Three acts fight for X Factor crown
Published 12/12/2010 | 04:50
Former painter and decorator Matt Cardle, boy band One Direction and Liverpudlian Rebecca Ferguson will battle it out to win this year's X Factor crown.
The three acts polled the most viewer votes in Saturday night's live show, leaving teen singer Cher Lloyd to bow out of the contest.
The 17-year-old from Malvern, Worcestershire, who was the bookies' outsider to win, took her defeat with grace.
After the result was announced by host Dermot O'Leary, she said: "Thank you to everybody who ever, ever believed in me."
Bookmakers Betfair earlier put Cardle at evens to win ahead of Ferguson at 3-1 and One Direction at 4-1.
During Saturday's show, Lloyd sang a duet with Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am, including the band's songs Where Is The Love and I Gotta Feeling. Saying her goodbyes, she declared their number her favourite moment.
Judge Dannii Minogue said: "Your music is definitely niche, it's not something we've had on the X Factor before and you've stuck to that."
Cardle, 27, from Colchester, Essex, was first to perform singing Dido's Here With Me while strumming away on the guitar. He also sang Unfaithful with Rihanna, who said afterwards: "He's amazing, he's adorable".
Mother-of-two Ferguson took on Like A Star by Corinne Bailey Rae while standing on a rotating podium.
Quintet One Direction sang their own version of Sir Elton John's Your Song.