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Last night 13-year-old Rachel Crow got voted off of X-Factor. The elimination was heartbreaking as Rachel collapsed to the ground in a sea of wails, screams and sobs.

This caused me to shed a few tears. After the show went off the air I felt extremely upset with myself.

Upset because I love Nicole Scherzinger, and something inside of me just couldn’t bring myself to like her for not voting for the young Rachel Crow. 

When I brought this up in our meeting, my editor wanted me to get on my soapbox and discuss why kids shouldn’t be on X-Factor, but in my opinion that’s the furthest thing from the truth.

After I read what Rachel said after the show went off air, I had even more love for the 13-year-old who should still be on the show.

“I am not feeling the greatest, but I will be fine,” the 13-year-old singer told reporters after the show. “I have definitely felt way better than this.” 

Then in the ultimate act of maturity, Rachel proved that America voted off the wrong person by telling people what happened when she bumped into Nicole backstage.

“She told me that she was sorry,” Crow said. “I don’t know why she said that, but I saw her in her dressing room and … I told her it was okay and not her fault.” 

“I want to say to all those people, ‘Stop, Please,’ ” Crow told PEOPLE. “[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.” 

I can’t help but think, where did this little girl come from? She’s a crack baby orphan and now with all of my heart I want her to sign a major recording deal and be the top young artist in the game.

Her voice rivals the melodic melodies of nature on a spring afternoon. Her heart, her words and her entire journey throughout the competition only proves that kids can compete in a contest like this.

Kids can out sing adults, and deserve to be in treated fairly. While they might get their feelings hurt when things don’t go their way, it’s a part of life.

Rachel Crow proves that the younger singers in X-Factor do stand a chance to win it all. Now if they would only start the voting a little earlier.

~ Blog Xilla 

Xilla is the Sr. Entertainment Editor for as well as CEO of He has been featured in XXL, The Source, Essence, LA Times and is considered one of the premiere bloggers in the industry. Follow him on twitter @BlogXilla

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