Tamera Foster left in tears as X Factor dream ends
Despite being a hit with the judges during Saturday's show, low public votes left Foster in the bottom two and facing a sing off against Luke Friend.
The pair sang again but a tie in judges' votes took the tense showdown to deadlock and back to the public vote which saw bottom placed Foster kicked off the show.
With tears streaming down her face, she said: "I've had the most amazing time, I couldn't have hoped for anything more."
Judge Gary Barlow told Foster: "In the future I think you will be one of the biggest stars" while fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger agreed: "Five years in the future, she is going to be the most successful."
During the sing off, Foster sang Christina Aguilera's The Voice Within and Luke Friend sang Light Up by Snow Patrol.
Louis Walsh praised Friend, saying: "You're easily the best person on that stage" while Sharon Osborne said he gave "such an organic, natural performance". Both judges voted to keep Friend in the show.
Last night's show also saw a performance from last year's winner James Arthur, despite an online petition to ITV bosses to have him banned.
Twitter fury erupted last week after Arthur called Croydon battle MC Micky Worthless a "f***ing queer" in a diss track that was played live on the radio.
Speaking on the X Factor, Arthur said: "You know it's been an amazing year for me" which had "incredible highs compared with terrible lows".
He admitted that he had "made some mistakes" and added: "I am sorry for abusing my position as an X Factor winner", saying he owed everything to the show.
Bailey, Rough Copy and Nicholas McDonald join Friend to sing again next week.
It was announced today that the show's final will feature a world exclusive of Gary Barlow and Sir Elton John performing their new single Face to Face.
The pop legends will be joined at the final by Katy Perry, who will sing her latest track Unconditionally, and One Direction, who shot to fame after winning X Factor three years ago and will perform their brand new single Midnight Memories.
The final takes place at Wembley Arena on Saturday December 14 and Sunday December 15.
Singer-songwriter Tom Odell and The Killers, who will sing Mr Brightside and Human, are due to perform on the Saturday with the other big name acts taking to the stage on Sunday.