Teignmouth singer-songwriter Luke Friend has revealed that pop superstar Adele helped him get through the latest round of the X-Factor.
The 17-year-old revealed he recovered from last week’s placement in the bottom two when he saw a tweet by the Skyfall singer calling him “ridiculously good”.
Luke sang a grungy version of One Direction’s That’s What Makes You Beautiful, on last night’s 10th anniversary show leading judge Sharon Osbourne to call him “the dark horse” in the competition.
She added: "You are coming into your own. That was great. I know you are going to be in the final."
Judge Gary Barlow told him that being in the final two last week had improved his performance.
The Teignmouth teenager is now in the final six contestants on the show which will be remembered mainly for the judges putting the boot in to Tamera Foster for forgetting her lyrics for a third time.
The special commemorative show saw contestants reliving history by meeting previous contestants and covering their songs.
It featured a performance by Olly Murs, who lost to Joe McElderry in December 2009, after missing his brother’s wedding to make the semi-finals but went on to sell 10 million records worldwide.
But the judges’ generally glowing feedback stopped for Foster, who sang James Arthur’s Impossible. The 16-year-old from Kent had fluffed her lines once in her arena audition and again in last Saturday’s show.
Louis Walsh said: “You are the person with the most potential in this competition to be a worldwide superstar. But what happened to the words?
“It’s so frustrating to watch someone who can be a potential superstar messing up her words. You can’t do it any more!”
Take That frontman Barlow was most critical, saying: “It’s hard to watch, it’s really hard to watch. I don’t know how to solve this problem. On the live shows it’s excruciating watching a car crash happen.”
Osbourne urged her: “Don’t get down on yourself. You tick all the right boxes, you’ve got it all going on. But just think – if you were lip syncing, there’d be something else coming out.”
Walsh also tried to stir up trouble after Sam Bailey’s performance of Leona Lewis’ Bleeding Love by telling Foster she should watch it and learn.
But he was gracefully rebuffed by Bailey herself, who wished she had Foster’s voice when she was 16 and called her younger competitor “amazing”.
And Nicole Scherzinger offered much-needed support, saying: “I’m proud of you tonight, because you kept going, and you fought through it, and you ploughed through it, and you know what? You’re only 16, little pumpkin pie.
“There’s a little demon we’ve got in there with them lyrics, but we going to conquer that together. You get through this and nothing will be impossible.”
Foster said: “I think I just got inside my head a little bit. I am shaking – I put everything into that song.”
Other contestants had face to face advice with their forbears, but Foster’s model James Arthur had pulled out due to “acute exhaustion” following a homophobia row.