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Jade is out as Gary's 'fag breath' jibe sparks uproar BOOTED OUT: Jade Ellis and her mentor Tulisa

X FACTOR hopeful Jade Ellis became the fourth act to leave the singing competition after three judges opted to save boyband Union J last night.

The 25-year-old, who was mentored by Tulisa Contostavlos, said: "To me it's just been an amazing experience, I thank you guys for all your critique and my life starts from today."

Contostavlos joined her act on stage and said "maybe" she should have "pulled some more ballads out of the bag for Jade".

She said: "We took a risk together and I apologise if it is my fault."


Tearful judge Louis Walsh was the first to announce his vote for Union J after the sing-off. He said: "Dermot, I'm the mentor for Union J, I love them and I don't want to lose them. I have to send Jade home."

Contostavlos voted to save Ellis but, after deliberation, Nicole Scherzinger favoured Union J.

And Gary Barlow said Union J's performances so far had been "good" but not "exceptional" before deciding to save them.

He said: "I'm excited though to know what's coming next for you guys. I can see the commitment, I can see the ambition."

During Saturday's Halloween-themed show Barlow caused an uproar when he told Contostavlos she had "fag-ash breath" after she criticised the song choice of his act, Christopher Maloney.

Last night the N-Dubz star stepped out on stage with a deliberate nicotine patch on her arm in defiance.

Offering an apology on ITV2's The Xtra Factor, Barlow said: "Can I apologise to Tulisa; I mean it. You have the freedom to be as personal as you like to me for the rest of the series."