X Factor contestants The Risk and Johnny Robinson were booted off the British reality TV show this weekend in a double elimination, while Kitty Brucknell survived being placed in the bottom three with them.

Boy band The Risk were first to leave after finishing at the bottom of the public vote following their performance of Shalimar's A Night to Remember.

In a heated fight for survival, Johnny and Kitty battled out a sing-off for the judges with Johnny performing an emotional version of Unchained Melody and Kitty belting out a powerful take on Kelly Clarkson's Beautiful Disaster.

All four judges were unanimous in voting to send Johnny home on the basis of who they believed would be most successful in the real world or who could promise an exciting music career.

Mentor Louis Walsh said although both contestants had been incredible to work with, it was tough to make the decision to send Johnny home. "I have to pick the person that I think, in the real world, would get a recording contract and go further," he said.

Judge Talisa Contostavlos chose to save Kitty as she felt strongly about selecting the act that she looked forward to watching perform the most each week.

Posing some questions to the audience, which formed the basis of judge Kelly Rowland's decision, she asked them to think about whose album they were going to buy, who they most wanted to see in concert, who was going to completely entertain them and whose career they could follow and be excited about.

"And I have to be honest with myself... and I know that the act that I'm really looking to that is just really going to continue to provide us even something more in this competition. So the act that I'm sending home tonight is going to be Johnny," said Rowland.

All X Factor judges congratulated Johnny and acknowledged what a pleasure he was to work with, and the 45-year-old contestant smiled and thanked everybody. Judge Gary Barlow confirmed that Johnny was "one of the nicest people in this competition."

Surprisingly, Brighton youngster Frankie Cocozza secured another week with the show, despite his berated performance on Saturday night.

X Factor claimed top spot in ratings this weekend after Saturday's live show beat Strictly Come Dancing.