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Ella Henderson was voted off the X Factor last night in what was described as one of the biggest shocks the talent show has ever experienced.

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The 16-year-old, who has been compared to Adele, was in the bottom two with the show’s other favourite James Arthur.

With two votes each after the sing-off, the decision was taken to deadlock and moments later Henderson’s fate was sealed as she received the fewest public votes.

Henderson’s mentor Tulisa Contostavlos described the young star’s exit from the show as “absolutely ridiculous”, but all judges were in a state of shock when the bottom two performers were revealed.

With the show’s controversial contestant Rylan Clark safely through, with Union J and Jahmene Douglas, the crowd booed loudly when Christopher Maloney was also confirmed for next week - leaving Henderson and Arthur to battle it out for the remaining place.

With the audience’s booing continuing, host Dermot O’Leary said: “Well, you can tell already from the studio it’s a shock.”

Adding: “One of the biggest shocks we’ve ever had on the results show.”

Commenting on the two acts who found themselves in the bottom two, Nicole Scherzinger said: “Whatever happens tonight it will be a great tragedy for the show.”

Louis Walsh said: “I’m in shock. I thought these were two finalists.”

Having just belted out a version of Daniel Bedingfield’s If You’re Not The One, Henderson said she “loved every minute” of her X Factor experience, adding: “You know what, this year the talent in the show is incredible.”

When asked why she thought her act was now no longer a contender for the crown, an angry Contostavlos said: “This is ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. People did not vote. People thought she was safe.”

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