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Sunday 24 May 2015

Katie sparks X Factor 'fight night'

Katie Waissel
Katie Waissel

Controversial X Factor contestant Katie Waissel will be in the spotlight when the show's latest reject is announced.

The singer, who has survived several sing-offs in the competition, was told it could be her last night despite belting out a version of Sir Elton John's Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting on this week's show.

Her performance sparked infighting among the judges, with Louis Walsh describing it "throw away, forgetful" and Simon Cowell then threatening to remove him from the building.

During a night of Elton John covers, bickering between the mentors flared up after they were left divided by 19-year-old Paije Richardson's version of Crocodile Rock.

Boss Simon Cowell - who last week hinted at backstage tension between Cheryl Cole and her acts - offered stinging criticism but pinned the blame on Minogue.

"I would put your chances of winning after that at zero," he said.

"I think Dannii has put more work into the other singers, I do, because she wouldn't have Matt singing Crocodile Rock."

The sparring continued when judge Louis Walsh criticised Cole for giving 24-year-old Waissel "a silly song" to sing.

He added: "Elton has made 44 albums and you choose this song Cheryl?" Turing to Waissel, he said: "This could be your last week in the competition and it's not my fault, it's Cheryl's fault."

But the judges appeared to put their differences aside when Matt Cardle stole the show with an emotional version of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, with Walsh telling him: "Matt, before I'm removed from the building, I want to say I absolutely loved that. You never let me down, you're a real singer, a real performer."

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