SUPPORT in the form of votes was needed last night to spare Gympie's X Factor contestant Caitlyn Shadbolt from leaving the show.
The Gympie Times was on the printing press as the live verdict was announced, leaving punters at the paper to tally the next best thing to votes - likes on X Factor's official Facebook page.
Unlike previous weeks, the reality of the singer's impact on Facebook this week was that she stood a possibility of being in the bottom two acts.
But the unpredictability of public voting behaviour meant nothing could be taken on face value.
Caitlyn's family was in Sydney for the live show and verdict Sunday, joined by friends and Dr Geoff Walden - Gympie Australian Institute of Country Music education director and Caitlyn's early mentor.
The judges' comments were mixed after Caitlyn's performance of Closer to the Edge by Thirty Seconds to Mars.
Redfoo declared the song Caitlyn's "worst performance", threatening the "bromance" with her mentor Ronan Keating.
The pair traded thoughts on Caitlyn's performance as Keating stuck to his guns in defence of Caitlyn. Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Danii Minogue had earlier spoken of the performance in glowing terms.
Undeterred, mum Helen was in the mood for a party when contacted yesterday afternoon. A glass of bubbly was the green light for a good night out in the X Factor live audience.
"There is a chance she may be in the bottom two for elimination," Helen said.
"It wasn't the best song in the end but she did what she could. We are going to have a good time regardless and hope for the best.
"There's a lot to be thankful for."
Helen paid tribute to her daughter's ability to accept criticism - something which has helped her develop as a performer over the years.
"I give her full credit," Helen said. "She takes it on board."
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