Sam Callahan crashes out of X Factor
Sam Callahan has crashed out of X Factor despite giving the "best performance" of the competition as he sung for survival.
The 19-year-old barman was in the bottom two after 24 hours of public voting with Luke Friend, meaning either of Louis Walsh's "boys" faced going home.
Friend scraped through with a performance of U2's Still Haven't Met What I'm Looking For, but it was Callahan's rendition of Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls that was most lavishly praised.
Gary Barlow said: "Sam, it's not all bad news for you tonight; that was the best performance I have seen you give."
The judge, who has been criticised for attacking the young singer, added: "I know I have given you some honest and sometimes harsh critiques, but you've taken it like a man."
Sharon Osbourne also described the performance as the best she had seen him give, adding: I'm so angry with you that we had to this long to see it from you."
Leaving the show, Callahan said: "Thank you, so much. I have the most amazing time and I have absolutely no regrets. I hope this is just the beginning of a massive adventure, and I cannot thank you enough for being a part of that."
His mentor Walsh, who refused to chose between his two performers, said: "He is a fantastic role model. He works and he deserves to be successful, no matter what he does."
The three other judges - Barlow, Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger - voted against Callahan.
Earlier in the show, embattled pop star Miley Cyrus performed her latest hit Wrecking Ball and refrained from twerking.
The 23-year-old, who has turned heads in recent months with a string of provocative performances, wore a floor length, backless gold dress and a black turban.
She said: "I will be here next year, in the spring, and I cannot wait. I will be here for a really long time and I'm looking forward to seeing you guys."
Barlow also added to the line-up, swapping the judge's chair for the stage to offer the second celebrity appearance of the night.
The former Take That star performed his new single Le Me Go, a country and western number that features a bluegrass inspired backing band.
Pretending to give the 42-year-old feedback, Walsh said: "That's how you put on a show, you owned the stage and showed a lot of potential. You sound like a young Elton John."