X Factor joy for District3 as they survive sing-off against Melanie Masson

There was joy and relief in store for District3 on tonight’s X Factor when they survived being sent home by the judges after finding themselves in the bottom two against Melanie Masson.

The boy band and Scottish singer Melanie had to compete against each other in a tense sing-off, and District3 were hoping that their rendition of classic Bryan Adams hit Everything I Do (I Do it For You) would be enough to save them over Melanie’s performance of Stay With me Baby.

However, the judges were divided over who they wanted to save, with both Louis Walsh and Tulisa opting to keep District3 in the competition, with Louis saying: “That was an amazing sing off, Melanie I loved that song but I have to save my own act this week.”

Tulisa added: “Melanie you have on of the most amazing voices in this competition, but the lads have one of the best vocal harmonies I’ve heard in a long time.

“You are both very different but both very talented. I can only go with my heart and to be honest my heart is with the lads so I’m sending home Melanie.”

Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger both chose to save Melanie, with Gary saying: “Great sing off and I think both of you did a brilliant job but I’m saving Melanie.”

Nicole added: “Boys you did an amazing job up there. I know I gave you a hard time yesterday but you knocked it out of the park at Boot Camp and killed it tonight and I’m so impressed with you.

“Melanie, I have to go with my heart and you are the oldest in this competition, and you have waited for this all your life, so the act I am sending home is District3.”

With the votes tied at two each, Dermot O’Leary was forced to take the decision to deadlock, and it was Melanie who was sent home after it was revealed that she had received the least number of public votes.

District3 impressed the judges right from their very first audition with a rousing rendition of classic Boyz II Men track I’ll Make Love to You, earning them four yes votes and a place at Boot Camp.

After going from strength to strength at Boot Camp and impressing the judges in a head to head against Triple J, the boys were delighted to make it through to the Judges’ Houses stage of the competition, where they impressed mentor Louis Walsh so much that they got through to the Live Shows.

District3, who were originally known as GMD3, captured the judges’ attention during last week’s first Live Show with a rousing rendition of Tina Turner’s Simply The Best, but they managed to cause a rift during last night’s performance show when their rendition of All-4-One’s I Swear was met with mixed reactions.

Both Tulisa and Nicole enjoyed the performance, with Tulisa telling the delighted boys: “You’re competing with the other boyband and you have to up your game. You have the strongest harmonies in the competition.”

Gary wasn’t impressed, however, and said: “The harmonies were off; the very last note was really off. The song choice was really dated and I’m very disappointed for you.”

With their pretty boy band faces and stunning voices, the boys have survived another week, but will they be so lucky when another act is sent home during next week’s live results show?

Tune into X Factor on STV and ITV at 8.20pm next Saturday and 8pm next Sunday to find out!

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