Saturday 24 February 2018

'Gutted' Aiden booted off X Factor

Aiden Grimshaw was voted off X Factor. Photo: PA
Aiden Grimshaw was voted off X Factor. Photo: PA
Jodi Albert leaves Fountain Studios in Wembley, north London after the X Factor live show. Photo: PA
X Factor contestant Paige Richardson. Photo: PA

Aiden Grimshaw declared it was "only the beginning" after being booted off the X Factor.

The 18-year-old from Blackpool left the show after finding himself in the bottom two with controversial Katie Waissel.

Speaking on the Xtra Factor on ITV 2 last night, Aiden said: "It has sunk in now, it's cool.

"I'm pretty gutted because it's such an amazing show and I won't get to see Dannii again.

"But it's only the beginning for me."

Mentor Dannii Minogue said she was "absolutely shocked" by the results.

"As a judge you feel responsible, you keep going over in your mind what happened, what you could have done differently."

Aiden added: "I've never tried to be a pop star or thought of myself as an X Factor contestant really.

"I'm just a guy with a quiff who likes to sing."

Katie, who has already survived several sing-offs in the competition, meanwhile thanked fans for voting for her after clinging on to her X Factor dream.

Told this could be her final week, judges took the competition to deadlock last night.

But the 24-year-old gasped and clutched her head in her hands as host Dermot O'Leary announced the result of the public vote, putting an end to Aiden's X Factor ambitions.

"That's a big shock," he added, apparently echoing Katie's own sentiments.

"I'm really grateful that people kept me in," she said.

"I'm surprised I've been in the bottom two a lot now, then there were people out there who see me for who I am, and I want to thank them."

Acknowledging his defeat, Aiden added: "You win some, you lose some."

Despite routinely finding herself in the bottom two, Katie appeared delighted after her version of Christina Aguilera's Save Me From Myself convinced viewers to do just that.

She has found herself consistently in the spotlight in the final stages of the competition.

Her performance on Saturday of Sir Elton John's Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting sparked infighting among the judges, with Louis Walsh describing it as "throw away, forgetful" and Simon Cowell then threatening to remove him from the building.

But though the mentors all appeared to back Aiden after his rendition of Rocket Man, they were still unable to decide between the two contestants last night.

Cowell had to be pushed to make his decision after Aiden gave a stirring performance of Don't Dream It's Over, by Crowded House.

"I like them both," he said, but eventually added: "I'm going to keep Katie."

There was loud jeering from the audience as he announced his decision.

But while Cheryl Cole and Minogue each voted to keep their act, Louis Walsh said: "I like both acts but I'm going to save the person who I think has the most to give in the competition.

"The person I'm sending home is Katie."

Take That took to the stage together for the first time in 15 years after reuniting with former band member Robbie Williams, treating viewers to a performance of new single The Flood which entered the charts at number two.

Robbie told the crowd it felt "absolutely magical, fantastic" to be singing together again.

First to go through to next week's live show was Cher Lloyd, who wowed the audience with her rendition of Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.

Next up was painter and decorator Matt Cardle, who once again stole the show this weekend with a stunning rendition of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

And 50-year-old checkout worker Mary Byrne and Brazilian Wagner also made it through, both looking surprised to have survived the public vote after shaky performances.

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