The X Factor 2012: Union J are eliminated

Jahmene Douglas, James Arthur and Christopher Maloney qualify for next week's final

Boy band Union J have been voted off The X Factor at the semi-final stage, having polled the lowest number of public votes. 


Christopher Maloney, Jahmene Douglas and James Arthur all progressed immediately to the final, with the Sunday sing-off dropped at this stage of the competition.

A poll of readers strongly disagreed with the result: when asked who most deserved to go, a whopping 65% said Christopher Maloney. 24% were desperate to see the backs of Union J, with James Arthur and Jahmene Douglas well behind.

On Saturday night, Union J fared reasonably well in the first of the two rounds, singing Beneath Your Beautiful by Labrinth and winning praise from Gary Barlow for their “blend”. However, their second choice of song – I’m Already There by soulless automatons Westlife – was criticised for being bland and safe.


As he lost his last act, groups mentor Louis Walsh said: “We were ready for it, but they’ve got an amazing future,” before adding his regular catchphrase: “They’re going to be the next big boy band!”