“We watched the show back, but we believe we made a mistake with one act,” Cowell told the stunned live audience.
The blame for the blunder falls squarely on the shoulders of judge Britney Spears, who pitted the 13-year-old singing sensation against 16-year-old Arin Ray.
“I don’t think it’s right that either of these should go,” Cowell said after Brit-Brit spared the elder teen.
So instead of the previously announced Top 12, the “X Factor” finalist field has expanded to a Top 13.
It may be an unlucky number, but White certainly doesn’t feel that way.
“The X Factor” airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. on FOX.