Tim Prottey-Jones has become the third competitor to be eliminated from Superstar, even though he had delivered what Andrew Lloyd Webber described as one of the best performances of the night.
Tim, 32, battled against 27-year-old actor David Hunter in the sing off and was left in tears when Lord Lloyd Webber chose to put David through to the next stage of the contest.
Breaking with the show's usual format, Lord Lloyd Webber decided not to choose which of the pair to save until the end.
First Tim and David performed The Long And Winding Road by The Beatles together in the sing-off, before Birmingham charity worker Tim gave a stirring rendition of Aerosmith's Dream On, which was unanimously praised by the judges.
David did equally well when it was his time to face the judges on his own, putting in a theatrical turn as he belted out One Day Like This by alternative rock outfit Elbow.
Forced to chose between the two, Lord Lloyd-Webber said: "We had two of the best performances of the night and I am going to agree that in an ideal world I would not have wanted to see you in the bottom two because neither of your performances were the worst performances of the night, they were absolutely not."
On Tuesday night Tim had been in the sing-off against Scottish singer Dirk Johnston and succeeded in winning Lord Lloyd Webber's favour.
Seven contestants now remain in the competition.