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The X Factor did everything in pairs on Wednesday night.

First, the competition sent two contestants packing as the impressive runs of both Lakoda Rayne and LeRoy Bell came to an end. Also, the show featured two wildly popular acts, as both Kelly Clarkson and Bruno Mars put on renditions of their latest hits.

Watch the former American Idol belt out a version of "What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)" below, followed by Bruno Mars with "It Will Rain."

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The X Factor tried to shake things up this week by sending TWO contestants home - but the only real surprise was that the show featured Howie Mandel in the audience. Isn't he a NBC guy?

Indeed, the two performances given the boot were the most obvious selections of the remaining nine, one a group, the other an over-30 hopeful. So long, Lakoda Rayne and LeRoy Bell. You had a decent run.

LeRoy Bell on Stage

Rayne was sent packing early on in the broadcast - which also featured performances by Kelly Clarkson and Bruno Mars - as that group received the lowest number of votes following last night's performance show. Paula Abdul now has no more proteges remaining.

Bell, meanwhile, was in the bottom two alongside Marcus Canty. The judges tried to instill some tension in the second elimination, deadlocking their votes and leaving the singers' fate up to the audience. Steve Jones promptly read Bell's name off a card and the elder crooner took his ousting like a man.

You tell us: Did the right contestants get sent home?

 

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Welcome to the final seven, Marcus Canty.

Let's be honest: it will take a heart of stone to vote out this X Factor contestant this week, following his emotional rendition of "A Song for Mama," a Boyz II Men single dedicated to Canty's mother, who was dabbing her eyes in the audience throughout the rendition.

How did this performance stack up against competitors such as Chris Rene? Watch his unique take on The Beatles and then compare it below to Canty's heartfelt cover...

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Chris Rene is nothing if not original.

This X Factor finalist took to the stage last night and turned one of The Beatles' better known singles into an R&B track, breaking down "Let It Be" in a way most viewers had likely not heard before. He then transitioned into "Young Homie."

How did this unusual mash-up turn out? See for yourself:

Among other performances on The X Factor last night:

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Note to L.A. Reid: the song "Skyscraper" was written and originally performed by Demi Lovato. She's 19 years old. What would you like Drew Ryniewicz to cover, a track from Sesame Street?

Following this 15-year old's emotional performance last night, Reid contrived an argument with Simon Cowell by somehow claiming he continues to select singles for his pupil that are not age-appropriate. Why are you doing songs for old people? he asked in one of the more insane assessments of the season.

Simon responded that his fellow panelist was coming up with "stupid, pointless criticism" and he's right, but there's also little doubt he encouraged this outburst beforehand. Can the judges please stop making this show about them?

Take it away, Drew...

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What do you want from Astro, people? He's from Brooklyn!

Following last week's controversial results show reaction - which was either staged by producers or simply a consequence of Astro's age/attitude - this young rapper spent his introductory video last night giving thanks to his supporters. He then kicked off his cover of "Show Me What You Got" with a reference to his hometown.

From there? What can we say: the guy has serious talent! Simon Cowell actually said he admires Astro and appreciates his "unpredictability," while L.A. Reid referred to him as a "gentleman" and Nicole Scherzinger also expressed pride in the performance. Will Astro return to the bottom two this week?

Gauge his latest for yourself:

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Move over, Susan Boyle. We have a new favorite cover of "Wild Horses."

On last night's two-hour edition of The X Factor, Josh Krajcik delivered his best audition yet, showcasing his versatility with a restrained, piano-based version of this classic single. It was a 180 from last week's rock 'n roll performance and made it clear that Melanie Amaro won't simply waltz to this year's title.

"You have the right amount of everything," L.A. Reid said, while Simon Cowell simply praised Josh for having a "great voice" and Nicole Scherzinger? She cried.

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Do you believe in Rachel Crow?

This young X Factor finalist did all she could last night to earn votes and praise from the judges, covering a Yolanda Adams single with the same pluck and fire she brings each week to the competition. At least we think that's what happened. It was a bit difficult to actually see Rachel on stage, what with all the backup dancers and confetti flying around. This may have been an overly staged performance.

But Paula Abdul referred to Crow as an "angel," while Nicole Scherzinger labeled her a "bright light." Watch the audition and judge for yourself now:

How does Crow compare to Melanie Amaro? Watch the latter's latest performance HERE and decide who has the better shot at winning.

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Melanie Amaro accomplished the impossible on The X Factor last night: she forced L.A. Reid to offer up words of encouragement.

This judge is so focused on being negative and on creating some kind of feud with the other mentors that he even admitted at one point this week that he goes into each performing looking for faults. But what am I supposed to say? he asked Melanie after she covered R. Kelly's "The World's Greatest." I cannot criticize it.

Amaro, meanwhile, broke down in tears following the audition, leading to Nicole Scherzinger also breaking down and giving the finalist a hug. It was a sweet, vulnerable moment from the number-one contender for The X Factor crown. Watch the performance now.

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Perhaps Astro is not so sorry after all.

Less than a week after sulking over his placement in the bottom two of Thursday's results show, and just a couple days after apologizing for his immature behavior, this 15-year old X Factor contestant is speaking out yet again.

And he's telling The New York Post the show was "punishing" him for an off-camera dispute in which Astro insisted on wearing Beats headphones even though the show has a deal with Sony.

Astro on The X Factor

“I don’t see how you can have the most followers on Twitter out of everybody in the competition and get voted in the bottom two," Astro aid. "So, I thought something was jiggy.”

Simon Cowell berated the finalist, saying his actions last week showed "disrespect" to his mom. But Astro insists his mother was behind him all the way.

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