X Factor: Micky Parsons' District3 make it in final seconds as Ella Henderson sails on through
CLEETHORPES singer Micky Parsons was saved for another week on the X Factor in the final seconds last night.
District3 were in the bottom two acts in last night's results show, singing Everything I Do, I Do It For You to survive against Melanie Masson.
The tension became unbearable when judges Tulisa and Louis Walsh chose the boys, but Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger chose Melanie, and the decision went to deadlock.
Thankfully, District3 won more public votes than Melanie – meaning they will be in next week's live shows.
But there was no doubting the star quality of Ella Henderson, who didn't have long to wait to find out she was through.
The local singers had already gone through the nerves of a live show on Saturday, which had a Love and Heartbreak theme.
Visibly delighted to be saved, Micky and his bandmates are no doubt planning to up their game for this weekend.
They won votes with their rendition of I Swear, originally by Boyz II Men, on Saturday night's show, but admitted being "worried" about the song choice, and if it would appear dated.
Following last night's tense results, Micky's father, Steve Parsons, said: "We are over the moon that Micky is through to the next round.
"In the last two weeks, the band has had interest from around the world and being on X Factor can only boost this exposure."
During Saturday's show, Tulisa praised their harmonies, saying: "I understand why Louis picked this song for you because your strong point are your harmonies, and it really showed off how good at it you are.
"You need to up your game and work harder. You have the strongest harmonies in the competition."
Gary was very critical, claiming the band was flat, to which Louis retorted: "Gary, I think you're going deaf. This is a world-class boyband."
And Nicole prompted fans to scream when she suggested the boys need to be covered in baby oil and "sing like you mean it".
Meanwhile, 16-year-old Ella, from Tetney, who is tipped to be crowned the overall winner, sailed through the two shows.
Appearing on Saturday night in a beautiful floor-length gown, she performed Lovin' You, originally recorded by Minnie Riperton, which is notoriously difficult among singers because of its range and an incredibly high F sharp.
She hit every note, despite admitting being "terrified" all week and having a bad dress rehearsal earlier in the day.
And today, Ella has said a "huge thank you" to everyone in Grimsby who is supporting her.
She believes she wouldn't have the confidence if it wasn't for all the support from back home, and in the Grimsby Telegraph.
Speaking exclusively to entertainment reporter Lucy Greensmith, she said: "I want to say a massive huge thank you to everyone in Grimsby who is supporting me – I am so happy with all the support and it gives me a massive boost of confidence.
"My sister, who lives in Tetney, tells me that people stop her in the streets to give me support. After the live shows, I get to see all my friends and family and they stay with me on the Sunday evening."
Her father, Sean Henderson, is sending Ella links to the coverage in the Grimsby Telegraph every day.
And the teenager said it is "hectic" keeping up with the X Factor schedule.
"It seems to be never ending – Monday morning I get up and find out the theme will be and start rehearsing," she explained.
"Then I will find out what song I need to learn and just keep practising and rehearsing.
"I know what to expect now with all the manic madness of the live shows.
"I have to get up at 6am on Saturday and do a dress rehearsal to make sure we will be ready on time. The most nerve-wracking time is on Sunday when you are waiting to hear your name from Dermot."
On Saturday night's show, the judges were delighted with Ella's performance.
Gary Barlow told her: "You really nailed it. What a risk to take. It paid off."
Nicole said Ella was a "timeless goddess". "No matter what's trendy or going on in the industry," she said, "your talent, your voice and your beauty is standalone."
Louis Walsh said: "It's hard to believe you are 16. You are a world-class recording artist."
But he was the recipient of mentor Tulisa's wrath, when he criticised Ella's style as being too like chart-topping singer Adele.
Angry Tulisa told Louis that Ella styles herself, and went on to praise young Ella's stage presence. And it prompted Adele herself to tweet a good luck message to Ella, which was read out on air.
Prior to singing live, Ella told the X Factor cameras: "I'm only 16. I've never been in love so connecting with the song is going to be quite challenging. for me.
"Although I haven't got a boyfriend, it hasn't stopped people from speculating. Every day there's something new!"
Following last night's show, Ella's father, Sean, said: "We are so pleased that Ella has got to the next round and she has been putting her all into the show.
"We thought her performance was amazing and we know she has a great music career ahead of her. Each week she puts in 100 per cent and I am sure next week she will do, too."