The X Factor results show was not especially kind to Paige Thomas and Vino Alan last night, as the hopeful singers were each sent home.
Did the eliminations take these contestants by surprise?
"I wouldn't say I was expecting it," Thomas told reporters after the show. "But at this point in the competition, because everybody's so good, you can never really expect anything... I'm somewhat relaxed because now I can really just be myself."
Alan was more direct ("I didn't expect to go home," he said), while admitting he changed his Wednesday night song at the last moment from "Too Close" to "You've Lost that Loving Feeling."
But he holds no grade toward mentor L.A. Reid.
"I don't blame L.A.," he said. "I blame myself for not standing up. That's the advice I'd give to anybody: follow your gut."
Thomas also harbors no ill will toward Demi Lovato, saying she's grateful for that star's support.
"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."
Did you think Thomas and/or Alan deserved to be eliminated?