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Erasure singer leaves Operastar

Andy Bell is the latest celebrity to be voted off Popstar To Operastar.

The Erasure frontman was chosen to leave by the judges after Toploader's Joseph Washbourn survived the sing-off for the third week in a row.

Andy, who sang Largo Al Factotum from The Barber of Seville, admitted afterwards: "It's not like doing a gig and I had a complete blank when the song started. I would have liked to have had more time.

"There was a huge amount of pressure but I've loved it and it's been fantastic."

Andy received a mixed response from the judges after his performance, with mentor Katherine Jenkins telling him: "Andy I love you and I love your voice but I think this week you met your match with this song."

Meanwhile Joseph's rendition of Torna a Surriento won praise from the panel - despite him fluffing some of the lyrics.

X Factor winner Joe McElderry was congratulated for an impressive Nessun Dorma on the ITV1 show, while judge Simon Callow told Cheryl Baker her performance of Mein Herr Marquis, The Laughing Song, was "really adorable".

And Steps singer Claire Richards appeared to be conquering her nerves during the fourth show of the series.

Opera star Rolando Villazon told her: "I think you had a tentative beginning with the aria, you are controlling your nerves a lot better and you've made a great step forward."

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