X Factor 2016: Life line vote AXED with bottom two going straight to the sing off

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The X Factor's new life line vote has been axed from the results show, it's been confirmed.

This year's live shows saw a new results twist where the bottom three contestants from the main vote faced a new online poll on the X Factor app.

Viewers had 5 minutes to save one of the three with the remaining two going forward into the sing off.

But after five weeks, show bosses have announced it's been AXED.

The results show this weekend will instead revert to a straight forward sing-off between the bottom two contestants from the main vote.

A spokesperson for The X Factor said: "As we are now halfway through the competition and only have 7 contestants left there won’t be a lifeline vote from now on.

"From this week the bottom two from the public vote will be announced and then they will face the sign off.

"The judges will then decide who to send home following the sing off."

Over the past five weeks the life line vote has proved controversial with Ryan Lawrie escaping the danger zone three times.

Last week saw Sam Lavery win the latest and possibly final vote after appearing in the bottom three for the first time.

The lifeline vote going could well impact the results of tomorrow's elimination.

Bookies had originally tipped Sam to leave ahead of Ryan and Saara, potentially on the basis of Ryan again winning the life line vote.

But without it he could well find himself in the sing-off for the first time this year.

Although of course we may get a complete shock in the bottom two as the competition heats up.

The X Factor 2016 airs LIVE on ITV tonight from 8PM with the performances.

Then on Sunday night at 8PM the latest results will see another act leave, as well as performances from Olly Murs and Nathan Sykes.

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