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Aaron Parsley
December 06, 2012 09:20 PM

There were tears on The X Factor Thursday night.

With only four spots in next week’s semi-finals, the six acts who performed two songs each Wednesday night were a tense bunch. Especially after last week’s shocking elimination that sent home fan favorite Vino Alan.

A majority of PEOPLE.com readers picked Demi Lovato‘s only remaining contestant, CeCe Frey, as the singer who most deserved elimination. Was she able to make it through one more week? Keep reading for all the results …

CeCe Frey was the first to go.

“I’m proud of everything that I’ve done on this show,” she said. “I hope I’ve taught everyone at home that you need to love who you are, because the more you love who you are, the less you’re going to need anybody else to.”

Her coach tried to avoid tears but shed a few anyway. “I’ve grown so close to you,” Demi said. “And I’m just so proud of you.”

Three acts were then declare safe: Simon Cowell‘s boy band, Emblem3; Britney Spears‘s frontrunner, Carly Rose Sonenclar; and L.A. Reid’s country singer, Tate Stevens, also a frontrunner.

That left Team Britney’s Diamond White and Simon’s other group, Fifth Harmony, to sing for survival.

Fifth Harmony sang Mariah Carey‘s “Anytime You Need a Friend,” and Diamond sang Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance.”

As expected, Simon and Britney voted to send home each other’s acts. But it was the end of the road for Diamond, after L.A. and Demi both voted to send her home as well.

“I’m just thinking of Cher Lloyd right now,” she said of the “Want U Back” singer. “She came in fifth and look where she is.”

Here’s how the top four ranked:
1. Tate Stevens
2. Carly Rose Sonenclar
3. Emblem3
4. Fifth Harmony

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