Rylan Clark has finally been axed from the 'X Factor' after weeks of outrageous performances.

The Essex singer, who said his highlight on the show had been at the judges' houses, said: "I've had seven bonus weeks in this competition... thank you so much for letting me be part of it."

Rylan was sent home after a sing-off with Union J.

He showcased his voice with Athlete's 'Wires', but the boy band were the clear favourites after performing Snow Patrol's 'Run' in perfect harmony.

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Nicole Scherzinger chose to save her act Rylan and Louis Walsh predictably stood by his boys Union J.

Gary Barlow sent home Rylan - who he had not exactly got along swimmingly with during the competition - but praised his vocal performance.

The final decision was left in Tulisa's hands and she opted for Union J, saying she believed they would sell records.

The remaining acts in the competition are now James Arthur, Christopher Maloney, Jahmene Douglas and Union J.

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Saturday's 'X Factor' saw the contestants sing two songs each in the Abba versus Motown evening.

Favourite James Arthur wowed the crowd with Marvin Gaye's 'Let's Get It On' which prompted former Pussycat Doll Nicole to gush: "You have so much soul...you are like hot butter that melts in our mouths."

Walsh told quietly spoken Jahmene Douglas that if Motown were signing artists today he would be snapped up, after he performed Smokey Robinson's 'Tracks Of My Tears'.

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Boy band Union J had their best night in the competition according to Tulisa after trotting through 'The Winner Takes It All', and 'I'll Be There' by the Jackson Five.

Novelty act Rylan's Supremes medley was a bit "too Eurovision" for Gary, but Nicole said he sounded "amazing" singing 'Mamma Mia'.

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  • Rylan

  • James

  • Jahmene

  • Lucy

  • Jade

  • Ella

  • Union J

  • MK1

  • District 3

  • Melanie

  • Kye

  • Carolynne