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The X Factor’s Drew Ryniewicz Does Not Blame Simon Cowell For Her Elimination

December 03, 2011 12:00 PM by Lisa Princ

This week on The X Factor we watched Astro get eliminated, and then Drew Ryniewicz fell into the bottom two. When her survival song could not save her, Simon Cowell took the blame for her elimination, but in her post elimination interview, Drew says that Simon is not to blame. Read on for more from Drew.

The X Factor’s Drew Ryniewicz was eliminated this week, after ending up in the bottom two with Marcus Canty. When her survival song did not measure up, Simon Cowell admitted that her elimination was his responsibility, since he chose her performance song the night before. But Drew does not blame Simon at all for her elimination, and she is very upbeat about her future. Check out Drew’s post elimination interview below!

Question: Can you tell us what Steve Jones whispered in your ear on the show?

Drew Ryniewicz: Yeah you know, Steve was just telling me how this was astonishing and that he couldn’t believe what the results were.

Question: What do you think of Simon Cowell taking the blame?

Drew Ryniewicz: I don’t believe that it was all Simon’s fault. I mean, overall, I still had the decision, and I didn’t fight for exactly what I should have. It’s not all his fault, I could have told him no.

Question: Are you planning on pursuing your career in Christian music of pop?

Drew Ryniewicz: I definitely want to be part of all the different kinds of music. What I stated at the end, that’s what I believe in, but that doesn’t quite make my music fall in that genre.

Question: Do you feel Simon pushed you in new ways?

Drew Ryniewicz: I don’t feel that Simon pushed me to do anything. We both thought that slow music could happen over and over, and finally when I didn’t agree anymore, I was eliminated.

Question: How important was it for you to voice your opinion to L.A. Reid about your performance of Skyscraper?

Drew Ryniewicz: It was very important to me to get him to understand, and I wanted America to hear the exact reasons that I do the things I do. L.A. knows exactly what I think.

Question: Has everything you accomplished sunk in yet?

Drew Ryniewicz: It’s unbelievable. Just getting to be on The X Factor, I couldn’t have asked for a better journey to take going into my singing career. It’s surreal, I got to work with Simon Cowell. It is something worth taking, but it feels more like a dream now that I look back.

Question: When you found out that Marcus Canty was in the bottom with you, did you think you would be going through since it was not the first time Marcus was there?

Drew Ryniewicz: I didn’t think that, I knew that I was not going through. I could see the judges’ faces, I knew that my save me song was not perfect. I didn’t think the judges would save me when week after week they told me to do something different. It wasn’t the greatest save me song.

Question: What do you think of Nicole Scherzinger saying that your voice needed to mature more?

Drew Ryniewicz: You know what, I actually know personally that my voice is very mature, and I know exactly what I want to be as an artist. Simon made the wrong song choice, and he apologized for that. I just don’t think Nicole got to see, or america got to see what I am capable of. I will definitely show you, on my album, what I am capable of.

Question: Do you think the clear rivalry between the judges played a part in your elimination?

Drew Ryniewicz: That could be a possiblity, because Simon, week after week wanted to go against the other judges, and I learned to accept that. I loved all the songs I did, but if I am not going to show being versatile, people aren’t going to vote for me. I know that they said it wasn’t me, they knew it wasn’t me, and they just really wanted Simon to realize that he can’t let someone do the same thing. I had so much more to show and Simon knew that.

Question: What was your proudest moment on the show?

Drew Ryniewicz: My proudest moment on show when I did Just a Dream by Nelly. I felt so comfortable with that song – it wasn’t super fast or slow, and I got to move around and be Drew. It was the most exciting and comfortable week for me, and I am so proud of that performance.

Question: What’s the next step for you?

Drew Ryniewicz: I am really excited to see what I can get into as an artist. I can’t wait to get an album and start writing with people. I am more than excited to have my first album – it’s going to be like first child and I can’t wait!

Best of luck to Drew! Be sure to tune in on Wednesday to see Rachel Crow, Melanie Amaro, Chris Rene, Josh Krajcik, and Marcus Canty perform once again for your votes on The X Factor on FOX!

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2 Responses to “The X Factor’s Drew Ryniewicz Does Not Blame Simon Cowell For Her Elimination”

  1. Brian Says:
    December 5th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    XFACTOR performance sales on iTunes… DREW ($130,000),… JOSH ($80,000),… MEL ($68,000),… CHRIS ($42,000),… RACH ($40,000),… MARCUS ($22,000). Five years from now Marcus is going to call Drew up and ask, “Can you get me and my friends tickets to the Grammies?”

  2. Kathy Sadler Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I just watched the Drew elimination show. There is no doubt in my mind that the girls let pettiness get in the way of the right thing to do. I love Marcus, but it was clear that if they went to deadlock, Marcus would have had the lowest amount of votes, and Paula had the vote that could have made that happen. Drew has a unique voice that will go on, no matter what. To the female judges, I say “Shame on you”!


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