'The X Factor' recap: Canty Be Done Already
Steve introduces a package about all the backstage activity, with all the wardrobe, hair and makeup people who had to put everyone through quick changes during last night's show. I would have rather heard more of Lenny Kravitz's second song.
"Fair play!" Steve chirps when he comes back, and calls the final five out into the stage with their judges: Nicole and Josh Krajcik; L.A., Marcus Canty and Chris Rene; and Simon, Melanie Amaro and Rachel Crow. Steve utters the magical incantation "In no particular order," which is the signal that he's about to start naming the people who are automatically in next week. After a long pause, the first one named is Josh. Simon and L.A. look almost as happy as Nicole. The second act is Chris Rene, who is a lot less surprised this week than he was last week. Simon looks a little less pleased, now that it's a lock that at least one of his girls will be in the bottom two with Marcus. What? Did I jump to a conclusion there?
After more ads, Steve has Melanie, Rachel and Marcus backstage for a remote interview, which he starts out by lying that he can't believe one of them will be leaving tonight. Rachel, who I'm sure is the safest of the three, cops to being scared, "but I love you all." Steve makes her talk some more before asking for a reaction from Marcus, who claims he'll love it either way. Melanie also admits to being nervous but "kinda confident," and happy she's gotten this far. "Try and relax," Steve signs off. Sure, no problem.