Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

X Factor backlash after rejections

Amelia Lily was given her marching orders by her X Factor mentor Kelly Rowland

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

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

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."

Another fan, Ruth Payne, tweeted: "So disappointed in x factor this yr!! Dnt understand sending amelia home really disappointed!"

Amelia burst into tears after her mentor Kelly Rowland told her she was leaving.

Sporting a new pink hair-do, the 16-year-old student opened the show on Saturday with an energetic performance of Michael Jackson's Billy Jean.

Rowland said: "Amelia has an incredible voice, all four of my girls are so amazing, I just had to make a decision.

"But let me tell you something, y'all are going to see this girl everywhere. She has an incredible voice, she's confident, she's bold and she's young and the sky is the limit for her."

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.

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