updated 12/09/2011 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 12/09/2011 AT 11:00 AM ET
After her shocking elimination on Thursday’s episode of The X Factor, a heartbroken Rachel Crow began to sob while the crowd booed judge Nicole Scherzinger, whose indecisiveness ultimately led to Crow’s axing by viewer vote.
“I am not feeling the greatest, but I will be fine,” the 13-year-old singer told reporters after the show. “I have definitely felt way better than this.”
Crow, who had been one of the show’s frontrunners, said she ran into a tearful Scherzinger backstage after the results were announced.
“She told me that she was sorry,” Crow said. “I don’t know why she said that, but I saw her in her dressing room and … I told her it was okay and not her fault.”