The X Factor: The results (spoiler alert)
She wasn't the one acting like a diva on Thursday night, but she's the one who went home.
I said after Wednesday that Stacy Francis's pop star dream was unravelling, but I didn't expect it to crash and burn quite so quickly.
The other surprise was the presence of Astro in the bottom two. The teenage rapper got glowing praises from the judges on Wednesday (and was one of my favourites), but that didn't translate into big votes.
Lakoda Rayne, meanwhile, the group I thought would get sent home, were one of the first two acts sent to safety (in no particular order, host Steve Jones reminded us). "I told you so," a jubilant Paula Abdul, the group's mentor, told Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid.
The other act sent through right away was LeRoy Bell, despite a lacklustre performance on Wednesday.
Back to Stacy, she certainly deserved to be in the bottom two, given her car wreck of a performance. I just figured her fans would keep her safe a bit longer.
Thursday's song was better, though still not $5 million recording contract calibre. And I'm not sure why someone who wants to be a pop star would choose "Amazing Grace" to sing for their life.
But at least Stacy came out and sang. Astro walked onstage and asked mentor L.A. Reid and the crowd, "Do you think I should perform?" Then he launched into "Never Can Say Goodbye," but stayed mainly silent on the choruses except for a few "Uh, uh"s.
L.A. was not amused.
"Astro, I thought you came out and you acted a little bit like a quitter and it upset me. You've come too far to come out and give a lacklustre performance after all the great performances you've given," L.A. said.
But it appeared that Astro was in "take my marbles and go home" mode. Simon confronted him, telling him he was showing disrespect to his mom and the audience at home.
"No disrespect to you or the show, but I just felt like if you're going to put me in the bottom two I don't want to perform for people who don't want me here, you know what I'm saying?" Astro answered.
After Simon demanded to know if he'd do the same thing again in the same position, Astro apologized with tears running down his face.
The lucky kid got another chance, because Simon decided to send Stacy home "based on who I believe has got the best chance of winning."
L.A. and Paula had already voted to ditch Stacy, while Nicole Scherzinger, her mentor, picked Astro.
A surprisingly dry-eyed Stacy shushed the crowd so she could thank the judges.
"I wasn't always happy with my song choice," she said (was that the sound of Nicole being thrown under the bus?). "I don't believe I did great last night ... I have to suck up my pride and take responsibility for the performance that I gave.
"This journey has been really great and I honestly can't believe I'm going home, but somebody has to go home. I just want to thank Simon Cowell for giving me a chance, because I'm 42 years old and he allowed me to sing for the world week to week," Stacy added.
Did you hear Nicole's name mentioned? Was that the sound of the bus wheels?
I guess the question for next week is whether Astro can redeem himself for his display of immaturity or whether the bloom is truly off the hip-hop rose for the voters.
Moving into next week's performances with him are Melanie Amaro, LeRoy Bell, Marcus Canty, Rachel Crow, Drew, Josh Krajcik, Lakoda Rayne and Chris Rene.
The show moves from Wednesday to Tuesday night next week because of U.S. Thanksgiving, airing at 8 p.m. on CTV Two. Because I'll be blogging the Dancing With the Stars finale that night, the X Factor recap will likely be late.
(The photo of Steve Jones, Astro and Stacy is by Ray Mickshaw for Fox.)