X Factor’s Katie Waissel is through to the next round of the TV show despite being told she was “more style than substance” by judge Louis Walsh at Saturday’s live finals.

Devastated ‘diva’ Nicolo Festa was booted off the first of the live programmes on ITV1 after receiving the lowest number of votes from the public.

The Italian student told host Dermot O’Leary he “felt like crap” when the result was announced.

Katie went head-to-head with FYD, singing The Beatles’ Don’t Let Me Down after the boy band sang and danced their way through a rendition of Rhianna’s Don’t Stop The Music.

However, FYD failed to wow judges Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh, with their fate decided by the Irish judge, who said: “I’m going to save the act that deserves it and can grow and give more, has the most passion, ambition. So the act I’m gonna send home is FYD.”

The remaining 14 acts resume their battle to be crowned X Factor champs next weekend  – with Matt Cardle and 1Direction currently the bookies’ favourites to win.

The final will be held on 18 December.

Usher bids to save Gamu

Usher has stepped in to try and save Gamu Nhengu, saying that she deserves another chance on the X Factor.

After flying in to perform on the X Factor live finals on Saturday, Usher told the Mirror: “Everyone deserves a chance. It’s a horrible situation if she has to be sent back, but hopefully they can work something out so she’ll be able to achieve her dreams as a recording artist one day.”

Gamu has this week claimed that she could face a firing squad if she is deported to her native Zimbabwe.

The Home Office has asked the wannabe pop-star and her family to leave the country after the the 18-year-old’s mother was refused a visa renewal.

“I’ve been in the public eye now and people there know I’ve fled [Robert] Mugabe’s regime. They will punish us if we go back. They’re going to know where we are. We’re going to be very unsafe. People have been approaching our family members,” Gamu said.

“We think they could be working for Mugabe. And we know how brutal he can be. I would be in danger, it’s blatantly obvious. My family would be in danger.”

Wildcard Treyc Cohen snubbed by Katie and Cher

Cheryl’s Cole’s ‘wildcard’ pick, Treyc Cohen, is claiming that she’s getting the cold shoulder from Katie Waissal and Cher Lloyd.

“Walking into the studio and into the final 12 was weird. You could have cut the tension with a knife, said Treyc.

Things are unlikely to get any more comfortable for newcomer Treyc after it emerged that she has released a single before and is signed to a management company, in breach of X Factor rules.

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