The 17-year-old was voted out of the talent show after finding herself in the sing-off for the third time
Despite receiving high praise from the judges and wowing the crowd with her impressive vocals, it was farewell for Rachel Adedeji as she failed to make it through to the next round of the X Factor.
The 17-year-old found herself in the sing-off for the third time, but lost out to the blonde-haired, blue-eyed favourite Lloyd Daniels.
With Lloyd suffering from a sore throat so bad that he could barely talk, let alone sing, he croakily battled his way through his survival song looking devastated, and even pausing to apologise half way through.
The deciding vote was left down to Simon Cowell, and despite Rachel visibly giving the stronger performance, he opted to leave the outcome down to the public vote – claiming that it was unfair for him to judge due to Lloyd’s illness.
‘This is the third time you’re in the bottom two. That tells me the public isn’t getting something,’ he told a teary Rachel. ‘I’m going to have to leave it up to the public.’
And so having received the lowest number of phone votes, it was Rachel who had to say her goodbyes.
As a relieved Lloyd made his way to join his fellow contestants, Dannii Minogue took to the stage to comfort her sobbing protégé – saying that she was stunned over the result.
‘I don’t know what went wrong, but I’ll be banging my head against the wall,’ she said.
Controversially, twins John and Edward managed to steer clear of the sing-off once again, as did Simon’s act Danyl Johnson, who had come close to facing the boot the week before.
The judge had the nation divided when she stepped out in a bizarre futuristic dress and thigh-high boots.
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