CARLISLE singers Mark Graham and Ian Binstead from group Sh-Boom have thanked fans for their support after they failed to make it through the X-Factor's Six Chair Challenge.

The pair had amassed an army of fans from Carlisle after they appeared on the hit TV show but were left disappointed after their audition was not shown on Saturday night.

Mark, a former pupil of North Cumbria Technology College in Harraby, said: "So as we feared, our X-Factor auditions were cut.

"We are very disappointed for everybody that has supported us along the way and has not been able to see us actually sing.

"Our first audition was amazing. We brought out a flash mob. We got a standing ovation, got four yes’s and then Ian asked me to marry him which led to the crowd erupting in cheers and tears. Along with a standing ovation from all judges and Ayda in tears.

"We're not sure why this wasn’t aired but it wasn’t meant to be. We had the best time and met some lovely people along the way.

"We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported us through this crazy journey. Thanks for all the lovely messages too. We will continue to spread the Sh-Boom love."

Ian, 38, who is originally from Essex, said: "We're so excited for the future having seen the support we have from friends and family, from the UK and abroad and of course the people of Cumbria - it really is only the beginning.

"We wish we could have shared more with you all but one thing we can promise is that we tried.

" We appreciate all of your love and support, we never dreamed we would make it this far.

"Who knows why things happen the way they do - it just goes to show that if you think big and surround yourself with positive people, you can do anything - even if no one sees it.

"We’re more disappointed for everyone who tuned in each week to support us - the experience was so much fun."

Viewer Mandy Redstone said on Facebook: "Well, they got of extra viewers tuned in just to see you two, oh how the ratings will drop now.

"Things happen for a reason and maybe that path wasn’t ready for you but there’s a path that is ready and embrace it . Congratulations to you both on your success so far it’s just the start of good times ahead."

Paul Walker said: "Sorry to hear that you didn't make it boys. The future will still be a bright one for you."