Winona singer Tim Olstad eliminated from 'X-Factor'

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Winona native Tim Olstad's rendition of the Josh Groban ballad "You Raise Me Up" wasn't enough to elevate him Thursday night to the next round of FOX singing competition "The X-Factor."

Zap2it says Olstad and Khaya Cohen were both eliminated from the show, leaving the competition with eight finalists.

Olstad had to sing for his survival late in the program, when he had to face off against fellow competitor Carlito Olivero to secure the final slot in the top eight.

The decision to eliminate either Oldstad or Olivero was left in the judges' hands, and Kelly Rowland, Demi Lovato and Paulina Rubio all opted to kick Olstad off the show before Simon Cowell could get his vote in.

The decision was especially hard for a visibly shaken Rubio, who mentored both singers.

Oldstad expressed his gratitude for the opportunity on Twitter after the live results show aired.

Just want to thank @TheXFactorUSA for giving me this awesome opportunity! I met so many amazing people during my journey! :)

— Tim Olstad (@TimOlstadMusic) November 22, 2013

Love you guys!! Only up from here :)

— Tim Olstad (@TimOlstadMusic) November 22, 2013

On Wednesday, Olstad showed off his talents as a pianist in addition to his vocal skills as he performed the classic Elton John ballad "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word."

The singer's run on the show began in September when he wowed the judges with his rendition of Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years."

Olstad was one of three native Minnesotans who grabbed the national spotlight on network reality singing competitions this fall.

On NBC's "The Voice," both Minneapolis' Holly Henry and St. Paul's Ashley DuBose started strong early in the season, but were eliminated on the same night last month.

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