It's been a long and bumpy ride for Perth songstress Samantha Jade but after scoring two standing ovations for her powerful performances on Monday night's live show, the 25-year-old has secured her place in The X Factor's grand final next week.
As the only contestant in the top 12 to have been in the bottom two acts three times, last night's stellar result was a cause for celebration for Jade and her mentor Guy Sebastian, as they have continuously battled to prove the bubbly singer's worth in the competition.
Having copped criticism each week for both her friendship with Sebastian and her previous, though unsuccessful, record deal in the US, Jade fought back against naysayers to earn another shot at reviving her music career.
Joining Jade, right, at the final is small-town country teen Jason Owen and super group The Collective, who managed to escape elimination after a deadlock decision saw 18-year-old Sydneysider Bella Ferraro garner the least amount of public votes.
Though disappointed that Ferraro missed out on a chance to vie for the title next week, a teary Natalie Bassingthwaighte offered the youngster encouragement.
"I have no doubt in my mind that people will be buying her albums very soon, so watch this space," Bassingthwaighte said.
Injecting some extra star power into last night's tense top-three decider was hot new UK group Sam and the Womp, who opened the show with their hit Bom Bom, along with two collaborative performances from Sir Elton John and Aussie dance duo PNAU.The 2012 X Factor winner will be crowned in Sydney next Tuesday.
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