X Factor: Fans are left baffled by Liam Payne's exit

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    Fans of The X Factor were left baffled on Saturday night as guest performer Liam Payne made a bizarre exit directly after his performance.

    The 24-year-old jumped from the stage and headed to the audience where his girlfriend Cheryl was watching, and immediately ushered her out of the studio.

    Host Dermot O’Leary was left speechless by the move, as he was forced to wait until the crowd had calmed down before he could continue.

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    Where's he going? Liam Payne left fans baffled after his performance on The X Factor on Saturday, as he awkwardly exited the stage to usher girlfriend Cheryl out of the studio

    Where’s he going? Liam Payne left fans baffled after his performance on The X Factor on Saturday, as he awkwardly exited the stage to usher girlfriend Cheryl out of the studio

    As Liam was spotted heading across the stage and down towards the audience, Dermot said ‘Where’s he going?’ 

    Fans were baffled by the awkward end to the performance, taking to Twitter to express their confusion, with one even guessing that Liam had been about to propose.

    ‘Liam going to Cheryl ugh why not go off the stage like everyone else …point to be made obviously,’ one fan wrote.

    ‘Omg Liam is such a f****ng cringe going to down get Cheryl then leaving,’ another posted.

    Cheryl was spotted in the audience earlier on in the show, as she came out to support her beau despite rumours circulating that she would stand in for injured judge Simon Cowell.

    We're off! The pair didn't stay to watch the rest of the show, and host Dermot O'Leary was left speechless by the whole ordeal

    We're off! The pair didn't stay to watch the rest of the show, and host Dermot O'Leary was left speechless by the whole ordeal

    We’re off! The pair didn’t stay to watch the rest of the show, and host Dermot O’Leary was left speechless by the whole ordeal

    Laters! Liam's act set the audience wild as he embraced Cheryl upon his exit

    Laters! Liam's act set the audience wild as he embraced Cheryl upon his exit

    Laters! Liam’s act set the audience wild as he embraced Cheryl upon his exit

    Confusion: Fans took to Twitter to express their bewilderment at Liam's move

    Confusion: Fans took to Twitter to express their bewilderment at Liam's move

    Confusion: Fans took to Twitter to express their bewilderment at Liam’s move

    The 32-year-old singer did however send her well-wishes to her former boss as she said: ‘First of all, I really miss you Simon. I know you’ll be watching at home. You’re very, very missed and we love you.

    ‘We’ll be cheering for all the groups. The public did a great job with Jack and Joel’. 

    Following her sweet message, Liam took the stage to warn he is ‘keeping an eye’ on Rak-Su star Myles, who admitted during Judges’ Houses he had a crush on Cheryl – with Liam saying: ‘Obviously he fancies my missus so I’ve got to watch out for him’. 

    Cheryl looked sensational in a sexy black look, with her tresses styled in loose waves while her sparkling peepers were enhanced with smoky eye make-up.

    Miss you! Cheryl made her return to the hit show on the front row before her beau Liam Payne takes to the stage to perform his new single Bedroom Floor - where she sent well wishes to her former boss

    Miss you! Cheryl made her return to the hit show on the front row before her beau Liam Payne takes to the stage to perform his new single Bedroom Floor - where she sent well wishes to her former boss

    Miss you! Cheryl made her return to the hit show on the front row before her beau Liam Payne takes to the stage to perform his new single Bedroom Floor – where she sent well wishes to her former boss

    As she sat on the sidelines during the show, she proudly watched on as Liam performed his track before he rushed off stage to embrace her. 

    Smiling broadly, it was plain to see the pride in her face as she gleefully clapped for her boyfriend, with whom she shares baby son Bear.

    Following Simon’s accident where he fell down the stairs and suffered a concussion, the mother-of-one was rumoured to be temporarily taking his seat on the panel.

