"Blessed, blessed. We're blessed to stand on this stage with Lakoda Rayne. We're blessed to get the comments from the judges. Man, we love you all. We thank you for the opportunity, man," a Stereo Hogzz member said following his group's ouster.
Stereo Hogzz ended up in the bottom two alongside Lakoda Rayne -- the other "Group" category act Abdul had been mentoring besides her third act InTENsity, who got sent home during last week's live results show when they had finished in the bottom two with the Stereo Hogzz.
"It is another nightmare situation. I can't say any other words, but I will tell you this, I'm most proud and I would not have wanted any other category," Abdul said once the bottom two acts were revealed. "They know who they are. They're magical, and they're going to go on to sell records no matter what."
Jones revealed Stereo Hogzz and Lakoda Rayne had received the lowest amount of votes after announcing that Stacy Francis, "Astro" Brian Bradley, Melanie Amaro, Marcus Canty, LeRoy Bell, Rachel Crow, Josh Krajcik, Drew Ryniewicz, and Chris Renee had all advanced in the competition. According to Jones, the names of the nine acts who had survived another week were called out in no particular order.
Astro, Renee 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, Stereo Hogzz and Lakoda Rayne were then required to "sing for their survival" in the hopesThe 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.
"Well, I thought that in the 'save me' performances, both of you kind of struggled. [Hayley Orrantia], you had a really rough beginning there and you guys have struggled and had an identity crisis throughout, in my opinion, although you've really improved. I thought yesterday was really good. Stereo Hogzz on the other hand, I thought you guys were much better in your 'save me.' But throughout the competition, I've struggled with your song choices. So, it's really, really tough. It's really, really difficult because I admire both of you, but the act that I am sending home is the Stereo Hogzz," Reid told both groups.
"Girls, you know how much I adore each one of you and you're so beautiful. Stereo Hogzz, I've been so impressed by how much you've grown and how much you've transformed throughout this competition. I admire you for your hard work and for your spirit and heart and soul and everything you do, but I have to go with my heart and I'm all about female empowerment. I'm going with my girls. So, the act I'm sending home is the Stereo Hogzz," Scherzinger said.
"I'm sorry, Simon. I'm sorry. I cannot -- I'm not going to do this. I can't do this. I'm too close to both acts and I love them both very much and they've worked very hard. I'm sorry, I can't do it. I can't do it," Abdul explained in tears.
"She's not going to vote," Cowell said on Abdul's behalf as she was getting choked up.
"So Paula is abstaining from voting? The rules state I have to go with the majority of the other three judges, which means you have the deciding vote. Actually, Simon, I'm going to take it out of your hands. If Paula doesn't vote and she's abstaining, Stereo Hogzz go home," Jones announced.
"I'm not going to do this again. I'm not. I'm sorry. You're going to have to do this," Abdul said.
However, after Jones kept pushing for an answer, Abdul finally came to a conclusion and made her decision.
"Then, I want the Stereo Hogzz. I want to save the Stereo Hogzz. I'm going to send -- I love you girls. I can't do this! You know what, I'm sorry, I'm not going to do this," Abdul said in frustration. "I want the Stereo Hogzz to at least have this chance. I'm sending home Lakoda Rayne."
"The act I'm going to save is the one I believe has the potential -- the act I'm sending home, and I don't want to do this because I like both acts genuinely -- I don't think America's got to know either act properly yet. The act I'm sending home is the Stereo Hogzz," Cowell revealed.