Rylan Clark has pulled out all the stops with two outrageously OTT performances as he bids to make it to The X Factor's semi-final.
And the controversial contestant was offered an olive branch of sorts by his sternest critic on the show, Gary Barlow.
The Take That star said: "We need to officially declare checkmate between you and I now. It's not my kind of thing, but you're still here. I have to respect that."
The "checkmate" comment was in reference to Rylan's chessboard-themed performance of ABBA's Mamma Mia - and he put on an even-more-flamboyant show for his second performance of the night.
Singing a medley of Motown hits, he wore a bright pink and olive-coloured outfit while surrounded by semi-naked male dancers in baseball caps.
And Louis Walsh summed up the 24-year-old's survival in the contest best when he told him: "Mamma Mia, what a production - I don't think you're a joke act... You're the people's champion."
Christopher Maloney was criticised by the judges for his performances of ABBA's Fernando and Lionel Richie's Dancing On The Ceiling, with Tulisa telling him: "The staging was creepy, I didn't understand why you were surrounded by people in their swimwear, I didn't get it.
"I am trying to stop myself from giggling because you want an honest critique but staging wise I did find it almost funny. Vocally I thought you sounded really good."
Meanwhile James Arthur's performance of Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On seemed to get the best reception of the show.
Louis told him: "James that was the vocal performance of the night, you never let us down! To think you were in the bottom two that doesn't make sense. You are world-class talent."
(Pictures: ITV/Rex Features)
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