Nicolo Festa and F.Y.D voted off as Katie misses X Factor axe

Dannii and Simon’s musical protégés were the first to go during the live shows, as Cheryl’s Katie Waissel is saved

Outgoing Italian Nicolo Fester and boyband F.Y.D were the first to be voted off the X Factor last night, after bosses started off the live shows with a shock double eviction.

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Not content with revealing the judges’ ‘wildcard’ contestants on Saturday, producers threw in another little twist, deciding to send home two acts on the Sunday show.

Dannii’s cheeky protégé Nicolo Festa was axed instantly, after receiving the least amount of votes for his rendition of Gaga’s Just Dance.

Next up, Simon’s group FYD and Katie Waissel– mentored by Cheryl – took to the stage for a sing off, with judges choosing to send home the act they liked the least.

Watched by a celeb-filled audience – including Heroes star Hayden Panettiere, Pussycat Doll Kimerly Wyatt and Spice Girl Emma Bunton – Katie chose the aptly named Don’t Let Me Down by the Beatles as her final song, while F.Y.D opted for Don’t Stop The Music.

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But it seems they did stop the music. Only Simon voted to save them, while Louis sealed their fate, telling viewers: ‘I’m going to save the act that deserves it and can grow and give more, has the most passion, ambition. So the act I’m gonna send home is F.Y.D.’

The group were clearly unhappy with their exit – with one member saying: ‘It is a singing competition and I just wish we’d sung a little bit more,’ – but vowed to stay together and keep going.

Meanwhile, it was a lucky escape for Katie Waissel, who has been branded a ‘diva’ by show insiders after only the first week.

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The singer was said to be unhappy, after boss Simon Cowell moved her down the lineup, putting ‘wildcard’ contestant Treyc into her prime slot at the end of the show. 

‘Katie felt it was a massive snub and that Treyc had stolen her place on the show,’ one insider told the Sun. It’s the best slot because you are the most fresh in people’s minds.’

‘The whole running order had to be changed but Simon felt that, among all the drama with Gamu, Treyc had somehow been overlooked.’

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And Treyc fuelled rumours of a feud yesterday, telling of her less than warm reception when she was brought back as Cheryl’s ‘wildcard’ contestant. ‘Cher and Katie’s reception wasn’t great. I was at Judges’ Houses, so I expected more from them,’ she said.

Do we spy an X Factor feud in the making?

Do YOU think Nicolo and FYD were the rights acts to go? Or should Cheryl’s Katie Waissel have been given the boot? Let us know in the comments box below.

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