She was tipped to be the winner of this year’s X Factor, but in a shock result last night, Ella Henderson saw her dream of winning come to an end as she was voted off the show in what is being called ‘the shock result’ of the series. In the results show last night, boy band Union J were the first to find out they were safe, then Essex boy Rylan Clark found out he was through, followed by Jahmene Douglas. Peoples choice Christopher Maloney was the last to find out he was through to the next week, leaving Ella and James Arthur in the bottom two, having to battle it out in the sing off. All four judges were furious at the outcome which meant that a potential finalist would be going home.
When asked who she was saving, Nicole Scherzinger said: “This is ridiculous. My decision is James, even though I love him to death. I shouldn’t have to make this decision tonight. No matter what happens, tonight is a great tragedy for this show. You two are the most talented to grace this stage. Ella I have no worries about you, but I have to stick with my boy.” Tulisa was visibly upset when she saved her act: “This is exactly when people are voting for the wrong people. These people should be finalists.” Louis Walsh then spoke out: “I’m in shock. I thought they were two finalists. Nicole and Tulisa are broken-hearted. Ella you have so much potential. You’ve got so much more to give in this competition. James you are amazing. You’re a ready made act for a record deal. The act I’m sending home is James.” Finally Gary brought it to deadlock: “Finally its serious. People at home, we are voting for the best singers every week. I always knew it was going to come to this. It’s about the vocals, it’s a singing competition. The act I’m sending home is Ella.”
As the judges had failed to make a unanimous decision, the vote went to deadlock and it was then down to Dermot O’Leary to reveal who had the most public votes. Ella then lost her battle to stay in the show when it was revealed she had the fewest votes. Ella accepted her fate with a maturity far beyond her years: “This year , the talent on the show is incredible. Everyone deserves to be on this show. I wouldn’t be where I am now without this show. (I loved) meeting people, the contestants are great. I love you all. I loved performing on this stage. I’ve loved every minute of it. I’ve grown so much.” With the whole studio in shock and the audience booing the decision, her mentor Tulisa then joined her on stage to console her.
Speaking on the Daybreak sofa this morning, Ella spoke to Lorraine Kelly about her X Factor experience: “I’m just so excited to come away from it. If I look back six to nine weeks ago, like who was Ella Henderson? I’ve got this amazing platform and I wouldn’t have had it without the show. I can wait to go on the tour and get back to the piano and in the studio.”
It has to be said that Gary Barlow did call this situation up a few weeks ago when Rylan was voted through for a third time saying that when there are acts like this on the show, good singers go home. “I always knew it was going to come to this. There isn’t anything between these two acts.” he said last night. Whilst Tulisa thought it was down to people thinking Ella was safe. “This is ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. People did not vote. People thought she was safe.”