Primary school teacher Joe Waller had quit The X Factor before his audition was aired

When Joe Waller took to the stage with his curly mop and acoustic guitar on last night’s X Factor (September 13) he immediately won the hearts of quite a few ladies – not to mention Rita Ora.

After he performed his own composition Stay, Rita thanked him for ‘making my eyes light up’ and he was promptly put through to boot camp.

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But there’s bad news for Joe’s new legions of fans – the primary school teacher had already quit the show before his audition was aired.

According to The Mirror, Joe wrote a post on one of his social media accounts, which appears to have now been deleted, explaining the situation.

‘Although I made the choice to not continue in the programme because I felt it was the best thing for my career at the time, they have decided to air my audition… even though I chose to leave,’ he wrote.

He also tweeted his new number one fan, Rita Ora, in the run-up to yesterday’s show.

We know, we know, not seeing Joe’s lovely face on our screens every Saturday night will make the X Factor a darker place indeed, but his audition seems to have won him plenty of new listeners, and he couldn’t resist taking a celebratory selfie.

Aside from his teaching career, Joe’s also a regular on the local gigging circuit – his Facebook page reveals he’s recently played a number of small festivals and released an EP called Circles. He seems a little overwhelmed by his new fandom, though.

Joe might not be part of the X Factor any more, but we reckon we haven’t seen the last of him. Keep it up, Joe – we miss you already!