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Arin Ray has been a major swoon factor on not one but two seasons of The X Factor USA. After his elimination on Thanksgiving Day (we’ll never forgive you, FOX), we got a chance to catch up with the teen heartthrob. Speaking exclusively with Wetpaint Entertainment, Arin jokingly revealed the contestants’ plan to knock Tate out of the top spot — and who he hopes will win.

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Who do you think is going to win?
I have no idea. I'd love for it to be someone from Britney's team, because that was my team. So Carly [Rose Sonenclar] or Diamond [White]. But anybody could win this at this point. Everybody in the competition deserves to win.

Did you talk about the ranking, and the fact that the same people are in the Top 3? Is that discouraging?
No, it's not discouraging. It's like, "how do we get them out of the Top 3?" I came up with this joke, Operation Get Tate Out Of the Number 1 Spot. Somebody had to get him out.

And somebody did.
Yep. And Carly did it!

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