Devon diva Shelley survives X-Factor sing off to stay in contest
Devon diva Shelley Smith has survived the first sing-off in the X-Factor in the opening live show of the ITV talent contest.
Shelley, a 34-year-old delivery driver from Farringdon, near Exeter, was pitched against another act from the over-25s category, Lorna Simpson, in the tense performance before the judges and a live audience.
Shelley knew she faced a sing-off after gaining the lowest public support in a ‘flash vote’ on Saturday night in which viewers had ten minutes to call in with their votes.
Sharon Osbourne, who was mentor to both acts in the Sunday sing-off, refused to decide between them, leaving the other three judges to seal their fate.
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Gary Barlow, who is standing down as a judge after the end of this series, voted to send Shelley home but both Louis Walsh and Nicole Sherzinger backed the Devon mother, whose daughter, Madeline, was in the audience cheering her on.
The other Devon hopeful still in the competition is 17-year-old Luke Friend, a student from Combeshead Academy who lives with his parents in Teignmouth.
He received enough public votes to avoid facing the judges again.