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X Factor 2017: Benji Matthews speaks out after his shock exit

Sing off

Benji Matthews has spoken out after his surprise X Factor exit.

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

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Things ended with a three way sing off and it left Benji going home.

Benji originally got himself a seat but lost at the last minute. 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.

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

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.

"It's never easy with Louis," remarked host Dermot O'Leary from the sidelines.

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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.

It was a surprise decision and one that annoyed the judges and live audience - plus those watching at home.

Taking to Twitter after the show aired, Benji told fans: "Ahhh! Where do I start? The X Factor has been the best experience of my life so far. The past few months have been amazing for me, and I'd like to thank all of you for all your generous, kind messages and support. It means the world to me. "

He continued: "I would also like to say thank you to Louis, Sharon, Simon, Nicole and the whole of The X Factor team for such an amazing opportunity. I feel truly blessed.

X Factor judges outrage
X Factor judges outrage

"Genuinely, I wish nothing but the best for the boys. It was such a pleasure to meet them all."

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Benji went on: "I'm so excited to continue making music. This whole experience has been so inspiring for new material and I can't wait to share it with you all. I hope you continue following me, I'm overwhelmed with gratitude. I love you all. "

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

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