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End of the road for Rough Copy as they lose to Luke Friend in X Factor in semi-final sing-off

Rough Copy did not make it to next week's live X Factor final at Wembley. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Rough Copy left the X Factor this evening after another emotional week for the contestants and judges. They faced Luke Friend in a sing-off that went to a deadlock, and Dermot O'Leary revealed that young Luke received the most votes from the public.

Luke sang 'Somewhere Only We Know' by Keane in the sing-off, which Lily Allen has returned to number one in the UK charts, whilst Rough Copy sang End of the Road, which turned out to be sadly prophetic for them.

Barlow voted for his own act to stay in, as did Friend's mentor Louis Walsh.

Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger decided she wanted Rough Copy in the final, but when Sharon Osbourne voted for Friend following his rendition of current number one Somewhere Only We Know, the decision was taken to deadlock and it was revealed the group had lost the public vote.

The result means Luke, Sam Bailey and Nicholas McDonald will context next week's live final at London's Wembley Arena.

Show host Dermot O'Leary described Rough Copy as "three of the greatest showmen this show has ever seen", while Barlow said he was "so proud" of his act.

Former X Factor champion Leona Lewis and crooner Michael Buble took to the stage during tonight's semi-final, which also featured a group performance of Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours by the remaining four contestants.