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'The X Factor' results show Week Two: Live Blog
With live performances from Katy Perry and The Wanted to relieve the tension, it should be a fun-packed evening that can't be missed.
9.01pm And a special shout out to Digital Spy reader Zoltán Oskovits, who called the bottom two and who the judges would save before the show kicked off - as well as all of you who also correctly predicted what would happen in our exclusive overnight poll!
9.00pm And as we reflect before kicking into Spooks/Downton, the big surprise of the night was seeing Frankie Cocozza in the bottom two. We fully expect him to enjoy a post-sing-off bounceback in week three and be safe - but for how long? Has Kitty got enough Divas on her side to drown out the boos ringing around her head? We'll of course find out next week. Thanks for all your comments, and we'll see you again on Saturday.
8.59pm The continuity announcer seems slightly crushed by Nu Vibe's exit, but we think she's putting it on a bit - I think most of us expected that.
8.57pm The sad run through Nu Vibe's best bits, while we see them looking miserable in the little box in the corner. Tulisa goes up in that fabulous puffy outfit and joins her lads. She still believes in them. The boys magnanimously thank the panel for the opportunity. Tulisa tells them to stick at it, and they bid us farewell.
8.55pm Tulisa sends home Frankie, of course. And it's down to Louis. Will it be the swag-free Frankie or the band he rechristened No Vibe? He decides that Frankie has the most Poe-tential and sends home Nu Vibe.
8.54pm Gaz obviously sends home Nu Vibe, he's not going to send home his own boy. Next up is Kelly, one of the two swing states. She decides to vote off... Nu Vibe! The crowd boo!
8.53pm Frankie seems to be following suit with his best performance since the start of live shows. It's Daniel Merriweather's 'Red'. Despite looking like he should be fronting an indie band at the Rhythm Factory, he does alright at the twangy balladeer thing.
8.50pm Nervy, but steely, and that's probably the first time the boys have actually looked like a band rather than a bunch of strangers. Now, Gary "can't believe" that he's introducing Frankie's survival song.
8.48pm Tulisa introduces Nu Vibe, who she is "so disappointed" for. Can they turn out the level of performance they've so far failed to do? Here goes... it's Cheryl Cole's 'Promise This', in stripped-down boyband style.
8.46pm Our minds are racing as we hit another ad break. What tracks have Frankie and Nu Vibe chosen to save themselves? There's no hiding behind lavish stage-sets and blaming the judges for the song choice now...
8.44pm And Marcus has made it! The last act automatically through to the third live show. That means that Nu Vibe are up against ladies man Frankie Cocozza in this week's sing-off. Remarkable stuff.
8.43pm Kitty is through - to some pretty shameful boos from an audience that should know better. It's now between Marcus, Frankie and Nu Vibe. Marcus looks like he's about to sob.
8.42pm Rhythmix beat (or at least delay) the Girl Band curse. Good for them. Then Sophie takes on her knockers by following them.
8.40pm Johnny is through! He looks ecstatic. Misha B is next, and nobody looks in the slightest bit surprised. Sami and Louis have a massive hug as she is sent through to next week.
8.38pm In no particular order (apart from an order that wrings out the suspense!) The Risk are through, followed by Janet Devlin and Craig in quick succession.
8.37pm The judges accompany their acts on back on stage. The scary opera plays out. The tension is turned up to 11.
8.30pm Dermot steps up post-performance for his customary awkward small talk. Gary then suggests that Perry hop to The Grafton nightclub in Liverpool when she's Mersey-bound on tour. We've never frequented the place, but we're sure it's lovely.
8.28pm Namechecking Radiohead and Johnny & June Carter Cash, playing acoustic guitar. Has Katy turned into Matt Cardle?!!
8.27pm Perry launches into upcoming single 'The One That Got Away'. If this tops the charts in the States, it'll be the sixth from Teenage Dream to do so - breaking the record set by Michael Jackson with Bad.
8.26pm The return of the Wall of Stats, and this one goes on for ever and ever. And we welcome Katy Perry to the stage.
8.24pm And the lines are closed. All the judges are nervous, Louis says, because (cliché alarm) "Nobody is safe, Dermot".
8.20pm Sexy ladies in black! Fire! And we're done. Dermot gives us a five minute warning - the clock is ticking he says, in a very sinister voice. We're suddenly fearing global thermonuclear war. And now to the first ad break.
8.17pm Rhyming "frightning" with "lightning"? We hope Queen's lawyers aren't on the phone! We all know that Brian May is an avid fan and Kitty Diva after all. Can you even play with lightning? They sound pretty good though.
8.15pm After the customary Wall of Stats (which is a little sparse, to be honest), The Wanted kick into 'Lightning' from their upcoming second album Battleground.
8.12pm Johnny got a tweet from Kylie! We're genuinely jealous. We still think he deserves a chance to show off those vocal chords if he survives tonight's phone/text/red button vote.
8.10pm Here's the refresher of last night's performances, complete with those judge snippets - Louis's "No Vibe" gag has officially been attributed to Gary now, it seems!
8.07pm All in all, a fun enough romp through the 2010 international housey dance-pop smash, 'Hello' by Martin Solveig & Dragonette. They've just come to say hello - except one act who will of course shortly be saying goodbye!
8.05pm Ah! A welcome return for the results show group mimefest! To be fair, the acts do have to rest their vocal chords in case they get shunted to the bottom two. And given that lip-synching on TV shows is a big part of a pop career, it's only right we get to see how the hopefuls do it.
8.04pm Fab dresses from Tulisa and Kelly both, and Gary as ever impressing with his sartorial bent. It certainly puts Dermot's bogey-coloured tie to shame.
8.02pm Oooh, Dermot's promising us a "world exclusive" performance from Katy Perry... and a turn from Britain's newest blokeband The Wanted. Now, in come the judges...
7.58pm Good evening ladies and gentlemen, Kitty Divas and Riskettes! Welcome to the first proper results show after last week's judge-led decimation. Tonight, we're back in control with the public vote - before the panel step back in after the ever-controversial sing-off.
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