    Watch out! Liam sent a warning to Rak-Su¿s Myles as he fancied his 'missus'

    Watch out! Liam sent a warning to Rak-Su¿s Myles as he fancied his 'missus'

    Watch out! Liam sent a warning to Rak-Su’s Myles as he fancied his ‘missus’

    Happy days! She told Dermott O'Leary: 'First of all I really miss you Simon. We love you, we'll be cheering for all the groups. The public did a great job with Jack and Joel'

    Happy days! She told Dermott O'Leary: 'First of all I really miss you Simon. We love you, we'll be cheering for all the groups. The public did a great job with Jack and Joel'

    Happy days! She told Dermott O’Leary: ‘First of all I really miss you Simon. We love you, we’ll be cheering for all the groups. The public did a great job with Jack and Joel’

    Comeback; Cheryl smiled as she enjoyed the show from the unfamiliar territory of the audience before watching Liam perform

    Comeback; Cheryl smiled as she enjoyed the show from the unfamiliar territory of the audience before watching Liam perform

    Comeback; Cheryl smiled as she enjoyed the show from the unfamiliar territory of the audience before watching Liam perform

    Passion: Liam put on a polished performance of his latest single Bedroom Floor, widely rumoured to be about a rocky period in his relationship with Cheryl

    Passion: Liam put on a polished performance of his latest single Bedroom Floor, widely rumoured to be about a rocky period in his relationship with Cheryl

    Passion: Liam put on a polished performance of his latest single Bedroom Floor, widely rumoured to be about a rocky period in his relationship with Cheryl

    Happy: Cheryl was seen smiling and applauding her man, before he jumped off stage and wrapped an arm around her

    Happy: Cheryl was seen smiling and applauding her man, before he jumped off stage and wrapped an arm around her

    Happy: Cheryl was seen smiling and applauding her man, before he jumped off stage and wrapped an arm around her

    Happy days: Smiling broadly, it was plain to see the pride in her face as she gleefully clapped for her boyfriend, with whom she shares baby son Bear

    Happy days: Smiling broadly, it was plain to see the pride in her face as she gleefully clapped for her boyfriend, with whom she shares baby son Bear

    Happy days: Smiling broadly, it was plain to see the pride in her face as she gleefully clapped for her boyfriend, with whom she shares baby son Bear

    A source close to Mr Cowell later told The Sun: ‘There were some rumours that Cheryl was going to step in for Simon but this isn’t going to be the case.

    ‘Simon is expected to be fine for Sunday’s show, but right now he needs as much rest as possible – every one knows he’s a workaholic and no one can stop him from returning.

    ‘They’ll switch the singers which means they’ll be panic for some contestants but everyone totally understands.’ 

    Got you: Liam wrapped a loving arm around his missus as he jumped off-stage

    Got you: Liam wrapped a loving arm around his missus as he jumped off-stage

    Got you: Liam wrapped a loving arm around his missus as he jumped off-stage

    Protective; Cheryl's other half  also had a quick chat with Dermot before taking a swipe at Myles from Rak-Su for flirting with his girlfriend

    Protective; Cheryl's other half  also had a quick chat with Dermot before taking a swipe at Myles from Rak-Su for flirting with his girlfriend

    Protective; Cheryl’s other half  also had a quick chat with Dermot before taking a swipe at Myles from Rak-Su for flirting with his girlfriend

    Started nicely enough: Speaking of his nerves on the live shows for 1D he said: 'The sliding doors when you come from behind. You have to take a deep breath. As soon as you start, that was always my job in One Direction. I was the starter'

    Started nicely enough: Speaking of his nerves on the live shows for 1D he said: 'The sliding doors when you come from behind. You have to take a deep breath. As soon as you start, that was always my job in One Direction. I was the starter'

    Started nicely enough: Speaking of his nerves on the live shows for 1D he said: ‘The sliding doors when you come from behind. You have to take a deep breath. As soon as you start, that was always my job in One Direction. I was the starter’

    Favourites: 'The Cutkelvins have done well. Rai-Elle did a great job', he said

    Favourites: 'The Cutkelvins have done well. Rai-Elle did a great job', he said

    Favourites: ‘The Cutkelvins have done well. Rai-Elle did a great job’, he said

    Point you out: He continued; 'And obviously he (points at Miles) fancies my missus so I've got to watch out for him.'

    Point you out: He continued; 'And obviously he (points at Miles) fancies my missus so I've got to watch out for him.'

    Point you out: He continued; ‘And obviously he (points at Miles) fancies my missus so I’ve got to watch out for him.’

