Girl band Hope have missed out on a place in the semi-final of The X Factor, after becoming the latest act to be eliminated from the show.

The five-piece were the favourites to be given the boot after narrowly escaping elimination on last Saturday’s show, ultimately being saved by the public vote after the judges reached deadlock.

On this week’s show the result was based solely on the public vote for the first time this series, rather than the judges choosing which act to send home.

The remaining four acts – Rhydian, Niki, Leon and Same Difference – will now all compete in next week’s semi-final.

Afterwards band member Racquelle said they had had an “amazing journey”.

“We are the only five-piece who has ever made it to the final five so we are so happy,” she told Dermot O’Leary.

“And there’s a future for us. We’re Hope now, and we’re not splitting up, we’re going to stay that way.”

Saturday’s show saw the five acts each performing two songs, with the theme Best Of British. The show also featured a live performance from Duran Duran.

Hope were criticised earlier in the evening for their rendition of The Spice Girls’ Two Become One – which even drew a negative response from their mentor Simon Cowell.

“We’ve got two songs,” he told them, “that one wasn’t good enough.”

They fared rather better with their second performance of the night, singing Queen’s We Will Rock You. “It was a million times better than the last one,” Simon told them, although Louis wasn’t so sure. “Would Freddie Mercury have liked it? No,” he said, “he’s spinning in his grave!”

The other four acts received their fare share of praise from the panel. Niki was described by Sharon as “a great example of today’s working mum” following her performance of the Sting song Fields Of Gold.

And Rhydian also got the thumbs-up, kicking off the show with a flamboyant rendition of Queen’s Somebody To Love and ending it with the Welsh hymn I Vow To Thee My Country and rugby anthem World In Union.

Leon, meanwhile, was labelled “the dark horse in the competition” by Louis Walsh after tackling The Beatles’ The Long And Winding Road, while Same Difference once again divided opinion with their lively rendition of Wham’s Wake Me Up Before You Go Go.

“That was a brilliant performance – thanks for inviting us to the pyjama party!” said Dannii. But Louis, once again, wasn’t so sure.

“Surely people will start to see through the gimmicks soon?” he said of the pair. “Guys, there are just too many gimmicks!”