Published Sunday, 02 December 2012
Dermot O'Leary with Christopher Maloney, Jahmene Douglas and James Arthur (© Rex Features)
Boyband Union J were knocked out of the semi-final in a public vote on Sunday night.
Union J member Josh Cuthbert said: "We're so happy about where we've come and we've got so much to thank X Factor for."
Jaymi Hensley added: "This has been our dream, being here right now performing. We can't describe how amazing it has been, we loved every minute of it."
Mentor Louis Walsh said: "I'm a little bit disappointed, but we were ready for it. They're going to have an amazing future. They're the next big boyband."
Bandmates Jamie Hamblett, 24, George Shelley, 19, Jaymi, 22 and Josh, 20, ended the show singing Taylor Swift's Romeo and Juliet.
James and Jahmene, who are both mentored by Nicole Scherzinger, are hotly tipped to win the recording contract when the show reaches its climax in Manchester next weekend.
The live final, which was held at Wembley Arena in 2011, takes place outside London for the first time this year.
Jahmene, 22, said: "I can't believe I've gone from Asda to getting through to the semi-final. It's crazy people thin I'm good enough to get here."
Meanwhile, 34-year-old Christopher, who was booed again by the audience when the results were announced, said: "I'm just so grateful for everyone that has picked up the phone and voted for me."
The contestant mentored by Gary Barlow, who has been dubbed the karaoke king, received mixed feedback from the judges on Saturday.
The three finalists will duet with their respective mentors during the final, with Nicole set to perform twice - with James and Jahmene, while Gary will sing to support Christopher.
Global stars Rihanna, One Direction, Kylie Minogue and Emeli Sandé are also set to perform.
On Sunday the finalists kicked off the show with Rod Stewart's Merry Christmas, Baby and the rock legend himself joined them on stage.
Judge Tulisa Contostavlos also performed her new single Sight Of You followed by pop star Pink who sang Try on her first X Factor appearance.
Meanwhile the single released by this year's winner will also be the show's charity song.
The song, which has yet to be announced, will raise money for children's charity Together for Short Lives, which provides support for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
It will be performed by the last two finalists in the competition before being released after the winner is revealed.