    Got my eye on you: Handsome Liam shot a piercing stare in his rival's direction

    Got my eye on you: Handsome Liam shot a piercing stare in his rival's direction

    Got my eye on you: Handsome Liam shot a piercing stare in his rival’s direction

    Liam has been dating the Messy Little Raindrops singer, 34, for just under two years with the couple sharing seven-month-old son Bear.

     The X Factor returned for the first live show, without an injured Simon Cowell on Sa

    Judges Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger put on a united front as they strutted out in front of waiting crowds, ahead of the first elimination.

    Party of three: Judges Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger put on a united front as they strutted out in front of waiting crowds, ahead of the first elimination, without injured head judge Simon Cowell

    Party of three: Judges Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger put on a united front as they strutted out in front of waiting crowds, ahead of the first elimination, without injured head judge Simon Cowell

    Party of three: Judges Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger put on a united front as they strutted out in front of waiting crowds, ahead of the first elimination, without injured head judge Simon Cowell

    Leggy: Nicole put on a typically flamboyant display as she appeared to risk a wardrobe malfunction on-stage

    Joker: As host Dermot joked; 'You're loving it' then said 'who put the banana skin at the top of the stairs?' Nicole responded 'It was a team effort' (above with Liam)

    Joker: As host Dermot joked; 'You're loving it' then said 'who put the banana skin at the top of the stairs?' Nicole responded 'It was a team effort' (above with Liam)

    Joker: As host Dermot joked; ‘You’re loving it’ then said ‘who put the banana skin at the top of the stairs?’ Nicole responded ‘It was a team effort’ (above with Liam)

    Glam: Nicole looked fabulous in a split gold skirt while Sharon looked chic in a black floor-length gown and Louis rocked a velvet blazer

    Glam: Nicole looked fabulous in a split gold skirt while Sharon looked chic in a black floor-length gown and Louis rocked a velvet blazer

    Glam: Nicole looked fabulous in a split gold skirt while Sharon looked chic in a black floor-length gown and Louis rocked a velvet blazer

    Wardrobe malfunction? Nicole appeared to pull down her skirt as she curtseyed

    Wardrobe malfunction? Nicole appeared to pull down her skirt as she curtseyed

    Wardrobe malfunction? Nicole appeared to pull down her skirt as she curtseyed

    Power trio: Nicole couldn't stop shouting as the judges walked out hand-in-hand

    Power trio: Nicole couldn't stop shouting as the judges walked out hand-in-hand

    Power trio: Nicole couldn’t stop shouting as the judges walked out hand-in-hand

    It was you: Louis was loving his new role as the show's alpha male as he pointed at Sharon

    It was you: Louis was loving his new role as the show's alpha male as he pointed at Sharon

    It was you: Louis was loving his new role as the show’s alpha male as he pointed at Sharon

    Nicole looked fabulous in a split gold skirt while Sharon looked chic in a black floor-length gown and Louis rocked a velvet blazer.  

    Host Dermot O’Leary said: ‘Oh you’re loving it you three! So, fess up, the question the whole country wants an answer to, who put the banana skin at the top of the stairs?”‘

    His comments earned a gasp from Louis, who quipped: ‘No, Dermot, I was boiling the milk. I was boiling the milk downstairs. They were upstairs, so it was one of these two.’

    Shock: Dermot said: ‘This is like murder on the orient express’

    Thumbs up: Louis deflecting the blame said; 'I was downstairs boiling the milk, it was one of those two'

    Thumbs up: Louis deflecting the blame said; 'I was downstairs boiling the milk, it was one of those two'

    Thumbs up: Louis deflecting the blame said; ‘I was downstairs boiling the milk, it was one of those two’

    Work it; Rai-Elle Williams, 16, from Croydon took to the stage with a mashup of two songs Doo-Wop (That Thing) and the Meghan Trainor track No

    Work it; Rai-Elle Williams, 16, from Croydon took to the stage with a mashup of two songs Doo-Wop (That Thing) and the Meghan Trainor track No

    Work it; Rai-Elle Williams, 16, from Croydon took to the stage with a mashup of two songs Doo-Wop (That Thing) and the Meghan Trainor track No

    Polished; The teenager prowled the stage clad in a sequinned t-shirt and cut-out trousers

    Polished; The teenager prowled the stage clad in a sequinned t-shirt and cut-out trousers

    Polished; The teenager prowled the stage clad in a sequinned t-shirt and cut-out trousers

    Powerful: Next up was Spencer Sutherland, 25, from Ohio, with Jessie J- Who You are

    Powerful: Next up was Spencer Sutherland, 25, from Ohio, with Jessie J- Who You are

    Powerful: Next up was Spencer Sutherland, 25, from Ohio, with Jessie J- Who You are

    Positive: Sharon said: 'You have a really strong voice. But your look is a bit boyband'

    Positive: Sharon said: 'You have a really strong voice. But your look is a bit boyband'

    Positive: Sharon said: ‘You have a really strong voice. But your look is a bit boyband’

    Fire; Louis then retorted 'He works really hard. There's nothing wrong with being boyband' leading Sharon to spit back 'he's a soloist'

    Fire; Louis then retorted 'He works really hard. There's nothing wrong with being boyband' leading Sharon to spit back 'he's a soloist'

    Fire; Louis then retorted ‘He works really hard. There’s nothing wrong with being boyband’ leading Sharon to spit back ‘he’s a soloist’

    Before Nicole jokingly confessed: ‘It was a team effort. We both did it.’

    Dermot said: ‘This is like murder on the orient express’

    Sharon said:’ it was me in the library with the candlesticks’

    Glowing: Nicole was her usual animated self as she got down to judging

    Feedback: Nicole gushed 'You did a great job' as Spencer listened intently

    Feedback: Nicole gushed 'You did a great job' as Spencer listened intently

    Feedback: Nicole gushed ‘You did a great job’ as Spencer listened intently

    Animated: The judges were clearly loving being back on the panel 

    Animated: The judges were clearly loving being back on the panel 

    Animated: The judges were clearly loving being back on the panel 

    Belting out: Holly Tandy, 16, from Yorkshire wowed with a powerful performance of Tori Kelly's Hollow surrounded by acrobats

    Belting out: Holly Tandy, 16, from Yorkshire wowed with a powerful performance of Tori Kelly's Hollow surrounded by acrobats

    Belting out: Holly Tandy, 16, from Yorkshire wowed with a powerful performance of Tori Kelly’s Hollow surrounded by acrobats

    Wow factor: Holly looked lovely in a white studded dress and heels as she sang

    Wow factor: Holly looked lovely in a white studded dress and heels as she sang

    Wow factor: Holly looked lovely in a white studded dress and heels as she sang

    Praise: Making fun of his catchphrase, Louis said: 'We need another popstar, you DO look like a popstar. That was incredible'

    Praise: Making fun of his catchphrase, Louis said: 'We need another popstar, you DO look like a popstar. That was incredible'

    Praise: Making fun of his catchphrase, Louis said: ‘We need another popstar, you DO look like a popstar. That was incredible’

    Tonight Louis Walsh’s Boys Category and Sharon Osbourne’s Girls group will perform with the theme being Express Yourself. 

    Grace Davies, Holly Tandy, Rai-Elle Williams and wildcard Alisah Bonaobra will take to the stage for Sharon while Lloyd Macey, Sam Black, Spencer Sutherland and wildcard Leon Mallett will represent Louis.

    Dermot revealed for the first time viewers will find out who has received the highest number of votes on each night, with the Saturday and Sunday winner going head-to-head for a glittering fly trip to New York where they will meet Pink.

    Comeback: Next up was the first wildcard for Louis Walsh, Leon Mallett, 22 from Lingwood, Norfolk

    Comeback: Next up was the first wildcard for Louis Walsh, Leon Mallett, 22 from Lingwood, Norfolk

    Comeback: Next up was the first wildcard for Louis Walsh, Leon Mallett, 22 from Lingwood, Norfolk

    Smile: He wowed with a confident version of Zedd and Alessia Cara's hit Stay, complete with an rapping interval

    Smile: He wowed with a confident version of Zedd and Alessia Cara's hit Stay, complete with an rapping interval

    Smile: He wowed with a confident version of Zedd and Alessia Cara’s hit Stay, complete with an rapping interval

    Praise; Nicole was slightly less positive saying 'I'm so happy to see you back, I've always adored you. I don't think that was the best song to start with, you still killed it, I know there's more to come'

