X Factor 2012: Nicole Scherzinger: 'Rylan Clark deserves to be on the show'

Rylan Clark (X Factor 2012)

X Factor 2012 judge Nicole Scherzinger has insisted that Rylan Clark still does deserve to be on the show.

Tonight saw Rylan perform a medley of The Supremes hits as well as Abba's Mamma Mia, and the panel were split as usual.

Gary Barlow continued to be unimpressed - comparing Rylan to a Eurovision act - while Tulisa loved both performances.

Speaking on the Xtra Factor tonight, Nicole defended Rylan staying in the competition over Ella Henderson last weekend.

"I think everyone who has made it this far deserves to be here," she said, "the public are the ones who voted, they are the ones who voted for Rylan.

"I have an amazing feeling for Ella, she's going to be just fine, I said last week that she's meant for the stars and I can't wait to buy her album."

Even Gary conceded: "I have to respect that people are voting for Rylan. I don't know why people are voting, but the fact he keeps coming back, it's both the entertaining factor and the banter he has with me that's probably getting him a few votes."

However Louis Walsh confessed that he wasn't completely won over by Rylan tonight.

He told Xtra Factor's Caroline Flack and Olly Murs: "I think Rylan wasn't great tonight, it's kind of wearing off."

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The X Factor 2012 continues tomorrow night on ITV1 and ITV1HD with Sunday's results show, one more act get the axe, and there will be performances from Rhianna and Bruno Mars.

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