Viewers were left disappointed as Jonny Labey and Victoria Ekanoye became the latest acts to be booted off X Factor: Celebrity on Monday.
And fans shared their confusion on social media as Nicole Scherzinger sent Try Star's Thom Evans, Ben Foden and Levi Davis straight through to next week's live shows using the series' new 'safe seat' feature, instead of saving acts from her Overs category.
The Pussycat Dolls star, 41, left fellow judges Louis Walsh Simon Cowell in shock as she pressed the buzzer to keep hunky rugby players Thom, Ben, both 34, and Levi, 21, immune from the public vote, and later saw her contestant and soap star Victoria, 36, get the axe.
Bizarre: Nicole Scherzinger sent Try Star's Thom Evans, Ben Foden and Levi Davis through to next week using the series' new 'safe seat' feature on Saturday's X Factor: Celebrity
Try Star - who are mentored by music mogul Simon, 60 - jumped for joy as singer Nicole enthused: 'I'm going to do [press the buzzer] for the boys and this country, for the love of this country'.
Despite the group's excitement, many viewers highlighted that the Buttons hitmaker left her acts vulnerable by securing the sportsmen's position in the series.
One social media user penned: 'the real joke is nicole giving her safe seat to try star, leaving all 3 of her acts vulnerable okay nicole hun but i thought the point is to save one of your own acts love #XFactorCelebrity #CelebrityXFactor.' [sic]
Lucky! The Pussycat Dolls star, 41, left hunky rugby players Thom, Ben, both 34, and Levi, 21, in shock (pictured with host Dermot O'Leary)
Poor decision? The media personality kept the group immune from the public vote, and later saw her contestant and