X Factor New Zealand contestant Joe Irvine eliminated from competition weeks after bullying incident
X Factor New Zealand contestant Joe Irvine has been eliminated from the show just four weeks after two judges were sacked for their comments about his performance.
Joe (25) was subjected to a tirade of abuse from husband and wife judging team Natalia Kills and Willy Moon, which led to their dismissal from the programme.
However, the singer, who had been buoyed by a wave of support following the incident, has reached the end of the road after being eliminated on Monday night.
After rival singer Finlay Robertson was sent home with the least number of votes Joe took part in a sing off with Nyssa Collins.
His mentor Melanie voted to keep him on the show but the other judges Shelton Woolright, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Stan Walker all felt Nyssa was the better singer.
"This is not the end," said Joe. "I'm going to blast everything I ever do."
The young singer had proven his mettle following the incident which saw Kills and Moon dismissed from the show.
They gave Joe a scathing review after his performance of 'Cry Me a River' on the show, with Natalia accusing him of copying her husband and Moon backing up her comments.
Natalia said, "Ladies and gentlemen I'm going to state the obvious - we have a doppelganger in our midst. As an artist who respects creative integrity and intellectual property I am disgusted at how much you have copied my husband, from the hair to the suit.
"Do you not have any value or respect for originality? You're a laughing stock. It's cheesy, it's disgusting. Personally I found it absolutely atrocious and I am embarrassed to be sitting here in your presence having to dignify you with an answer of my opinion."
Irvine responded graciously with, "Thank you Natalia, you're beautiful" before Moon joined in.
"To me it feels a little bit cheap and absurd," he said. "It's like Norman Bates dressing up in his mother's clothing. It was just a little bit creepy and I feel like you're going to stitch someone's skin to your face and kill everybody in the audience."
The incident prompted stars including Ed Sheeran and Lorde to voice their support for Joe on social media.