X Factor's hopes of producing a winning manufactured boy band along the lines of UK sensations One Direction appear slim after Fourtunate was eliminated from the show.
The boy band was the second group under the tutelage of singer-songwriter Ronan Keating to lose in a sudden-death sing-off in the show.
However, Keating immediately made sure the short-term future of Fourtunate was assured as he offered them a support act spot on his upcoming tour around Australia.
"These guys are way too good to lose now and Australia should not be losing them," Keating said on stage immediately after the four-member band was eliminated on Tuesday night.
"I don't want to lose them, I really don't and I have a tour in March and I'd like to ask the boys to tour with me."
Now only The Collective remains under Keating, who had to say goodbye to What About Tonight a few weeks ago.
Fragile 18-year-old NSW songstress Bella Ferraro, who is being mentored by Natalie Bassingthwaighte, won out over Fourtunate.
Both neutral judges Guy Sebastian and Mel B preferred Ferraro's prospects of improving and making it as a solo artist over the boy band.
Mel B's final vote decided the outcome.
"Fourtunate, you are already polished and you have your thing and you have it going," Mel B told the group while summing up her decision.
"I have to go on what I have always been about in the very, very beginning. I want to follow somebody's journey and I want to see them develop more, so I am sending home Fourtunate."
There are now just six acts remaining on the Seven Network reality singing contest with another elimination due next Tuesday.