Boys contestant Sam Callahan was voted off the X Factor in week six of the competition after facing an emotion-packed sing-off against fellow team-mate, Luke Friend.
The teenager has faced some harsh criticism from the Judges over the past few weeks for his lack-luster performances.
But, when faced elimination in the dreaded sing-offs, the sexy performer pulled out all the stops with his take on the epic love-ballad Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls.
Meanwhile, fellow Boys contestant, Luke Callahan gave an equally heartfelt rendition of U2’s Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For which received a standing ovation from the audience.
Tensions were high for the X Factor mentor of the pair, Louis Walsh, who abstained from voting, leaving the fate of his Boys up to the fellow judges.
Nicole went first and told Sam that whilst she loved his performance, it was too little too late for the teen.
“Sam, that’s what i wanted from you – I've wanted that week after week,” she explained adding that she really enjoyed Luke’s song.
“Luke you absolutely sang your heart out up there. I connected with you and every bit of your performance. But unfortunately at this point in the competition the act I’m going to send home is Sam.”
Gary went next and acknowledged that he had sometimes been quite harsh on Sam in the past.
However the judge also had some kind words to say to both contestants: “Luke you sang your heart out there. l love your style and I think you have a brilliant act.
“Sam it’s not all bad news – that’s the best performance I’ve ever seen you do. I've given you some harsh critiques and you've taken it like a man – but the act I’m sending home is Sam.”
All is not lost for the musical teenager who will still feature on this year's live tour, though he was obviously upset at his premature exit. Speaking to Dermot after the vote off, he said: “Thank you so much you guys. I've had the most amazing time and no regrets. I hope this is just the beginning of a massive, massive adventure.”
The live UK tour looks set to get better and better as this year's contestants thrive under pressure, or perhaps next week will be the one where they crumble. Keep watching to find out how the final six contestants in X Factor 2013 live fare.
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