Rylan Clark has been voted off The X Factor at the quarter-final stage.
The Sunday sing-off saw Rylan face boy band Union J, losing the judges’ vote to them 3-1.
On Saturday night, Rylan had opened the show with a fairly restrained cover of Abba’s Mamma Mia, before donning a memorable yellow and purple suit for a romping Supremes medley. Union J had chosen The Winner Takes It All from the Abba catalogue, adding I’ll Be There by the Jackson 5.
Rylan went first in the Sunday eliminator, singing Wires by Athlete. Apparently happily resigned to going home, he smiled throughout and wandered down to the judges halfway through to give Gary Barlow a goodbye hug. Union J responded with Run by Snow Patrol.
Kicking off the judging, Nicole Scherzinger said Union J’s performance was “passionate” and “emotional”, but saved her own act, Rylan. Louis Walsh said Rylan was a “great role model” but that his act, Union J, are “the next big boy band”.
With the scores level, Gary Barlow said Rylan had been an “amazing contestant” and emphasised that their sparring had all been theatrical, before nevertheless voting to send Rylan home.
Tulisa Contostavlos also praised Rylan, but said she had to favour “the act with the potential to sell the most records”. Reluctantly, she also sent Rylan home.
A poll of RadioTimes.com readers, voting on the strength of the Saturday performances, named Christopher Maloney as the act most deserving elimination. A huge 49% of participants wanted rid of him, with Rylan Clark next most-despised on 34%. Union J polled a mere 9%.
James Arthur, Jahmene Douglas, Christopher Maloney and Union J survive to sing in next week’s semi-final.