to see her afterwards and this is all off-camera stuff. You know when someone's lying. She was distraught."
While viewers were surprised to see Rachel leave, no one was more shocked than the singer herself! Tears started streaming and her mother came onstage to console her.
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"I wasn't shocked," she admitted. "I'm 13. I'm not preparing myself for this kind of stuff. So when it happened, I was like a scared reaction, almost like a look of terror. Then I kind of fell because i was like, I can't breathe."
After her mentor Simon tried to console her on stage, Rachel visited Nicole in her dressing room after the cameras stopped rolling. "I feel really bad. Nicole was so sad," she said.
"I saw her in her room and she was still crying tonight even. I went in there and I was just like, 'It's OK.' She was like, 'No one can calm me down, but you!' I hugged her and it was OK. She's fine. She's amazing. It was not her fault."