Halfway into the broadcast, host Steve Jones announced pint-size MC Astro's immediate departure from the competition. Taking his bottom-vote position better than previous weeks, the teen rapper appeared indifferent about the news and immediately hugged it out with the fellow contestants and mentor L.A. Reid.
"Hey, man, it's for the better," the MC told Jones. "The only reason I'm mad is 'cause I don't get to see my girl that lives in Cali, but I will be back. ... I love my time. I've gained a lot of fans. People got picket signs tonight. I wish y'all the best of luck."
Reid offered a similar reaction, calling the eliminated competitor a star with endless talents.
Marcus Canty and Drew were the other two bottom vote-getters. For their sing-for-your-life numbers, Drew crooned Roxette's "Listen to Your Heart." Marcus Canty opened with a quick thank you speech and led into a moving cover of Gladys Knight & the Pips' ballad "Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)."
In the end, it was a 3-1 vote that sent an emotional Drew back home to Arizona. During voting time, Cowell (the 14-year-old's mentor and sole yes vote) was apologetic for the singer's lack of votes, blaming himself for poor song choices.
"I want to say thank you to my fans and I'm going to keep going and I'm going to keep singing," Drew told the audience. "I have a lot to show you guys, and it's a lot more upbeat and a lot more different."
Left in the competition are Chris Rene, Rachel Crow, Melanie Amaro, Josh Krajcik and Canty.
The MJ covers continued during the results show, when the seven finalists kicked off the broadcast with a cover of the late legend's "Man in the Mirror," as black-and-white clips of the entertainer flashed on the big screens.
U.K. rapper Tinie Tempah also took to the "X Factor" stage to perform his energetic single "Pass Out," which brought Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger to their feet.
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