Taylor Swift appeared on "The X Factor" Thursday night, giving the contestants an up-close look at the kind of mega fame they all aspire to. Unfortunately, a couple of the acts are never, ever, ever getting back together on this stage again.

Hip-hop trio Lyric 145 and Jennel Garcia were both eliminated from the talent contest, leaving 10 acts in the running for the $5 million recording contract.

Lyric 145, part of Simon Cowell's team of groups, got the bad news early in the evening. Garcia, however, had to go head-to-head with Paige Thomas in a survival sing-off, both women representing Demi Lovato's Young Adult roster.

Garcia delivered a rather mournful cover of Hoobastank's "The Reason," and Thomas responded with her emotional version of Coldplay's "Paradise."

That left it up to the judges. After L.A. Reid and Britney Spears both cast their votes against Garcia, it was Simon's turn to choose. But he pulled rank and forced Demi to pick between her two acts first.

Demi chose Thomas to go home, but Simon followed by giving the boot to Garcia.

"I'm just happy that I've come so far," said Garcia, who had sung Tina Turner's "Proud Mary" during Wednesday's performance night.

Earlier, Lyric 145 learned they were this week's lowest vote-getters. After an encouraging start on "The X Factor," the trio lost some steam in recent weeks. Their mash-up of Queen's "We Will Rock You" and Katy Perry's "E.T." on Wednesday was panned by the judges.


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"I feel like we didn't get the opportunity to show what we really had," said group leader Lyric Da Queen. "We had original lyrics. We had a hip-hop song that got snatched away from us at the last minute."

It wasn't all heartbreak, though. Swift cheered the place up with the first television performance of her new single "State of Grace." Decked out in an "Annie Hall"-like outfit (with black fedora) and glittery red shoes, she had the audience -- especially the young girls in attendance -- gleefully shrieking.

Asked later by co-host Khloe Kardashian if she had any advice for the remaining finalists, Swift replied by saying, "No matter how tired you are, no matter what kind of bad day you're having, be nice to people."

If we can glean anything from Thursday's eliminations, it's that the newly introduced leaderboard won't always be a harbinger of what's to come. Last week, CeCe Frey and Arin Ray were bottom-feeders, and after Wednesday's performances, were though to be in trouble. But they both lived on to fight another week.

If Thursday's eliminations proved anything, it's that the newly instituted leaderboard may not always be a harbinger of things to come. To wit: CeCe Frey and Arin Ray were both bottom-feeders last week and, after Wednesday's performances, were perceived to be in trouble. But they both surived, with Frey exeperiencing a huge surge in voting.

Here are this week's rankings, which have an identical Top 3:

1. Tate Stevens

2. Carly Rose Sonenclar

3. Vino Alan

4. Emblem3

5. CeCe Frey

6. Fifth Harmony

7. Diamond White

8. Beatrice Miller

9. Arin Ray

10. Paige Thomas

Now, for comparison's sake, here's last week's leaderboard:

1. Tate Stevens

2. Carly Rose Sonenclar

3. Vino Alan

4. Diamond White

5. Fifth Harmony

6. Emblem3

7. Jennel Garcia

8. Paige Thomas

9. Lyric 145

10. Beatrice Miller

11. Arin Ray

12. CeCe Frey