Simon Cowell outraged at Ella’s exit

Ella received the least public votes at the weekend.

Simon Cowell has said that show favourite Ella Henderson's departure from the X Factor on Sunday was "unbelievable".

Monday, 19 November 2012
  • entertainment
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There has been an outpouring of reaction to one of the biggest shocks of the series when she and James Arthur were left in the bottom two of the competition.

The show's creator Simon Cowell reacted on Twitter, he said: "Ella! Gone??? Unbelievable."

Stephen Fry said he was "gobsmacked" at the outcome. "One shakes one head in utter despair. Tragic," he said.

Niall Horan from One Direction, also tuning in, said: "Oh my god! Cannot believe what just happened on xfactor!"

A statement on the X Factor's official Twitter said the outcome was a reminder that "no act is safe".

The social media sphere went into overdrive commenting on the result- 48,000 tweets per minute were made during the sing-off.

Both Ella and James were tipped for the final but after a sing off, the judges chose to take the result to deadlock and it was revealed that it was the only girl left in the competition who had the fewest votes.

After Sunday's results, Ella said she "loved every minute" of her X Factor experience, adding: "You know what, this year the talent in the show is incredible."

But mentor Tulisa was clearly upset that the public had not voted to keep her in.

"It's ridiculous. People did not vote. People thought she was safe," she said.

On Saturday the 16-year-old received unanimous praise for turning You're The One That I Want from the Grease soundtrack into a serious ballad.

Gary told her she had just put on her "best performance to date by far", while Louis exclaimed she was "electric", adding: "You are going to sell millions and millions of records Ella."

Despite the great feedback, she was forced to sing for survival on Sunday with If You're Not The One by Daniel Bedingfield, while James Arthur performed a powerful acoustic rendition of Fallin' by Alicia Keys.

Controversial acts Christopher Maloney and Rylan Clark were both safely voted through to the quarter-finals.