There were shocks all round for Melanie Masson when she became the second X Factor finalist to be sent home following a tense sing-off against boyband District3, which saw the vote go to Deadlock.
The 44-year-old mum found herself in the bottom two and was forced to perform again for the judges, delivering a heartfelt rendition of Stay With Me Baby.
While Overs mentor Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger voted for Mel, Louis Walsh and Tulisa opted for District3, sending the vote to the dreaded Deadlock, for the second week in a row.
Sadly for Melanie, she received the fewest votes from the public and therefore her time in the competition was up.
Gary was devastated to be losing an act for the second week and said: “Gutted. For me, Melanie - one of the best singers in the competition.”
Melanie was clearly disappointed but she smiled as she told Dermot: “I’ve absolutely enjoyed every single second of being here and the opportunities it’s brought. It’s just been amazing.”
Melanie impressed the judges during last night’s show with her stunning rendition of Never Tear Us Apart and Tulisa was over the moon with her performance. Watch Melanie’s performance now
“From fairy lady to diva, you’re back again this week in full MILF mode, singing your heart out.” Said the Young and former N Dubz singer.
“Halfway through, I got a bit worried about the song choice, but then you pulled it back with those power notes and you blew everyone away, yet again.”
Gary added “What a voice, what a performance.”
However, it wasn’t to be for Melanie, who was forced to wave goodbye to her X Factor dream tonight.
The Scottish lass, originally from Cathcart in Glasgow but now lives in London, made it through to Bootcamp after impressing the judges with an incredible performance of the Janis Joplin Cry Baby. And she continued to shine as she sailed through to the Judges’ Houses stage of the competition.
Melanie seized her opportunity at Judge’s Houses with her rendition of Paul Young’s Every time You Go Away where she was chosen by mentor Gary to be in the final three Over 28’s alongside Carolynne Poole and Kye Sones. They were joined by Christopher Maloney who was chosen by the public as the saved Wildcard act.
The 44-year-old full-time mum has always been heavily influenced by music and was even in a band when she was younger. But she put her career on hold to get married and have kids. Her husband is Scottish actor Forbes Masson who starred alongside Alan Cumming in sitcom The High Life.
With such a powerful voice, ideal for rock and roll, this surely won’t be the last we hear of Melanie Masson.
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