Australian Idol judge Kyle Sandilands left ‘shocked’ as double elimination rocks the show: ‘A real shame’

Kyle Sandilands could not believe the results during Channel Seven’s Australian Idol on Tuesday night. 

A bombshell vote saw Ripley Alexander and Imogen Spendlove depart after the nation voted for their Top 10 contestants live.

Across Australia, 1.3 million votes were cast, but only a handful separated Ripley, 19, from Brisbane, Imogen, 23 from Victoria, Ivana, 20, from Victoria and Karratha’s TJ Zimba, 24. 

As the bottom four were announced, judges Kyle Sandilands, Marcia Hines and Amy Shark were stunned at the shock result. 

On Ripley, Kyle said: ‘The guy has millions of streams and such a unique voice. I’m shocked you are in the bottom.’

Kyle Sandilands (pictured) could not believe the results during Channel Seven’s Australian Idol on Tuesday night

A bombshell vote saw Ripley Alexander and Imogen Spendlove depart after the nation voted for their Top 10 contestants live

A bombshell vote saw Ripley Alexander and Imogen Spendlove depart after the nation voted for their Top 10 contestants live

The bottom four artists took to the stage to prove they deserve a spot in the Top 10.

Ripley impressed with his take on Mercy by Shawn Mendes, while Ivana showed off her powerful voice on Where Have You Been by Rihanna.

Imogen stunned the crowd with her final performance, singing Celine Dion’s It’s All Coming Back To Me Now, while TJ brought the vibe with Bad Guy by Billie Eilish.

Kyle called ‘super talent’ Ripley’s elimination, ‘Unbelievable. A real shame.’

Amy said: ‘I honestly have no words… my mind is blown right now.’ 

The guy has millions of streams and such a unique voice. I'm shocked you are in the bottom,' said Kyle, pictured alongside Marcia Hines (centre) and Amy Shark (right)

The guy has millions of streams and such a unique voice. I’m shocked you are in the bottom,’ said Kyle, pictured alongside Marcia Hines (centre) and Amy Shark (right) 

Kyle called 'super talent' Ripley's elimination, 'Unbelievable. A real shame.' Riley is pictured

Kyle called ‘super talent’ Ripley’s elimination, ‘Unbelievable. A real shame.’ Riley is pictured 

Marcia reflected that Ripley was so popular Australia may have forgotten to vote.

‘You’ve got to vote to keep people on. We don’t want a repeat of this again. If you really dig somebody vote for them,’ she said. 

‘I feel like it’s our fault, we talked you up Ripley.’

Both eliminated contestants received a standing ovation.

Ripley was humble in his exit, telling the judges and audience, ‘I love you all. I just want to say thank you all so much.’

Imogen stunned the crowd with her final performance, singing Celine Dion's It's All Coming Back To Me Now. Pictured: Imogen and Ricki-Lee Coulter

Imogen stunned the crowd with her final performance, singing Celine Dion’s It’s All Coming Back To Me Now. Pictured: Imogen and Ricki-Lee Coulter 

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