On Nov. 22, 2015, “The X Factor” U.K. episode featured the elimination of Anton Stephans (from the Overs category), making him the last contestant from the category to be eliminated this year. The show’s judges are Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora. Cowell mentored the Overs category in 2014 (and won with contestant Ben Haenow), but this year, Cowell is out of the running to win as an “X Factor” mentor, with not one contestant in the show’s Top 5 in 2015.
The elimination of Stephans was not much of surprise since he faced elimination in the previous week for being in the bottom three of getting votes from the public. This week, he and Ché Chesterman (from the Boys category) were in the bottom two. They both had to do a sing-off, with the judges voting for the contestant who would be eliminated. Chesterman performed Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You,” while Stephans sang Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”
(Click here to watch Ché Chesterman perform Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You.”)
(Click here to watch Anton Stephans perform Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”)
When it came time for the judges to vote, Cowell voted to eliminate Chesterman, while Grimshaw, Ora and Fernandez-Versini voted to eliminate Stephans.
(Click here to watch Anton Stephans get eliminated.)
In his farewell comments, Stephans said of her “X Factor” experience: “I just want to thank everyone at home, everyone who voted. Thank you ladies. You have been incredible. Thank you also to Nick. Of course, thank you mentor. I’ve had the time of my life. This is the most wonderful. Can I just thank everyone behind the scenes? Because they are incredible! I’m sure you’re going to see me again, because I’m going to tour.”
This episode also featured an appearance from Nathan Sykes (former member of The Wanted), who performed “Over and Over Again.”
(Click here to watch Nathan Sykes’ performance.)
At the beginning of the episode, the contestants performed Rihanna’s “We Found Love.”
(Click here to watch the contestants’ performance.)
Here are the remaining acts for “The X Factor” U.K. in 2015:
GIRLS (female solo singers ages 16 to 25)
Mentor: Rita Ora
BOYS (male solo singers ages 16 to 25)
Mentor: Nick Grimshaw
Mentor: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
Reggie ‘N’ Bollie
These contestants will be on the 2016 “X Factor” U.K. tour.