It was the most shocking elimination of the first season of “The X Factor” when Rachel Crow was sent home in December. The 13-year-old, known for her infectious personality and smile, dropped to her knees in tearful exit, saying to the crowd, “I hope this is not my ending. You know what? I know it’s not, and I will go so far. I promise you, and I love you.”
It seems Crow was right: Just last month, the young star signed an overall talent deal with Nickelodeon to star in her own comedy series and signed a record deal with Columbia Records. MTV News caught up with Crow recently in Los Angeles, who revealed that she has no regrets about her time on “Factor” or her fifth-place elimination.
“A lot of people ask me if I looked back, what would be one thing that I would change? And, nothing,” Crow said. “Everything worked out perfectly.”
A big supporter of Crow was her mentor on the show, Simon Cowell, who said after her elimination, “Like I said from the very first time I met you, we’re going to be hearing a lot more about Rachel Crow. I give you my word on that.”
Crow revealed that she and Cowell have kept in contact and that his support is a big reason for her success. “I text him, funny enough,” she shared. “I love him; he’s just a really nice guy.
“It’s really awesome to have someone like that on your team. I really love him, and I look up to him as well and what he’s done for me. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be where I am today, so it’s really amazing getting to say that to people. I’m very thankful.”
Yet, Cowell isn’t the only “X Factor” vet Crow keeps in touch with: She said she remains friends with many of the contestants as well as former judge Paula Abdul.
“I do keep in touch with Paula a lot; we tweet back and forth, which is awesome,” Crow said. “I do keep in touch with a lot of the contestants, such as Drew , Marcus, I do keep in touch with Stereo Hogzz, Melanie [Amaro] , a lot of people from the show, Chris Rene , just pretty much everyone that was top 10.”
It’s now looking likely that Britney Spears will fill one of the vacant judges’ seats . The pop star was reportedly offered the position and a $10 million paycheck. “That’d be cool,” Crow said of Spears being a judge. “I’m just kinda moved past it right now.”