The X Factor 2012: MK1 are eliminated after third deadlock in a row

Kye Sones survives Sunday-night sing-off to reach last ten acts in this year's live shows

Dangerous underground urban duo MK1 have become the third act to be eliminated from this year’s X Factor live shows, after a third consecutive deadlock tie-breaker. They tied the judges’ voting with the other least popular contestant, Kye Sones, but were ousted via the public vote.

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On Saturday night, MK1 sang a mash-up of Gypsy Woman by Crystal Waters and Pass Out by Tinie Tempah. The judges liked the first half of the performance, but not the second. Kye sang his original audition song, Save the World by Swedish House Mafia, sitting at a piano and ignoring the dance theme of the week.

In the Sunday sing-off, MK1 performed The Man Who Can’t Be Moved by The Script, but with rapping. Kye responded with Bonnie Raitt’s I Can’t Make You Love Me, sounding identical to if not better than normal despite a warning from his mentor Gary Barlow that he had completely lost his voice to flu.

Judging the eliminator, Louis Walsh saved his own act, MK1, after which Gary Barlow equalised by saving his act, Kye. Nicole Scherzinger said she loved how “relevant and fresh” MK1 were, but that Kye had sung better on the night; this left Tulisa Contostavlos with the choice of deadlock, or killing off MK1. “From the second I saw you guys, [you reminded me] of N-Dubz,” she told the duo. “If I don’t stick up for my urban N-Dubz roots, I’d be lying.” Deadlock it was: but MK1 had polled the lowest vote of all and were going home.

A poll of RadioTimes.com readers had once again clearly named Rylan Clark as the act who most deserved to go after Saturday night. Rylan scored 45% of the vote, with Christopher Maloney second on 29%. MK1 were third on 8%, with Kye down on 3%.

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Ella Henderson, Jahmene Douglas, James Arthur, Jade Ellis, Kye Sones, Christopher Maloney, Union J, District3, Rylan Clark and Lucy Spraggan remain in the competition.