    Praise; Nicole was slightly less positive saying 'I'm so happy to see you back, I've always adored you. I don't think that was the best song to start with, you still killed it, I know there's more to come'

    Praise; Nicole was slightly less positive saying ‘I’m so happy to see you back, I’ve always adored you. I don’t think that was the best song to start with, you still killed it, I know there’s more to come’

    Vocal: Comeback queen and wildcard Alisah Bonaobra,22 from the Philippines was up next

    Vocal: Comeback queen and wildcard Alisah Bonaobra,22 from the Philippines was up next

    Vocal: Comeback queen and wildcard Alisah Bonaobra,22 from the Philippines was up next

    Glam: She belted out This Is My Now by Jordin Sparks confidently, clad in a metallic mini-dress

    Glam: She belted out This Is My Now by Jordin Sparks confidently, clad in a metallic mini-dress

    Glam: She belted out This Is My Now by Jordin Sparks confidently, clad in a metallic mini-dress

    Won them over: Louis said: 'That song is perfect for you. You deserve to be back. It's almost like a winners song. You've got great soul. Sharon this girl is going to be here for a long time'

    Won them over: Louis said: 'That song is perfect for you. You deserve to be back. It's almost like a winners song. You've got great soul. Sharon this girl is going to be here for a long time'

    Won them over: Louis said: ‘That song is perfect for you. You deserve to be back. It’s almost like a winners song. You’ve got great soul. Sharon this girl is going to be here for a long time’

    Rai-Elle Williams, 16, from Croydon took to the stage with a mashup of three songs Doo-Wop (That Thing) and the Meghan Trainor track No. 

    The teenager prowled the stage clad in a sequinned t-shirt and cut-out trousers.

    Sharon said: ‘You should be so happy. You are just everything, you’ve got talent, you’ve got a brilliant future.’

    Louis gushed:’What a way to start the show. Watching you there was like watching an established star.

    Rolling: Sam Black, 20, from Liverpool went for a rock 'n' roll inspired performance of Faith by Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande, complete with salon and milkshake graphics

    Rolling: Sam Black, 20, from Liverpool went for a rock 'n' roll inspired performance of Faith by Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande, complete with salon and milkshake graphics

    Rolling: Sam Black, 20, from Liverpool went for a rock ‘n’ roll inspired performance of Faith by Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande, complete with salon and milkshake graphics

    Cool: Sharon said: 'You are so likeable, I just want you to do well. However you know you've got a tough ride ahead of you. You know what your competition is. You did really well'

    Cool: Sharon said: 'You are so likeable, I just want you to do well. However you know you've got a tough ride ahead of you. You know what your competition is. You did really well'

    Cool: Sharon said: ‘You are so likeable, I just want you to do well. However you know you’ve got a tough ride ahead of you. You know what your competition is. You did really well’

    Well done: Grace Davies, 20, from Blackburn was next with her own song Too Young. Her first audition saw her perform original song Roots

    Well done: Grace Davies, 20, from Blackburn was next with her own song Too Young. Her first audition saw her perform original song Roots

    Well done: Grace Davies, 20, from Blackburn was next with her own song Too Young. Her first audition saw her perform original song Roots

    Fan favourite: Louis couldn't get enough and said; 'All I can say is this is the start of your career in music, it's like a song in the charts already. You're young and talented'

    Fan favourite: Louis couldn't get enough and said; 'All I can say is this is the start of your career in music, it's like a song in the charts already. You're young and talented'

    Fan favourite: Louis couldn’t get enough and said; ‘All I can say is this is the start of your career in music, it’s like a song in the charts already. You’re young and talented’

    You did it: The final act to perform was Lloyd Macey, 23, from South Wales. He roused the crowds with a theatrical performance of City of Stars from the movie La La Land

    You did it: The final act to perform was Lloyd Macey, 23, from South Wales. He roused the crowds with a theatrical performance of City of Stars from the movie La La Land

    You did it: The final act to perform was Lloyd Macey, 23, from South Wales. He roused the crowds with a theatrical performance of City of Stars from the movie La La Land

    Nicole raved: ‘You might be four years old but you pack a lot of punch. You’re so diddy, iddy, biddy. That’s probably my favourite mash-up I’ve heard on the show.’

