updated 10/10/2013 AT 2:30 PM ET
•originally published 10/10/2013 AT 9:00 AM ET
The X Factor’s nail-biting elimination round got even more tense on Wednesday night when judge Paulina Rubio admitted she’d made a mistake and had second thoughts about a contestant she’d booted from the show.
With the Over 25s and Girls teams decided last week, Rubio’s Boys were performing for their chance to make it to the live shows.
In a dramatic double-switch, Rubio initially sent home the painfully shy but vocally powerful Tim Olstad – who sang Miley Cyrus’s “The Climb” – but then called him back, saying she’d been wrong, and had him take a seat in her final four chairs.
Joining Olstad, 24, on Rubio’s team is Carlos Guevara, a 16-year-old high school student with Tourette syndrome who said that “music was the only medicine that worked” in his struggle with his neurological disorder. He impressed the judges with “Ain’t No Sunshine (When She’s Gone).”
“You have something unique,” Rubio said.
Carlito Olivero, the 24-year-old barista who admitted to having a big crush on his mentor, talked about the difficulty of leaving his family in Chicago to pursue a music career in L.A. “I have the richest family in the world,” he said. “The only thing we didn’t have was money.”