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Meet 'The X Factor' finalist: Drew

As "The X Factor" voting is now in the hands of the viewers, it seems an appropriate time to give fans insight into the finalists. Zap2it will continue to highlight the remaining acts while finding out more about their background, musical styles and experiences on the singing competition.So here are a few things you probably didn't know about Drew Ryniewicz:Age: 14Hometown: Chino Valley, AZCoach: Simon CowellMusical Influences: Adele, Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Michael Jackson Favorite Album: "21" - AdeleOn auditioning for "The X Factor": "I really, honestly wanted to meet Simon...I just wanted to sing in front of him because I wanted to know what he, out of every person in the world, what he thought of me because I thought that he was going to say the exact truth...And when he said that I was good and exactly what he was looking for...that's when I was like, 'Woah. I can really do this.'"On L.A.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/11/meet-the-x-factor-finalist-drew.html

'X Factor': Lakoda Rayne 'disappointed in the way the show presented us'

After getting voted off "The X Factor" on Wednesday (Nov. 23), the girls of Lakoda Rayne had a chance to reflect on why they didn't make it further in the singing competition. The country-pop quartet believes the way show producers promoted them in the weekly video pieces had a major influence in them getting nixed."I am a little bit disappointed in the way the show presented us, " says Cari Fletcher. "I think in our video packages people could have gotten to know us a lot better than they did...I wish they got to know our personalities."Her fellow Rayne-er Dani Knights agrees, pointing out that the solo artists were able to talk more about their personal stories.  "People only got to know us a couple [weeks] ago...it was the only time they started presenting us...as Dani, Paige, Cari and Hayley instead of just Lakoda Rayne this manufactured group," Knights says.As for comments from Simon Cowell... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/11/x-factor-lakoda-rayne-disappointed-in-the-way-the-show-presented-us.html

Leroy Bell Sings "Don't Bring Me Down" on The X Factor Top 9 Results Show on November 23, 2011 [VIDEO]

Leroy's been one of our faves (he is a Seattle native, after all), but he just couldn't pull through on the eve of Thanksgiving. Simon decided to leave the final decision up to America, meaning that Y were ultimately the ones responsible for force-feeding Leroy his unpalatable fate. //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/RnTX4AgWEkc/leroy-bell-sings-dont-bring-me-down-on-the-x-factor-top-9-results-show-on-november-23-2011-video

'X Factor': Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid sparring, Josh Krajcik's outfit and Lakoda Rayne's future

It was a rough night with two performers being eliminated on "The X Factor." But there was still a lot of behind-the-scenes intrigue.  Here the best of what occurred when the cameras stopped rolling:Pants on the Ground - Backstage, before the big group number, Josh Krajcik was feeling especially punchy when it came to his outfit.  "I feel like an orchestra conductor who forgot to take off his pajama pants," he says.Just in the nick of time - The usually prompt Simon Cowell took his sweet time showing up for tonight's broadcast. The meanest man on TV didn't make it into his seat at the table until half-way through the opening credits. Paula Abdul later explained, "He takes the most time in make up."Nah Nah Drew Drew - After Drew got voted through and Lakoda Rayne got sent packing, Simon had a brief "I told you so" conversation with L.A. Reid. This comes after Reid... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/11/x-factor-simon-cowell-and-la-reid-sparring-josh-krajciks-outfit-and-lakoda-raynes-future.html

X Factor Results: The Top 9 Sing Pink's "Raise Your Glass" on November 23rd, 2011 [VIDEO]

Circus Hip-Hop Laser Mania! What is happening? How do we process this!? //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/RXNA_i4heSY/x-factor-results-the-top-9-sing-pinks-raise-your-glass-on-november-23rd-2011-video