Only The Young voted off X Factor

Published: Saturday 22nd November 2014 by The News Editor

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The seven remaining acts in the X Factor came down to six tonight as boy/girl singing group Only The Young were voted off the show.

The quartet failed to impress the public with their version of Something About The Way You Look Tonight by Sir Elton John on a night when the contestants performed songs by the English singer songwriter or the late Whitney Houston.

Only The Young were praised by their mentor, Louis Walsh, who said: “They just need a record deal, this is only the start for this group.”

Walsh now has only one of his groups left on the ITV1 programme – the eight-strong Stereo Kicks, who stayed in after performing Sir Elton’s Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me

Judge Simon Cowell told them: “You just did it, you did everything right, you look like a proper group.”

Two of the other judges, Mel B and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, were both at risk of finding themselves without a contestant if their acts Andrea Faustini and Lauren Platt left.

However Faustini was highly praised by the judges for his rendition of Houston’s I Have Nothing. Walsh told him: “That’s how you do a Whitney song, and that’s how you do it justice.”

Cowell told him: “You must have thought Christmas had come early when we said it was Whitney week.”

Platt impressed with Houston’s How Will I Know? – Walsh told her: “We knew you could sing, now we know you can dance.”

Cowell still has three performers left on his team – Ben Haenow, Fleur East and Stevi Ritchie.

Ritchie survived despite being criticised by judges for his quirky Egyptian-themed version of Sir Elton’s I’m Still Standing. Cowell said: “You are going to be remembered for that performance, it’s the craziest thing I’ve ever seen on any of these shows.”

Mel B said: “There’s problems in the house.”

Haenow won some praise for his performance of Houston’s I Will Always Love You, though Mel B said: “You sang it like a rock song, I didn’t think this song should be sung like that.”

And Fernandez-Versini said: “To take a risk like that is kind of crazy.”

East won unanimous praise for her version of Houston’s cover of Chaka Khan’s hit I’m Every Woman, with Walsh telling her: “You get better and better and better.”

Another act will leave the show tomorrow.

Published: Saturday 22nd November 2014 by The News Editor

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