Rachel Crow has become the eighth act to be eliminated from the Top 12 of X Factor USA's first season.
The 13-year-old, who fell into the bottom two alongside Marcus Canty, was eliminated first during Thursday night's live results show after it was revealed that she had scored the lowest number of public votes following Wednesday's dance-themed night.
> 'The X Factor' USA: Top 5 results show - Live blog
"I just love you so much, everybody, for voting for me even though you didn't. Thank you for giving me this because without you I am nothing," Crow said following her elimination.
"I hope this is not my ending. You know what? I know it's not. I will go so far, I promise you. To my family, you were amazing and you made so many sacrifices for me and I love you."
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Her mentor Simon Cowell added: "I want to thank everyone who's voted for this young girl - she went out on the highest she could have gone out on. For the very first time I met her, I knew that we'll be hearing a lot more from Rachel Crow, and I give her my word on it."
Crow performed a cover of Etta James's 'I'd Rather Go Blind', while Canty chose the Rose Royce track 'I'm Going Down', covered by tonight's guest Mary J Blige. While both received generally positive feedback from the judges, the panel was split on who should go home.
Cowell unsurprisingly chose to save his own act Crow, while LA Reid went to bat for his act Canty.
Paula Abdul didn't hesitate to send home Canty, but Nicole Scherzinger wavered, claiming that she could not make a decision and would leave it to the public to decide.
> 'The X Factor' USA: Top 5 perform - Live blog
Scherzinger was clearly shocked at the deadlock result and was visibly distraught as Crow collapsed in tears on the stage upon hearing the news. The former Pussycat Dolls singer also received a loud booing from the audience, who were angry with the decision.
The acts remaining in the competition alongside Canty - and who will compete alongside him in next week's semi-final - are Chris Rene, Josh Krajcik and Melanie Amaro.
Tonight's episode also included a performance from Lenny Kravitz with a medley of his tracks 'Rock Star City Life' and 'Are You Gonna Go My Way?'
Blige also took to the stage to sing 'Need Someone' from her new album My Life II: The Journey Continues.
The X Factor USA continues on Wednesday (December 14) at 8/7c on Fox.
Watch Rachel Crow performing the Bruno Mars track 'Nothing on You' on The X Factor USA below: