Craig Colton was voted off ‘The X Factor’ last night.
The 22-year-old hopeful – who landed in the bottom two alongside Amelia Lily – fought back tears as judges Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh took the decision to deadlock after giving the acts two votes apiece.
Following a sing-off which saw Craig perform the Shirelles’ ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ and Amelia – who only re-entered the ITV1 competition last week in the wake of Frankie Cocozza’s axe – belt out a rendition of Lady Gaga’s ‘You and I’, Tulisa and Craig’s mentor Gary voted to save the Liverpool-based singer.
Criticising Amelia’s performance, Gary said: “Amelia I feel like you shouted your way through that, while Craig was understated and gorgeous.
Tulisa added: “I don’t think I’ve ever been so torn before in a sing-off. Based on tonight’s performance, I’ll send home Amelia.”
However, Louis – the only judge left with no acts left in the show – claimed the 17-year-old wannabe was a “ready-made” pop star, sending the decision to deadlock.
He said: “I’ve loved you from day one, Craig, but I think Amelia is a ready-made pop star.”
Kelly – who is mentoring Amelia, as well as Janet Devlin and Misha B- explained: “Craig, I love you. I think you are a beautiful vocalist. I’m saving Amelia.”
After learning he would be leaving the competition, Craig told Dermot he had the time of his life on the show.
He said: “I’ve had the time of my life the last few months. I’ve done myself proud.”
Meanwhile Amelia Lily has been sharing fears that her diabetes could leave her blind.
The 17-year-old singer was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes – a condition whereby sufferers have low blood sugar levels – aged three and has to inject herself with insulin daily.
She told the Daily Star Sunday newspaper: “I need four injections a day and I’ve had it for 14 years now.
“It’s just become a daily routine but I still need to be careful.
“It is serious and I could end up going blind if I have too many high blood sugars.”
Amelia – who was sent home by mentor Kelly Rowland after the first live final, but voted back into the competition last week after Frankie Cocozza was axed – also has to adjust the amount she takes to counteract the adrenalin rush of appearing on the programme, which could potentially send her into a diabetes-induced coma.
She said: “I used to have fits when I was younger. I have to be careful with my bloods and adrenalin uses a lot of energy, so I need to decrease my insulin before I perform. It’s hard to get the balance right but I always decrease my insulin just before performing to be safe.”
Amelia performed Aretha Franklin’s ‘Think’ on last night’s (19.11.11) show, and admitted she has been nervous about coming back to the show after missing five weeks of live finals.
She added: “I’m feeling the pressure now because I’ve gone from not being in the show any more to being the favourite to win.
“It’s hard to handle, there’s a lot of stress and pressure.
“And you have your doubts but I’m a strong person and you have to be to be in the music industry.”