Last night it was time for L.A. Reid, Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell and Britney Spears to slice the X Factor acts down from 16 to 12.
‘They’re like my children, so it’s going to be very hard to choose which one of my children will go home,’ Britney said, presumably not meaning that she’s driven with her acts on her knee as she did with Sean Preston when he was five months old.
But she did drop one of them, as he nearly did with Sean again allegedly back in 2006, and in all seriousness, it seemed like a painful decision to make for the sensitive star.
The beauty decided to send 13-year-old Diamond White home after her amazingly moving version of Elton John’s Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word.
Khloe faced a hiccup as she tried to yelling over the baying crowd to ask Simon whether it would be easy for him tonight, he replied with an annoyed: ‘Sorry?’
Each mentor picked two of their four acts for a safe pass through, then the remaining two acts in each category had to sing for survival.
In the Young Adults group (ages 17-24), Demi put through Jennel Garcia and Paige Thomas.
Backstage, sobbing Jennel told Khloe: ‘I’m so happy for myself.’ While Paige was dumbstruck, and could only say: ‘I can’t put into words what this means.’
‘This is like the hardest decision ever,’ she said.
When she finally sent Diamond home with a pained expression on her face as she tried to halt the tears, the youngster said bravely: ‘I’m still going to keep smiling. I still love you, Britney.’