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Stacey Solomon has been voted out of The X Factor final

Stacey Solomon
Solomon has a 20-month-old son called Zack

Essex mum-of-one Stacey Solomon has been voted out of the final of The X Factor.

Solomon, from Dagenham, polled the least number of public votes, putting teenager Joe McElderry and Olly Murs through to Sunday's final show.

The 20-year-old failed to woo the voters with her rendition of the classic song Feeling Good with Canadian crooner Michael Buble.

McElderry and Murs will now compete for a £1m record contract.

After a performance of Queen's Who Wants To Live Forever, Solomon was told by judge Cheryl Cole: "You look incredible and sound incredible".

Borrowing one of Cole's favourite expressions, Simon Cowell told the singer: "Stacey, you smashed it".

On hearing that she was going home, Solomon thanked fans and said: "I'm really proud. I came third in The X Factor, that's really good. I'm really proud."

Murs, also from Essex said it was "so great" and "amazing" to be in the final two, while McElderry said he could not believe it.

George Michael and Robbie Williams also performed on the show.

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