In some ways TV talent contests can almost be compared to the gladiatorial arenas of ancient Rome. They can be incredibly cruel, yet they serve the purpose of propelling the very best to much greater heights.
The ultimate test for Rachel was in how she would react once she was on the receiving end of such a massive injustice.
She had given the performance of a lifetime with 'Cabaret', only to be rejected at the final hurdle.
Andy and I will be giving our thoughts on the IDA final in a later post. Suffice to say at this stage that for Samantha it was a case of too much too soon. Her early exit in the final begs the question of how different things could have been had Rachel been in her shoes.
By that stage it was blindingly obvious to everyone that Andrew had made a colossal blunder in sending Rachel home. But seriously, after seeing her rendition of 'As Long As He Needs Me', exactly who could have doubted it anyway?
The overwhelming message from Rachel's expression, body language and vocal delivery was that of defiance and self-belief. Far from dissolving into a bundle of tears and emotion, she came out fighting, head held high. This is a girl who was made for the stage and deserves her every moment in the spotlight.
Vocally this was a tremendous, faultless performance, leading lady material through and through.
A particularly nice touch is the momentary camera switch to fiance Guy during the final lines, a man who must have been feeling both immense sadness and pride at that precise moment.
'I'd Do Anything' was but a stepping stone for Rachel, on a career path which will span decades.
Watch the video below and see a transitional moment in the making of a huge star.