Teacher fails to make the grade for show final
DANYL Johnson became the latest contestant to be voted off the X Factor, missing a place in the final.
The 27-year-old hugged fellow contestant Stacey Solomon who beat him to secure a spot in next Saturday's decider.
He said: “I might have gone out in the semifinal but I’ve gone out to some of the best people I’ve ever met.”
Mentor Simon Cowell said he was “genuinely upset” at his exit.
The pop mogul said: “There is nothing more I could have done. It’s just one of those things.”
The teacher from Kent was non-committal about returning to the classroom.
He said: “I’m just going to see what happens. I’m looking forward to seeing my family and friends and maybe play a couple of gigs.”
Johnson had looked certain to go through to the final after storming covers of Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror and I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston in Saturday’s show – despite earlier claiming that the diva “absolutely hated him”.
Bookmaker Coral made Joe McElderry 1-3 favourite to win the series after last night's result, with Solomon the 3-1 second favourite, ahead of Olly Murs at 7-1.
Spokesman David Stevens said: “Joe has been hot favourite to win for several weeks now, and his latest performances showed why. It would be the biggest shock since Will Young beat Gareth Gates in Pop Idol if he didn’t win next week’s final.”
Geordie Joe was lavished with praise by the judges for his renditions of Michael Jackson’s She’s Out of My Life and Open Arms by Journey on Saturday’s show.
L a st night’s pro - gramme featured a performance by Lady GaGa who sang her current single Bad Romance in a typically bizarre metallic outfit with devil horns.
The set featured a giant bath, shower and toilet and a troupe of dancers i n zombieesque white costumes.
When asked to give advice to the contestants she said: “Be yourself. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you can’t achieve yo u r dreams.”
Wearing a more orthodox denim get-up, Janet Jackson per - formed part of her 2001 hit It’s all for You before launching into recent release Make Me.
The X Factor charity single You Are Not Alone dropped down from two to five in this week’s chart, while Peter Kay’s Children in Need fundraiser stayed at No 1.