Sami Brookes gets the X Factor axe
Sami Brookes has become the latest X Factor hopeful to have her dreams of stardom dashed as she was booted out of this year's competition.
The 31-year-old's exit was decided by her own mentor Louis Walsh as she faced Kitty Brucknell in the sing-off.
Sami, from Rhyl, North Wales, failed to impress with her performance of Cher's If I Could Turn Back Time on the show's "rock night", which was dismissed as karaoke and slammed as "boring" by Gary Barlow.
And after performing the Aretha Franklin hit (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman in a bid to carry on in the contest, she was voted off by Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Louis.
Only Tulisa Contostavlos opted to send home eccentric Kitty, who performed Lady Gaga's hit The Edge Of Glory.
After the sing-off, Gary praised both acts, saying: "Can I first just say, what a sing-off tonight? Both acts, unbelievable. This is tough. Sami, that voice is undeniable, but I have always found you a little bit dated. Kitty, you know I'm a big fan of yours, I'm excited by you."
Kelly said: "May I just say you both are so talented so whether it's here on the X Factor or it's anywhere else you both can sing, and open up your mouths and make people completely look at you just when you sing. Sami, I absolutely adore you, Kitty I think you are a wonderful entertainer."
But it was Louis who sealed Sami's fate, telling host Dermot O'Leary: "I'm going to go with my heart, and the person I have to send home tonight is Sami."
Sami said the experience had been "amazing", telling the audience: "I'm going to sing for the rest of my life and thank you so much, thank you for the opportunity."