'The X Factor' eliminates Beatrice Miller and Arin Ray in double elimination
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/23/2012
The X Factor eliminated two acts and determined its Top 8 second-season finalists Thursday night during the Fox reality singing competition's live results show.
Beatrice Miller and Arin Ray 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 10 performance show.
Ray, a 17-year-old from Cincinnati, OH, was automatically eliminated without any discussion or voting from The X Factor judges after the singer was declared the tenth-place act with the least amount of votes. Ray was in judge Britney Spears' "Teens" category.
"You know, I think you should just take this as a learning experience and this isn't the last people are going to hear from you," Spears told Ray following his elimination.
Miller, a 13-year-old from Maplewood, NJ, was sent home by judges Spears, Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, and Demi Lovato via a 3-1 vote instead of fellow contestant Cece Frey, a 21-year-old from Decatur, IL, after both girls were revealed to be the two next lowest vote-getters. Miller was a member of Spears' category, while Frey is one of the artists who represents Lovato's "Young Adults" category.
"Sweetheart, you are so young. You have so far to go. This is just the beginning for you, and the song you sang tonight was excruciating and hard, and you're a true star in my eyes and you will always be," Spears told Miller upon her ouster.
"I just want to tell my sister that I love them and I'm sorry," Miller said.
As the two remaining bottom-three acts, Miller and Frey 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.
"The act that I'm sending home is Beatrice Miller," Lovato announced.
"The act I'm going to have to send home is Cece," Spears said.
It then became time for the two impartial judges to reveal their decision.
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"Well, there's nothing easy about this. This is a very, very tough call, and I wouldn't have imagined either of them being in the bottom at this point in the competition. Ugh, you've both had good nights, you both have had bad nights. But, the act that I'm sending home is Beatrice Miller," Reid explained.
"You know what? Beatrice, I liked you from the beginning, but I think this is all getting too much for you. Cece, you've been in the bottom a lot. Beatrice, I don't think this is the right time for you right now, sweetheart. I'm going to send you home," Cowell noted.
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. Eighth place received the least amount of votes, while first place earned the most.
Lopez and Kardashian revealed the results starting from eighth place, which obviously went to Frey. Fifth Harmony finished in seventh place. Sixth place went to Paige Thomas, a 22-year-old from San Antonio, TX. Diamond White, a 13-year-old from Los Angeles, CA, finished in fifth place, while Emblem 3 landed in fourth.
Third place went to Vino Alan, a 40-year-old from Laquey, MO, who has claimed the third spot since the leaderboard rankings were first introduced.
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 third time in a row. Stevens finished in second place, while Sonenclar claimed the number one top spot for the first time this season.
In addition to Frey, Thomas is the other remaining act in Lovato's "Young Adults" category. White and Sonenclar are the remaining members of Spears' "Teens" category. Stevens and Alan are the remaining artists in Reid's "Over 25s" category, while Cowell's "Groups" category still features Emblem 3 and Fifth Harmony.