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John Young
November 18, 2011 AT 08:18 AM EST

Don’t click through if you don’t want a SPOILER about last night’s installment of The X Factor. The show’s third eliminated act chats with EW after the jump:

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Stacy Francis, the 42-year-old single mother from Brooklyn who was eliminated Thursday night, told journalists backstage that she didn’t understand the controversial behavior of fellow finalist Astro. “You can call him a teenager and give him an excuse, but I think he wasn’t gracious in that moment,” said Francis. “In the real scheme of things, no matter what, you have to be grateful. I think America is really down on people who take on arrogance that way, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s in the bottom two again next week.

Having said that, Francis also took some responsibility for her own stage demeanor this week. “[Wednesday] night, when I was standing in front of the judges, it came off like [I was] arrogant,” she admitted. “But I was basically in shock. I was very disappointed in myself, and yet the fans thought I was being arrogant. I think I have to manage my emotions and just be more humble.”

Francis said that she’ll now begin to focus on getting signed by a management company. “I do have to feed my children,” she said, “so that’s the goal.” She also revealed which remaining act she’ll be rooting for: Josh Krajcik. “I think Josh has a really good chance of winning,” said Francis. “When he would sing, I would hear his tone, and I would be moved myself. I hope he goes all the way.”

EW got to briefly speak with Francis one-on-one:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Overall, do you think you were able to adequately show off who you want to be as a recording artist?

STACY FRANCIS: No. The songs that were picked for me weren’t songs that I’d definitely want to record. But I’m hoping that I’ll be able to release a song and show what I do and who I really am as an artist.

Compared to other shows like American Idol, there’s a lot more “flash” on The X Factor — the dancers, giant video screens, etc. Do you think the actual singing ability of the performers is being overshadowed?

I think it’s all there to support the artists. That’s what we would do if we were professional and we were out there. That’s what you’d have supporting you. I really respect the way the show has given the artists this showcase.

What are you going to miss most about The X Factor?

I loved everybody I was working with. I loved the production team and just being able to sing every week. I learned a lot about myself, and I’m going to miss the Over 30s [singers]. LeRoy and Josh were amazing people, and I’m hoping that Josh wins it for the Overs.

Do you think you were at a disadvantage by not being a part of Simon’s group?

I’ll always believe that. He stands up really hard-core for his contestants. I believe a girl will win [the competition]. Simon throws everybody who’s not in his category under the bus. He’s playing the game really tight. And I feel like I deserved a chance to stay and really grow and learn more about myself as an artist. But it’s a game. Did they get rid of me because I’m a heavy competitor, or did I really deserve to go home?

Do you think you deserved the criticism the judges gave you this week?

No, no, not at all. I think they were very harsh. I didn’t think it was that bad.

After your first audition, I have two words for you: waterproof mascara?

Oh, I’m hoping I get a waterproof mascara deal! [laughs] So Revlon and L’Oreal, call me up! You’ll see a picture of me in their commercial with the mascara running down [my cheeks], and then I’ll be like, “Hey! Don’t use the mascara I used in that audition — use this one!”

Read more on The X Factor:

‘X Factor’ Nov. 17 recap: Stop Disrespecting My Mom!

‘X Factor’: On the scene for Top 10’s Rock Week

‘X Factor’ renewed: What should the show ditch/keep?

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