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Stereo Kicks booted off X Factor

Stereo Kicks have been voted off The X Factor, leaving only four acts remaining.

The boy band fell foul of the public vote after the judges were split between the eight-strong band and 17-year-old Lauren Platt.

Simon Cowell had the critical vote to either save the group or force a deadlock and defer to the public vote.

He said: "The act that sang the best on the sing off was Lauren," voting to keep her in the competition.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini stood by her act Lauren but told the boy band they had talent and could still grow.

Louis Walsh also stood by his act, Stereo Kicks. Mel B voted in favour of the boys too, apologising to Cheryl before she said she had to vote for Lauren to leave.

Some members of the boy band wept as their X Factor stint came to an end but said they were thankful to have been on the show.

Speaking on the Xtra Factor afterwards, Simon told Louis his poor song choice was to blame. But Louis insisted: "I did 100 per cent the best I could and they know that. They'll tell you that later."

The four remaining acts are Lauren, Andrea Faustini, Ben Haenow and Fleur East.

The show also featured the latest incarnation of Queen, who performed Somebody To Love with Adam Lambert acting as the front man.

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