X Factor Results: Did the Right Act Go Home?

Michael Slezak is on vacation. Tonight’s X Factor recap was written by TVLine contributor Mitch Rustad. 

Though it’s already been renewed for a second season, The X Factor is still in its infancy, as evidenced by the fact that Thursday night was the very first, official, live results show. History in the making, and just in the nick of time, right? If you’re anything like me, you giddily settled in to watch the power of the people (via their texts, Tweets, apps, phone numbers… any vote-generating technology I missed?) finally grab the spotlight from those ever-sniping, occasionally infuriating, judges.

But before we reveal the first of our 12 finalists to get the historic heave-ho — was it America’s sexiest singing 60-year-old grandpa, LeRoy Bell, the harmonious but bland Lakoda Rayne, the fresh-faced InTENsity, or perhaps a buzz-creating, shock elimination no one saw coming? —  let’s quickly review the formalities.

After a rehash of clips from last night’s live performance show — most aptly summed up by two words…gush alert! — and that shameless Pepsi plug were safely out of the way, the top 10 vote-getting acts (in no particular order, and interrupted by seemingly endless, torturous pauses and commercial breaks) were revealed, leaving the final two acts into a winner-take-all sing for survival showdown. All I can say is, poor Paula!

Botton Two Vote-Getters
InTENsity
The Stereo Hogzz

As Group Mentor, Abdul was clearly distraught to see two of her acts already on the chopping block, and this forced into the final showdown sing-off that put the judges right back on the hot seat.

The Survival Showdown
The Stereo Hogzz were up first, harmonizing beautifully if tentatively through the Bee Gees’ “Emotion” while InTENsity chose a far more upbeat, energetic number, Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You.” It was painful to see such raw emotion and nerves played in such drastically opposing musical backdrops — clearly both groups seemed to feel that they were singing for their lives — with so much at stake, but finally, it was time for the judges (far too quickly in my opinion) to send one act home. Here’s how they voted:

Simon: The Stereo Hogzz
Paula: InTENsity
Nicole: InTENsity
L.A. Reid: InTENsity

Eliminated
InTENsity

Now allow me to wipe away my tears (I can’t bear to see young children traumatized) and let you take over! Did your heart break to see tonight’s losing act go home? What did you think of the debut results show overall? What would you like to see more (and less) of next week? Sound off in the comments!