The first X Factor live shows kicked off with controversy tonight after judge Gary Barlow stormed off stage after it was announced that his act, Carolynne Poole had been voted off following her sing-off against Rylan Clark.
Despite giving a stronger performance with her rendition of 'Everywhere I Am, There you'll Be' to Rylan's version of 'One Night Only', Carolynne found herself leaving the competition after judge Louis Walsh let the decision over who to send home go to deadlock.
Whilst Nicole voted for Rylan by saying: "Carolynne you are a beautiful singer but I've got to go with my boy", both Gary and Tulisa Contostavlos opted to save Carolynne. Despite being impressed with Rylan's performance, Tulisa told the Essex native:
"The truth of the matter is, I absolutely love Rylan as a performer and entertainer. Everytime he steps on stage, I am entertained and with Carolynne, she has an amazing voice...I have to base it on performance and I have to send home Rylan.
With the decision all based on Louis, Carolynne and Rylan waited to hear who he would choose to send home. However, despite the pushing from host Dermot O'Leary for an answer, the mentor of the groups continued to stall before hastily calling for the decision to go to deadlock.
Shocked by the decision, Gary stood up as he waiting for Dermot to reveal who would be going home as a result of the least amount of public votes. As Carolynne's name was called out, cameras turned to see Gary storm off.
Reacting to the news, Carolynne, who missed out on the opportunity of the live finals last year, remained gracious telling Dermot: "I'm OK. I am glad Rylan's got a shot."
Appearing back on the stage to comfort Carolynne during the Xtra Factor, Gary could be seen telling hosts Caroline Flack and Olly Murs: "Joke, an absolute joke. I'm so gutted for you (talking to Carolynne)Two year's running you've lost out to joke acts."
What do you think of tonight's decision?