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X Factor favourite Hannah Barrett makes shock exit

Hannah Barrett kicked off X Factor. Photo: Twitter/X Factor

X Factor favourite Hannah Barrett has been booted off the show in an unexpected turn of events.

16-year-old Tamera Foster managed to survive despite forgetting her lyrics on last night's show - the third time she had failed to remember her words for a performance this series.

The student from Kent looked shocked as host Dermot O'Leary revealed she had escaped the bottom two on tonight's results show.

Tamera Foster escapes the bottom two sing-offs. Credit: Twitter/X Factor

Barrett, 17, and boyband Rough Copy were left to battle it out in the sing-off after receiving the fewest votes from the public.

But an emotional performance of Etta James' I'd Rather Go Blind was not enough to save Barrett as three of the four judges voted for the south London trio.

Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Obsourne branded the bottom two result a "travesty, while Louis Walsh, who made the final decision, reluctantly told the trio and Barrett:

They remember all their words. They sing with their hearts and their souls. I don't want to send anyone home.

Voting to send Rough Copy home, Barrett's mentor Scherzinger said:

I just can't believe this. These two acts should be in the finals, they shouldn't be stand here.

I'm so disappointed and and furious with the British public right now that they have my girl in the bottom two for the third time. I just think it's a travesty.

After the result, Barrett, from Croydon, south London, said: "I'm so blessed to be here. I just thank God for everything I have."

After the show, X Factor posted on Twitter about rumours of a fifth judge to appear on next week's show: