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X Factor backlash after rejections

The X Factor backlash has begun after four finalists were voted off last night.

Essex duo 2 Shoes, Jonjo Kerr, James Michael and Amelia Lily were all booted out of the competition.

Fans went online to complain, with dozens backing Middlesbrough teenager Amelia and calling for her to be given another chance.

Josh King tweeted: "Amelia Lily needs to come back", former News of the World journalist Dan Wootton wrote: "Cannot believe Amelia didn't go through. I don't agree with that decision. I think Amelia had so much potential."

Amelia burst into tears after her mentor Kelly Rowland told her she was leaving. The 16-year-old student had opened the show on Saturday 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.

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

Tulisa, who is nurturing the groups, said she made up her mind only half an hour before going on stage. She chose to send 2 Shoes packing after the pair failed to impress the judging panel on the first of the live shows.

Serving soldier Jonjo Kerr performed The Kinks' You Really Got Me on Saturday night, but Gary said he stuck out "like a sore thumb", and he was sent home by Louis.

A slow rendition of Ticket To Ride by The Beatles failed to save James Michael from being kicked off the reality show. Louis likened the 20-year-old from Cheshire to "a busker in Covent Garden".

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