Will The X Factor’s Only Remaining Group Survive?

Lakoda Rayne

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updated 11/17/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET

originally published 11/17/2011 AT 10:00 AM ET

The inaugural season of The X Factor hasn’t been kind to the groups. Only Lakoda Rayne remains, and they’re feeling the pressure ahead of Thursday’s elimination.

“We’re not only fighting to keep ourselves in the competition but to keep Paula Abdul in the competition as well,” Cari Fletcher told PEOPLE after their Wednesday performance on the Fox show. “She has been the most-involved mentor out of all of them. She’s the most inspirational and amazing woman.”

On Wednesday, Lakoda Rayne sang “Your Love” by The Outfield and earned mixed reviews. Simon Cowell called their performance “a complete mess,” but Paula defended them, saying, “These girls have earned their place right here on this stage.”

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