Belfast Telegraph

Platt misses out on final berth

Teenager Lauren Platt is out of next week's X Factor final leaving the Andrea Faustini, Fleur East and Ben Haenow to prepare for the most important weekend of the competition.

The 17-year-old was sent home after a sing-off with Italian Faustini, whose powerful performance got him through to the final with a comfortable three votes from the judges.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini was bought to tears watching her act sing Faith Hill's There You'll Be but it wasn't enough to stir the other judges who all chose to keep Faustini in the competition.

With her arm around Fernandez-Versini, Platt told her mentor that she was "the most incredible woman I have ever met in my life".

She added: "Thank you for giving me this opportunity and for sticking with me through this opportunity."

A relieved Faustini told the audience: "I'm just so glad I came to England that day."

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