X Factor: No Halloween horrors as Ella Henderson and Micky Parsons voted through
ELLA Henderson and Micky Parsons had huge grins on their faces after making it through to the next round of the X Factor.
The local teenage hopefuls were both criticised by the judges during the weekend's Halloween special – but the public voted them through with confidence, leaving Union J and Jade Ellis in the sing-off.
On last night's live results show, presenter Dermot O'Leary announced that Tetney's Ella was through first, followed quickly by District3, of which Micky, who grew up in Cleethorpes, is part.
Jade left the competition after Gary Barlow had the deciding vote.
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Following the show, Ella's proud father, Sean Henderson, 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."
And equally delighted was Micky's father, Steve Parsons, who said: "We are over the moon that Micky is through to the next round and we are sure District3 will go far.
"The band has had interest from around the world and being on X Factor can only boost this exposure."
Sixteen-year-old Ella was fourth to appear on Saturday night's show, dramatically discarding a devil-red cape to sing Wake Me Up Inside, by Evanescence.
Micky and his District3 pals donned costumes from Clockwork Orange to perform a mash-up of Every Breath You Take, by The Police, and Beautiful Monster, by Ne-Yo.
But both performances received negative comments from the judges.
Gary told Ella that most weeks, she is "winning the competition", but that this performance wasn't her strongest.
And it was Gary again who told District3 they had taken a step backward.
During the week, the remaining contestants met Robbie Williams for a masterclass and walked down the red carpet at the premiere of the new James Bond film, Skyfall.
He said Ella – the youngest in the competition – had blown him away with her voice, and told her: "I was 16 when I joined Take That. I was a muppet.
"What you're doing at 16, thrust into the spotlight, is spectacular."
Robbie advised District3 to relax, telling them to build emotion with "the words coming out of your mouths, not the faces that you make."
And at the Bond premiere, Hollywood director Sam Mendes showed his support for Ella, saying she has an "unbelievable amount of talent".
Closer to home, the Grimsby Telegraph has been collecting messages of support for Ella and Micky through www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk
Angela Henderson, Ella's aunt, posted this message from Scotland: Go on yersel hen xx from Uncle Andrew, Aunty Angie an Craig.
"All of Oban, in Scotland, is voting for Ella. Love you lots. Micky, you are a wee darling xx."