“That really threw me off, them playing that track,” a very down Ray tells reporters after the show about the incident in which fellow contenders Lyric145’s song began playing instead of his, Madonna’s “Crazy For You.”
“My intro, I couldn’t even figure out when I was supposed to come in,” he continues. “So, it was really hard for me. It threw me all the way off and my mindset for the song really wasn’t there anymore.”
Ray ended up receiving some disappointing remarks from the judges. While his mentor, Britney Spears, thought he nailed it, L.A. Reid said he expected Ray to fight harder at this point. Demi Lovato actually said, “I think you also lack soul.” Ouch. Simon Cowell plainly said that Ray seemed as if he hated the song. But, the performer says that couldn’t be further from the truth.
“My song choice was perfect,” The Cincinnati native refutes. “Literally, if [the false start] wouldn’t have happened, everything would have fallen into place. I would’ve gotten great comments. I know it.”
While Lyric145 felt badly for the singer, group member Lyric Da Queen, 23, joked, “We thought it was an encore.”
“I went up to him,” Julien “Jewlz” Joseph, 19, says sincerely. “I told him, ‘I know it sucks. But, it’s a technical difficulty and it’s out of your control.’”
But the group also thinks he shouldn’t dwell on the incident. “When something happens, you have to figure out a way to overcome it and keep on pushing,” Lyric Da Queen explains.
For the 17-year-old who found himself in the dubious position of being ranked No. 11 out of 12 last week, it isn’t that cut and dry. Regardless, he’s preparing for a possible sing off on Thursday’s double elimination episode.
“If I’m in the bottom two tomorrow, I really hope whomever is in the bottom two is ready, because I’m going to kill it.” he says.
Watch Ray’s performance again above.
The X Factor airs at 8 PM on Wednesdays and Thursdays on FOX.
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