X marks the road to the grand fi­nals

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE 'N' LOUD -

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.

Mon­days and Tuesdays, 7.30pm, Seven, Prime7.

An­gel Tu­pai.

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