Andrea Faustini out of X Factor


Published: Sunday 14th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Andrea Faustini’s X Factor dream has come to an end, leaving Fleur East and Ben Haenow to battle it out to be named this year’s winner.

The Italian crooner was voted off at the end of the first part of this weekend’s final after his mentor Mel B was forced to miss the show through illness.

Tulisa Contostavlos returned to the judging panel to stand in for the former Spice Girl, 39, who was absent on doctor’s orders.

After descending onto the stage Wembley Arena from high in the air wearing a tuxedo and jet-pack, host Dermot O’Leary said Mel was “absolutely gutted” to be absent.

Last night’s show opened with a performance from Take That, who introduced the finalists.

First to take the stage alone was Haenow, a van driver from Croydon, south London. His performance of Demons by Imagine Dragons drew praise from all the judges, with Louis Walsh praising his “special voice and great attitude”.

Contostavlos said: “What an amazing opening to the show. It’s people like you that this competition is about.”

Next up was Italian Faustini, who performed Nina Simone’s Feeling Good.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini said: “I don’t have to tell you how much Mel loves you. You took that to church and back brother.”

His stand-in mentor Contostavlos said: “Your voice is so amazing.”

Londoner East, who is the hot favourite to win the competition and secure a lucrative record contract, gave an energetic rendition of Can’t Hold Us.

She was showered with praise by the judges. Her mentor Simon Cowell said she was “really, really special”, adding that if she was not in tonight’s final “something has gone horribly wrong”.

Haenow, East and Faustini then joined Meghan Trainor at the end of her performance of All About That Bass, before they were each joined on stage by a music star for duets.

Haenow sang Thinking Out Loud with Ed Sheeran, Faustini was joined by former X Factor contestant Ella Henderson to perform her hit Ghost and East accompanied Labrinth in a version of Beneath Your Beautiful.

The show also featured a Greatest Hits performance by previous contestants including Stevi Ritchie, Chico and Wagner, as well as a solo stint by Sheeran.

Haenow and East have both recorded a version of the OneRepublic track Something I Need for the winner’s single.

Published: Sunday 14th December 2014 by The News Editor

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