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For two weeks in a row, the act voted off The X Factor has been a group mentored by Paula Abdul, so going into the results show Thursday night, she only had one contestant left -- the all-girl band Lakoda Rayne, who was in the bottom two the previous week.
So did Lakoda Rayne have to go, like Stereo Hogzz and InTENsity before them? Abdul was obviously invested in her remaining act, and for once, her protege was deemed safe, meaning two individual X Factor hopefuls would have to battle it out for the judges' save after rock week in the talent competition.
"I told you so," Abdul told fellow judge Simon Cowell when host Steve Jones announced the girl group would return next week, People reports.
This week, it was an over-30 singer, Stacy Francis, mentored by judge Nicole Scherzinger, and a young guy, Astro, who were both in the bottom two.
Francis, 42, who originally sang the Meatloaf song "It''s All Coming Back to Me Now" for competition, performed "Amazing Grace" for the judges. When Astro, 15, came on stage, he originally said he didn't want to perform but eventually, rapped to "Never Can Say Goodbye."
For the ultimate judgment, L.A. Reid voted to send Stacy home, but scolded Astro for acting "like a quitter." Scherzinger stood by Stacy, voting Astro off the show; and Abdul voted with Reid, leaving the decisive vote to Cowell.
Cowell took the opportunity to lecture Astro: "I don't like your attitude right now. You are showing disrespect to your mum, you're showing disrespect to the audience at home."
"I don't want to perform for people who don't want me here," Astro said, eliciting boos from the audience.
In the end, Cowell said he had to vote for the person who had the best chance of winning. "I really don't want to do this" he said, as he cast the final vote to boot Stacy from the competition.
Looking heartbroken, Stacy nonetheless thanked the judges for the experience:
"I want to take a serious moment to thanks the judges," she said on the verge of tears. "I had an amazing journey ... I can't believe I'm going home but somebody has to go home."
Watch Stacy's rock-week performance!