Kye Sones has become the fifth act to be eliminated from the live phase of the 2012 X Factor, after losing the Sunday sing-off to Rylan Clark on deadlock.
On Saturday night, Kye sang You Get What You Give by the New Radicals, while Rylan opted for Hung Up by Madonna, mashed up with the song it samples, Gimme Gimme Gimme by Abba. Kye’s performance was energetic by his standards, including a walk behind the judges’ desk and a series of high fives. Rylan, in contrast, was relatively restrained, with the first verse of his performance delivered to a simple piano backing, and the rest of the song slightly less roaringly camp than normal.
In the Sunday sing-off, Rylan went first, performing a breathy, falsetto version of Kissing You by Des’ree that was almost certainly his best performance of the series. Kye replied with I Won’t Give Up, by Jason Mraz – despite a few wobbles, a clearly technically superior vocal.
Opening the judging, Nicole Scherzinger stuck with her own act, Rylan, while Gary did the same and backed Kye. Louis Walsh went next, saying “it was an amazing sing-off” and that Rylan had proved that he “really can sing”, but that “The act I have to send home is Rylan.”
Tulisa Contostavlos, wielding what could have been the casting vote, said both men had delivered one of their best performances, but that The X Factor is “not just a singing competition” and that she looks forward to seeing Rylan sing more each week.
This sent the result to deadlock: Dermot O’Leary announced that Kye had polled the fewest votes with the public, based on the Saturday performances, and was out.
A poll of RadioTimes.com readers said, as it has every single week, that Rylan Clark was the act who most deserved to leave the competition. He polled 37% of the vote, although his winning/losing margin was not as great as in previous weeks: Christopher Maloney was second least popular with 29% of readers, with District3 also widely disdained on 20% of the vote.
Only 3% of our users wanted Kye to go.
Ella Henderson, Jahmene Douglas, James Arthur, Christopher Maloney, Rylan Clark, District3 and Union J survive to sing again next week.