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Four acts see X Factor dreams die

Dreams of stardom have been shattered for four X Factor finalists, as Essex duo 2 Shoes, Jonjo Kerr, James Michael and Amelia Lily were all booted out of the competition.

Each of the judges - Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos and Kelly Rowland - were forced to select one of the acts they were mentoring to send home.

The female judges both burst into tears as they delivered the news to their acts.

Tulisa, who is nurturing the groups, said she only made up her mind half an hour before going on stage, adding: "You can't imagine how much of a hard decision this has been for me."

She chose to send 2 Shoes packing after the pair failed to impress the judging panel on the first of the live shows. The duo - Charley Bird and Lucy Texeira - sung the Girls Aloud party track Something Kinda Ooh while in a pink convertible on stage.

Teenager Amelia Lily burst into tears after she heard the news from her mentor Kelly.

Sporting a new pink hair-do, the 16-year-old student opened Saturday's show with an energetic performance of Michael Jackson's Billy Jean.

Kelly said: "Amelia has an incredible voice, all four of my girls are so amazing, I just had to make a decision."

Serving soldier Jonjo Kerr could be back on the frontline now his bid for X Factor fame is over. His mentor Louis said that it was a "really tough decision" to get rid of the 27-year-old.

A slow rendition of Ticket To Ride by The Beatles failed to save James Michael from being kicked off the reality show by his mentor Gary. With tears streaming down his face, James said: "I am just going to carry on with the music."

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