Fleur East pulled out all the stops for her return to The X Factor on Sunday night (8 November 2015) with the singer wowing fans with a sensational performance of her new single Sax. The singer, who was runner-up to Ben Haenow in the 2014 series, received a standing ovation from the judges and even left Simon Cowell speechless.
Accompanied by a fleet of dancers, the 28-year-old stormed the stage with her funk-inspired track, which will feature on her debut album Love, Sax And Flashbacks, and drew comparisons to Beyonce with her hair styled into big curls and wearing a figure-hugging bodysuit.
The display earned the approval of viewers who heaped praise on her efforts. One commented: "Can we all take a moment to appreciate how much @FleurEast SMASHED IT last night.#SAXFactor," while another said: "@FleurEast You were absolutely fantastic on @TheXFactor. Excellent voice, great stage presence. You were born to perform."
Reacting to the performance, a visibly amazed Cowell told host Olly Murs: "I'm for a moment speechless... Fleur you were good last year but that was off the chart. But like I've said before... That is why we make the show."
Judge Nick Grimshaw was still reeling from the performance hours after the show and tweeted: "I've pulled my groin trying to recreate @FleurEast's performance of Sax," while Cheryl Fernandez-Versini chimed in: "What a performance @FleurEast !!!!!!!"
Explaining what it was like to return to the X Factor a year after she appeared as a contestant, Fleur East told Murs: "It is amazing. This stage changed my life and the contestants don't realise this show changes life."
During the Sunday night results show, Kiera Weathers left the competition after receiving the lowest votes following her performance on Saturday (7 November 2015), but viewers were completely shocked when Seann Miley Moore was eliminated following his sing-off with controversial contestant Mason Noise.
With the judges failing to come to a unanimous decision about which contestant should leave the competition, Grimshaw, who mentored both of the acts, was forced to vote to go to deadlock and it was revealed that Moore had the lowest public vote of the two.