Stacy Francis is a contestant on The X Factor who is part of the over-30 group. She is coached by Nicole Scherzinger and stands out for...

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Stacy Francis got in a few parting shots after her elimination from The X Factor last night, and it was difficult to blame the contestant for any of them.

The aspiring singer was given the boot even after 14-year old Astro whined about being a member of the final two and sulked his way through a rendition of "Never Say Goodbye." Simon Cowell berated the young singer, but still voted for Stacy to leave.

  • Final Stacy Francis Performance
  • Astro and Steve Jones

"I feel like I had a disadvantage by not being in his category," Francis told reporters after the episode aired, predicting that someone from Simon's group would win and saying the judge "beat up everyone in the competition last night except his category."

As for Astro's initial refusal to even sing for the panel's votes? Stacy referred to this attitude as "obnoxious" and added:

"Astro's 14 and you can call him a teenager and give him an excuse, but bad behavior is bad behavior. He was ungracious in that moment... I'm very very honored and I'm grateful for coming this far. I wanted to go all the way and I didn't, so it's time for me to reevaluate my life and see what happens from here. I think it'll be okay."

Do you think the judges made the right decision? Did the right top 10 member go home?

 

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Every reality show needs a villain, right? To many, Stacy Francis fits that role on The X Factor, stemming from a series of apparent lies of her background. In short:

Francis claims she has never released a CD and has little to no experience in the music business. This appears to be a gross misrepresentation, but whatever. We're here to judge the contestant as a performer, right?

And based on her vocal talent, Paula Abdul thinks Stacy would go all the way. She referred to last night's "Up to the Mountain" cover as the crooner's "shining moment," while Nicole Scherzinger added: "You were just honest. You were the epitome of grace, and poise, and beauty, and you're fulfilling your purpose."

Do you agree, THGers?

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They've made it. They can take a breath, at least for a brief moment before the live performance begin.

But 17 acts were named to The X Factor finals last night, many of whom have given official statements on the achievement and posed for fun new promotional photos for Fox...

Rachel Crow Promo Pic
  • Josh Krajcik Promo Pic
  • Phillip Lomax Promo Pic
  • Tiah Tolliver Promo Pic
  • Drew Ryniewicz Promo Pic
  • LeRoy Bell Picture
  • Simone Battle Pic
  • Melanie Amaro Promi Pic
  • Dexter Haygood Picture
  • Stacy Francis Photo

Melanie Amaro: "The whole process is just mind boggling. It’s so amazing.”

Simone Battle: “I am blown away by how much talent there is in the girls’ category. At this point, it’s not about impressing the judges, it’s about impressing the world and everyone who is watching.”  

Drew Ryniewicz: “The girls in my category are nothing but amazing, every single one. From the start I have loved them all.  We are almost like a big family."

Tiah Tolliver: “I am extremely happy to have him [Simon Cowell] as my mentor because he fought for me. I feel like he is going to lead me in the right direction and I sincerely believe him when he tells me stuff.”

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Stacy Francis set a very high bar for herself on The X Factor last night: in front of Nicole Scherzinger and Enrique Iglesias, the single mother of two covered one of Prince's all-time classics, "Purple Rain."

Did this talented, emotional hopeful do enough to move on? Decide for yourself:

Among other standouts that we hope move on to the Sweet 16:

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So... did your favorite make the cut?

The X Factor unveiled its top 32 contestants last night, throwing in the one twist that really does make this competition different from American Idol: There are four groups of eight, each to be mentored by one of the judges.

Before we get to the remaining hopefuls, though, it's worth taking a moment to watch Stacy Francis audition during Bootcamp, announcing that her father has just passed away before going into a rendition of "Summertime."

Powerful stuff. Now, on to the groups and the judge assigned to each:

THE GIRLS (Simon Cowell)
Caitlin Koch
Tora Woloshin
Simone Battle
Drew Ryniewicz
Rachel Crow
Jazlyn Little
Melanie Amaro
Tiah Tolliver

THE BOYS (L.A. Reid)
Brennin Hunt
Brian Bradley
Skyelor Anderson
Nick Voss
Tim Cifers
Phillip Lomax
Marcus Canty
Chris Rene

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Simon Cowell is a judge on The X Factor. That's pretty much all you need to know about the Fox singing competition that premiered last night and hopes to out-perfom American Idol.

With this British producer back on TV, we were treated to an event that felt much bigger than any of the early Idol auditions. Aspiring singers belted out their hearts and their souls in front of a packed auditorium right off the bat, as opposed to inside a small room, facing only a few judges.

Simon was his typically snarky self, Paula was just like we remembered her and L.A. Reid proved that he could be both professional and harsh. He and Cowell clashed a few times.

But The X Factor will come down to its contestants. These shows always do. With that in mind, a few stood out, led by 42-year old mother Stacy Francis. Listen to her tale below and then watch her sing "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman."

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