It was a night of highs and lows for Ronan Keating last night after he lost another contestant from THE X FACTOR competition – Amanda Grafanakis – after she polled the lowest public vote alongside India-Rose Madderom.
After singing off in the final showdown Kyle Sandilands, Natalie Imbruglia and Guy Sebastian all voted to send Amanda home, over ruling Ronan’s vote to send India packing.
Gracious in defeat, Amanda admitted she felt her time was borrowed and last night would be her last and that she had made peace with it.
Ronan made it known after the show on The Xtra Factor that he believed his fellow judges were out of touch and were not open to the music industry needing a unique performer like Amanda.
He criticised Kyle for admitting he started leaning towards keeping Amanda in the competition after her outstanding vocals on her showdown performance, but had already made up his mind that he would send Amanda home regardless.
Ronan said a performer like Amanda could hold her own at an international music awards show, while India-Rose wouldn’t stand a chance, reaffirming his colleagues had made the wrong decision.
Ronan’s Boyzone band mates Shane and Mikey agreed and lamented the competition had lost colour and a true artist.
Boyzone reunited in a world exclusive performance of Gave It All Away to pay tribute to their friend and band member, Stephen Gately, who passed away a year ago and Ronan opened the show with one of his biggest hits, Life is a Rollercoaster, alongside Boyzone and the top nine.
THE X FACTOR continues on Seven Sunday night at 7.30pm with rock night. The remaining eight acts will take to the stage with a live band to belt out epic rock anthems.