The six remaining acts in The The X Factor 2011 tackled songs from movies on Saturday night’s show, with a place in next weekend’s quarter-final at stake.

And with all of Louis Walsh’s acts out of the competition following Kitty Brucknell’s departure last weekend, the stakes were higher than ever for remaining judges Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa as their performers took to the stage.

First on tonight was Craig Colton, who kicked off proceedings with his rendition of the Bond theme Licence To Kill, which was originally sung by Gladys Knight.

Although the judges liked the performance, the choice of song was brought into question, with Louis saying, “I love your voice. But I don’t think it was a brilliant song choice.”

Tulisa agreed with him but his mentor Gary was quick to leap to his defence. “This is a singing competition,” he pointed out, “not a song choosing competition. That was an incredible performance tonight.”

Janet Devlin was next on stage, singing the Sixpence None The Richer song Kiss Me from the film She’s All That – and once again finding favour with the judges after last weekend’s disappointing performance.

“You’re back in your comfort zone,” Tulisa told her while Gary added, “For the past few weeks your performances have been below average – but this was much better for me.”

Amelia Lily, meanwhile, tackled the soul classic Think from the movie Bridget Jones’ Diary – and once again won rave reviews from the panel – although Tulisa admitted she “didn’t know the song”.

However Kelly defended her act, saying, “Not everybody will know the song but it’s all good, you had a great performance.”

Misha B – who was saved from elimination by the judges last week – performed next, tackling the Whitney Houston ballad I Have Nothing from the blockbuster The Bodyguard.

Louis praised the teenager, saying “every week you bring something different to the show”, while Gary added, “I can’t believe people aren’t voting for you. The thing that makes me sad is that it’s affecting you, your song choices and performance. I think you’re being too safe, I want Misha B back the way you should be.”

Little Mix were the penultimate act of the night, singing the En Vogue hit Don’t Let Go which feaured in the female heist movie Set It Off, and wowing the panel in the process.

“You’re looking at the next big girl band,” Louis declared while Kelly agreed. “To me, you guys could be the best girl group to come out of the UK.”

Finally Marcus Collins had his moment in the spotlight, singing the song Higher and Higher – from the movie Ghostbusters – accompanied by a choir, and won some of the best reviews of the night.

“That is what movie week is all about,” Tulisa said. “You understood the theme, that was amazing, you’re back on top.”

Meanwhile his mentor Gary said he had given “the performance of the night” and added, “No other contestant has improved the way you have week after week. It was so uplifting, congratulations mate!”

The results will be revealed on Sunday evening’s show, which will also feature performances from Rihanna and Rebecca Ferguson.