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'X Factor': Week 4 power rankings

Astro performs in front of the judges on

Astro performs in front of the judges on "The X Factor" airing on Nov. 22, 2011 on Fox. Credit: Fox

The “X Factor” craziness continues.

After last week's stunning results that landed Astro in the Bottom Two and the Brooklyn teen's even more stunning pouting reaction, he was all apologies last night. But before the show, he even floated the idea that producers manipulated the results to put him in the Bottom Two – a charge the show has denied.

Is it conceivable that fans of “X Factor” don't heartily support a rapper winning “a singing competition”? Sure. Is it conceivable that producers wanted to put one of the front-runners – after delivering one of his best performances – in fake danger to goose ratings? Hmm. (On a totally unrelated note, this week's hyperbole of the week was L.A. Reid calling Marcus Canty “as great as any artist I've ever worked with.” Pink and Babyface should get a posse together that includes Mariah Carey, OutKast, Usher and Toni Braxton to trash his office.)

In any case, everyone moved to smooth things over giving Astro the chance to explain “the thingy last week” and trotting out his mom, stepdad, and sister Reagan (!) to support him. Will that be enough? We'll see. His performance was once again the best of the night, using his rhymes to defend himself, while still showing creativity.

In fact, on Gratefulness Week, or whatever they're calling it, Astro was the only one who tried something new and didn't get super-sappy, aside from Lakoda Rayne's super-flashy (and kinda-shouty) take on Taylor Swift's “You Belong With Me.” Even Chris Rene was a bit emotional on his ridiculous reggae-tinged version of The Beatles' “Let It Be.”

Everyone else delivered sweet, emotional ballads – to varying degrees of success. It's true “X Factor” grinchiness to make Thanksgiving a double elimination week. Should Marcus Canty really get sent home because he got so emotional singing to his mom that his voice went all off-key and wobbly? Should this really be the week that LeRoy Bell goes home, when he delivered his best performance yet and even got all the lyrics right?

As host Steve Jones said after another scrap between Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid (who crazily said 19-year-old Demi Lovato's “Skyscraper” wasn't “age appropriate” for 15-year-old Drew) – “Thanksgiving.”

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THE RANKINGS

Astro, “Show Me What You Got”
Josh Krajcik, “Wild Horses”
Drew, “Skyscraper”
Melanie Amaro, “The World's Greatest”
LeRoy Bell, “Angel”
Rachel Crow, “I Believe”
Lakoda Rayne, “You Belong With Me”
Marcus Canty, “A Song for Mama”
Chris Rene, “Let It Be”

BOTTOM THREE: Astro, LeRoy Bell, Chris Rene
SHOULD BE ELIMINATED: Marcus and Chris
WILL BE ELIMINATED: LeRoy and Chris
ACTUALLY ELIMINATED: LeRoy abd Lakoda Rayne

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