They may have garnered some of the most dedicated fans The X Factor Australia has ever seen but it appears the "Tonighters" may have forgotten to vote for their favourite act — as What About Tonight were sensationally sent home from the show last night.
The five-piece — comprising Brock Jays, 19, Luke Howell, 18, Christian Anthony, 15, Mitchel Cave, 15, and Tyrone Georgiadis, 18 — failed to secure enough public votes to stay out of the bottom two so were forced to perform in a final showdown against wedding singer Nathaniel Willemse.
Willemse was without the support of his mentor Guy Sebastian, who had jetted off to New York to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman, and nerves were evident in his performance of Bruno Mars' hit It Will Rain when he struggled to reach the high notes.
Meanwhile, What About Tonight brought their A-game with a groovy rendition of Michael Jackson's The Way You Make Me Feel in a performance that revved up the crowd.
The decision of who should go had the judges divided, with Ronan Keating siding with his group and Natalie Bassingthwaighte choosing Willemse.
It was left to hard-nosed judge Mel B to make the call.
But in a surprising move, she stated that it was up to Australia to decide so called for "deadlock"— meaning the act with the least amount of public votes would go home.
And after a painstaking few minutes, host Luke Jacobz announced that The X Factor journey was over for What About Tonight.
The decision immediately sent teenage girls in the audience into a weeping mess, while an overwhelming outpouring of support for the group flooded social networking sites like Twitter as fans voiced their disappointment.
While it was an emotional farewell for the boys, above, they promised they would be back.
"I just want to say this is not the end of What About Tonight, ever," Jays said. "We will keep going, we love this, this is our dream and we can make our dreams real."The result comes days after rumours surfaced that What About Tonight were embroiled in a legal battle with music manager David Caplice, who alleged he manufactured the group months before they auditioned for the Seven show.
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