12:29PM, Monday 03 December 2012
Time was finally called on Union J's tenure in the X Factor after the group bowed out in the semi-finals of the competition on yesterday (Sunday).
The boy-band, featuring Josh Cuthbert, 20, from Winkfield, were the final group to be voted out and were mentor Louis Walsh's final act.
Last week, they beat Rylan Clarke in the sing-off to reach the semi finals.
On Saturday's show, the group performed renditions of 'Beneath Your Beautiful' by Labrinth and Emeli Sande and 'I'm Already There' by Lonestar, to good comments from the judges.
However, they were voted out on Sunday’s show after receiving the lowest number of public votes.
Performing for the very last time on the show, the boys sang a cover of Taylor Swift's 'Love Story' to a standing ovation from the crowd.
Josh's mum Kathryn Browne, 50, said she felt sad and deflated that the boys had left the competition but she expressed her pride for her son.
She said: "Josh was very upset last night but they had been expecting to be voted out due to the way the voting has been going.
"The competition has been such a big part of my family's life for months so I am very sad to see it has come to an end.
"The boys have a bright future ahead of them, they are being very positive and looking forward to everything that is coming there way."
Following the show, Union J will be playing gigs up and down the country and will also be appearing on the X Factor tour, but as of yet there are no immediate plans to head into the recording studio.
Kathryn said: "If you had said to the boys at the start of all this that they would reach fourth place in the X Factor they would have taken that.
"I told Josh at the beginning of the year after his first audition to hang on in there and your time will come, his time has arrived and I'm just incredibly proud of him."
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