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Marcus Collins through on X Factor final

Gay soloist makes it through public vote and down to the final two of British singing contest.

Marcus Collins through on X Factor final

Gay British X Factor finalist Marcus Collins is through to the final day of the competition.

The 23-year-old hairdresser from Liverpool will join girl group Little Mix in the last day of the contest at London’s enormous Wembley Arena venue while soloist Amelia Lily leaves the competition.

Collins sang Hey Ya as his first song, performing it from the top of a full-size aircraft fuselage.

Viewers on ITV then saw him take a helicopter trip back to his home city of Liverpool. Landing at his old school he visited his mum before performing to locals in the city center.

He talked about how important his mother was to him before dedicating his next song to her – a version of the Billy Joel classic She’s Always A Woman. He performed that in a duet with his mentor on the show, Take That star Gary Barlow.

Four-piece Little Mix sang You Got the Love before joining their mentor Tulisa for a Alicia Keys mash-up of Empire State of Mind and I Ain't Got You.

Amelia Lily performed Ain't No Other Man and then dueted with her mentor Kelly Rowland on River Deep, Mountain High.

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. He is openly gay.

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