Tonight, the X Factor Top 4 take the stage twice each, and it’s their last chance to convince us, the voters, that they deserve a spot in next week’s two-part finale. But it’s a bit hard to look ahead, when so many of us are still stuck in the painful past. If a little part of your heart died when adorable Rachel Crow was eliminated last week, you’re not alone. Even Jimmy Kimmel, usually so strong and cynical, couldn’t contain his anger over the “travesty.”

But soldier on we must, and Rachel’s untimely end on The X Factor just goes to show that our votes really DO matter, now more than ever. If you want your favorite performer to make the finals, and to escape the weepy, indecisive brain-clutches of Nicole Scherzinger in tomorrow’s results show, you better vote, vote, VOTE.

First, though, it’s time to hear Chris Rene, Marcus Canty, Melanie Amaro and Josh Krajcik woo those votes in their direction with two songs each tonight: One they’ve chosen, and one chosen for them by the “Pepsi Challenge” voters. They’re probably not the songs I fantasized about, but I hope for the finalists’ sakes, especially Marcus “Always on the Bubble” Canty, that the only vocal disappointment tonight is whatever comes out of (oh-so-pretty) Steve Jones’ mouth.

It’s time for the big show! Tell me, before you’re swayed by the performances: Who’s your favorite of the Top 4?

Speaking of tomorrow’s results show (8pm, FOX): Nicole Scherzinger is performing. And I’ll be back here, recapping and mocking it live.

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