    Next up was Spencer Sutherland, 25, from Ohio, with Jessie J- Who You are.

    Sharon said: ‘You have a really strong voice. But your look is a bit boyband’ 

    Louis then retorted ‘He works really hard. There’s nothing wrong with being boyband’ leading Sharon to spit back ‘he’s a soloist.

    Power: Sharon said: 'You have a classic Welsh voice. It amazes me all the musical genres you've done on this stage. It was a beautiful song choice'

    Power: Sharon said: 'You have a classic Welsh voice. It amazes me all the musical genres you've done on this stage. It was a beautiful song choice'

    Power: Sharon said: ‘You have a classic Welsh voice. It amazes me all the musical genres you’ve done on this stage. It was a beautiful song choice’

    Gleeful: Louis couldn't contain his glee as he larked about with Nicole and Sharon

    Gleeful: Louis couldn't contain his glee as he larked about with Nicole and Sharon

    Gleeful: Louis couldn’t contain his glee as he larked about with Nicole and Sharon

    Nailbiting: The group looked emotional as they waited to hear their fate during the first elimination

    Nailbiting: The group looked emotional as they waited to hear their fate during the first elimination

    Nailbiting: The group looked emotional as they waited to hear their fate during the first elimination

    Wow: Holly screamed as she made it through to the next round

    Wow: Holly screamed as she made it through to the next round

    Wow: Holly screamed as she made it through to the next round

    Nicole gushed ‘You did a great job’. 

    Holly Tandy, 16, from Yorkshire wowed with a powerful performance of Tori Kelly’s Hollow surrounded by acrobats. 

    Making fun of his catchphrase, Louis said: ‘We need another popstar, you DO look like a popstar. That was incredible.

    Nicole said: ‘Are you the youngest? You’re so beyond your years already, you’re such a natural on that stage. It’s not big balls, you got big lungs.

    Well done: Alisah sobbed as she received the news she was through to week 2

    Well done: Alisah sobbed as she received the news she was through to week 2

    Well done: Alisah sobbed as she received the news she was through to week 2

    Yay: Rai-Elle was over the moon to be staying in the contest as she whooped

    Yay: Rai-Elle was over the moon to be staying in the contest as she whooped

    Yay: Rai-Elle was over the moon to be staying in the contest as she whooped

    Sharon said: ‘As Louis says, you look like a popstar, you sing like one. Mrs, who knew?’

    Next up was the first wildcard for Louis Walsh, Leon Mallett, 22 from Lingwood, Norfolk 

    He originally made it through with brother Alex but his brother was booted off the show.

    He wowed with a confident version of Zedd and Alessia Cara’s hit Stay, complete with an rapping interval.

    Sharon said: ‘My goodness me, you’ve had a soap opera going on since the time we met you, the public brought you back, they are always right, you belong here.’

    Hugs: Louis embraced Sam Black as he got through to the next stage of the competition

    Hugs: Louis embraced Sam Black as he got through to the next stage of the competition

    Hugs: Louis embraced Sam Black as he got through to the next stage of the competition

    Farewell: The tense show ultimately saw Spencer Sutherland become the first act to be eliminated, after sing-offs were eliminated in this year's show

    Farewell: The tense show ultimately saw Spencer Sutherland become the first act to be eliminated, after sing-offs were eliminated in this year's show

    Farewell: The tense show ultimately saw Spencer Sutherland become the first act to be eliminated, after sing-offs were eliminated in this year’s show

    Nicole was slightly less positive saying ‘I’m so happy to see you back, I’ve always adored you. I don’t think that was the best song to start with, you still killed it, I know there’s more to come.’

    Louis said: ‘I liked the song, you have a lot more to give.’ 

    Comeback queen and wildcard Alisah Bonaobra,22 from the Philippines was up next.

    She finished as a runner-up on The Voice Philippines.

    She belted out This Is My Now by Jordin Sparks confidently, clad in a metallic mini-dress.

    Louis said: ‘That song is perfect for you. You deserve to be back. It’s almost like a winners song. You’ve got great soul. Sharon this girl is going to be here for a long time.’

