"It's difficult for America to identify with groups, but I have all the faith in the world that both of my groups have laid it all on this stage and they're going to continue, and they're going to 'wow' everyone right now," Abdul said once the bottom two acts were revealed.
Jones revealed InTENsity and Stereo Hogzz had received the lowest amount of votes after announcing that Marcus Canty, Drew Ryniewicz, LeRoy Bell, "Astro" Brian Bradley, Lakoda Rayne, Rachel Crow, Chris Renee, Josh Krajcik, Melanie Amaro, and Stacy Francis had all advanced in the competition. According to Jones, the names of the 10 acts who had survived another week were called out in no particular order.
Lakoda Rayne was Abdul's third group act. Astro, Rene and Canty were the three acts in Reid's "Boys Under 30" category. Cowell mentored Drew, Amaro and Crow in the "Girls Under 30" category, and Scherzinger's three "Over 30" acts consisted of Francis, Krajcik and Bell.
As the bottom two acts, InTENsity and Stereo Hogzz were then required to "sing for their survival" in the hopes The X Factor judges would vote to keep them on the show. After the acts performed, the judges offered them feedback and then cast their votes for who they believed should remain in the competition.
In the event of a 2-2 tie, Jones explained it would be a deadlock in which the act who had received the lowest amount of home viewer votes would automatically be eliminated.
"You know, based on last night's performance, the guys last night [Stereo Hogzz], I meant what I said. That performance last night was sensational. I also see a gap in the market for you kids [InTENsity]. If I'm going to judge it based on the two performances I've just seen, which I think I should, the act I'm going to send home -- because I thought they were the weakest on the night -- is Stereo Hogzz," Cowell told both acts.
"I just have to say something very quick. I need you all to know you're winners and this competition, it is a competition, but it's more than a normal one because it's more than five million dollars because you're winning millions of fans. Based on everything in my experience with everyone and please, this is so difficult, the act I'm sending home is InTENsity," Abdul told the group.
"The Stereo Hogzz, I've seen so much growth in you and you're challenging yourselves already throughout this competition. I don't want to do it, but I know that I have to send someone home. Each one of you, I'm so proud of you. You're stars in your own right. I just feel like one group was a little bit more prepared. The act I'm sending home is InTENsity," Scherzinger said.
"Well, first of all, all of you guys have really put in a lot of work. I've seen a lot of growth. You really need an answer right now?" Reid asked Jones, who replied yes. "InTENsity, I'm going to have to send you home."
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