Ejected X Factor contestant Sophie Habibis says it was "heartbreaking" to be voted off by her own mentor Kelly Rowland.
Despite having remained in the US on doctor's orders, viewers heard the former Destiny's Child star vote by phone on Sunday after two of her contestants received the fewest public votes.
Habibis said it was "heartbreaking" but added of Rowland's decision: "At the end of the day she's a judge and she has to do what she's got to do. She made her choice and that's that. I've got to deal with it."
The 19-year-old said that she did not "blame" the absent US singer "for anything", adding: "It's not her fault."
She said: "I don't think Mischa (Bryan) deserved to be in the bottom two at all.
"At the end of the day you really have to expect the unexpected. I gave it my best. I love the song that I sang. I wouldn't take it back.
The London barmaid denied that she was neglected by Rowland, and that the judge was concentrating her efforts on Mischa.
"It's not true. Kelly divided her time with each of us really, really well. She had a lot of passion for me and she really helped me out."