    End of the line: The Ohio born 25-year-old was given the devastating news as he waited to hear his fate alongside wildcard Leon Mallett, 22

    End of the line: The Ohio born 25-year-old was given the devastating news as he waited to hear his fate alongside wildcard Leon Mallett, 22

    End of the line: The Ohio born 25-year-old was given the devastating news as he waited to hear his fate alongside wildcard Leon Mallett, 22

    Who needs Simon? The trio looked in great spirits as they got down to judging 

    Who needs Simon? The trio looked in great spirits as they got down to judging 

    Who needs Simon? The trio looked in great spirits as they got down to judging 

    Nicole said: ‘You are my Disney Warrior princess, I freakin adore you. That is my ninja Filipina princess up there. That’s your stage you took it tonight honey. 

    Sharon raved: ‘Everybody says they want it, I know your story, with a voice like yours, you’re going to be here til the end.’

    Cheryl’s other half Liam Payne, 24 also had a quick chat with Dermot before taking a swipe at Myles from boyband Rak-Su for flirting with his girlfriend. 

    Well done Mrs O: Sharon went shoeless as she celebrated all her acts sailing through

    Well done Mrs O: Sharon went shoeless as she celebrated all her acts sailing through

    Well done Mrs O: Sharon went shoeless as she celebrated all her acts sailing through

    Sam Black, 20, from Liverpool went for a rock ‘n’ roll inspired performance of Faith by Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande, complete with salon and milkshake graphics.

    Sharon said: ‘You are so likeable, I just want you to do well. However you know you’ve got a tough ride ahead of you. You know what your competition is. You did really well.’

    Nicole said: ‘You’re just a tall glass of refreshing for me. It’s all positive, it’s lots of fun. I got faith in you baby

    Louis said: ‘You’re so down to earth. You need to start believing in yourself 

    Sharon then shrieked: ‘He’s got awfully skinny legs. They’re like a straw.’ before Sam said: ‘I don’t think my vocals were the best’.

    Fan favourite: Grace Davies topped the viewers vote in week one and was shocked

    Fan favourite: Grace Davies topped the viewers vote in week one and was shocked

    Fan favourite: Grace Davies topped the viewers vote in week one and was shocked

    Congrats; The acts gathered around Grace as she looked on in shock

    Congrats; The acts gathered around Grace as she looked on in shock

    Congrats; The acts gathered around Grace as she looked on in shock

    Grace Davies, 20, from Blackburn was next with her own song Too Young. Her first audition saw her perform original song Roots.

    Louis couldn’t get enough and said; ‘All I can say is this is the start of your career in music, it’s like a song in the charts already. You’re young and talented.’

    An animated Nicole said: ‘It takes big balls to sing an original up there. It’s an amazing song. It was probably not my favourite performance of yours. I’m not used to all the production, you were great.’ 

    Sharon said: ‘I can’t believe that every time I hear another song of yours, I fall in love with that one. It’s so great to see a young songwriter on the stage. I get goosebumps.’

    The final act to perform was Lloyd Macey, 23, from South Wales. He roused the crowds with a theatrical performance of City of Stars from the movie La La Land.

    Oh dear: Blunder: And in a new twist for this year, Grace Davies was revealed as the act that secured the highest number of votes, pitting her in a sing-off on Sunday's show with their most popular act, leading Dermot to make an epic blunder

    Oh dear: Blunder: And in a new twist for this year, Grace Davies was revealed as the act that secured the highest number of votes, pitting her in a sing-off on Sunday's show with their most popular act, leading Dermot to make an epic blunder

    Oh dear: Blunder: And in a new twist for this year, Grace Davies was revealed as the act that secured the highest number of votes, pitting her in a sing-off on Sunday’s show with their most popular act, leading Dermot to make an epic blunder

    Oh no Dermot: The host mistakenly congratulated Grace that she was off to NYC, despite her having to sing-off on Sunday to win it saying: 'You're off to see Pink, how does it feel?'

    Oh no Dermot: The host mistakenly congratulated Grace that she was off to NYC, despite her having to sing-off on Sunday to win it saying: 'You're off to see Pink, how does it feel?'

    Oh no Dermot: The host mistakenly congratulated Grace that she was off to NYC, despite her having to sing-off on Sunday to win it saying: ‘You’re off to see Pink, how does it feel?’

