There were many entertaining moments during last night's X Factor NZ elimination show, but only one of those will be what people are talking about this morning.
The act that was meant to be one of the safest going in to the live shows with a huge fan base, Moorhouse, were made to sing for survival after being one of the bottom two acts.
A stunned audience absorbed the information as X Factor went to commercial break.
Judge Mel Blatt's groups Moorhouse and L.O.V.E were set to do battle. This was L.O.V.E's third week in the bottom two.
It turned out to be third time unlucky for the duo L.O.V.E who were voted off.
During their exit interview with host Dominic Bowden they said: "when we entered this competition we didn't believe in ourselves, but New Zealand has filled us with love and support and we are so grateful for that."
For the first time in the show so far, Mel abstained from voting for which act to send home, forcing the other judges to deal the final blow to one of her groups.
The tension in the studio was hitting an entirely new level. Fans held their "I Love Moorhouse" signs with tears in their eyes.
A slightly muddled performance from L.O.V.E sealed their fate and their exit from the show was confirmed when the man who gave them another life last week, judge Daniel Bedingfield, sent them home.
Moorhouse were safe. That was all that mattered to most people in the audience.
So, why aren't fans voting?
As I said, Moorhouse went in to tonight's show with one of the largest online followings of any act, yet their low level of votes put them in the bottom two.
I will admit I'm hooked now and I have to repeat the comments of judge Stan Walker.
New Zealanders make sure you vote.
Remaining in the show are Tom Batchelor, Benny Tipene, Fletcher Mills, Whenua Patuwai, Cassie Henderson, Jackie Thomas, Anna Wilson, Maaka Fiso, Gap 5, and Moorhouse.
The remaining 10 acts will take the stage again this Sunday and sing for their survival before Monday’s first double elimination show.
Catch an interview with L.O.V.E this afternoon on 3news.co.nz
source: newshub archive