SINGER Ashford Campbell was singled out for praise on a night which saw X Factor band Nu Vibe kicked out of the show.
Ashford, of Lowerhouses, is one fifth of band Nu Vibe along with fellow Huddersfield member Jordan Higo.
The duo sang their hearts out live on Saturday night performing their own rendition of U2’s With or Without You.
But it wasn’t enough to secure public votes to guarantee them a place in next week’s show and they ended up in a sing-off showdown with Frankie.
Nu Vibe chose to sing Cheryl Cole’s Promise This but they were sent home by Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Louis Walsh.
Tearful mentor Tulisa said: “I am so disappointed, I had so much belief in these boys. I took a chance and they worked hard and they gave everything.”
Opening Saturday’s show, Jordan, of Crosland Moor, started the song with Ashford taking up the lead vocals.
But it wasn’t enough to impress two of the X Factor’s judges. Louis Walsh and Gary Barlow both said the band had ‘no vibe’ on the second week of the live finals.
Mentor Tulisa told them on the show: “You need to put your differences aside, some of you get along better than others, you need to see yourselves as a family.”
And she looked happy and sang along with the band as they opened the live show in front of millions of viewers. But the judges weren’t impressed with the five-strong band’s performance.
Louis, mentor of the over 25s, told them: “The best thing about this group is the image, you look absolutely brilliant.”
He went on to single Ashford out for praise, adding: “Ashford, I love you as a singer, but guys, there is something missing. There is no chemistry. I know the band is called Nu Vibe, but for me there is no vibe.”
Fellow judge Gary Barlow was also not impressed, adding: “Nu Vibe? I’m sorry guys, there is no vibe for me. At this point in the competition I would expect to hear vocals a lot tighter than this.”
But judge Kelly Rowland, a former member of Destiny’s Child and mentor of the girls’ category, defended the band. She told them: “I’ve got to disagree with Louis. I didn’t know what to expect because last week I was really worried about you guys, but I was so happy with that, you came out here and you put it down.”
Nu Vibe’s own mentor, Tulisa, a member of N Dubz, told them: “Last week you became underdogs of the competition. But you’ve worked day and night, vocally you sound so much better. Ashford, you took the lads, we know you’re the strongest singer in the group and you shone and the other guys, you all accepted that and you went for it.”