It was billed as a big twist, but it turned out to be a big disappointment for four acts as each mentor painfully sent home one of their own artists.
For Jonjo Kerr, James Michael, and 2 Shoes their exits came as little surprise given their performances on Saturday night and/or their odds in the Winner market beforehand, but for Amelia Lily her exit is a huge loss to this year's competition and I'm not sure the X Factor producers have got this one right.
Lily - who was matched at a low of 4.3 in the Winner market - sang brilliantly on Saturday night, but so too did her fellow Girls category members Janet Devlin, Misha Bryan, and Sophie Habibis leaving mentor Kelly Rowland with an almost impossible decision to make. Rowland was understandably upset at having to send a potential winner home so early but she can take comfort from the knowledge that she has three fantastic girls - each capable of winning - still in the competition.
Lily was matched at 10.0 in the First Elimination Girls market, whilst Kelly Rowland remains the strong 1.55 favourite in the Winning Mentor market
Gary Barlow's decision to send home James Michael was a relatively easy one to make after the 20-year-old Cheshire lad failed to impress during his rendition of the Beatles' classic Ticket to Ride. Michael was matched at a high of 2.04 in the First Elimination Male market prior to his performance, but at a low of just 1.1 after.
Louis Walsh also had a straightforward decision to make with Jonjo Kerr arguably being the worst performer on the night and matched at a low of just 1.14 in the First Elimination Over 25s market after his poor showing, whilst Tulisa Contostavlos' decision to send home 2 Shoes (1.2) also appeared the right choice.
It means that 12 acts remain in the competition with Janet Devlin heading the Winner market at 4.0, ahead of Misha Bryan (5.4), and two of Saturday's best performers The Risk (6.8) and Craig Colton (7.6).
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