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X Factor sing off causes a stir
X Factor sing off causes a stir

X Factor rapper Honey G has made it through another week on the talent show - and the storm of protest to her success is gathering on Twitter.

Scottish singer Ryan Lawrie was booted off the ITV competition after a tense sing-off with tuneless rapper Honey G, but the social media audience were not impressed. 

Lawrie, 20, found himself in the bottom two after his performance of Elvis Presley's Jailhouse Rock for the programme's movie week theme.

He pulled out all the stops with his moving rendition of Ed Sheeran's Lego House in the sing-off but it was no match for Honey G's mash-up of Missy Elliott tracks Get Your Freak On and Work It.

She won the votes of judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne, with only Lawrie's mentor Nicole Scherzinger opting to send her packing.

Cowell said he was a fan of both contestants and wanted the vote to go to deadlock, which would mean the decision coming down to the public vote.

He noted that Lawrie had found himself having to sing for his place in the competition before and said he felt that Honey deserved her spot.

He said: "For me, the one who felt they wanted to stay in more, based on that, was Honey G."

There are now just five acts remaining in the competition - Honey G and Finnish hopeful Saara Aalto in Osbourne's over-25s, Matt Terry in Scherzinger's boys category, Middlemas in Cowell's girls category and Walsh's group 5 After Midnight.

This was the reaction on Twitter: