Winona singer gets booted, then saved on 'X-Factor'

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Winona native Tim Oldstad's smooth run on the Fox Television singing competition skipped a beat Wednesday night when a booing crowd kept him from being eliminated from the show, the Winona Daily News reports.

Since he was saved, Olstad, 23, is now one of 16 singers or groups that will sing live on the competition in a bid to win a national recording contract.

Although he's been wowing the judges ever since his debut on "The X-Factor" last month, his choice of singing the Miley Cyrus hit "The Climb" was met with mixed responses. Kelly Rowland praised Olstad, while Simon Cowell complimented him but said he'd be a better fit singing for an older audience.

Demi Lovato said she was nervous for Paulina Rubio, because she had the final say in whether he would advance in the competition or leave.

After initially placing him among the four male finalists, Rubio later in the round changed her mind and replaced him with a teenage singer, the Daily News says.

But when Olstad left the stage, the crowd booed long and loud enough for him to be asked back.

A video of Oldstad at home in Winona was also featured on Wednesday night's broadcast.

The final contestants for the top 16 singers/groups will be selected Thursday night.

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