Shelly Smith gets the boot off X Factor
Desperate kisses and passionate pleas from Sharon Osbourne were not enough to stop fellow judge Louis Walsh bringing the curtain down on Shelley Smith's X Factor career tonight.
The voluptuous vocalist's emotional rendition of 1980's UK pop star Sam Brown's hit Stop! failed to win over the judges who, all except for Osbourne, gave the nod to boy band Kingsland Road after the show's elimination sing-off.
But it was not for lack of trying on Osbourne's part. She clutched Walsh's head to her bosom and peppered his face with kisses - including a few smooches on the lips - while pleading with him to keep Smith before he cast his deciding vote.
"Please, please, I'll do anything," Osbourne suggested to laughter from the crowd.
To which Walsh replied: "Sharon, you know I love you, but the act I'm sending home is Shelley."
Osbourne said she was "gutted" after the verdict, but Smith, who celebrated her 35th birthday on Saturday, took the news better.
"I just want to say thank you to everybody at X Factor, because I've had the time of my life," she said.
Kingsland Road's take on US pop star Pink's track Try was enough to get them over the line after they were on the bottom of the pile following last night's show.
It was a nervous exit for Smith, who was forced to endure eight other acts, starting with group Rough Copy, being named as safe before she was told she would have to sing for her X Factor survival.
Female trio Miss Dynamix were given a free pass from the nerve-wrecking ordeal after the group's pregnant member SeSe Foster was rushed to hospital before Saturday's show.
American singer Robin Thicke got the crowd in the mood tonight with his chart-topper Blurred Lines, surrounded by an army of scantily clad women. However, the rendition was far less controversial than the now infamous version he performed at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York in August alongside a twerking Miley Cyrus.
Fellow US pop star Katy Perry continued the entertainment, performing her single Roar in a risque tiger outfit, just before the voting lines closed and sealed Smith's fate.