X Factor: Bella Penfold sails through to live shows with Shan, Molly and Scarlett

Bella Penfold delighted X Factor viewers as she sang an LGBT anthem in front of fifty guest judges on Saturday night’s show as Simon Cowell chose his final four girls to take through to the live shows.

Bella joined Shan, Molly Scott and Scarlett Lee to get through to the live shows with Georgia Burgess and Maria Laroco narrowly missing out as the girls wowed in front of industry professionals at Simon’s lavish home in Malibu.

Simon told the girls their audience have collectively sold more than five billion records with the likes of Sinita, Paul Anka, Leona Lewis and Adam Lambert in the crowd.

Final four: Shan, Molly Scott Scarlett Lee and Bella Penfold made it through to the live shows  as part of Simon Cowell's Girls group with Georgia Burgess and Maria Laroco missing out

Final four: Shan, Molly Scott Scarlett Lee and Bella Penfold made it through to the live shows  as part of Simon Cowell's Girls group with Georgia Burgess and Maria Laroco missing out

Final four: Shan, Molly Scott Scarlett Lee and Bella Penfold made it through to the live shows  as part of Simon Cowell’s Girls group with Georgia Burgess and Maria Laroco missing out

He later discussed who  to put through with his former American Idol family, Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson and Paula Adbul. Legendary singer songwriter Diane Warren also joined them on the judging panel.

Bella, 19, rapped and sung Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft Mary Lambert – Same Love, winning huge applause from the audience at home.

Speaking on camera, the Essex girl said ‘I’m the only girl that can rap.  I might not be as good as Drake or Kanye but i’m gonna give it a go’.

Wow: Bella Penfold joined Molly Scott, Georgia Burgess, Maria Laroco, and Scarlett Lee as the girls sung in front of industry professionals at Simon's lavish home in Malibu

Wow: Bella Penfold joined Molly Scott, Georgia Burgess, Maria Laroco, and Scarlett Lee as the girls sung in front of industry professionals at Simon's lavish home in Malibu

Wow: Bella Penfold joined Molly Scott, Georgia Burgess, Maria Laroco, and Scarlett Lee as the girls sung in front of industry professionals at Simon’s lavish home in Malibu

Activist: Bella, 19, rapped and sung Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft Mary Lambert – Same Love, winning huge applause from the audience at home

Activist: Bella, 19, rapped and sung Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft Mary Lambert – Same Love, winning huge applause from the audience at home

Activist: Bella, 19, rapped and sung Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft Mary Lambert – Same Love, winning huge applause from the audience at home

Through: Bella looked shocked as Simon put her through to the live shows

Through: Bella looked shocked as Simon put her through to the live shows

Through: Bella looked shocked as Simon put her through to the live shows

Delighted: Fans were delighted by her performance and her choice of song 

Delighted: Fans were delighted by her performance and her choice of song 

Delighted: Fans were delighted by her performance and her choice of song 

When on stage, she told Simon and the plethora of famous face in the audience that as well as making it as a singer, she wanted to be an ‘advocate for change’.

Bella added she chose the song as it was ‘so important to her’ when she’s been at her lowest and she even got it tattooed on her neck. 

Taking to Twitter, many praised her for using the platform to promote gay rights.   

Molly, 16 from County Durham, wore a denim dress with nude heels as she sang an English version of K-pop’s BTS Fake Love – which Simon called ‘clever’. 

Croydon born Shan, 25, sang an original she wrote after the six-chair challenge with Simon joking it was about him.

K-pop: Molly, 16 from County Durham, wore a denim dress with nude heels as she sang an English version of K-pop's BTS Fake Love - which Simon called 'clever'

K-pop: Molly, 16 from County Durham, wore a denim dress with nude heels as she sang an English version of K-pop's BTS Fake Love - which Simon called 'clever'

K-pop: Molly, 16 from County Durham, wore a denim dress with nude heels as she sang an English version of K-pop’s BTS Fake Love – which Simon called ‘clever’

American Idol veteran Randy was wowed by her performance, saying it ‘Shows you who can be a star and who can’t. Stars rise to the occasion’.

