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Week three of live eliminations turned out to be a rough night for Demi Lovato on "The X Factor."

After Simon Cowell's hip-hop trio Lyric 145 was eliminated by the public vote, two of the three contestants on Lovato's team -- Paige Thomas and Jennel Garcia -- were forced to go head-to-head in a sing-off to determine the evening's second elimination. And Cowell didn't make the tough moment any easier for Lovato.

After L.A. Reid and Britney Spears voted for Garcia to go home, Cowell could've done the same and Lovato wouldn't have had to cast a vote of her own. Instead, he forced Lovato to make a choice.

"I knew I was gonna keep Paige which meant [Demi] wasn't going to have to make a decision," Cowell explains after the show with his trademark wicked grin. "I thought, bearing in mind they're both your artists, I want to see which one you're going to. »

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