updated 11/29/2012 AT 9:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/29/2012 AT 9:40 PM ET
And so was the second.
The top eight contestants sang No. 1 hits Wednesday in an emotional night. Keep reading to find out which two performers were sent packing – and who’s in season 2’s top six …
Paige Thomas was the first to go – which is shocking because she toned down her over-the-top performing style to sing Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” like a like a “legitimate pop star,” according to Simon Cowell.