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Sharon pleas can't save Shelley Smith from X Factor exit

Shelley Smith delivered her rendition of 1980's UK pop star Sam Brown's hit Stop! Photo: xfactor.itv.com

Shelley Smith's time in the X Factor spotlight has come to an end - but the singer said she had the "time of my life" on the ITV talent show.

Smith, who celebrated her 35th birthday on Saturday, went head-to-head with boy band Kingsland Road in the elimination sing-off.

But judge Louis Walsh failed to respond to overt pleas from Sharon Osborne to choose her vocalist and opted to save Gary Barlow's act from the chop instead.

Kingsland Road were saved by Louis Walsh after the elimination sing-off. Credit: xfactor.itv.com

Kingsland Road's take on US pop star Pink's track Try was enough to get them over the line after they were on the bottom of the pile following last night's show.

It was a nervous exit for Smith, who was forced to endure eight other acts, starting with group Rough Copy, being named as safe before she was told she would have to sing for her X Factor survival.

Female trio Miss Dynamix were given a free pass from the nerve-wrecking ordeal after the group's pregnant member SeSe Foster was rushed to hospital before Saturday's show.

Shelley Smith said: "I just want to say thank you to everybody at X Factor, because I've had the time of my life." Credit: xfactor.itv.com

American singers Robin Thicke and Katy Perry put in the professional performances on the show.