Nicole Scherzinger lost her first act on The X Factor last night when Abi Alton failed to impress the judging panel as well as the voting public.

Alton left the ITV series after being in the sing-off with Hannah Barrett. Alton performed the Ed Sheeran song Lego House while Barrett performed Miley Cyrus’s hit Wrecking Ball.

Scherzinger opted out of voting after the sing-off as she could not choose between her two acts so it was left to the rest of the panel to make the call.

Gary Barlow and Sharon Osbourne both voted to send Alton home with them saying she left it too late to give such a strong performance. Louis Walsh said he would also have voted to send Alton home.

She said "I never in a million and one years anticipated that I would get this far. I've had the time of my life and I've met the most amazing people. I would never change it so thank you."

She said of Scherzinger: "Thank you so much, Nicole. I've really struggled with my confidence in my performances and Nicole has really helped me with that."

There were performance over the weekend from Robbie Williams and Celine Dion.