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X Factor judges bury hatchet after week-long feud

X Factor judges Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

X Factor judges Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh last night shook hands on the live show and put their near week-long feud behind them.

At the start of Saturday's show, which had a love and heartbreak theme, presenter Dermot O'Leary asked Barlow if he had forgiven Walsh.

He replied: "It is a new day Louis, shake hands," to cheers from the audience.

The pair had not spoken since Barlow's act, Carolynne Poole, was booted off the ITV talent show following a controversial "deadlock" situation on Sunday night which saw the Take That star storm from his seat.

He was angered by Poole's departure, which came as a result of Walsh's indecision, with the public vote saving Rylan Clark instead.

There had been reports that Walsh was ordered to force a deadlock situation by show bosses after producer Richard Holloway was seen whispering in his ear shortly before he failed to choose which of the two acts should be saved, pushing it to the public vote.

But Mr Holloway went on to say that executives never interfere in the voting.

The X Factor judges Louis Walsh and Gary Barlow pictured together in 2011. Credit: Ian West/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Bookies' favourite to win Ella Henderson wowed the crowd and the judges again with her rendition of Minnie Riperton's Lovin' You.

After hitting the famous high note perfectly, the 16-year-old was showered with praise by the judges.

X factor star Ella Henderson. Credit: xfactor.itv.com

What a risk you took tonight. The risk in that song is that, forget about the rest of the song, everybody is waiting for the high note, the F# descending. I know you've been worried about it all day, you completely nailed it.

– Gary Barlow

Fellow judge, Nicole Scherzinger described Ella as a "timeless goddess".

She said: "The difference between you and so many artists, especially today, is you are timeless and you are classic. No matter what's trendy or what's going on in the industry, your talent, your voice, your beauty is just stand alone, you're a timeless goddess tonight, you should be so proud of yourself."

Chart-topping singer Adele said Ella Henderson's performance was "incredible".

Rylan Clark, the act at the centre of last week's controversy, mocked Barlow by launching into the start of a Take That song before performing 1990s dance classic Groove Is In The Heart, originally by Deee-Lite.

After the performance, Barlow hit back: "If this was a competition for how many songs you can kill in two minutes you would win.

"Interestingly when you started off the best bit was my song and after that it became this musical dirge to cover up the fact that you can't sing.

"I'm never going to like this. I hear from everybody backstage you're a lovely guy and I'm sure that if we sat and had a drink together I may well enjoy it for about 30 seconds."

X Factor's Rylan Clark. Credit: Sophie Duval/EMPICS Entertainment

Seemingly referring to Barlow storming out last week, Clark replied: "I was a little bit worried actually, I booked you a cab in case."

Barlow responded: "That's funny because I've had yours on hold for two weeks."

One of the remaining acts will be voted off in tonight's show.