I'd predicted as much. But with Lakoda Rayne really being the only "X Factor" act representing the country genre at all--and with country music being massively popular in America, as evidenced by the last Scotty/Lauren-dominated season of "American Idol"--I figured the girls would be safe for at least a few more weeks. Apparently not. My only theory is maybe all of Lakoda's potential fans were watching the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night instead, and simply forgot to vote.
So the Hogzz and the Rayne battled it out (swan-song-singing Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone" and Jordin Sparks's "No Air," respectively), and honestly, I thought Stereo Hogzz did a superior job. If it'd been up to me, the Hogzz would have been saved. But, of course, it was not up to me. L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger inexplicably voted to keep Lakoda Rayne instead, and at that point, Paula absolutely broke down. If she was just playing up her tears for the cameras, then I must say, she's one heck of an actress, or at least someone who cleverly knows how to create good television, because this was pure nail-biting TV drama here.
"I am not going to do this. I can't do this. I am too close to both acts and I love them both very much. I'm not going to do this again!" Paula moaned melodramatically. Simon Cowell semi-sympathetically told her she didn't have to vote at all, if she didn't want to...but then overly aggressive, seemingly reptilian-blooded host Steve Jones practically twisted Paula's QVC-bracelet'd arm, pointing out that if she abstained from voting, the majority vote would rule and Stereo Hogzz's elimination would already be a "done deal." Paula, who'd clearly favored the Hogzz all season by giving them her most bombastic productions and most elaborately choreographed routines, then blurted out, "I want to save the Stereo Hogzz! I want the Stereo Hogzz to at least have this chance!"
Simon casts his vote
However, there was no chance for Stereo Hogzz: Simon voted them off as well (no shocker, considering his well-known penchant for pretty, "D.O.A." female singers). Thus, a deadlock was avoided; if there had been a deadlock, whichever group had received the fewest public votes this week would have been eliminated by default, and I have a feeling it might have been the Stereo Hogzz anyway, considering their bottom-two showing last week. Still, it sure would've been interesting to see which of the two acts really was the less popular with America's voters.
- Paula Abdul