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Amelia falls at the final hurdle

X Factor finalist Amelia Lily fell at the final hurdle in the competition as she was booted out of the show in third place.

Mentored by Kelly Rowland, Amelia got the lowest number of votes from the public following two performances in front of 10,000 people at Wembley Arena, in north London.

Girl band Little Mix and Liverpudlian Marcus Collins will now go head-to-head in Sunday night's show to battle it out for the X Factor crown in the second instalment of the final.

The 17-year-old comeback kid from Nunthorpe in Middlesbrough vowed that this "wasn't the last of Amelia Lily". She said: "Can I just say thank you to everyone who voted me back into the competition. My ambition was to get to the final and I did it."

Little Mix and their mentor Tulisa Contostavlos screamed and leapt in the air before hugging each other as their names were called as the first act to go through to Sunday's show by host Dermot O'Leary. The band, made up of Jade Thirlwall, 18, Perrie Edwards, also 18, Jesy Nelson, 20, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, 19, have made history by becoming the first girl band to make it to the ITV show's final.

Collins, a 23-year-old hairdresser from Crosby, was swung round in the air by his mentor Gary Barlow when O'Leary said his name. The finalists all teamed up with their mentors on stage to perform, in another first for the talent show.

Collins said his duet of Billy Joel's She's Always A Woman to Me with Gary Barlow was dedicated to his mother who he "couldn't have done it without". Collins said the experience had been "an absolute dream come true" and "unforgettable".

Little Mix sang an Alicia Key s medley of If I Ain't Got You and Empire State of Mind with Tulisa as their "fifth member". Tulisa described the four girls as "true, honest, genuine and talented" and said they "deserve this more than anyone".

Jade added: "We wouldn't have wanted to duet with anybody else. This has just been the most amazing day of all our lives and we couldn't be happier doing it with Tulisa."

The final pair to perform were Rowland and Amelia who sang the soul classic River Deep - Mountain High. Amelia said: "I couldn't have asked for a better mentor. This lady has been the biggest person in my life right now and she is just an incredible inspiration to me. To perform on this stage with her tonight was one of the best moments of my life."


From Belfast Telegraph