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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Storm Lee booted off X Factor

Storm Lee was booted off the X Factor after he polled the lowest number of viewer votes.

He failed to impress the audience with his rendition of Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run.

After getting the fewest public votes the 37-year-old was automatically kicked out of the competition.

The Edinburgh-born musician told host Dermot O'Leary: "You have not seen the best of me yet."

Groups Belle Amie and Diva Fever polled the next lowest totals of votes and faced a sing-off with their fate decided by the judging panel.

Diva Fever tried to save themselves with a camp performance of Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive but their fate was sealed when three of the judges opted to send them home.

Simon Cowell was saved from making a tough decision after Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue all picked the duo to leave the contest.

Cowell, who mentored both acts, refused say who he would have chosen after the other judges made their decisions.

The ferocious judge said he took "full responsibility" for the duo's departure after he made them perform Duck Sauce's song Barbra Streisand on last night's musical heroes themed show.

Walsh said he had to save Belle Amie, who all entered the contest as solo artists but joined together in the final stages of Bootcamp, because he thought they had more of a chance to "grow and get better" with the show.

Minogue said she saved the girl group "purely" because of their performance of Fergie's Big Girls Don't Cry.

On Saturday night the audience saw video clips of the girls bickering while they were rehearsing.

The audience were shocked when wacky Wagner Carrilho was saved. The bookies had him as the favourite to be kicked off the contest this evening.

The show opened with the contestants performing Lady Gaga and Beyonce's Telephone.

Former contestant Diana Vickers also took to the stage, as did Katy Perry, who sang new single Firework.

The US star, who acted as a temporary judge while Minogue was on maternity leave, told Cowell she was "waiting for his call" to ask her to return as a judge.

During her time on the panel she helped put contestant Mary Byrne though to the Bootcamp stages.

Dressed in a sparkly black catsuit, her performance was not note-perfect but she got a standing ovation from the judges at the end.

There are now 12 competitors left in the show.

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