The X Factor’s Paige Thomas on Almost Being Voted Off by Her Mentor and Keeping Emotions in Check — Exclusive
The November 15 X Factor results show was a tense one, as Demi Lovato had to vote to send home one of her mentees. Lucky for Paige Thomas, she received enough votes to stay on the show, while teammate Jennel Garcia was sent home. Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Paige at the X Factor Top 10 party to chat about being on the bottom, picking songs, and the drive to win.
What are your thoughts about the rankings (and being last)? I try not to think about my rankings too much. Because I feel like it will alter how I feel about myself as an artist. I don't think I'm a 10th place artist. But I appreciate being in 10th place because I have to pull that much more out of me. It pushes me that much more. All I can do is go up there and by myself and do my best every single time. If I were to go home and not think I did my best, I don't think I would be very happy. I hope that people connect to what I'm saying.
Does being 10th place make you stressed or feel Zen? At this point in the game, I like to relax. The more pressure added to me, or the more I may be pushed up against the wall, I try to remain calm and have a clear level head with what I'm going into. This whole competition has been an emotional rollercoaster for me. At the end of the bootcamp, I got caught up in the stress and emotions of everything, and it was hard to keep my emotions under control. The cool thing I learned from that experience is to just stay calm. Sometimes things aren't as bad as they seem. Bombs are dropping. At the end of the day, I'm getting to do what I love to do. Being at the bottom is a great highlight to some people's lives. I'm blessed to say my worst is being in the bottom. It pushes me to do what I really want, and expand, and take risks. How would you know how far you can go?
How adamant are you about your song choice? I have a lot of say so, me personally with my songs. The team I've been blessed to work with, they listen to me. Demi listens to what I say. Her first concern is, "Do you like your song choice?" I have a team, we'll brainstorm song ideas, go through them, and their job is to push me to new limits and expand the perspective. At the end of the day, I walk away very happy with the song choice I picked.
Was it weird working with Demi after she picked Jennel over you? A lot of people were like, "That would have been weird or awkward." But she was put in a very hard position. I understand that. I told her, "I want you to understand that I hold no grudge towards you. You were in a very hard position." Jennel is a great artist, great vocalist, just a beautiful person all around. I don't feel like Jennel and I should have been the bottom that week. I'm very happy to say I've gotten through that, but sad because Jennel is no longer here. Just one person from Team Demi. It's hard, and there are no hard feelings in the industry. It jus shows I have a lot of work to do.
There can only be one winner. Everyone's going to go home except for one person, so there are no hard feelings at all. That's her opinion, she's entitled to it. And there's nothing wrong with her opinion. I don't think that because she said Jennel, that means she doesn't like me. She's been a great mentor to me, and I'm happy to work with her.