'The X Factor' ousts Paige Thomas and Vino Alan and determines Top 6
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/30/2012
The X Factor ousted two acts and determined its Top 6 second-season finalists Thursday night during the Fox reality singing competition's live results show.
Paige Thomas and Vino Alan were ousted from the competition after The X Factor co-hosts Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez revealed they were at the bottom of the leaderboard based on home viewer votes cast immediately following Wednesday night's Top 8 performance show.
Thomas, a 22-year-old from San Antonio, TX, was automatically eliminated without any discussion or voting from The X Factor judges after the singer was declared the eighth-place act with the least amount of votes. Thomas was in judge Demi Lovato's "Young Adults" category.
"Now I'm excited because I get to go home and really put in some work and show everyone that I got bigger things to do and better things. I'm excited for what I have in the future," Thomas said following her ouster.
Alan, a 40-year-old from Laquey, MO, was sent home by judges Lovato, Britney Spears, Simon Cowell, and L.A. Reid via a 3-1 vote instead of fellow contestant Diamond White, a 13-year-old from Los Angeles, CA, after both artists were revealed to be the two next lowest vote-getters. Alan was a member of Reid's category, while White is one of the artists who represents Spears' "Teens" category.
"The main thing is that America didn't even hear what I have, because I don't know, last week -- you were right yesterday. I'm real shocked at this though that you wouldn't give me an opportunity, but stay inspired. Keep in touch. Unfortunately, I can't stop making music. I'm going to keep making music," Alan explained after he was eliminated.
As the two remaining bottom-three acts, Alan and White were 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 whom they believed should be eliminated from the competition.
In the event of a 2-2 tie, it would be a deadlock and the act who had received the lower amount of home viewer votes would automatically be eliminated.
"There are no two acts in this competition that I would rather not have to vote between because I really sincerely love both of them, and you both have done a great, great job in this competition. I'm proud of you both. And I'm deeply, deeply shocked that we're even in this position, and I don't even like my own decision in this one, but I have to send home the beautiful Diamond White," Reid announced.
"Both acts did an amazing job, but the act that I'm sending home is Vino," Spears said.
It then became time for the two impartial judges to reveal their decision.
"Honestly, I don't want to send either of you home because you're so unbelievably talented and you both deserve to be here. But I have to make a decision and the act that I'm going to send home is Vino, I'm sorry," Lovato noted.
"I feel exactly the same way as L.A. I really, really do like both of these singers. Oh crap. Both, I've gotta tell you, you both sounded wonderful in that sing-off. I'm going to send home Vino," Cowell explained.
At the end of last night's broadcast, Lopez and Kardashian announced the order of which the remaining finalist acts had finished based upon the number of home viewer votes they had received after Wednesday night's performance show. Sixth place received the least amount of votes, while first place earned the most.
Lopez and Kardashian revealed the results starting from sixth place, which obviously went to White. Cece Frey, a 21-year-old from Decatur, IL, finished in fifth place. Fifth Harmony claimed fourth.
Lopez announced only one percent of the vote separated the Top 3. Third place went to Emblem 3. Carly Rose Sonenclar, a 13-year-old from Mamaroneck, NY, and Tate Stevens, a 37-year-old from Raymore, MO, were revealed to be the week's Top 2 acts for the fourth time in a row. Stevens finished in second place, while Sonenclar claimed the number one top spot for the second consecutive time.
In addition to White, Sonenclar is the other remaining act in Spears' "Teens" category. Frey is the only singer left in Lovato's "Young Adults" category. Stevens is the only remaining artist in Reid's "Over 25s" category, while Cowell's "Groups" category still features Emblem 3 and Fifth Harmony.