Thursday 20 July 2017

Little Mix tipped for X Factor glory as Misha B sent home

Misha B was booted off the X Factor
Misha B was booted off the X Factor

Ellen Branagh

Girl band Little Mix are the bookies' favourites to win X Factor after Misha Bryan was booted out of the show, losing out on a coveted place in the final.

The 19-year-old was sent home last night after polling the least public votes, meaning Marcus Collins and Amelia Lily will take on the hotly-tipped quartet in next week's finale at Wembley Arena.



The semi-final result, which featured performances from judge Kelly Rowland and teen star Justin Bieber, came as the X Factor finalists, joined by former boyband contestants One Direction and JLS, topped the chart with a cover of the 1970s classic Wishing On A Star.



Bryan looked unsurprised as presenter Dermot O'Leary announced the result and did not shed a tear.



"I just want to say thank you to everyone here at the X Factor for making my dreams a reality," she said.



The pint-sized singer described Rowland as "the best mentor in the world" and thanked her family and everyone at home for their support, adding: "I love you and thank you so much."



Little Mix are now 6-5 favourites to win the ITV1 competition with bookmakers William Hill, with Lily the second favourite at 9-4 and Collins' odds at 5-2.



The semi-final result was predicted by judge Gary Barlow, who told Bryan she would not win the competition because of allegations made about her off-stage behaviour made by his fellow judges.



The Take That star said comments made earlier in the series by panellists Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh had damaged Bryan's chances of winning the reality show.



In October Contostavlos accused Bryan of being "mean" to other contestants. Walsh went further by suggesting she had been a "bully", but was later forced to apologise to viewers.



Bryan sang Motown classic Dancing in the Street and Pink's hit Perfect in Saturday's show in a bid to secure her place in the final.



But Barlow told her: "I have sat here and witnessed your journey throughout this competition and I can't help but feel a little bit sad.



"You have been wrongfully accused in the past of being someone that you are not.



"The really horrible truth behind this is, even if you're lucky enough to get through, I don't think you can win this competition because of that and that's a real shame."



After last night's results, which saw the audience chant "Misha, Misha, Misha", O'Leary told Bryan: "You are one of the most creative acts we have ever had in the competition. Thank you so much."



The remaining acts will face each other at the final at Wembley Arena - which will include a performance by Coldplay - next week.



All three surviving acts thanked everyone for their votes - Little Mix were noticeably emotional, while Collins said he was "gobsmacked" to be through to the final.



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