While all five finalists received generally positive feedback from judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul and LA Reid, the decision rests in voters' hands. Who will make it through to the semi-finals and whose dream will be cut short? Stay with Digital Spy from 8/7c for the live results show!
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21.00 Well, that's it for this week. Frankly, I'm shocked and have nothing else to say about it. Join us next Wednesday for the X Factor USA semi-final.
20.58 "I just love you so much, everybody, for voting for me even though you didn't. Thank you for giving me this because without you I am nothing. I hope this is not my ending. You know what? I know it's not. I will go so far, I promise you. To my family, you were amazing and you made so many sacrifices for me and I love you," Rachel says following her elimination.
Simon adds: "I want to thank everyone who's voted for this young girl - she went out on the highest she could have gone out on. For the very first time I met her, I knew that we'll be hearing a lot more from Rachel Crow, and I give her my word on it."
Nicole also declines to speak and is given a hearty booing by the audience. Serves her right.
20.55 It's up to America now, and the act that got the lowest number of votes and who will be leaving the competition is... Rachel! She immediately collapses into tears and is comforted by her mother and Simon. Meanwhile, Nicole is also beside herself as I think it's pretty clear that she assumed Marcus would be going. This is why being a coward doesn't pay! Ugh, I'm disgusted.
20.52 It's the moment of truth - let's see if justice prevails. Of course LA saves his own act - Marcus. "Both of you are great. You really surprised me, Rachel, you really pulled it out and I didn't expect that. You really did an amazing job," he tells Rachel. Likewise, Simon saves his own act - he saves Rachel and sends Marcus home.
It's down to Nicole and Paula. Paula admits that it was "the most unbelievable sing-off" and thinks that they both did an amazing job. She sends Marcus home as she was "blown away" by Rachel. Finally, an ever-tearful Nicole says that she can't make the decision as she loves both of them. She sends it to deadlock.
20.44 Next up, Simon introduces Rachel, who takes the stage to sing Etta James' 'I'd Rather Go Blind'. Go on, girl! Yes, I'm aware that she sang this before, but she's incredible, so everyone be quiet. She's got incredible composure for a 13-year-old, plus her voice is amazing. Rachel to win! She's giving me chills.
20.41 Nicole is looking for "the same every week - for them so sing their hearts out and show us that they're ready for this". LA then introduces the first act to sing for survival - it's Marcus, who's performing Rose Royce's/Mary J Blige's 'I'm Going Down'... again. Also, how awkward, considering that Mary herself is there tonight. I sure hope you're going down. Go home, Marcus. Bye bye!
20.35 All right, here we go - the last contestant to go straight through is Melanie Amaro, leaving Rachel Crow and Marcus Canty to sing for survival. I swear, if Marcus doesn't go home, this show is a fix. A fix, I say!
20.33 It's time for more results, but first - let's ask Chris and Josh how they feel about getting through to the semi-finals. Pretty good, I suspect! Chris is thankful for all of his supporters and loves his life, while Josh says that he always believed in himself but is grateful for his hometown, his supporters and his family.
20.25 Oh snap, Mary J Blige is on stage to perform 'Need Someone' from her new album My Life II: The Journey Continues. Have I mentioned how good that album is? It's on par with the original, guys. I do sort of wish she did one of the album's more uptempo tracks, but Mary is a queen, so whatever.
20.24 Backstage, adorable little Rachel is teary-eyed when talking about how nervous she is to make it through to the semi-final. Marcus says that "God has been good" to him - yeah, good enough to put him in the bottom two (three?) weeks in a row. Melanie also says she's nervous, but I don't buy it.
20.18 Steve then reveals that the second act through is Chris Rene - unsurprising for sure, considering the amount of hype over his original track. I have a feeling that Rachel and Marcus will be in the bottom two. It'd sure as hell better be Marcus going home.
20.16 It's time to reveal some votes! The first person through to the semi-final is... Josh Krajcik! Well deserved, for sure!
20.14 We're treated ("treated") to a video featurette about the make-up and hair crew, who actually work pretty hard to make the contestants look good in a really short amount of time. Hairstylist Ken Pave details the backstage craziness, as does Brian Friedman, who I've loved since the show's UK counterpart.
20.09 Nicole and LA name Chris Rene as their highlight of last night, while Paula takes a cop out and says she loves "all of them". Simon agrees with Nicole and LA about Chris. I think he's pretty much going through.
20.04 The judges are out and about, and it's time for our recap of last night's events... because they were that forgettable, apparently. Sorry, I'm feeling a bit feisty tonight. Who do you all think will go home? Fingers crossed for Marcus - even the voters don't seem fond of him. Get rid!
20.02 I spoke too soon! It's a medley! Now Lenny's moved on to 'Are You Gonna Go My Way?' Now this is a song I can get behind.
20.00 We're live and opening the show with... Lenny Kravitz? Apparently, he's got a new album out. Yeah, I know, I forgot it's not 1997 anymore, too. He's singing 'Rock Star City Life', by the way, and wearing sunglasses indoors to illustrate his point. "She got an attituuuuuude..."