X Factor 2017: Benji Matthews is OUT in shock Six Chair Challenge result

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Benji Matthews has been eliminated from The X Factor 2017 in a shock Six Chair Challenge exit.

Tonight saw the end of the Six Chair Challenge for 2017 with Louis Walsh in charge of mentoring the Boys.


One of the acts singing was 17 year-old student Benji Matthews who last week wowed the judges with an original song.

“I’m really out of my comfort zone at bootcamp,” admitted Benji. “I’m really anxious about today, I’m not used to performing in front of crowds like this.

“Especially doing my own song, but I feel like I’m in touch of the next round now. I want it.”

Spencer Sutherland, Benji Matthews - Sing off.
Spencer Sutherland, Benji Matthews – Sing off.

In the Six Chair Challenge tonight, Benji again performed an original song, this one about his grandparents called Daydreams.

But Simon Cowell wasn’t impressed: “I didn’t like that song at all. You’re 17 years old, last time I thought it was great, very current but the song you sang tonight was so sloppy, so corny, it was not you as an artist.”

Benji originally got himself a seat but lost at the last minute in a three-way sing off.


Louis asked Benji to sing-off against 24-year-old singer from Ohio, USA, Spencer Sutherland.

Spencer performed Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come while Benji reprised his audition song, Alicia Keys’ If I Ain’t Got Yo.

However that wasn’t enough drama for Louis, who then asked 23 year-old student from The Valleys, South Wales, Lloyd Macey to join the sing-off.

Lloyd sang John Legend’s Start A Fire as the boys all competed for a chair.

Sing off
Sing off

“It’s never easy with Louis,” remarked host Dermot O’Leary from the sidelines.


At the end of it all, it was Benji who lost his seat as Spencer and Lloyd joined Leon Mallett, Jack Mason, Aidan Martin and Anthony Russell in the next round.

The X Factor 2017 continues Saturday and Sunday nights on ITV.

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