Finalist Christopher Maloney has been voted out of the X Factor tonight ending his dream of winning the competition.
Tomorrow night will see Jahmene Douglas and James Arthur go head to head become winner of the show. Judge Tulisa Contostavlos showed her delight as she punched the air when Arthur breezed through to the final night. Tomorrow evening's final takes place between two members of the boys category mentored by judge Nicole Scherzinger.
The former Pussycat Doll dazzled in a floor-length red sequinned gown as she stood next to her two remaining mentees to wait for presenter Dermot O'Leary's announcement of who had made the final. She hugged Jahmene, 20, closely after his name was announced before she gripped Arthur's hand in a show of support before he was also announced. Gary Barlow stood alongside Christopher, 38, who graciously accepted his fate, saying he felt like he had already won.
He said: "The critique that I've had and the negative press and the lies in the press and all that...I'm the third finalist and it feels fantastic."
The viewer's vote alone decided which two contestants would battle it out for the coveted title of winner, and who would go home. Fellow judges Contostavlos and Louis Walsh watched from the sidelines, as all of their acts had been sent home in previous weeks.
"It's going to be a hell of a night," Dermot said.
Some of this year's singers who went out in earlier rounds opened the show, performing a medley of their most popular songs, including Rylan Clark's cover of viral hit Gangnam Style and Ella Henderson singing Florence + the Machine's Spectrum. Performing in Manchester Central arena, the finalists sang a new song and dueted with their mentor to fight for a place in the final. Jahmene sang Curtis Mayfield's Move On Up, James performed Nina Simone's Feeling Good and Christopher opted for Irene Cara's Flashdance ... What a Feeling.
Liverpudlian Christopher teamed up with mentor Barlow to perform Take That's Rule The World, and Nicole collaborated with James, 24, to sing Bob Dylan's Make You Feel My Love.
Afterwards James told Nicole: "You're the best mentor I ever could ask for."
Jahmene then sang a duet with her on an emotionally charged rendition of Whitney Houston's Greatest Love Of All. The pair struggled to share vocal duties after Scherzinger's mic failed to work, with the former Pussycat doll quipping "It sucks when your mic won't turn on" after finishing the song, before Douglas described the pairing as "such a blessing."
Star performances included Kylie Minogue, Kelly Clarkson and Rita Ora. Tomorrow night One Direction, Rihanna and Emeli Sande are set to perform.