updated 11/16/2012 AT 10:15 AM ET
•originally published 11/15/2012 AT 11:00 PM ET
Double elimination time on The X Factor!
The top 12 performed songs by divas the night before – and then faced a night of diva-worthy drama on Thursday’s show. And it was a particularly tough night for the young adults’ coach, Demi Lovato, after the outcome of the viewers’ votes were revealed.
Keep reading for all the results …
Early in the hour, hosts Mario Lopez and Khloé Kardashian announced the act with the lowest number of votes was Simon Cowell’s hip-hop group Lyric 145, who performed a mash-up of Queen’s “We Will Rock You” and Katy Perry’s “E.T.” on Wednesday.
“We didn’t get the opportunity to show what we really had,” frontwoman Lyric Da Queen said. “We had original lyrics … But we’re just taking the good with the bad right now.”
Nine acts were then declared safe, leaving two to sing for survival – and they were both from Demi’s team: Jennel Garcia and Paige Thomas.
Jennel performed an emotional rendition of Hoobastank’s “The Reason,” and Paige sang Coldplay’s “Paradise.”
Then the judges had to vote for the act they wanted to send home.
“I’m shocked that either of them are at the bottom,” L.A. Reid said. He voted to send home Jennel. Britney followed his lead. Simon refused to say his choice and forced Demi to go first. “The act that I’m going to send home is Paige,” she said. It was up to Simon to avoid a tie – and he picked Jennel.
Not an Easy Night for Demi
So, Demi was the only one to reject Paige – and she’ll have to work with her again next week. Awkward!
“You’re so unbelievably talented and you have a future ahead of you so I’m not worried,” Demi told Jennel on the show. “I love you and I really, really believe in you.”
After the show, a “bummed” Lovato told PEOPLE, that it “wasn’t an easy night” for her. “I genuinely think that Jennel is just more talented,” she explained. “I think that Paige has a more star quality to her which is going to help her as an advantage. I think that Jennel definitely didn’t deserve to go home, and I couldn’t let her go home tonight.”
“As we get closer and closer to the end of this I’ve invested so much time,” she continued, “so it is not like I am losing a contestant; I am also losing a friend that I worked so hard with over the last couple of weeks. It is kind of a blessing and a curse that I get so close to my contestants.”
The Top 10
Before the show wrapped, the co-hosts announced the ranking of the top 10 based on who got the most votes. They are:
10. Paige Thomas
9. Arin Ray
8. Beatrice Miller
7. Diamond White
6. Fifth Harmony
5. CeCe Frey
3. Vino Alan
2. Carly Rose Sonenclar
1. Tate Stevens
The show’s only country singer does it again!
Reporting by PATRICK GOMEZ