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Cowell: Rachel Crow has 'steel'

Simon Cowell has likened former US X Factor finalist Rachel Crow to Jennifer Hudson, predicting a glittering future for her.

The 13-year-old's shock exit from the show - when she was eliminated after judge Nicole Scherzinger chose to go to Deadlock - reminded the X Factor judge of his previous days on American Idol.

"Seeing that happen before with someone like Jennifer Hudson, sometimes when you go out like this, in a weird way it goes in your favour," Simon told Entertainment Tonight.

"She was incredible tonight. Incredible people get work and they get success, but you've got to have that steel... She's got steel, this girl," he added.

Rachel made a dramatic departure after she found herself in the bottom two opposite LA Reid's act Marcus Canty, leaving judges Paula Abdul and Nicole split over their decision.

The X Factor semi-finals, featuring soul singer Marcus, rapper Chris Rene, rocker Josh Krajcik and diva Melanie Amaro kick off on December 14.

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