Rylan's luck runs out as he's booted off the X Factor

Rylan Clark was voted off the X Factor after he found himself in the sing-off. Photo: ITV1

Flamboyant Essex boy Rylan Clark was booted off ITV1's X Factor after he went head-to-head with Union J in the sing-off.

The 24-year-old, who has won over legions of fans with his quirky and colourful performances, was in the bottom two after the public vote and only his mentor Nicole Scherzinger voted to keep him the competition after he sang Athlete's smash hit Wires.

Boy band Union J had the backing of mentor Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Tulisa after they performed their version of Snow Patrol's Run.

Rylan told host Dermot O'Leary: "It just feels so right. I've had seven bonus weeks in this competition, trust me."

In a dignified exit he thanked his mentor Nicole and added that the X Factor was "an absolute pleasure to be a part of".

Rylan exited after a mixed showing in Saturday night's battle of the final five contestants in the Abba versus Motown themed show.

He attracted criticism from judge Gary Barlow for his renditions of Abba's Mamma Mia and Supremes medley.

Rylan has faced repeated criticism from the Take That star for his vocal limitations but following his sing-off performance Barlow told him: "You have been an amazing contestant and I'm so glad because tonight that was your best vocal performance and also best song choice. We've had great fun and none of it's been personal, we haven't taken any of it off the stage."

Here's a look back at some of Rylan's best bits from the show:

The competition is down to the final four now - James Arthur, Jahmene Douglas, Union J and Liverpudlian Christopher Maloney.