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Thursday 18 December 2014

X Factor will miss Lucy says Tulisa

Lucy Spraggan will be missed on X Factor, says Tulisa
Lucy Spraggan will be missed on X Factor, says Tulisa

X Factor mentor Tulisa Contostavlos says she is going to miss singer Lucy Spraggan.

Host Dermot O'Leary announced that Lucy was not well enough to perform on Saturday's show and she has decided to pull put of the competition.

Tulisa, her mentor, said it will not be the last people will hear of Lucy. Tulisa said: "She's just an amazing person to work with. I'm going to miss her very much. We are still in touch, this is not the end of Lucy or the last you are going to see of her ... big big things to come. I just want to send her all my love."

The first performer of the show, controversial contestant Rylan Clark, made a shout out to the singer during his rendition of Madonna number one hit, Hung Up. "This one is for you Spraggan, I love you," he said mid-song.

Spraggan earlier said she was "gutted" to leave The X Factor because she is not well enough to perform. The singer pulled out of last weekend's shows and received a free pass to this week. But since she is not well enough to perform this weekend, Spraggan said she felt it would be unfair to accept another free pass.

Spraggan will not be replaced in the competition and one act will leave the show this weekend, said organisers.

Boy band District3 received harsh criticism for their performance of Taio Cruz hit song Dynamite with female dancers. Tulisa said their mentor Louis Walsh had got it wrong this week with their song choice. "You just looked awkward and like you were struggling but I saw you give the best with the circumstances," Tulisa said. Walsh kept saying "no, no, no, no" over Tulisa's criticism.

Gary Barlow said the band had lost touch with who they were. "You were a vocal harmony band, very technical, very good singers," Barlow said. "Somewhere that has got completely lost...guys I don't know who you are any more." Fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger said their performance did not cut it for X Factor and agreed Walsh had made a mistake with their song choice and decision to have dancers perform with the band.

The final performer of the night, Christopher Maloney, became teary after his performance of Eric Carmen's classic All By Myself but the judges gave mixed reviews. Walsh said Moloney hit all the notes but he may not have international appeal. Scherzinger said Maloney did an amazing job and that he hit "money notes". Tulisa said for the first time she loved Maloney's song choice and his vocals but his sound performance was "five weeks too late".

After a public vote, the bottom three will be revealed on Sunday night's show.The acts will then have a sing-off after which the four judges will decide who will be booted off the show.

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