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Paige Thomas was the first act to be eliminated last night on The X Factor Season 2, shocking both the judges and the live audience. After the show, Wetpaint Entertainment caught up exclusively with Paige to chat about her elimination, what mentor Demi Lovato said to her after she was cut, and what she plans to do next.

You took it so gracefully. Were you kind of expecting it?
Um… I don’t want to say that I was expecting it, but you know, at this point in the competition because everyone is so good, you can never really kind of expect anything. I don’t know. For some reason, I don’t want to say I was okay because obviously I wanted to win, but, at the same time, I’m somewhat relaxed because now I can really just be myself. There’s a few things that I saw when I was trying to struggle and I told my mentor that I just – so now I can just go ten fold on how I really see myself as an artist. This has opened so many doors for me, and I’m so excited because now I can do it without any limits.

There were some tweets tonight that there were problems with your votes like they were being rejected? Is that true?
Yeah, I saw that, that’s what had happened. That’s what I’ve been tweeted a lot today, too. So, I don’t really know how true that is, but I mean, it is what it is. Whatever. I mean, I’m top eight. You know? This is the best season, I think, on almost any of these talent competitions, I think personally. But, yeah, I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I did get people tweeting me saying that they called and my lines were closed or that they were cancelled. Whatever that means.

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What did Demi say to you?
She just said that she was in shock and that I don’t need this competition.

Was everything you yesterday? Or is there stuff that you wish you could have tweaked?
For the most part, everything was me. But, you know, not in everything, no. My mentor still had a little bit to say, and she had some say in the things I did. But as far as, like, the dancers and stuff like that…

That was definitely cool.
Yeah, that’s who I am. I’m not just a singer. There’s so many different sides to me that people haven’t even seen yet. They’d have no idea about, so I’m so excited to have them. I really want to get into modeling again and really kind of go there. I want to, you know, work with makeup lines and Cover Girl and stuff like that. Dancing is a big thing of mine that I absolutely love to do so, maybe I’ll take a few more classes and tap into different types of dancing and different styles. I don’t know, I feel good about me leaving right now. Um, I don’t know why, but something in my heart is saying that it’s okay. It’s almost, like, perfect timing. I believe that everything works out for a certain reason. I don’t think it just happens just because, because I absolutely did my best last night. I know in my heart that my performance last night was not no eighth place, you know? 

Excuse me if I am stepping out of line, but it’s a voting competition, you know? That’s not in my hands. All I can do is just do my best at each and every moment. I can honestly say that I’ve grown each time that I have stepped out on stage I have evolved, and I have a lot to take with me.