In the roughest double elimination yet on “The X Factor,” Paige Thomas and Vino Alan were sent packing as the top 8 was narrowed down to a top 6.
Thomas (who received the week’s lowest amount of votes overall) had delivered a personal best performance with a sexy spin on Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up,” while Alan (who faced 13-year-old Diamond White in a survival sing-off) stumbled on Hall & Oates’ version of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” but remained an early favorite who had consistently placed near the top of the show’s weekly rankings.
“I wouldn’t say I was expecting it,” Thomas revealed after the show. “But at this point in the competition, because everybody’s so good, you can never really expect anything. I don’t want to say I was OK, because obviously I wanted to win, but at the same time I’m somewhat relaxed because now I can really just be myself.”
“I didn’t expect to go home,” Alan said. “I had a sense I’d sing today because of the song choice yesterday.”
Although Alan wasn’t thrilled with the last minute song choice of “Lovin’ Feelin'” — he would’ve preferred Alex Clare’s “Too Close” or Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” — he’s not holding any grudges against mentor L.A. Reid for picking the song. “I don’t blame L.A.,” Alan explained. “I blame myself for not standing up. That’s the advice I’d give to anybody: follow your gut.”
In the end, Reid was the only judge who voted to keep Alan in the competition after the sing-off with White. Alan said he knew Britney Spears would side with White since she’s the young singer’s mentor, but he was hoping Demi Lovato or Simon Cowell might save him. “I asked [Simon] afterwards if I said something that upset him. That’s what instantly went to my brain, that I must have said something,” Alan said. “He said no, and he said it’s not over for me. I can’t quit music unfortunately, so I’m ready to make some records.”
Alan is also eager to spend time with his new girlfriend, chef Lindsay Crolius, and his 15-year-old son. Thomas is equally excited to get back to her 3-year-old daughter, and plans to pursue modeling and dance in addition to singing.
She remains grateful to her mentor, Lovato, who Thomas says became personally invested in all of her contestants. “We spent a lot of time with [Demi], especially compared to all the other judges,” Thomas said. “She really did take time to sit down with us and talk to us. She’s got a career that she’s still building and so do I, but I’d definitely like to stay in touch with her.”
After the elimination, Thomas says Lovato was in shock and told her “[you] don’t need this competition.” Thomas’ last remaining teammate CeCe Frey was also upset: “[CeCe] said ‘I loved you,’ and she was crying which I just thought was weird. Like, ‘Why are you crying? You’re still here and I’m OK.’ But it’s emotional for some people. Some people handle the stress differently.”
With only three weeks left in the competition, Alan has no predictions about who will come out on top. “I don’t mean this boisterously at all but seeing that they cut me, I don’t know,” he said. “It’s anybody’s game. CeCe’s in there. Everybody.”