Paul Akister voted out after X Factor deadlock with Jay James

Judges fail to reach a decision and the original public vote sees Mel B’s act Paul sent home

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Tonight was quite the results show, with a performance by former act One Direction right in the middle of the result. But after things got back to business, it was Mel B’s act Paul Akister and Simon Cowell’s Jay James in the bottom two. 

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It was quite the sing-off with all four judges saying it was the “best one” they’ve had, with Mel and Cheryl saying it was the best Paul had sung throughout the competition. 

But once the vote turned to the judges, they were unable to reach a decision. Cowell obviously opted to save his act Jay saying “Jay, I’ve got to know you, you’re a great guy, you’re a dad, you’ve got a lot at stake here, this is kind of your last chance. I’m sending home Paul.” 

Mel also chose to stick by her own act, although was keen to point out she thought his was the better performance anyway. “Based on what we just heard right now, it’s an absolute no brainer. Paul you sang your heart out, with such feeling and what a song, so it’s obvious the person I’m sending home is Jay,” she said of Paul’s rendition of Emeli Sande’s Clown.

Once the vote turned to Cheryl she voted to save Paul, although noted how much she enjoyed Jay’s rendition of Eric Clapton’s Tears In Heaven. But Louis couldn’t make up his mind saying, “I can’t decide, I’m going to have to take it to deadlock.”

Returning to the earlier public vote, it was unfortunately time up for Paul, who this year returned after making it to Judges’ Houses with Louis last year. 

It was a hugely unpopular decision with the crowd who started booing, and Mel struggled to comment on the result telling Dermot, “Are you kidding?” when asked what Paul was like to mentor. 

Phew!

That means once again Mr Cowell retains all four of his overs acts. He won’t mention it. Ever.

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The X Factor continues next Saturday and Sunday at 8:00pm on ITV