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X Factor Katie Waissel set for the axe

Katie Waissel’s future on ‘The X Factor’ appears to be hanging by a thread. The singer received a mediocre ovation from the crowd after last week’s voting shenanigans and if the viewer’s vote is anything like the Yahoo! users thoughts during our live commentary, Katie will be in the bottom two.

On Elton John theme night, the judges – there remained only four, by the way – attempted to stick up for her. Simon said that Cheryl chose the wrong song for her – ‘Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)’ – but it seems certain that she will be involved in the sing-off.

But who will be with her in the sing-off is more difficult to judge – and could yet save her. We reckon it will be between Paije and Wagner – with Paije putting in a decent effort but remaining unmemorable and Wagner doing his usual bizarre shouting accompanied by strange dancing.

What is interesting is that if Wagner is in the bottom two, will the judges feel obliged to save Katie again? And what will the viewers make of that?

On the positive side, if you had to pick the three acts to make the final from tonight, you’d probably go with Rebecca, Matt and One Direction. Cher and Aiden will be wild cards.

Here’s a recap of last night’s show, with our thoughts and some of the best user comments from our live coverage.

Paije Richardson – Crocodile Rock

We thought: A good effort, even if the judges didn’t like it. He gave it his all. He’ll still be towards the bottom though, it won’t win a lot of people over.

You thought: “He looks like he’s having fun. I really like him,” wrote Ryash Patel. “Just the wrong song choice. No chance for him to show his soul,” disagreed Lorraine.

Aiden Grimshaw – Rocket Man

We thought: Less intense than usual, but sounded slightly, well, wrong. We like Aiden and we like ‘Rocket Man’ but put the two together and it doesn’t work. The judges loved him though.

You thought: “I like the flashy jacket, but it wasn’t his best performance,” said Fiona Clarke.

Mary Byrne – Can You Feel The Love Tonight?

We thought: A massive improvement on last week. Mary came out fighting. She gave the song a lot of oomph. But it’s still hard to think of her winning – or anyone buying her album.

You thought:  “She’s likeable,” said Laura Quickely. “But I’m not sure that she’s got the X factor.”

Katie Waissel – Saturday’s Night’s Alright (For Fighting)

We thought: Dannii correctly pointed out that her voice was drowned in the backing track. And Simon stuck up for her. Not a great effort though, which is a shame because she seems to be taking the flak for last week.

You thought: “Katie must go,” wrote about 1000 people to our live commentary. And those were the nice ones.

Matt Cardle – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

We thought: By far the best performance of the night. By a country mile. He sang confidently and clearly. It was a pleasure to hear him.

You thought: “A class act,” wrote Raj Padam. “Oh, yes!” agreed Tracey. “Really sensational. I’m not even normally a big fan.”

Cher – Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

We thought: Nowhere near as good as her emotional ‘Stay’ by Shakespeare’s Sister. And the Eminem rap midway through didn’t really help.

You thought: “She looked great and sang pretty well,” wrote Helen Flanagan, summing up 50 per cent of the audience. “She was awful – and has to go,” wrote Tara P, summing up the other 50 per cent.

Wagner – I’m Still Standing/Circle of Life

We thought: It had everything that we like about Wagner. Bizarre clothes, really insane dancing and a sort of singing talking.

You thought: “Why is he still in the contest?” wrote Natalie 3. “WHY? WHY WHY?” “He’s better than Katie,” wrote Mattjs.

One Direction – Something About The Way You Look Tonight

We thought: You could barely hear them for the screaming. It was a slow start but when they hit the chorus, they sounded like a professional well-drilled boyband, which is impressive after just a few weeks.

You thought: “I love One Direction,” wrote Cherrie_H. “I just love them.” “That was okay,” wrote Mike H.

Rebecca Ferguson – Candle In The Wind