Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 29 January 2015

X Factor hopefuls leave the show

MK1 are out of The X Factor competition
MK1 are out of The X Factor competition

X Factor hopefuls MK1 have become the first group to leave the show after the judges' vote went to deadlock again.

Louis Walsh and Tulisa voted to save the duo but Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger saved Kye Sones who is in Barlow's over-28 category.

Host Dermot O'Leary was forced to reveal the public vote and the urban band - Charlie, 19, and Sim, 24 - were booted off the show.

Speaking about the two acts' final battle, Gary said: "That was one of the best sing-offs I've ever seen on this show."

Both Gary and Louis were quick to save their own acts, and the Take That frontman will be relieved not to lose a third act in as many weeks.

This is the first results night since the live shows started that Gary has not waved goodbye to one of his acts. Instead, Irishman Louis was left to commiserate with MK1 on stage but is hopeful they will succeed regardless, even calling on X Factor supremo Simon Cowell to lend a hand.

He said: "We are genuinely good friends. I want them to get a record deal. Someone out there? Simon?"

Even though Nicole chose Kye over MK1, she said to the band: "I love how relevant and fresh you are." Tulisa remained true to her roots in her decision to save the urban pair and said that from the second she saw them she identified with their music style.

MK1 were originally a three-piece band as Charlie and Sim's friend Will was with them on stage, but he left when the judges said they would only put the act through as a duo. The pair say their motto is "delivering the underground to the overground".

The results show also featured a duet as Emeli Sande and Labrinth performed together, while former X Factor contestants JLS also took to the stage.

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