As Paula Abdul learned Thursday, being an X Factor judge isn't easy.
The 49-year-old's two groups -- Stereo Hogzz and InTENsity -- scored the lowest number of votes heading into the results show, forcing them to compete for the judges one final time.
Stereo Hogzz impressed the judges with their rendition of Samantha Sang's 1977 hit "Emotion," while inTENsity tried their hand at Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You."
Unlike American Idol, viewers are not solely in charge of deciding who goes home. The two competitors with the lowest vote totals are asked to perform one final song, with the four judges -- Abdul, Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger -- ultimately deciding who gets the boot.
InTENsity was kicked off by a 3-1 vote, with Cowell being the only judge who preferred the teen group.
Post-show, Abdul told Us Weekly that she still has high hopes for InTENSity. "I've never seen kids more dedicated than the ones in that group, so I'm very proud of them. When this all settles out, they'll realize it's only the beginning."
InTENsity member Francesca Duncan remained optimistic after being voted off, telling Us: "We worked really hard and we got so many fans, so we're just really excited to see what happens in the future for our group."
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