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Devon's X Factor dream over

Devon teenager Luke Friend is out of the race to be crowned the winner of this year's X Factor.

Despite praise from all the judges, and a duet with Ellie Golding, the 17 year old from Teignmouth lost his place in the competition last night.

It's widely thought Luke will still have a promising music career despite not winning.

His parents say they're extremely proud of him and will return to the West Country later in the week but plan to stay in London to watch him in the group performance.

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Traders in Luke's hometown back him for X Factor final

Traders are rallying round in the home town of X Factor finalist Luke friend. Many of the business owners in Teignmouth have watched him develop his talents over the past few years since he first entered local talent contests at the age of twelve.

One of his inspirations has been the success of local group Muse.

The mother of Chris from the band looks after the Devon arms pub. Richard lawrence asked her what she thought of what lies ahead for luke:

Luke's parent's 'over the moon'

Luke Friend's parents say they're over the moon that their son has made it to the X Factor final

Sue Potts and Steve Friend, who are from Teignmouth, say Luke's been enthusiastic about performing music since he was 11.

They've told RIchard Lawrence they're proud he has kept his integrity ...and his hair which the production team had urged him to have cut!

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Has Luke done enough to get through?

Luke sang 'Skinny Love' Credit: ITV

The public chose Skinny Love for Luke Friend from Devon to sing in last night's 'Jukebox choices' round of The X Factor. He said it was the song he would have chosen, though Louis said it was a song he hated.

Sharon said after the performance: "That's was not skinny love, that was big juicy love."

Gary said he was a "massive fan" while Nicole said his voice "soared".

He'll find out if the performance was good enough to put him through on tonight's results show at 8pm on ITV.

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