Meanwhile, Scarlett, 20, sobbed as Simon told her she was through after making the song’s lyricist Dianne Warren cry during her rendition of  I Didn’t Know Strength My Own. 

The song, made famous by Whiteny Houston, was written by Dianne. 

Maria Laroco, 17, from the Philippines didn’t join the girls in Malibu as she had visa issues getting to the country.

Emotional: Scarlett, 20, sobbed as Simon told her she was through after making the song's lyricist Dianne Warren cry during her rendition.

Emotional: Scarlett, 20, sobbed as Simon told her she was through after making the song's lyricist Dianne Warren cry during her rendition.

Emotional: Scarlett, 20, sobbed as Simon told her she was through after making the song’s lyricist Dianne Warren cry during her rendition.

Almost there: Meanwhile, the 20-year-old Georgia Burgess from Birmingham also didn't get through, despite wowing the judges with Jocelyn Brown's Somebody Else’s Guy

Almost there: Meanwhile, the 20-year-old Georgia Burgess from Birmingham also didn't get through, despite wowing the judges with Jocelyn Brown's Somebody Else’s Guy

Almost there: Meanwhile, the 20-year-old Georgia Burgess from Birmingham also didn’t get through, despite wowing the judges with Jocelyn Brown’s Somebody Else’s Guy

Instead, the teenager sang an incredible rendition of Mama’s and Papa’s California Dreamin’ via video link – but did not make it through.       

Maria told Simon in a video message: ‘Hey Simon, thank you so much for the opportunity that you’ve given me. 

‘I don’t want this to be my last performance I want to be part of the live shows. ‘So please, please, please Simon, pick me.’ 

Tears: Dianne Warren was bought to tears by Scarlett's version of I Didn’t Know Strength My Own - which she penned for Whiteney Houston

Tears: Dianne Warren was bought to tears by Scarlett's version of I Didn’t Know Strength My Own - which she penned for Whiteney Houston

Tears: Dianne Warren was bought to tears by Scarlett’s version of I Didn’t Know Strength My Own – which she penned for Whiteney Houston

All about me: Croydon born Shan, 25, sang an original she wrote after the six-chair challenge with Simon joking it was about him

All about me: Croydon born Shan, 25, sang an original she wrote after the six-chair challenge with Simon joking it was about him

All about me: Croydon born Shan, 25, sang an original she wrote after the six-chair challenge with Simon joking it was about him

Meanwhile, the 20-year-old Georgia Burgess from Birmingham also didn’t get through, despite wowing the judges with Jocelyn Brown’s Somebody Else’s Guy.

The next episodes will see the other contestants at judges houses before the live shows start on October 20. 

The boys, mentored by Louis Tomlinson, will travel to Ibiza with guest judges Liam Payne and Nile Rodgers.  

Both the overs, mentored by Ayda Field, and the groups mentored by Robbie Williams will head to LA. The overs will be joined by Leona Lewis and Adam Lambert while the groups will be guest judged by David Walliams. 

Visa trouble: Maria Laroco, 17, from the Philippines didn't join the girls in Malibu as she had visa issues getting to the country

Visa trouble: Maria Laroco, 17, from the Philippines didn't join the girls in Malibu as she had visa issues getting to the country

Visa trouble: Maria Laroco, 17, from the Philippines didn’t join the girls in Malibu as she had visa issues getting to the country

American Idol reunion: Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson and Paula Adbul joined Simon to help decide

American Idol reunion: Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson and Paula Adbul joined Simon to help decide

American Idol reunion: Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson and Paula Adbul joined Simon to help decide

Molly, 16 from County Durham, wore a denim dress with nude heels as she sang an English version of K-pop's BTS Fake Love - which Simon called 'clever'

Molly, 16 from County Durham, wore a denim dress with nude heels as she sang an English version of K-pop's BTS Fake Love - which Simon called 'clever'

Molly, 16 from County Durham, wore a denim dress with nude heels as she sang an English version of K-pop’s BTS Fake Love – which Simon called ‘clever’

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