Ella Henderson - gone but not forgotten by X Factor
TETNEY starlet Ella Henderson may no longer be competing for the X Factor crown – but the show has certainly not forgotten her.
On Saturday night’s quarter-finals show, all the judges and the majority of the contestants spoke at length of their shock at her untimely exit from the ITV competition.
Most used her departure to plead with their fans not to be complacent and assume they were safe – urging them to pick up the phone and vote.
Union J admitted they were devastated when Ella, was voted off.
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George Shelley, who at one time Ella was rumoured to be dating – an allegation they both deny – added: “That was the biggest shock ever in X Factor history.”
Bookies favourite Jahmene said the recent results were really keeping him “on his toes”, while Rylan openly admits he feels guilty that he remains in the competition instead of Ella.
James Arthur, who she faced in the sing-off, has also been publicly vocal about his sadness at her departure – although he is quoted as saying: “I don’t fear anybody now. To go up against Ella and come out on top, I feel I might have booked my place in the final.”
The only contestant who did not appear to be genuinely shaken and upset by the 16-year-old being voted off was Christopher Maloney – the last remaining contestant in the over 28s category, mentored by Gary Barlow.
As one of the few remaining contestants never to have been in the bottom two, he shrugged it off, saying: “It’s not my problem.”
He said: “The public are picking up the phone and voting for me. If they would have picked it up and voted for Ella or James and kept them in, then Ella would still be here.”
This week Rylan left the show.