It was a night of high drama as Lorna Simpson became the first contestant to face The X Factor exit, but it was Ellie Goulding who stole the show in a sweeping gold dress from Julien Macdonald.
The 26-year-old singer was the first of two musical guests to take to the stage at Fountain Studios on Sunday evening, shortly before Lorna and fellow Over-25 Shelley Smith went head to head in a dramatic sing-off.
Ellie was performing a live version of number one single Burn, but the performance was overshadowed by the raunchy dress that glittered beneath the studio lights courtesy of its numerous gold accoutrements.
The revealing gown also displayed her shapely figure thanks to its two arm-pit length slashes, with Ellie’s modesty protected by a figure-hugging nude underlay.
Originally modelled on the catwalk as part of Macdonald’s Fall 2013 collection, the dress was previously worn by Beyonce in a monochrome promotional shot for her recent Mrs Carter World Tour.
But while the R&B songstress managed to wear it with aplomb, Twitter was divided over Ellie’s game attempt to pull it off during her X Factor performance on Sunday.
With an evident lack of charity one user sniped: ‘Ellie goulding definitely CANNOT pull off this dress!!!!!!’
Ellie, you're nice but I won't promote this fashion disastuh.