Axed X Factor star Craig Colton has blamed his exit on a poor song choice.

The former biscuit factory worker left the show after going head to head with favourite Amelia Lily in the sing-off.

Craig was given his marching orders in the first ‘deadlock’ of the series as the four judges failed to reach a clear verdict and it went to public vote.

The wannabe – who performed the Bond theme Licence To Kill on Saturday’s show – said the song choice sealed his fate.

Speaking on ITV1’s Lorraine, he said: “It’s all about song choice now, I hope the other contestants learn from this as well.

But he added: “I really liked the song and I’ve listened to it back and I actually quite liked the vocal. I think it was one of my best vocals as well, but it is down to song and people’s connections with songs as well.”

In Sunday night’s results show, Take That star Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos voted to send Amelia home, while former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland and Louis Walsh voted to get rid of Craig.

Craig told presenter Lorraine Kelly that he was under no illusions about having a lengthy career as a performer after The X Factor tour early next year. “We’ll see what happens. I’m not holding my hopes up too high, but I just want to have fun and I want to make music, that’s the thing.”

And he is backing girl group Little Mix to win this year’s X Factor.

“I think there are a few front-runners. But I think out of everyone who has made the biggest journey and has improved the most, I think it’s got to be Little Mix. They’ve come out of nowhere.”