Lorna Simpson said goodbye to "The X Factor" U.K., as she was eliminated in the episode that ITV televised on Oct. 13, 2013.
In this episode, "The X Factor" U.K. host Dermot O'Leary revealed that Simpson and Shelley Smith were in the bottom two of getting viewer votes. Simpson and Smith have both been in the Overs category (for solo singers ages 25 and older), which is being mentored this year by "The X Factor" U.K. judge Sharon Osbourne.
In the previous episode, it was announced that that Smith was in the bottom two in the show's new "flash vote" format, which tallies votes taken within the first moments after all the contestants performed in the episode. As the person with the least number of votes, Smith automatically had to do sing-off with the other contestant in the bottom two. That other contestant was not revealed until the episode after the flash vote results were announced.
Simpson and Smith then competed in a sing-off for the judges. Simpson performed Faith Hill's "There You'll Be," while Smith performed the "Dreamgirls" song "One Night Only."
Not surprisingly, Osbourne chose to abstain from voting, because she was going to lose one of the contestants in her mentor category, no matter how she voted.
So the decision was left up to the other three judges on the panel. Gary Barlow voted to eliminate Smith, but he was outnumbered by Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh, who voted to eliminate Simpson.
Meanwhile in this episode, Cher performed for the first time on "The X Factor" U.K.; she did her single "I Hope You Find It."
At the beginning of the episode, the show's Top 12 contestant acts performed Daft Punk's "Get Lucky."
Here are the remaining Top 11 "X Factor" U.K. contestant acts of 2013:
Girls (female solo singers ages 16 to 24), mentored by Nicole Scherzinger
- Abi Alton
- Hannah Barrett
- Tamera Foster
Boys (male solo singers ages 16 to 24), mentored by Louis Walsh
- Sam Callahan
- Luke Friend
- Nicholas McDonald
Overs (solo singers ages 25 and over), mentored by Sharon Osbourne
- Sam Bailey
- Shelley Smith
Groups, mentored by Gary Barlow
- Kingsland Road
- Rough Copy
- Miss Dynamix