Rachel Crow's Heartbreaking 'X Factor' Elimination

TV personality Rachel Crow and Nicole Scherzinger (Getty Images)more pics » Rachel Crow on 'The X Factor' There wasn't a dry eye in the house when Rachel Crow was eliminated from The X Factor last night.

The talented and incredibly likable 13-year-old singer was once thought to be a frontrunner to win the whole competition, but all of that came crashing down when judge Nicole Scherzinger let the judges' vote go to a tie, which left the final decision in the hands of the voters. Those voters, perhaps lulled into complacency by Rachel Crow's consistently good performances, ultimately saved contestant Marcus Canty, who has been in the bottom two three different times.

Upon hearing the news, poor Rachel burst into tears and fell to the floor in shock as viewers booed a visibly upset Scherzinger for her indecisiveness. Simon Cowell and Crow's mother immediately stepped onstage to console the sobbing 13-year-old singer. For the people in the audience and for the viewers watching at home, Rachel's heartbreak was excruciating to watch.

If you're keeping track, that's two weeks in a row that The X Factor has brought a teenage girl to tears. Last week 14-year-old Drew Ryniewicz was eliminated in a shocking decision that left many viewers outraged.

But even though she was upset by her ousting, Rachel Crow doesn't blame Nicole Scherzinger and she doesn't want X Factor fans to blame her either.

"Please don't be angry with @nicolesherzy she was put in such a tough position," Crow tweeted late Thursday night.

The teen also defended Nicole in PEOPLE Magazine. "I want to say to all those people, 'Stop, Please,' " she said. "[Scherzinger] is the nicest person and the most beautiful person inside and out...She is amazing, and I don't understand why people are taking it out on her. It's no one's fault. It's not even America's fault. It's no one person's fault. It's just what God had in store for me. And I will be okay."

You can watch all of the drama from last night's elimination in the video below.


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