As the 15th series of The X Factor UK continues, Irish Eurovision singer Brendan Murray has narrowly escaped elimination. The “Dying to Try” singer found himself in the bottom three this week, but missed out on being one of the two eliminated acts by winning the Deadlock vote.
The action started on Saturday night’s performance show. Brendan performed a dramatic orchestral version of Cher’s hit “Believe”.
The judges reaction was mixed. Ayda Field pulled no punches when she said, “I’ve never felt depressed after a Cher song and I kind of did just now.” Robbie Williams praised Brendan’s vocals, but said his stage presence wasn’t strong enough.
Simon Cowell said the performance was better than last week, but said Brendan should have more say in the staging. Mentor Louis Tomlinson empathised with Brendan receiving negative comments and praised his act.
The audience voted overnight and the contestants’ fate was revealed on Sunday’s results show. 1990s eurodance diva Janice Robinson had the lowest number of votes and was immediately eliminated from the show.
The other acts in the bottom were revealed to be the 15-person singing group LMA Choir and Brendan Murray. It came down to the sing-off performance, where Brendan performed Radiohead’s “High and Dry”.
The judges continued to be divided. Robbie and Simon voted for Brendan to be eliminated, while Louis and Ayda voted to eliminate LMA choir.
The tie meant it came down to Deadlock, where the votes results of the public vote decided the winner. In the end it was Brendan who had the advantage. While the choir was sent home, Brendan will survive another week. He still has plenty of fans who were relieved to see him beat the elimination.
But being in the bottom three is not necessarily a bad thing. In 2016, Saara Aalto faced elimination three times. She then went on to come top in three shows and went on to place second in the overall show.
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