X Factor round up: Rain, Rihanna and Rylan

Sunday night's result show was packed with rain, Rihanna and Rylan drama after the flamboyant singer became the eight act to be voted off the show by the judges.

Despite the competition heating up as the show entered the quarter-finals, the final five contestants looked relaxed as they took to the stage to perform their very own version of Coldplay’s Rule The World.

The finalists were followed by superstar Bruno Mars who performed his new single Locked Out Of Heaven for the delighted X Factor crowd.

Cheeky Bruno can do no wrong and certainly didn’t disappoint with his funky hit as he performed some slick and sexy moves.

And, if one global superstar wasn’t enough pop princess Rihanna also popped - her third performance on the show.

The raunchy singer gave a pitch-perfect performance of her new hit Diamonds and was dressed in a figure hugging black, lace dress.

Compared to previous X Factor appearances, Ri-Ri's performance this year was very tame. Sadly there no food fights this time, just lots of indoor rain. She really should have brought along her umbrella-ella-ella....

Before we knew it, Dermot was ready to give us the results.

James Arthur was first to be given the good news and he was followed by Overs contestant Christopher Maloney and Jahmene - leaving Rylan and Union J to take part in the sing off and see who was going to earn their place for next week.

Rylan toned his normally showy act down a notch as he performed an emotional version of Athlete’s Wires then it was over to Union J who covered Snow Patrol’s Run.

Dermot went to Rylan’s mentor Nicole Scherzinger first who of course was going to save her boy telling Union J, “Boys that was a great performance but I have to stick with my boy.”

Louis Walsh was next and as mentor to Union J chose to support his last remaining group, “Rylan, you’re a great role model, a team player and a great performer and I’ve enjoyed meeting you, but in the sing off the boys nailed it. You’ve got something brilliant Union J; I think you’re the next big boy band.”

Gary Barlow has never hidden the fact that he thinks Rylan should have been sent pack chose to save Union J, he told Rylan, “You have been an amazing contestant and I’m so glad because tonight that was your best vocal performance and your best song choice.

“We’ve had great fun and none of it’s been personal, but the act I’m sending home tonight I’m sad to say is Rylan.”

Tulisa could have taken it to deadlock but felt she had to vote on the performances. Having been a big supporter of the Essex boy, it was plain to see that it was hard for Tulisa to do what she felt was the right thing: “Union J, you are four amazing lads on stage and off stage and you give great performances each week.

“Rylan, you have entertained me through this series, you’ve made me laugh and smile and I admire you for what you’ve had to put up with throughout this competition.

“I now have to go with the act I feel can sell the most records out of this competition, so I’m sorry to say I’m sending home Rylan.”

And that was that – the end of Rylan Clarks X Factor journey.

Speaking to host Dermot O’Leary an emotional Rylan said, “I’ve had several fabulous weeks in this competition and this show is one of the best things to be a part of and thanks for having me, especially Nicole.”

Now we have our final four – Union J, Jahmene Douglas, James Arthur and Christopher Maloney, but who’ll be making it to the final?

Tune into X Factor on STV and ITV next Saturday (December 2) and Sunday (December 3) from 8pm.

All of this year’s X Factor contestant performances can be downloaded from iTunes now.

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