X Factor 2012: It's 'Checkmate' For Gary and Rylan

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Gary Barlow has made his feelings towards X Factor contestant Rylan Clark no secret over the past few weeks, but tonight it seemed as if he finally changed his opinion on the Essex boy.

Dressed head to toe in a dogtooth suit and with his hair slicked back, Rylan sang ‘Mamma Mia’ and the ABBA theme seemed perfect for the ‘up for a laugh’ performer.

His first performance impressed all of the judges, with Louis telling him: “I loved every single bit of it. You’re the people’s champion”.

The biggest shock, however, came from Gary who told Rylan, “We need to officially declare checkmate. The public are voting for you and I have to respect you for that”.

Rylan returned the praise by congratulating “G” on his OBE and admitting that it was “very well deserved”.

What did you think of Rylan’s ABBA themed performance tonight? Are you in #TeamRylan?

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