The X Factor jukebox results: Stereo Kicks eliminated from the competition
Louis Walsh's super-sized boyband finally lost their place in the competition after a not-so-surprising deadlockRead more on The X Factor UK Listen to The X Factor UK on Spotify
Another one bites the dust! Stereo Kicks have been eliminated from the competition after landing in the bottom two with Lauren Platt. Dermot revealed that the two acts had received the fewest votes from the public, although he stressed that the result had been changing drastically throughout the show so far.
An emotional Lauren sang a surprisingly strong version of 'I Know Where I've Been' from Hairspray. Lauren's never been in the bottom two before, but it shouldn't take a situation like this for her to sing this well.
Stereo Kicks chose to sing 'I Won't Give Up' by Jason Mraz, but made the strange decision to let Tom Mann lead it with his niche voice. He struggled with the melody and the boys never really recovered until Reece and James took the reins.
With both performances done, Dermot asked the judges for their votes. Louis Walsh chose to send home Lauren Platt in favour of his boyband. Mel B didn't want to choose at first, but quickly opted to send home Lauren.
Cheryl took her moment to have a dig at both Louis and Mel for their poor decisions: "I find it funny that the critiques have gone a certain way over the past few weeks and when it comes to tonight, they change."
Simon saw sense and backed Lauren, voting to send home Stereo Kicks. But Dermot revealed that the boys had received the fewest votes and would be leaving the competition tonight after finding themselves in the bottom two several times. And with that, Louis Walsh's hopes for the super-group suffered a serious setback. If they have any sense, they'll ditch Louis and seek out a record / management deal with someone who knows what they're doing.
In a change from the usual group number horror show, Queen and Adam Lambert showed this year's finalists how it's done with a soaring performance. Say what you like about this new iteration of Queen, they have picked a superb new frontman with Adam. He brings such energy to their performances that it makes Brian and Roger come alive again on stage.
Tonight also saw the return of two X Factor alums from 2012 with songs from Union J and Ella Henderson. George, Josh, JJ and Jaymi made their return to the show to sing new single 'You Got It All', while Ella Henderson gave a beautiful performance of 'Yours'.