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Marcus Collins beaten on the X Factor

Gay soloist is runner-up in Britain’s top TV singing contest

Marcus Collins beaten on the X Factor

Gay hairdresser Marcus Collins has come second in the final of British singing talent contest the X Factor, beaten by girl group Little Mix.

The openly gay 23-year-old from Liverpool made it to the final vote after he and Little Mix won the first part of the TV final last night, knocking out soloist Amelia Lily.

The live final was held at London’s enormous Wembley Arena and broadcast on ITV. The prize is a record contract.

Soloist Collins’ songs for the final vote were Higher and Higher and George Michael’s last Christmas.

Meanwhile Little Mix triumphed with their performances of En Vogue’s Don’t Let Go and Silent Night.

Both then went to head with their own spins on Damien Rice’s emotional Cannonball.

Collins was a member of Eton Road, a band that competed during series three of The X Factor. Following their exit from the show in November 2006 and the departure of lead singer Anthony Hannah, Collins joined Eton Road as a replacement in August 2007.

He stayed with the band for about 10 months before leaving to pursue a solo career.