    He performed Sam Smith’s Lay Me Down at his first audition.

    Sharon said: ‘You have a classic Welsh voice. It amazes me all the musical genres you’ve done on this stage. It was a beautiful song choice.’

    Nicole said: ‘It’s effortless, it’s so smooth, you’re a super crooner. You did a beautiful job.’ 

    Louis said: ‘That was a beautiful performance, you’re special, you’re going to go far in this competition, For me that was the performance of the entire night.’

    Liam put on a polished performance of his latest single Bedroom Floor, widely rumoured to be about a rocky period in his relationship with Cheryl. 

    Back to business: A baffled Grace replied: 'I've got to win it first' There was an awkward silence as Dermot stared at Grace before saying; 'Oh sorry I got a bit carried away there'

    Back to business: A baffled Grace replied: 'I've got to win it first' There was an awkward silence as Dermot stared at Grace before saying; 'Oh sorry I got a bit carried away there'

    Back to business: A baffled Grace replied: ‘I’ve got to win it first’ There was an awkward silence as Dermot stared at Grace before saying; ‘Oh sorry I got a bit carried away there’

    The tense show ultimately saw Spencer Sutherland become the first act to be eliminated, after sing-offs were eliminated in this year’s show.

    The Ohio born 25-year-old was given the devastating news as he waited to hear his fate alongside wildcard Leon Mallett, 22. 

    And in a new twist for this year, Grace Davies was revealed as the act that secured the highest number of votes, pitting her in a sing-off on Sunday’s show with their most popular act.

    But Dermot was to make an epic blunder as he gave Grace the welcome news she had topped the viewers vote.

    He mistakenly congratulated Grace that she was off to NYC, saying: ‘You’re off to see Pink, how does it feel?’

    Laughing it off; Dermot looked a little awkward as he pulled himself together after the blunder

    Laughing it off; Dermot looked a little awkward as he pulled himself together after the blunder

    Laughing it off; Dermot looked a little awkward as he pulled himself together after the blunder

    A baffled Grace replied: ‘I’ve got to win it first’

    There was an awkward silence as Dermot stared at Grace before saying; ‘Oh sorry I got a bit carried away there’

    Simon missed the first X Factor live show after falling down the stairs and getting a concussion – sparking ‘panic’ among contestants.

    The judge’s sing-off has been completely scrapped, leaving the voters in complete control of which contestants leave the show.

    Whilst judges previously had the final show over which of the two hopefuls with the lowest public votes would leave following a tense sing-off, the contestant with the lowest numbers will now leave immediately.

    Fierce; Grace pulled a fierce and very floral pose during her dress rehearsal

    Fierce; Grace pulled a fierce and very floral pose during her dress rehearsal

    Fierce; Grace pulled a fierce and very floral pose during her dress rehearsal

    Smile: Sam Black cracked a cheery grin as he belted out his ditty for the evening

    Smile: Sam Black cracked a cheery grin as he belted out his ditty for the evening

    Smile: Sam Black cracked a cheery grin as he belted out his ditty for the evening

    This weekend Liam Payne and Stormzy will perform.

    The wild card contestants brought back by the public, Leon Mallet, Alisah Bonaobra, Jack and Joel and Talia Dean, will also make their cameo on this weekend’s show.

    Sunday night’s show will see Nicole Scherzinger’s Overs category of Matt Linnen, Tracy Leanne Jefford and Kevin Davy White perform, with the former Pussycat Doll bringing back Talia Dean, 32, for her wild card.

    She will be joined by an injured Simon Cowell, who picked Rak-Su, Sean Price and Conor Price and The Cutkelvins for his Groups, with the public bringing back Jack and Joel as the wild card. 

    Vibrant: Rai-Elle owned the stage during her rehearsal in her sequinned ensemble

    Vibrant: Rai-Elle owned the stage during her rehearsal in her sequinned ensemble

    Vibrant: Rai-Elle owned the stage during her rehearsal in her sequinned ensemble

    Powerful: Holly looked comfortable on-stage as she pulled off a polished rehearsal

    Powerful: Holly looked comfortable on-stage as she pulled off a polished rehearsal

    Powerful: Holly looked comfortable on-stage as she pulled off a polished rehearsal

     

     

     

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