Louis Walsh has lost all of his acts as eight-piece boy band Stereo Kicks are voted out of The X Factor following a sing-off with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini’s act Lauren Platt.
Ben Haenow, Fleur East and Andrea Faustini were sent safely through to this year’s semi-final, but there needed to be one more vocal battle to secure the last spot. Lauren opted to sing Queen Latifah’s I Know Where I’ve Been while Stereo Kicks performed Jason Mraz’s I Won’t Give Up.
Over to the judges to cast their vote Louis quite naturally chose to stick by his own act saying he “so believes” in the boy band. Mel B was shocked to find herself the second judge asked for her verdict, and after trying to get host Dermot O’Leary to move on, she also chose to back the boy band. This appears to have been a shock for Cheryl who responded: “I find it amazing how the critique has been a certain way but when it comes to this it changes.”
But with Cheryl backing Lauren, a speechless Simon Cowell appeared to struggle to make his decision. He took a moment to listen to the audience – who were screaming so loud he seemed unable to glean anything from their cries – eventually sending the vote to deadlock by backing Lauren, saying she gave the best sing-off performance.
Back in the hands of the public, it was the result of the earlier vote that meant it was the end of the road for Stereo Kicks.
“We’re going to stay together,” confirmed a tearful Casey as Tom added, “It was always going to be hard tonight, this is just the start. The X Factor is the start of our journey. Thank you to everyone that voted week in week out.
The X Factor continues next Saturday and Sunday on ITV