X Factor: Union J leave the competition, Christopher Maloney makes it through to the final

Boyband Union J were eliminated from the X Factor just one week before the final.

That's got to hurt.

The band polled the fewest public votes meaning that they had to leave the competition in fourth place.

On leaving the show band member Josh told Dermot: "We are so happy with how well we have done, we'd like to thank the X Factor for everything."

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While JJ added: "We want to wish the boys [the finalists] the best of luck, they've done so well."

What a great display of good sportsmanship.

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The boys mentor Louis Walsh admitted that he was sad that the boys had to go but was adamant this wouldn't be the last we will have heard of them.

He said: "I'm a little bit disappointed but I'm happy because they are going to have an amazing future, they are going to be the next big boy band."

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With Union J now out, the final three contestants left to fight it out for the recording contract are James Arthur, Jahmene Douglas and Christopher Maloney.

Yep, he's still in.

Talking to Dermot about making it through to the final Christopher said: "I'm just so grateful for everyone who has picked up the phone for me and got me through the competition."

Jahmene Douglas, who was initially lost for words, told Dermot: "Next week we will just have to bring it on."

A shocked James Arthur also admitted: "I had a bad feeling, a really bad feeling I was going. I'm over the moon, [it's] crazy."

The X Factor returns next week for the grand final.