Storm Lee and Diva Fever voted off 'X Factor'

Dreams of pop stardom ended for Storm Lee and Diva Fever as the acts were booted off the 'X Factor'.

Dreams of pop stardom ended for Storm Lee and Diva Fever as the acts were booted off the 'X Factor'.

Edinburgh-born musician Lee, 37, got the lowest number of viewer votes after his performance of Bruce Springsteen’s 'Born to Run' and was automatically eliminated from the contest.

Groups Belle Amie and Diva Fever polled the next lowest totals of votes and faced a sing-off with their fate decided by the judging panel.

Diva Fever tried to save themselves with a camp performance of Gloria Gaynor’s 'I Will Survive' but their fate was sealed when three of the judges opted to send them home.

Simon Cowell was saved from making a tough decision after Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue all picked the duo to leave the contest.

Cowell, who mentored both acts, refused to say who he would have chosen after the other judges made their decisions.

“I don’t have to answer that question now. That’s not fair, they’ve left, let’s leave it at that,” he said.

The ferocious judge said he took “full responsibility” for the duo’s departure after he made them perform Duck Sauce’s song 'Barbra Streisand' on last night’s musical heroes-themed show.

The audience were shocked when wacky Wagner Carrilho was saved by the public vote. Bookies said in the last day Carrilho’s odds to win collapsed from 33/1 to just 14/1.

Ladbrokes spokesman David Williams said: “Punters can’t get enough of Wagner. The stranger he becomes the more they love him.”

Last night’s show opened with the contestants performing Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s 'Telephone'.

Former contestant Diana Vickers and Katy Perry also took to the stage.

Perry, who acted as a temporary judge while Minogue was on maternity leave, told Cowell she was “waiting for his call” to ask her to return as a judge.

During her time on the panel she helped put contestant Mary Byrne, Rebecca Creighton from Belle Amie and Niall Horan who is now in One Direction, through to the Bootcamp stages.

Dressed in a sparkly black catsuit, her performance was not note-perfect but she got a standing ovation from the judges at the end.

There are now 12 competitors left in the show.

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