X Factor results show one could not have been more dramatic, with the shock elimination of Carolynne Poole over Rylan Clark, as the decision of who would stay and who would leave was pushed to deadlock.
The pair found themselves in the bottom two after getting the lowest number of votes from the public, forcing them into a tense sing-off.
And the drama unfolded as the judges gave their feedback on Carolynne and Rylan’s sing-off, with Louis Walsh struggling to make his mind up about who to save.
In the end he chose to push back the final decision about who would leave to the voting public, via a deadlock – which effectively ended Carolynne’s X Factor dream, as it emerged a higher percentage of the public had given their support to ‘novelty’ act Rylan.
The night had begun calmly enough, despite the jitters of the 13 finalists, all far too aware of the fact that one of them would soon be leaving the contest forever.
They burst on stage together for the final time to sing an upbeat rendition of Scottish songstress Emeli Sande’s hit Read All About It. Check it out now.
Following that, former X Factor winner Leona Lewis returned to the show that acted as her launch pad into the music industry, to perform her latest hit Trouble. You can watch Leona’s performance in full right now.
Dressed all in purple with her luscious long locks slicked back into a sleek ponytail, the 27-year-old looked absolutely stunning on centre stage as her powerful vocals reverberated round the studio.
Following her performance, R&B supremo and Nicole Scherzinger’s Judges’ Houses helper Ne-Yo burst on stage to perform his latest track Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself). Watch him work the audience for yourself.
After the celebrity performances, it was time for the tense part of the night – the results. The 13 finalists – the Girls, the Boys, the Groups and the Over 28s, including newly reinstated ‘wildcard’ Christopher Maloney – anxiously waited to hear their name being called out, confirming that they would sing again next week.
But for two acts it wasn’t to be. Both Carolynne Poole and Rylan Clark looked devastated to realise they had landed in the bottom two, after they received the lowest number of votes from the public.
Facing the dreaded sing-off, both took their places on the stage, with Rylan choosing to sing Jennifer Holliday’s One Night Only, while Carolynne opted for Faith Hill’s There You’ll Be.
Rylan’s performance was undoubtedly rather shaky, with the Boys hopeful’s performance possibly being affected by a bad case of nerves. Watch his song for survival.
Carolynne’s moving performance was much more controlled, with the 32-year-old Over 28s singer showing off the power and versatility of her voice. Watch her song for survival.
But when it came to the judges choosing who to save and who to send home, it was far from a clear-cut decision.
Rylan’s mentor Nicole unsurprisingly chose to save him. She said: “Carolynne you are a beautiful and effortless singer, I respect your style but I obviously have to stick with my boy, because I do respect him.”
Gary – who was shocked that Carolynne had found herself in this position – chose to save his act, saying: “Carolynne, thank God you got to sing like this because that makes this decision incredibly easy for all the judges."
He added: “Rylan I’m glad you learned the trick that if you pull the mic’ away we can’t hear what you’re singing.”
Tulisa then also chose to save Carolynne and send Rylan home, commenting: “The truth of the matter is I absolutely love Rylan as a performer and an entertainer. Every time he steps on stage I’m entertained. But Carolynne has an amazing voice. The reason she’s in the bottom two is because we have a lot of amazing singers.
“I have to base it on the performance… it hurts to me to say it but I have to send home Rylan.”
It was then down to Louis to make the deciding vote. Launching into his feedback, he said: “Carolynne, I love country music and I love what you’re doing in the competition… you sang your heat out last night.
“Rylan you are the entertainment factor… it’s so hard. It’s a really difficult one.”
Clearly pained with the tough decision, Louis then appeared to decide on saving Carolynne, as he continued: "I love Carolynne’s voice, I love his [Rylan’s] entertainment factor. I’m going to go with Carolynne, I want to keep Carolynne.”
But when host Dermot O’Leary asked Louis to confirm he was sending Rylan home and saving Carolynne, Louis then appeared to do a 360 degree turn, adding: “I want to save Rylan… I want to save both, I want to take it to deadlock.” Watch the drama unfold right now for yourself.
Taking the vote to deadlock takes the decision out of the Judges’ hands and reverts back to the public vote, with the person with the least support being booted out of the contest.
In this case it was Carolynne who had received less votes than Rylan, ending her X Factor dreams.
The stunning singer refused to be bitter though and was gracious in defeat, telling Dermot: “I’m okay, I’m glad Rylan’s got a shot, he’s been given a bit of a tough time.”
Her mentor Gary was less composed though and stormed off the show, before returning alongside Carolynne for their appearance on spin-off Xtra Factor.
Speaking to hosts Caroline Flack and Olly Murs he slammed the “joke” result, telling them: “It was a joke, an absolute joke. I’m so gutted for you [Carolynne], that was the most unbelievable performance. Two years running we’ve lost out to joke acts. I don’t get that.
“I said to him [Louis] ‘why send it to deadlock that’s ridiculous?’. We always try and judge it on the last performance, that’s the idea.”
Next week the final 12 contestants will return to sing once more in Live Show Two. They are: Jade Ellis, Ella Henderson and Lucy Spraggan in the Girls; Christopher Maloney, Kye Sones and Melanie Masson in the Over 28s; James Arthur, Rylan Clark and Jahmene Douglas in the Boys; and MK1, Union J and District3 in the Groups.
We can't wait to see what drama awaits us next weekend!
All the contestants’ performances from Live Show One are available to download now from iTunes.
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