Scouse talent has triumphed once again with all three Merseyside lads making it through to the live shows on X Factor... but Liverpool girl group, The Estrelles, failed to make the grade.
Craig Colton, Marcus Collins and James Michael were all given the good news that they are now one step closer to their dream, after making up three quarters of the male acts picked by Gary Barlow.
The three performed for Gary and his Take That band
mate Robbie Williams at the judges' house stage in
Los Angeles, and knocked out the competition from
the rest of the UK.
Craig once again impressed this time with a rendition
of Beyoncé’s hit 'Halo', whilst Marcus performed 'One
Big Family', and James sang 'Skinny Love' by Bon Iver.
As Craig made his way to perform, Robbie Williams
said: "Is he another Scouser? Packed full of Scouse
Well, the house for the finalists will still be packed
with Scouse now our lads have made the final 16.
As Gary broke the good news to Craig, he told the
nervous former biscuit factory worker: "For the first
time yesterday I actually sat there thinking I am
watching someone who is growing daily."
After hearing the news that he was Gary’s "secret weapon", Craig rang his parents in Kirkby, who he surprised at his first audition at the Echo Arena, to tell them the good news. Like Marcus, who called his mum, Craig was told how proud his parents are of him.
However, girl band The Estrelles failed to impress N-Dubz singer Tulisa and fellow judge Jessie J, as they were sent home, after suffering the same disappointment at the Bootcamp stage last year.
By Helen Dodd, Website Editor
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Singers Marcus Collins, Craig Colton and James Michael all reached the finals of X Factor Pictures © ITV
The Estrelles did not make the final 16 © ITV