4 acts axed from The X Factor

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Amelia Lily, 2 Shoes, James Michael and Jonjo Kerr were all axed from 'The X Factor' last night in a shock twist, which saw mentors Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos and Kelly Rowland choose one of their own acts to get the chop from the competition in the first week of the live finals.

Amelia Lily, 2 Shoes, James Michael and Jonjo Kerr were all axed from 'The X Factor' last night (09.10.11).

A cruel twist to the format of the ITV1 show saw mentors Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos and Kelly Rowland choose one of their own acts to get the chop from the competition in the first week of the live finals.

Both Kelly and Tulisa were reduced to tears as they delivered their verdicts.

Tulisa - who axed Lucy Texeira and pregnant Charley Bird, who make up 2 Shoes, from the Groups category, said: "I've spent the last 24 hours crying tears and tearing my hair out because you are now my friends."

However, while all the acts were visibly devastated to be axed from the competition without their talents being put to the public vote, 16-year-old Amelia Lily couldn't hold back the tears as she was delivered her fate by mentor Kelly.

The young hopeful - who performed a rendition of Michael Jackson's 'Billy Jean' - later warned other teens about the pressure in reaching the live stages of the competition.

Speaking on ITV2 spin-off show, she said: "It's a lot of pressure to take on and anyone who wants to audition next year, prepare yourself."

Amelia has now reportedly shunned Kelly - who chose to save Janet Devlin, Sophie Habibis and Misha Bryan - as she was so "horrified" at getting the boot.

An insider told The Sun newspaper: "Amelia's complete devastation was hard to watch. She looked broken like she was going to collapse. The whole studio felt awful, Kelly was horrified at the effect her words had had.

"Amelia pushed past all the cameras, she just wanted to be alone from the looks of things. Kelly was trying to help her but Amelia didn't want to speak to her."

Rhythmix, The Risk and Nu Vibe now make up the Groups category, while Janet Devlin, Sophie Habibis and Misha Bryan are left of the Girls.

Elsewhere, Johnny Robinson, Sami Brookes and controversial Kitty Brucknell - who was booed on last night's (09.10.11) results show - make up the Over 25s, and Marcus Collins, Frankie Cocozza and Craig Colton are left of the Boys.

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