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X Factor contestant Paul Akister tells of tearful exit

By Katie Archer

Ousted X Factor contestant Paul Akister said his mentor Mel B was so upset about his exit that she had to flee the room after trying to console him.

He lost out to Jay James when the vote was taken to deadlock after judges could not agree on who to keep.

Akister said Mel was upset when she saw him.

"I was gutted, crying like a little baby. I went to her dressing room and had a little chat after, but I couldn't really speak much and she couldn't really talk to me because I was in bits. So she was just hugging me and then she went because she couldn't take it."

On Saturday, judge Simon Cowell implied Paul had been ungrateful behind the scenes, but Akister said they had buried the hatchet.

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