Treyc out as Cheryl shuns vote
Katie Waissel survived a third X Factor sing-off on Sunday as the competition's judges sent rival solo female artist Treyc Cohen home.
However, the decision to save the blonde 24-year-old was shrouded in controversy after Cheryl Cole, who mentors both singers, refused to choose between them.
Katie found herself in the bottom two alongside Treyc, 26, with the pair polling the lowest number of viewer votes. But instead of choosing one of her acts, Geordie singer Cheryl told host Dermot O'Leary: "I'm refusing point blank send anyone home."
The Girls Aloud star's decision left the two singers' fates in the hands of three remaining judges, with Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh opting to save Katie, despite saying she was the weaker singer.
The quirky singer was one of the favourites to leave X Factor after her version of No Doubt's Don't Speak left judges Simon and Dannii Minogue unimpressed on Saturday's show.
Simon said her performance "fell apart in the middle" while Dannii said she sang better under pressure.
But Katie made it to the last nine acts of the competition despite stumbling over the lyrics of her survival song Please Don't Give Up On Me. The hopeful ended her "save me" song by sitting on the stage, pleading the title of the song.
Leaving the show, Treyc said: "I've had the best time, I've met some great people. I've made some good lifelong friends."
On The Xtra Factor on ITV 2, Katie said: "Treyc should be here. I just really want to be here, in this competition. I really thought I was going home. It's not my time. I want to continue - I want to show everyone that I am me."