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Only The Young voted off X Factor

The seven remaining acts in the X Factor came down to six tonight as boy/girl singing group Only The Young were voted off the show.

The quartet failed to impress the public with their version of Something About The Way You Look Tonight by Sir Elton John on a night when the contestants performed songs by the English singer songwriter or the late Whitney Houston.

Only The Young were praised by their mentor, Louis Walsh, who said: "They just need a record deal, this is only the start for this group."

Louis now has only one of his groups left on the ITV1 programme - the eight-strong Stereo Kicks, who stayed in after performing Sir Elton's Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

Judge Simon Cowell told them: "You just did it, you did everything right, you look like a proper group."

Two of the other judges, Mel B and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, were both at risk of finding themselves without a contestant if their acts Andrea Faustini and Lauren Platt left.

However Andrea was highly praised by the judges for his rendition of Houston's I Have Nothing. Louis told him: "That's how you do a Whitney song, and that's how you do it justice."

Simon told him: "You must have thought Christmas had come early when we said it was Whitney week."

Lauren impressed with Whitney's How Will I Know? - Louis told her: "We knew you could sing, now we know you can dance."

Simon still has three performers left on his team - Ben Haenow, Fleur East and Stevi Ritchie.

Stevi survived despite being criticised by judges for his quirky Egyptian-themed version of Sir Elton's I'm Still Standing. Simon said: "You are going to be remembered for that performance, it's the craziest thing I've ever seen on any of these shows."

Mel B said: "There's problems in the house."

Haenow won some praise for his performance of Houston's I Will Always Love You, though Mel B said: "You sang it like a rock song, I didn't think this song should be sung like that."

And Cheryl said: "To take a risk like that is kind of crazy."

Fleur won unanimous praise for her version of Whitney's cover of Chaka Khan's hit I'm Every Woman, with Louis telling her: "You get better and better and better."

Another act will leave the show tomorrow.

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