The X Factor 2012: Melanie Masson is voted out

The live shows lose their oldest contestant as boy band District3 survive the programme's second consecutive deadlock

Melanie Masson became the second contestant to be eliminated from The X Factor 2012’s live shows in tonight’s results show.

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For the second week running the judges’ vote went to deadlock – District3, the other act in the bottom two, survived at Melanie’s expense.

District3 opened the Sunday-night sing-off, singing a tentative, harmonically questionable version of Everything I Do (I Do It For You) by Bryan Adams. Melanie Masson responded with a typically loud, rasping cover of Lorraine Ellison’s Stay With Me Baby.

Louis Walsh confidently mastered the judging system this week, voting to send Melanie Masson home, rather than his own act, District3, in under a minute. Tulisa Contostavlos said: “The only thing I can do is go with my heart, and my heart is with the lads.” This second vote for Melanie was, naturally, counteracted by Melanie’s mentor Gary Barlow.

The casting vote went to Nicole Scherzinger, who said District3 had “killed it” but that she “felt” that Melanie was the oldest contestant and had been waiting for success the longest. So Nicole voted to evict District3, sending the elimination to deadlock.

Melanie had polled the lowest with the public, meaning she was eliminated.

On Saturday night, District3 had sung an anodyne cover of I Swear by All 4 One, receiving poor comments from Gary Barlow and the suggestion from Nicole Scherzinger that they should smear themselves in baby oil before performing. Melanie Masson had sung a grand, Shirley Bassey-esque version of Never Tear Us Apart by INXS.

A poll of RadioTimes.com readers named Rylan Clark as the act most deserving of elimination: he won 41% of the vote, ahead of Christopher Maloney on 21% and MK1 on 9%. District3 received 7% of the votes to Melanie’s 4%.

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Ella Henderson, Jahmene Douglas, James Arthur, Union J, Lucy Spraggan, Jade Ellis, Rylan Clark, District3, MK1, Christopher Maloney and Kye Sones survive to sing again next Saturday.