Hannah Barrett has become the latest casualty of The X Factor 2013, losing out at the end of the show’s tenth anniversary weekend.
The 17-year-old singer had already survived the sing-off on two previous occasions – but this time was unable to fight off competition from Rough Copy, who were in the bottom two for the first time.
The ensuing sing-off saw Hannah perform the Etta James classic I’d Rather Go Blind, while Rough Copy took on Oasis’s Stop Crying Your Heart Out in a bid to remain in the competition.
And although Nicole Scherzinger stuck by her own act, the other judges voted unanimously to send Hannah home.
However the result did not appear to be a popular one with either judges or audience – with audible boos heard from the crowd when Tamera Foster was the last act voted through, leaving Rough Copy and Hannah in the bottom two.
“On last night’s performance it’s a travesty that Hannah should be here and Rough Copy,” Sharon Osbourne said, before opting to save Rough Copy on the basis that Hannah had already faced two sing-offs.
Louis Walsh – in a sly reference to Tamera forgetting her words for the third time on Saturday night – added: “It was an amazing sing-off, and it’s amazing you’ve got two such talented acts and they remembered all their words and they sing with heart.”
A tearful Hannah later paid tribute to Rough Copy, and added: “I feel so blessed to be here and I thank God for everything that I have.”
Saturday night’s show saw her take on the Alexandra Burke chart-topper Hallelujah, as the acts peformed songs made famous by previous X Factor finalists.
Four other acts – including Tamera, Luke Friend, Nicholas MacDonald and Sam Bailey – made it straight through to next weekend on the strength of the public vote.
Sunday night’s show also featured a seasonal duet between Jessie J and R&B legend Mary J Blige, while One Direction returned to the X Factor stage to perform current single The Story of My Life.
Next weekend’s X Factor will see the five remaining acts perform two songs each – including, for the first time in the history of the show, a song chosen for them by the viewers.