The race to the finish line has heated up for the remaining five acts on The X Factor - with the announcement that superstar boy band One Direction will headline the grand final in just three weeks' time.
Originally formed from five solo artists on the show's UK version in 2010, the group is currently on a sold-out national tour and will take to the stage during the October 27 finale for their only Australian TV performance.
Last night The X Factor top five was unveiled following the departure of Omar Dean, with Over-24s star Dami Im , Under-24s Girls songstress Jiordan Tolli, Under-24s Boys crooners Jai Waetford and Taylor Henderson, and group Third D3gree still in the running for the 2013 crown.
Dean's elimination ended mentor Ronan Keating's lucky streak throughout the competition, as up until this week he still had all three singers left on his Under-24s Boys team while his fellow judges only had one remaining act each.
For his first week in the bottom two, 20-year-old Dean had to face off against Tolli to stay in the Seven talent quest after the pair scored the lowest number of viewer votes for their performances on Sunday night's live show.
With Keating and Redfoo, Tolli's mentor, siding with their charges, it was up to neutral judges Dannii Minogue and Natalie Bassingthwaighte to make the final call.
However, they were unable to agree, sending the decision into deadlock.
Dean was ultimately eliminated when it was revealed he had fewer public votes than Tolli.
The Victorian performer, described by host Luke Jacobz as "the nicest guy on TV", said his journey in the competition had almost been too good to be true.
"I didn't have the confidence before coming on this show and it's taught me so much," Dean said.