'X Factor': Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid sparring, Josh Krajcik's outfit and Lakoda Rayne's future

x-factor-top-9-results-fox.jpgIt was a rough night with two performers being eliminated on "The X Factor."  But there was still a lot of behind-the-scenes intrigue. 

Here the best of what occurred when the cameras stopped rolling:

Pants on the Ground
- Backstage, before the big group number, Josh Krajcik was feeling especially punchy when it came to his outfit.  "I feel like an orchestra conductor who forgot to take off his pajama pants," he says.

Just in the nick of time - The usually prompt Simon Cowell took his sweet time showing up for tonight's broadcast. The meanest man on TV didn't make it into his seat at the table until half-way through the opening credits. Paula Abdul later explained, "He takes the most time in make up."

Nah Nah Drew Drew - After Drew got voted through and Lakoda Rayne got sent packing, Simon had a brief "I told you so" conversation with L.A. Reid. This comes after Reid chastised Cowell and Drew's song choice. Cowell then Tweeted "L.A. Reid is not talking to me."

What next? - Now that there's nothing left of Paula's team, she looks unsure as to what to do and who to root for. It appears that she's going to partner up with Team Nicole.

Words of encouragement - While Lakoda Rayne didn't win, they did get words of encouragement from Cowell. He told them as they left, "It's not goodbye, it's see you later."
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