After winning, Rak-Su were elated with band member Jamaal telling Dermot O’Leary: “I just want to thank everybody at home, everybody here, all my family who have made this experience so special. I’m speechless, honestly.”
Meanwhile their mentor Simon Cowell first of all thanked Grace before saying that the boys were “gentlemen” and “stars” and gave a shout out to everyone who voted.
After just missing out on a spot in the final two, Kevin’s mentor Nicole Scherzinger said: “For me he has already won. He has won the hearts of so many people out there. And what a beautiful beautiful ride and platform this has been. I can’t wait to get his album.”
Meanwhile Kevin told host Dermot O’Leary that the number three was “my new lucky number”.
Both semi-finalists took elimination admirably, and took a minute to thank the amazing behind-the-scenes teams that pull the strings at The X Factor.
“Thank you so much to everyone backstage,” Lloyd said. The Cutkelvins added: “It’s been an absolute pleasure, and I just want to say thank you to everyone that’s supported us. It’s not the last of us.”
The first double elimination of the series left little time to talk to the two evicted acts, but Sam did have a chance to praise mentor Louis Walsh as “the best judge”. Wonder what Simon thought of that?
Macey took top honours on Saturday night and went on the win the Prize Fight too. He said he was “speechless” and couldn’t wait to support Little Mix in concert in Manchester: “I just hope I do the girls justice!”
The singer found herself standing on stage alongside Sam Black as the final name to qualify was read out. “I never thought I’d go this far and I can’t believe I just did it” she said. “Thank you all for your support.”
“I’m privileged to make the second week and I’ve had the besets time of my life,” Tracyleanne said to Dermot O’Leary after being told she was out of the competition. “But I’m not going to stop. I will keep on going and going and going until I reach the top. Thank you for making my life change.”
“The whole thing has been a highlight…sharing a stage with such talent, I just feel so humble and blessed,” Leon told Dermot O’Leary just after he was eliminated. “It’s been a great year, everyone is amazing and thanks to the public for voting me back and letting me have this opportunity.”
Talia became the second act to leave the competition after Spencer Sutherland’s exit on Saturday. Talia said that she thought all of the finalists who were remaining in the competition were “all so amazing” and that there was “no competing” with them. What a woman!
After winning the most votes from viewers from every act in both the Overs and the Groups, Rak-Su then went up against Grace Davies in the Prize Fight sing-off. Although ultimately, it was Grace who won the trip to New York to meet Pink.
Poor Spencer. His parents had flown all the way from America to the UK for the first time ever, but he was voted out in the blink of an eye during the first live show. Well, the blink of twelve and a half minutes to be precise.
Yet just an hour earlier, Louis had been saying: “I know how hard you work behind the scenes. You’re one of the most professional contestants I’ve ever worked with on the show.”
What did you think? Was Spencer the right act to leave in the first live show?