X marks the road to the grand finals
NATALIE Bassingthwaighte’s dream run as a coach on The X Factor has come to an abrupt end with the loss of Angel Tupai.
Tupai, who was forced into a suddendeath sing-off with the Guy Sebastiancoached Samantha Jade, was eliminated because she had the fewest number of viewer votes.
The 19-year-old from NSW was the first of Bassingthwaighte’s three finalists to be booted off the show.
Tupai did well to hold back tears when she was interviewed after the announcement, but some of the other contestants were visibly upset.
A member of the boy band Fourtunate was wiping away tears constantly while standing behind Tupai on stage, and teenager Bella Ferraro was also moved to tears.
‘‘It’s been an unbelievable ride,’’ says Tupai. ‘‘I’m happy to do all I have wanted to do (on the show).’’
It was the second night in a row Ferraro’s emotions bubbled over after she broke down on Monday when she finished singing 99 Red Balloons.
Fourteen-year-old Shiane Hawke also choked back tears on Monday when judge Guy Sebastian asked her what her rendition of True Colours meant to her.
Tupai’s exit leaves just seven contestants in the running to win the reality show.
Bassingthwaighte’s two remaining singers are Ferraro and Hawke. Sebastian is still tutoring Nathaniel Willemse and Jade.
Former Spice Girl Mel B has just Jason Owens. Fourtunate and The Collective remain under the guidance of Ronan Keating.
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