Simon Cowell leads X Factor Twitter reaction as Ella Henderson is sent home

The show creator is just one of the Twitterati to share strong feelings about last night's controversial sing-off between hot favourites Ella and James Arthur

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Last night's X Factor results show marked one of the most shocking sing-offs in the show's history. Public darling Ella Henderson faced fellow favourite James Arthur after the pair received the least amount of votes, despite winning over the judges week after week. 

34-year-old warbler Christopher Maloney and ostentatious performer Rylan Clark - who have both faced regular criticism from the judging panel - lived to sing another week and were joined by Jahméne Douglas and last week's sing-off survivors, Union J. 

The realisation that either Ella or James would be leaving the competition left fans in uproar and when the vote went to deadlock - and 16-year-old Ella was sent packing - Simon Cowell led the indignation expressed by many Twitter users: 

His disbelief was echoed by a number of tweeters including host of the results show Dermot O'Leary and The Xtra Factor presenter Caroline Flack: 

Ella's fellow X Factor acts also rallied around her following the shock result, as Union J, Rylan Clark and Jahméne Douglas all tweeted support for their departing friend.

But it wasn't just those involved in this year's show who were moved to express their outrage. Former X Factor contestant and one fifth of One Direction, Niall Horan, lambasted UK voters:

Across the pond, Hollywood was also tuned into last night's results as American actresses Chloe Moretz and Twilight's Anna Kendrick offered their opinions. 

Meanwhile, back home the disbelief was extended to British television regulars, with Downton's Amy Nuttall, TOWIE's Jessica Wright and Made in Chelsea's Millie Mackintosh all passing judgement: