Lorna Simpson Gets The X Factor Boot
Londoner loses sing-off against Shelley Smith in first live show of series...
Lorna Simpson has been given her marching orders on the first weekend of the live shows in this year's The X Factor.
The 26-year-old from Croydon found herself facing Shelley Smith in the sing-off - so it was guaranteed that Sharon Osbourne would be losing one of her acts from the Over-25s.
Shelley performed One Night Only by Jennifer Hudson, while Lorna opted to sing Faith Hill's There You'll Be for her save track - and with mentor Shazza abstaining from the vote it was down to the other three judges to determine their fate.
Louis Walsh voted in favour of Shelley, then Gary Barlow plumped for Lorna - before Nicole Scherzinger elected to save Shelley and send Lorna home.
She was upbeat despite her early exit, telling host Dermot O'Leary: "I think my favourite memory of the competition was getting to the Boot Camp stage, because I never thought I'd even get that far.
"It just goes to show that when you believe in your dreams they really do happen."
And she told co-presenter Caroline Flack: "I'm a bit shocked. It feels as surreal as it did when I even got this far, but I'm going to use it as my stepping stone and I'm definitely going to grow from this."
We told you earlier today how Simon Cowell is reported to be planning a return to the UK show next year.