X Factor: Freddy Parker is sent home after judges' vote goes to deadlock

Published Monday, Oct 17 2016, 08:14 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
X Factor: Freddy Parker became the second act to be sent home from the competition, after receiving the fewest public votes.

Freddy had faced Saara Alto in the bottom two during Sunday night's (16 October) result show, and following their sing off, the judges' vote was taken to deadlock.

While Sharon Osbourne voted to save her own act, Saara, along with Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger saved Freddy as did Simon Cowell. That meant the decision was down to the public vote and host Dermot O'Leary announced that Freddy had received the lowest number of votes.

Freddy Parker, X Factor
16 October


Following the result, Freddy said: "Obviously, I'm so devastated to go at this point because I've loved every single second of this amazing experience and I didn't want it to end. But I'm so grateful to X Factor for believing in me from my first audition."

He had received a standing ovation from Sharon and Nicole during his rendition of Rihanna's 'Stay' in the sing off, while Saara had sung Leona Lewis' 'Run'.

Freddy Parker and Nicole Scherzinger, X Factor
16 October


The result came after Saturday's Motown themed show. Freddy had performed his own take on 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' and was praised by Sharon. She told the 18-year-old he had "killed it", pointing out that his nerves had gone since the first week of the live shows.

Simon also credited Freddy from bouncing back from being in the bottom three during the first live show - he had narrowly avoided the sing off. Speaking about his performance this time round Simon said: "It was a little bit erratic... started well, fell off in the middle and picked it up in the end. Compared to last week? This was a million times better."

Louis, meanwhile, was left a little unimpressed, telling Freddy: "I liked it, but I didn't love it. I think the song was a little too big for you... I think you could do better," while Nicole complimented Freddy for taking a risk and choosing to perform without playing the piano.

"You took a chance this week, you broke out from the piano and broke out from whatever fears and insecurities you had," she said.

Taking to Twitter following his exit from the competition, Freddy thanked fans for supporting him. He tweeted: "Thank you so much @TheXFactor I've had the time of my life. Thank you to everyone who has supported me, my heart goes out to all of you."

His mentor Nicole, meanwhile, shared a selfie with Freddy to Instagram and told her followers she was sad to see him leave. Nicole said: "So sad to see Freddy leave tonight on #XF. I can't wait to hear the music I know you're writing and going to record! #nevergiveup #neverstopbelieving Please make sure to vote for my #scherzyboys."

Nicole now has two acts left in the competition: Matt Terry and Ryan Lawrie.

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