In polling Flint area ‘X Factor’ fans about contenders in the Girls category, people used words like ‘spunky’, ‘precocious’, ‘soulful’ and ‘super talented’ to describe 13-year-old Rachel Crow. Crow’s mentor, Simon Cowell, arguably had the toughest job of all 4 judges last night, because he could only take 3 of his 5 girls into the ‘X Factor’ final 12, which meant the other 2 were immediately eliminated. This also put a lot more pressure on the girls to deliver a spectacular performance to increase their chances of being saved. Cowell tried to give the girls songs to showcase who they were as artists. He took a huge risk with Rachel Crow, in arranging a Justin Bieber ‘Baby’/Diana Ross and The Supremes ‘Where Did Our Love Go’ mashup. Local X Factor viewer Valerie McCarty told me this yesterday after the show:
‘Simon forced Rachel to take his risk. I worried right away because the Bieber song is what made Drew stand out to begin with. I was thinking, is this going to hurt Rachel or Drew by the comparison? I was also thinking, how many times can LA Reid be impressed with another version of his artist’s megahit?’
Fellow judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul both questioned Cowell’s song choice, saying they felt he could have picked something that better showcased Crow’s range and what she is truly capable of.
Reid didn’t really comment on the song choice, but did say that Crow could have a career beyond music and make a great actress.
Cowell defended his song choice and Crow’s performance by saying:
‘I think America is going to disagree with Squiddly and Diddly here. The point is, I needed to show, which I think I did brilliantly, that you are a retro artist and a pop artist.’
Cowell took Crow as his second final 12 pick, saying that he wanted to pick someone that America wants to see go through.
McCarty was glad Cowell picked Rachel Crow for ‘The X Factor’ final 12. She said:
‘Rachel is really, really good and very cute. I would’ve hated to see her lose a spot to Tiah Tolliver or Simone Battle. I never got what he sees in them. My daughters are Rachel’s age and they like her too. I think she’s going to have a big fan base with kids her age. Good for her, because she deserves it.’
‘The X Factor’ live performances for America’s vote begin airing Wednesday, November 2nd in Flint on WSMH FOX66 at 8 PM EST.