District3 lose battle of the boybands

Published Sunday, 11 November 2012
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District3 say they are "gutted" to exit the X Factor after losing the sing off against fellow group Union J in what was dubbed the battle of the boybands.

District3 lose battle of the boybands
District3 exit the X Factor (© Rex Features)

Louis Walsh's two groups had to sing for their place in the competition after the result of the public vote was revealed.

It was the first time a judge had two acts in the bottom two this year.

District3 sang Bruno Mars' Just The Way You Are in a last ditch attempt to stay in the competition, while Union J belted out a rendition of Adele's Set Fire To The Rain.

The boybands applauded their mentor after Louis refused to choose which one of his acts he wanted to send home.

"I'm not voting," Louis said. "I'm not sending any of these acts home. No way. I leave it to the other three judges; I cannot judge between my two acts. I love both of them."

Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger both opted to save Union J, meaning three-piece band District3 were eliminated.

"The shame is tonight that was one of your worst vocal performances to date," Gary told District3.

"I'm so disappointed."

The Take That frontman then told Union J: "Although there was less harmony in your performance, I felt like you wanted it that bit more."

Nicole told the acts: "The group that I think is a more mature group and is a little bit more ready for this right now is Union J."

Tulisa Contostavlos said she would have voted to save District3, had her vote counted because she said she had a "deep connection" with the band.

The boys expressed disappointment and sadness as their X Factor journey ended, saying: "You know, it's the most gutting feeling in the world."

Joining the band onstage, Louis suggested it may have been the case the two boybands split the vote, and hoped District3 will get a record deal.

"There's nothing wrong at all. They just didn't get enough votes," he said.

"They are a dream to work with," he added.

There were gasps from the audience as controversial Essex act Rylan Clark safely made it through to next week show after singing a Spice Girl medley on Saturday night.

Last year's winners Little Mix - the first group to win the X Factor- performed earlier in the show, followed by a guest appearance from Ed Sheeran.

© UTV News
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Bill Marsden in Derby wrote (810 days ago):
AS we are being constantly told ” this is a singing competition for a world class singing star”, well how can the likes of Ryland and Chrisopher be classed as that, it all starts at the auditions, Bring in some sub standard acts, and a novelty act, this will help the “chosen” so called class act to get to the final, and along the way get rid of the people who can actually sing against the fall guys, People know a good act when they see it and are not as gullable as X factor bosses think, District3 are dismissed because they we sat against another boy group, who also should not have been in the bottom two as it don't takean diot to s othes sould ave gone out, so it all comes down to being a complete farce and justifiably judged to be FIXED
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