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Anton Stephans bows out of The X Factor after 'wonderful experience'

Anton Stephans declared he had had "the time of my life" on The X Factor as he became the latest person to be eliminated from the ITV show.

The 44-year-old from Suffolk sang I Can't Make You Love Me and he was absolutely right as the judges votes three to one to send Che Chesterman through instead after a sing-off.

The former backing singer for the likes of Tina Turner, who will still join the X Factor live tour, thanked the judges and fans, saying: "I have had the time of my life, I'm having the time of my life. This is the most wonderful experience and thank you everyone."

Stephans, who was the last remaining over-25 act, was forced to face Chesterman after the public vote. And his mentor Simon Cowell was the only one of the judges who backed him after his performance of a song most famously covered by George Michael.

Cowell backed his protege saying: "I really feel passionately about this because Anton you've taken a lot of stick, some of this unnecessary, but you are a character, you're a fighter, you are fun."

But Stephans did not appear to hold any grudges.

He told Nick Grimshaw, with whom he has previously clashed: "Nick, I know we had some songs but let's just forget it."

Yesterday he sang One Sweet Day by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men, and there were boos from the crowd as Grimshaw said: "It still feels like an act to me, it doesn't feel real or raw."

"This is real, there's nothing fake about me," Stephans replied.

Girl Group 4th Impact, Lauren Murray, Louisa Johnson and Reggie 'N' Bollie went straight through to join Chesterman on next week's show.

Tonight's results show saw performances from former The Wanted singer Nathan Sykes and co-presenter Olly Murs, who was backed by a platoon of female dancers in eye-catching blue swimming costumes.

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