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X Factor: Sam Lavery eliminated after sing-off

Sam's performance of Mary J Blige's No More Drama failed to save her Credit: ITV

Sam Lavery has been voted off of The X Factor after a sing-off with Ryan Lawrie.

The 17-year-old from County Durham found herself in the bottom two but looked to be safe after judges Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh chose to save her.

However Sharon Osbourne also on the panel, changed her mind about saving Sam at the last minute and decided to send the vote to deadlock, leaving the public to decide.

Lavery, who had already been given a reprieve once, when she was brought back into the ITV show as a wildcard, having previously been cut, said she was just thankful for the experience.

The 17-year-old had previously been cut from the show and brought back as a wildcard. Credit: ITV

After watching footage of her X Factor journey, she said: "Thank you to Simon. After watching that I look like a completely different person from my first audition, but all for the right reasons. So just thank you so much."

The singer found herself in the bottom two after Saturday's Disco show, where she performed Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive.

Her rendition of Mary J Blige's No More Drama in the sing-off appeared to impress the panel, but Lawrie's delivery of Oasis track Stop Crying Your Heart Out had all four judges on their feet.

Judge Sharon Osbourne surprised the audience as she chose not to save Sam Credit: ITV

The show also featured performances from Nathan Sykes and former X Factor presenter Olly Murs.

Murs performed his song Grow Up while children dressed up as host O'Leary and the judges took the seats on the panel.

There was a twist at the end of the show when it was time for O'Leary to spin the jukebox to determine the theme for next week, as the all-important spin was carried out by Ant and Dec all the way from Australia.

The pair are Down Under for the start of the new series of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! So they spun the wheel by video link and it landed on movies.