'X Factor' Judges Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato Sound Off on Their Elimination Scuffle (VIDEOS)

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Clearly, tension was already high on Thursday’s double elimination episode of FOX’s The X Factor. So, leave it to executive producer and judge Simon Cowell to make things even more awkward.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you didn’t watch Thursday’s elimination episode.

With Jennel Garcia and Paige Thomas on the chopping block, Cowell refused to announce his decision – after Britney Spears and L.A. Reid voted to eliminate Garcia – until Demi Lovato revealed her pick first.

“Well, I knew I was going to save Paige, so [Demi] wouldn’t have to make a decision,” Cowell tells Celebuzz after the show. “And I thought, ‘You’re not going to get away with this. I want to hear who you want to save.’ And, I think everyone at home was thinking the same thing.”

Host Mario Lopez tried his best to get Simon to move forward with revealing his choice, but lost that battle. “Yeah, [Mario] was sweating a bit,” Cowell, 53, laughs. “But, he was cool. He dealt with it very well.”

But, what did Lovato think of Simon’s antics? “I think that Simon is just a mean-spirited guy. Love him to death, but he just is.” the 20-year-old pop star tells us.

In the end, Lovato threw her elimination vote to Thomas and Cowell closed the deal on Garcia’s elimination.

Watch our full interview with Cowell above, in which he also talks about losing hip-hop Group, Lyric145. And below, watch our quick chat with Lovato after the show.

Do you agree with Simon? Should Demi have been forced to disclose her decision? Sound off in the comments section below.

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